Intelligence Quotes

Richard M. Nixon

The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous.

Michael Bassey Johnson

No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the
No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don't have.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

P.G. Wodehouse

He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.

Elizabeth Peters

I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)

Junnita Jackson

I think a man's "wordplay" can be so fucking sexy!!! I love a good mind fuck!!

Jef Mallett

An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions-as attempts to find out something. Success
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions-as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

Jasper Fforde

I didn't set out to discover a truth. I was actually sent to the Outer Fringes to conduct a chair census and learn some humility. But the truth inevitably found me, as important truths often do, like a lost thought in need of a mind.

Bram Stoker

She has man's brain-a brain that a man should have were he much gifted-and woman's heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me when He made that so good combination.

Jack London

He wastes his time over his writing, trying to accomplish what geniuses and rare men with college educations sometimes accomplish.

Susan Sontag

Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.

Tom Althouse

Is it a weakness not being able to hate? Or is it preparation for what is inevitable, the ability only to love.

Tom Althouse

Time is an illusion, only the keepers of the illusion are real, and the reality they have spun, keeps us, until we set upon the path of the dream.

Tom Althouse

To win or lose often depends on set parameters. Expand the bounds of what is possible, and you may come out the true winner, outside the confines of its defining.

Tom Althouse

More and more obstacles seem to be other people's issues that form in the way of a hand to block one, to take notice of them? Sometimes noticing ahead of time, and taking the time to notice them, makes the hand part of an arm that embraces you. The obstacles become bridges for both to cross over, even if in opposite directions.

Lena Horne

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.


The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.

Michael R. LeGault

Intelligence, Kant reminds, is not so much a result of genius, rather it is a consequence of a determination to use it.

Michael Bassey Johnson

There's no shame compared to being beautiful with nothing in your brain, an ugly devil with
There's no shame compared to being beautiful with nothing in your brain, an ugly devil with wits is much better that the former.

Alan Sheinwald

The definition of a professional is one who does a job well even when they don't like it.

Amit Kalantri

Intelligence is more important than strength, that is why earth is ruled by men and not by animals.

Amit Kalantri

You may not be the person with high IQ, but you can be the person with highest hard work.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual
Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual heaven where there is no ignorance.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Intelligence is a way of thinking, not a choice of words.

Michael Bassey Johnson

A deaf and dumb in the mist of morons is a renowed talkative among brains.

Charles M. Schulz

Winning isn’t everything, but losing isn’t anything.

Andrew Jackson

It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.

Ambrose Bierce

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

Alan Bradley

I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing, agonizing death.

Stephen Jay Gould

We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.

Orhan Pamuk

Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy," said my father as he watched the three beauties. "But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?

Diane Arbus

The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

Malcolm X

Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

George Orwell

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

Albert Camus

An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. "Can they be brought together?" This is a practical question. We must get down to it. "I despise intelligence" really means: "I cannot bear my doubts.

Robert Anton Wilson

belief is the death of intelligence.

Niccolò Machiavelli

Because 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.


Love as a concrete foundation for an authentically functional civilization requires the around-the-clock labors of forgiveness. Without it, Love fails, Friendship fails, Intelligence fails, Humanity: fails.

Jeremy Aldana

Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him

Ilyas Kassam

An intelligent man is one who acknowledges his intelligence as that of those who surround him.

Albert Einstein

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

Albert Einstein

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

George R.R. Martin

It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Frank Herbert

Education is no substitute for intelligence.

Hippolyte Taine

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Wit seduces by signaling intelligence without nerdiness.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely.

Michael Bassey Johnson

I don't fancy colors of the face, I'm always attracted to colors of the brain.

Hamza Yusuf

The weak are dominated by their ego, the wise dominate their ego, and the intelligent are in a constant struggle against their ego.

George Eliot

What should I do - how should I act now, this very day . . . What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.

Jean-Yves Leloup

The compassionate person does not require other people to be stupid, in order to be intelligent. Their intelligence is for everyone, so as to have a world in which there is less ignorance. (118)

Brandon Sanderson

Jasnah had once defined a fool as a person who ignored information because it disagreed with desired results.

Raheel Farooq

The intelligent have plans; the wise have principles.

William Shakespeare

A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear.

H. Rider Haggard

Ah! how little knowledge does a man acquire in his life. He gathers it up like water, but like water it runs between his fingers, and yet, if his hands be but wet as though with dew, behold a generation of fools call out, 'See, he is a wise man!' Is it not so?

Chanctetinyea J.J. Ouellette

What sets humans apart from animals is that we have to walk around saying how smart we are, and animals just live their lives.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Intelligence is just one dimension of ability. Don't limit yourself to it. Open up to instinct, intuition, creativity and thus possibility

Amit Kalantri

If my 'mind' don't mind, I don't mind.

Alexei Maxim Russell

Incredibly intelligent people always seem odd to those who are not as sharp.

J.D. Salinger

I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy.

Erol Ozan

In pursuit of happiness, smart people often end up dumbing down themselves.

Albert Camus

It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

Robert A. Heinlein

If God meant for people to fly, He would have given them brains.


I've never had an intelligent conversation with a beautiful woman. But then, I've never had an intelligent conversation. Or talked to a beautiful woman.

Terry Pratchett

Colon thought Carrot was simple. Carrot often struck people as simple. And he was.
Where people went wrong was thinking that simple meant the same thing as stupid.

Maya Angelou

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

Isaac Asimov

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

James Madison

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.

Horace Mann

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.


Many much-learned men have no intelligence.

Zack Love

Honest dishonesty. That’s quite the oxymoron – but I like the originality that you’ve brought to bear in the art of rationalization. Maybe you should consider becoming a lawyer,” he added jokingly.

Amit Kalantri

No matter how knowledgeable you are, respect your parents for their experience and your children for their curiosity.

Claudia Gray

I see... the way you're always searching. How much you hate anything fake or phony. How you're older than your years, but still... playful, like a little girl. How you're always looking into people, or wondering what they see when they look back at you. Your eyes. It's all in the eyes.

Auliq Ice

We always learn more from those whom we hate than those whom we love.

Auliq Ice

Knowledge inside us, is a gift that can never be returned.

Walter Cronkite

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

Nelson Mandela

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

Arthur C. Clarke

My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.

[Sources and Acknowledgements: Chapter 19]


A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.

Chuck Palahniuk

Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream.

Scott Westerfeld

I expect that you must receive top marks at school, young lady."
Madeleine smiled as she stirred her tea. "There are always rewards for those who state the obvious frequently and with conviction.

Richard P. Feynman

I couldn't claim that I was smarter than sixty-five other guys-but the average of sixty-five other guys, certainly!

Daniel Keyes

Intelligence and education that hasn't been tempered by human affection isn't worth a damn.

Howard Gardner

I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place

Paul Lockhart

Mental acuity of any kind comes from solving problems yourself, not from being told how to solve them.

Alfred North Whitehead

In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed.

Daniel Keyes

But I've learned that intelligence alone doesn't mean a damned thing. Here in your university, intelligence, education, knowledge, have all become great idols. But I know now there's one thing you've all overlooked: intelligence and education that hasn't been tempered by human affection isn't worth a damn.

Douglas Adams

I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.

Martin Luther

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

Aldous Huxley

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.

Harriet Blaine

I do not think he (Chester Arthur) knows anything. He can quote a verse from poetry or a page from Dickens or Thackeray, but these are only leaves springing from a root out of dry ground. His vital forces are not fed,and very soon he has given out his all.

Robert Louis Stevenson

An intelligent person, looking out of his eyes and hearkening in his ears, with a smile on his face all the time, will get more true education than many another in a life of heroic vigils".

Maurice Duffy

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time.

Tom Althouse

Some people spend their whole lives seeking heaven,
when all they needed to do was look about them,
and embrace that which was already there.

Tom Althouse

No matter how busy we may believe we are, we have the wonderful opportunity presently of investing time with loved ones. For those are the great investments we will be glad we made, when time begins to slow and the ability to tend turns tender.

Unarine Ramaru

The only things that all men want is a woman that respects him and challenge his intelligence plus ambitions.

Antonio Gramsci

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

Brian Greene

Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding...

H.G. Wells

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.

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