Jest for Pun logo Murphy's Laws on Smartness, Intelligence and Foolishness

Mr. Cole's Axiom :
The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.

Short's Quote :
Half of being smart is knowing what you're dumb at.

Maugham's Thought :
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

Peter's Observation :
Super-competence is more objectionable than incompetence.

Shaw's Principle :
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.

The Clemen's Law of Good Breeding :
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Freeman's Law :
Nothing is so simple it cannot be misunderstood.

Axiom of the Pipe (Trischman's Paradox) :
A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to put in his mouth.

Albert's Law :
Things should be as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

Confucious's Advice :
A wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.

Long's Note :
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
(From the 'Note Books of Lazarus Long' by Robert A. Heinlein.
Thanks Shawn P. 'Indefual' Conroy (
for pointing it out)

Nameless Laws :

Everyone is entitled to be stupid sometimes, but do not abuse the privilege.

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?

You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes. You'll learn a lot today.

Give a fool a long rope and he'll hang himself with it.

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

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