70 Quotes About Intelligence

Quotes About Intelligence

1. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

2. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

3. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. – Albert Einstein

4. Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. – Albert Einstein

5. We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. – Albert Einstein

6. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford

7. If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. – Ray Bradbury

8. An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. – Ernest Hemingway

9. Common sense is not so common. – Voltaire

10. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius

11. Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. – William Shakespeare

12. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde

13. Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart. – Alan Alda

14. Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. – Salvador Dali

16. I must have a prodigious quantity of mind it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. – Mark Twain

17. A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man. – Catherine Deneuve

18. A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. – Roy H. Williams

19. To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. – Oscar Wilde

20. I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. – Socrates

21. Information is not knowledge. – Albert Einstein

22. Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see. – Arthur Schopenhauer

23. Action is the real measure of intelligence. – Napoleon Hill

24. 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? – Scott Adams

25. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. – Stephen Hawking

26. I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde. – Dolly Parton

27. Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

28. There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. – Ronald Reagan

29. All intelligent thoughts have already been thought what is necessary is only to try to think them again. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

31. When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. – Jonathan Swift

32. Wit is educated insolence. – Aristotle

33. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. – Albert Camus

34. Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. – Victor Hugo

35. There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. – Aristotle

36. Genius always finds itself a century too early. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

37. A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

38. Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. – Julius Charles Hare

39. It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. – Don Herold

40. Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience. – Paul Cezanne

41. It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics. – George Bernard Shaw

42. Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. – Blaise Pascal

43. I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

44. The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. – Bill Watterson

45. I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. – Steve Jobs

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

47. The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch

48. Knowledge is love and light and vision. – Helen Keller

49. The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. – Carl Sagan

50. Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. – Roger Ebert

51. Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A. A. Milne

52. An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things. – Bryant H. McGill

53. Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. – Gracie Allen

54. What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. – Sigmund Freud

55. Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. – Janis Joplin

56. Be smarter than other people, just don’t tell them so. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

57. My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense. – Helen Gurley Brown

58. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

59. Genius is initiative on fire. – Holbrook Jackson

60. The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. – Sigmund Freud

61. Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. – Samuel Goldwyn

62. There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. – George Orwell

63. We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth. – Carl Jung

64. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. – Carl Jung

65. Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it. – Jean-Paul Sartre

66. There is no method but to be very intelligent. – T. S. Eliot

67. The intellect of the wise is like glass it admits the light of heaven and reflects it. – Augustus Hare

68. Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. – E. B. White

69. Every true genius is bound to be naive. – Friedrich Schiller

70. There are only two races on this planet – the intelligent and the stupid. – John Fowles

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