35 Fabulous Scott Adams Quotes

Scott Adams is best known for the creation of the Dilbert comic strip. The author of several books as well, Adams is best known for his satirical way of capturing white-collar workers in business. Here is a look at some of the most notable Scott Adams quotes.

“Always remember that as long as other people are gullible, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.”

“As a rule, I don’t like to laugh at the misfortune of others. The exception to that rule is if it’s really, really funny.”

“Caring about the quality of your work causes stress. Stress can kill you. Maintain good health by remembering that the stockholders are complete strangers who have never done anything for you.”

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

“Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching.”

“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.”


“Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.”

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.”

“Hard work is rewarding. Taking credit for other people’s hard work is rewarding and faster.”

“I respectfully decline the invitation to join your hallucination.”

“If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?”

“If you want to kill an idea without being identified as the assassin, suggest that the legal department take a look at it.”

“In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn’t have to ride around with jerks.”

“Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.”

“Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.”

“Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.”

“Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.”

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

“Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.”

“Technology will definitely solve all our problems, but in the process it will create brand new ones. But that’s O.K. because the most you can expect from life is to get to solve better and better problems.”

“The best any human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day. This is why people of different religions can generally live in peace. At some level, we all suspect that other people don’t believe their own religion any more than we believe ours.”

“The best part about being my age is in knowing how my life worked out.”

“The best things in life are silly.”

“The best you can hope for in a relationship is to find someone whose flaws are the sort you don’t mind. It is futile to look for someone who has no flaws, or someone who is capable of significant change; that sort of person exists only in our imaginations.”

“The best you can hope for in this life is that your delusions are benign and your compulsions have utility.”

“The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers.”

“The first time you see something that you have never seen before, you almost always know right away if you should eat it or run away from it.”

“The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.”

“The surest way to identify those who won’t succeed at weight loss is that they tend to say things like “My goal is to lose ten pounds.” Weight targets often work in the short run. ”

“There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives.”

“There’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot.”

“You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.”

“You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. ”

“You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”

“Your best work involves timing. If someone wrote the best hip hop song of all time in the Middle Ages, he had bad timing.”

Scott Adams takes a look at goals versus systems in the following video.

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