There Are Two Kinds of People In The World: Those Who Think There Are Two Kinds of People In The World and Those Who Don’t

This page is dedicated to Robert Benchley’s Law of Distinction, namely, that “There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t.”

Purpose:  To provide a completist-like scrapbook for this oft-quoted expression of duality.

Methodology:  This page is periodically updated with new “there are two kinds of people” statements.  Where a statement is attributed source, it’s shown in quotations.  Some of the statements are clustered by themes, but mostly, it’s a random assortment. The page also includes sayings that deviate from the strict “there are two types of people” formula, in order to keep things interesting.


There are two kinds of people in the world:  Generalists and Specialists.

There are two kinds of people in the world:  Those who make things complicated, and those who make things simple.

SPIRA’S LAW OF INDISTINCTION: There are two kinds of dichotomies: those that are proposed as absolute and those that allow for some wiggle room… and of course, all the stuff that’s somewhere in between.

“There are two kinds of people in the world, those with loaded guns, and those who dig.  You dig.” - Clint Eastwood, 1966, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”  (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo)

There are two types of vessels on the sea – submarines and targets.

“There are two kinds of people in the world – those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are!’ – and those who say, ‘Here I am!’ ” – Abigail Van Buren

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” – Mark Twain

Mark Twain was the master of aphorisms, especially those with dualistic structures — quite appropriate given his pen name  (which was actually based on a nautical term, but hey, it’s a nice coincidence).  Hence he gets extra coverage on this page.

“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.” -Mark Twain

Recursive Duality“There are two kinds of fools. One says, ‘This is old, therefore it is good.” The other says, ‘This is new, therefore it is better.’ Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them, the rest of us could not succeed.”  - Mark Twain

“There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.” - Mark Twain

There are two kinds of poets: the ones who tell the stories, and the ones about whom the stories get told.

“For my grandfather, there were two kinds of people in the world:  Those who agreed with him, and those who hadn’t yet agreed with him.” - B. Spira

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don’t.

“There are two kinds of people in the world: the Givers and the Takers. The difference between the two is that the Takers eat well, and the Givers sleep well at night.” – Joy Mills

Related Meme:  “The difference between commercial and residential landlords is that commercial landlords eat better, while residential landlords sleep better.”  – heard from LL, attributed to family business lore

There are two kinds of people in the world:  Pessimists and Optimists.

Related Meme:  “An Optimist Sees the Glass as Half-Full, A Pessimist Sees the World as Half-Empty.”   I once met a person who always saw the glass as completely full, even though it wasn’t.  On the flipside, I also knew a person who saw the glass as half-empty, dirty, filled with germs, possibly made from contaminated lead glass from China, etc. etc..   I’ve also heard this one: “The Engineer sees the Glass as Twice As Big As It Needs to Be.”   The way I see it: “The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.”

There are two kinds of people in the world:  Those who follow the rules and those who make the rules.

There Are Two Kinds of Jedi…

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.” – Phyllis Bottome

“The world is divided into two types of people: those who love to talk, and those who hate to listen.” - James Thorpe

There are two kinds of people in the world:  Players and Haters.

“Capitalism is a pimp-hoe system. You are either a pimp, or you are a hoe.”- KRS-ONE

There are two kinds of people in the world:  Me and You.

There are two doors in my life; the one that you come in through and the one you go out through.

“Mankind is divided into two great classes: hosts and guests.” - Max Beerbohm, Hosts and Guests

“There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.” – Cyrus Curtis, 1850 – 1933

“There are two kinds of people in this world, Chris. There are bullies and there are nerds. ..and there are hot Asian chicks.” – Peter Griffin, Family Guy

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who know math and those who don’t.

“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”  – John M. Richardson, Jr

“There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.” - Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532 AD

“There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of workers in the world, the people who do all the work, and the people who think they do all the work. The latter class is generally the busiest, the former never have time to be busy.” – Stella Benson

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Walter Bagehot

“There are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up, and the kind you make up.” – Rex Stout

There are two kinds of people in the world…

Those who make your life easier — and those who make it harder.

Those whose presence helps you perform better — and those whose presence makes you do worse.

Those concerned about doing the work — and those concerned about getting the credit.

Those who leave you feeling up — and those who leave you feeling down.

Those who simplify — and those who complicate.

Those who listen when others are talking — and those who wait when others are talking.

Those who give — and those who take.

Those who last — and those who fade.

Which are you?

- Dan Pink

Collected from the above post’s comment thread, two kinds of people in the world:

Energy sources – and energy sinks  – Joe McCarthy   (aka, “Radiators and Sinks” – @businesstoarts)

Those who teach — and those who grade – Mark Barnes

Dr. Carol Dweck explains two kinds of mindsets with respect to personal potential in learning, a Fixed vs. Growth mindset, as seen in this video:

“There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” – Laurence J. Peter

jpmorgan.jpg“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” - J.P. Morgan

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”

- James Thurber

cf.

 “There are two great energies of change in human affairs: fear and aspiration.”

- Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline

“There are two ways to live:  You can live as if nothing is a miracle; You can live as if everything is a miracle.”

 – Albert Einstein

 

“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.”-John Ruslin, Of Kings’ Treasuries, 1865

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”

- Hippocrates

cf.

“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.”

- Alfred Korzybyski

“My theory is that when it comes to important subjects, there’s only two ways a person can answer. For example, there’s two kinds of people in this world, Elvis people and Beatles people. Now Beatles people can like Elvis. And Elvis people can like the Beatles. But nobody likes them both equally. Somewhere you have to make a choice. And that choice tells me who you are.” - Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), Pulp Fiction (deleted scene)

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Michael Jackson fans and losers.”  - Seth Green

There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data


FURTHER READING:
TV Tropes has a nice analysis/compendium of this meme in popular culture: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld )

  1. wherehaveyoubean

    Mark Twain’s “two kinds of speakers” made a bunch of people laugh this morning during a speech. Thanx for the inspiration ;)

  2. There are two kinds of people: those who like me..& those who can go to hell! ;)

    • This is so fucking random but i read this and recognized. This is from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on the radio stations. Tommy ‘The Nightmare’ Smith on KDST. Is that where you heard it?

  3. “There are two kinds of people: those who want money and those who don’t know what they want”

    From this Javier Bardem movie:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118239/

    “hay dos clases de personas: las que quieren dinero y las que no saben lo que quieren”

  4. “There are two kinds of people, when asked to take a ride in the racecar, those who say ‘your crazy’ and those who say ‘I can’t wait!’ (yet, half of them are lying!)”

  5. Love the Mia Wallace quote, but it was taken out of Pulp Fiction. It is from the deleted scenes.

  6. Love the list! I’m glad you knew about The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

  7. love this site, I use allkinds of quotes every other day to change my profile on facebook :p

  8. Love the site!

  9. There are two kinds of thinkers in the world: Lumpers and Splitters. (From my advisor, W. Flesch)

  10. There are two kinds of people: Those who work and those who take the credit. Be in the first group; there is less competition!

  11. how many kinds of people there are ? it depends on who is going to make the choice. Each of us is one kind of people; it means, if there are a group of ten people, there are also ten kinds of people, for each of us is unique.

  12. “There are two kinds of people in the world, those that hear bad news and want to run away and those that dig their feet in and want to fight.” —-P. 45 from the book “Ask Me No Questions”

  13. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who lie,and those who flatter.

  14. There are two types of people in the world; those that update status/tweet and those that don’t.

  15. “When it comes to the capitalism, there are two kinds of people: those who like it and the poor”
    Leon Surma

  16. There are two types of people in life
    One who catch the strengths from others & try to increase ‘S’
    & others who can’t do this – others catch weakness from others & try to put these weakness which they noticed in front of others

  17. I’ve always repeated the following quote, but can never remember whom to attribute it to:

    “There are two kinds of fools in this world: Those who lend books, and those who return them.”

    Is it Henry Ward Beecher? Harriet Beecher Stow? I think it was one of the two . . .

    • Nice one. Thanks for sharing, Mike.
      Tangentially, when I Googled the first part of that phrase the most common result was this:

      “There are two kinds of fools in this world: Those who give advice and those who don’t take it.”

      This describes the challenge of giving and receiving feedback perfectly.

  18. There are two kinds of people who say ‘let’s stay in touch’ … those who mean it and those who just say it out of their version of courtesy!

  19. Good list of sayings! Another one I made up lol..There are two kinds of people in the world – those who shut people up and those who shut up and put up

  20. My favorite has been: There are two kinds of people in the world, those who need closure and

  21. Gary Muldoon

    An old joke told in Eastern Bloc countries before the USSR fell:
    “Under capitalism, people exploit people. Under Communism, the reverse is the case.

  22. There are two kinds of people in the world , those who believe and make it happen , and those who don’t believe and wish for it to happen

  23. the detail is very nice and i have got so many compliments from my teacher thanks thanks a lot

  24. There are who kinds of people in the world; Those who just accept things the way they are and those who believe things can be changed for the better.

  25. There’s millions of different people in the world, but when it comes to certain things you do sometimes have to choose a side…
    but when it comes to torrenting lol then there are really only two kinds of people seeders and leechers!

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  27. Binary people (modified)
    There are 11 people in the world
    Those who understand binary
    Those who don’t
    And the rest don’t matter.

  28. There are two kinds of people in this world, man and women.

  29. There are two kinds of dichotomies: those that are proposed as absolute and those that allow for some wiggle room… and of course, all the stuff that’s somewhere in between…. (Spira’s Law of Indistinction)

  30. I would like to know who said this: “There are two kinds of people in this world those who love me and those who haven’t met me yet”
    ;)

  31. There are only two kinds of people, those who know God and believe his every word, and those who do not. This entire world has been the most misinformed, deluded, sucked in, beguiled and buffaloed while being sucked in with trickery for the coming super double-cross that is going to leave a world of believers in shame and bloodshed because they had been left stultified with the appearance of illogical stupidity with the other being the few that believe only God while flushing man, this world, and all the man made religious money sucking bull shit down the toilet once and forever because that is the only way to become not of this world. God has directed me in writing a book for these end times; and I am in wait for God to make it published for the world because we as the human race have reached the beginning of the end.

    jeffcallarman@ymail.com

  32. “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” – Milton Glaser

    also from Glaser: “The good is the enemy of the great.”

  33. There two types of people Italians and those that want to be Italians…lol.

  34. you fools theres only 2 kinds of people, the workers and the thinkers , the workers DONT think and the thinkers DONT work,

  35. there are only two types of people in the world, basically: those who will find their meditation through love, and those who will find their love through meditation – Osho

  36. “There are two ways to live a life:
    Either forget everything
    or remember nothing.”
    – Santosh Kalwar

    cf.
    “Forgetting is difficult.
    Remembering is worse.”

  37. Theres two kinds of people in this world pessimists and people who aren’t paying enough attention.

  38. There are two types of People in YOUR life … lessons and blessings.. Lessons are meant to learn from.. And once taught exempt them from your life .. Never let a lesson over stay its welcome.. And Blessings those are the ones who can leave as quickly as they came or they can last a lifetime.. What’s for certain … They will never become a lesson … Count your blessings and learn from your lessons … Written by aGe Tha Artist

  39. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who overcomplicate the simple, and those who oversimplify the complex.
    BTFTPTFTB: [But This Fails To Predict The Fault Then Because:]
    There are 8 kinds of people in the world:

    those who:
    1. overcomplicate the simple
    those who
    2. overcomplicate the complex

    those who
    3. oversimplify the simple
    those who
    4. oversimplify the complex
    those who

    those who
    5. undersimplify the simple
    those who
    6. undersimplify the complex
    those who

    those who
    7. undercomplicate the simple
    those who
    8. undercomplicate the complex

    But 1. and 5., 2. and 6., 3. and 7., and 4. and 8. are linguistic variants, not real variants, so these pairs are equivalents.
    So there are really only 4 kinds of people:
    the simplest expression of them is:
    1., 2., 3., and 4.
    not:
    5., 6., 7., and 8.
    But 1. and 2., and 3. and 4., are equivalent pairs.
    So the 8 kinds simplifies back to 1 and 4, which is what we started with.
    So clearly, as we can see:
    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who read pointless expansionary and contractionary explanations, and those who don’t.

  40. OOPS! Forgot the most important part:
    BTFTPTFTB:
    There are also those who simplify the complex, because those who overcomplicate the simple and those who complicate the simple are also equivalents.
    ERGO:
    There are only three kinds of people in the world: those who overcomplicate the simple, those who oversimplify the complex, and those who simplify the complex.
    Everything and its opposite always eventually reverses, it’s just a question of degree, is overcomplicating the simple.
    Everything and its opposite always eventually reverses, including all temporal reversing, it’s just an answer of kind, is simplifying the complex.
    World, meet Jesus; Jesus, meet world.
    – – ONE WHITE CROW

  41. There are two kinds of people in the world; the Diagnosed and the Undiagnosed. (ht CCDK)

  42. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    – W. Somerset Maugham

  43. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who work and those who live off them – workers and parasites, as, farmer v salesman

  44. l a m a n a r y

    Alvy Singer: I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.

  45. There are two types of people: tourists and explorers. Tourists merely see and scratch the surface of a place or thing; while explorers go deeper and further to search for the unexplored. Which one are you?

  46. There are people who think there are two types of people, and then there are the rest.

  47. There are two kinds of people. Ones that spend money to save time and ones that save money to spend time.

  48. Darren Greaves

    There are two types of people in the world, Those who crave closure and.

  49. There are two kinds of people in the world; those you would put into one category and the rest.

  50. “There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is sprouting, and fermenting the second group and eliminating the first group. ” — Amit Ray

  51. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain here Really does matters to all
    Thanx

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