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Quotes: Know-Nothing Know-It-All
Homer: Bart, go to your room!
Lisa: Why don't you just eat him, Dad!
Homer: I don't need any serving suggestions, you barbecue-wrecking, know-nothing know-it-all!
The Simpsons, "Lisa the Vegetarian"

"To the left of the fireplace, a chiaroscuro Neapolitan painting by Viola. 'Typical of early eighteenth-century South German painting,' boomed the journalist Joe Alsop. As Joe was an expert on everything, he was generally wrong on everything, particularly on his subject, politics. For thirty years we were losing to Communism, according to Joe."
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest

"If knowledge is power, then the Internet is full of completely useless power."
Brett Erlich, Viral Video Film School: The Internet's Dumbest How-To Videos

"Jeffrey Lyons is the most reliable movie critic in the world…if you do the opposite of everything he says. He is a man so impressively wrong that you would do well to stay as far away from his advice as you can."
Miles Antwiler on Miracle at St. Anna

"This is Final Fantasy VIII's only optional dungeon, and it has the potential to be a doozy. Don't listen to a single goddamn word Zell says unless you feel like spending three hours instead of three minutes getting to the bottom. This is something I had to learn the hard way."

"After Clinton slovenliness, the new White House would be run like a Fortune 500 corporation by a steely, no-nonsense team of razor sharp executives. This hoopla was reminiscent of that surrounding President-elect John F. Kennedy's nomination of Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense in 1960. McNamara was apotheosized as the very model of the modern star business executive, the first non-Ford to be president of Ford Motor Company and the first MBA from Harvard to ascend so high in government. Or so he was lionized until his management genius (and its accompanying arrogance) proved to be worthless, if not counterproductive, to manage an intratable guerilla war in Vietnam."
Frank Rich, The Greatest Story Ever Sold

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