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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't. ~Emerson M. Pugh

The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education. ~Joel Hildebrand

The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living. ~Charles F. Kettering

Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great. Dylan Thomas

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. Albert Einstein

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being. Simone Weil

It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence. James Russell Lowell

When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains. Anonymous

He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral. Ursula K. Le Guin

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out. Oscar Wilde

Intellectual sodomy, which comes from the refusal to be simple about plain matters, is as gross and abundant today as sexual perversion and they are nowise different from one another. Edward Dahlberg

The good are so harsh to the clever, the clever so rude to the good! Elizabeth Wordsworth

It's good to be clever, but not to show it. French Proverb

A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence. Brander Matthews

Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier. Stanislaw J. Lec

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

I've been called many things, but never an intellectual. Tallulah Bankhead

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven. Edward De Bono

People who are smart get into Mensa. People who are really smart look around and leave. James Randi

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence. ~Barbara Walters

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde

A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. Anthony Hope

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. ~Don Herold

Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about. Solomon Short

She was short on intellect, but long on shape. George Ade

Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. David Fasold

The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred. ~Aldous Huxley

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them. Frank Moore Colby

Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence. Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. Stephen Hawking

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter

The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie. Louise Bogan

Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it. Robert Wilson

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. Alfred North Whitehead

Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own. John Maynard Keynes

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence. Henrik Tikkanen

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart. ~Henri Frederic Amiel

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

You think you are clever until you find out how smart you are. Anonymous

Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence. Albert Edward Wiggam

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. Francis Bacon

The role of the intelligence --that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit. Simone Weil

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. Arthur C. Clarke

I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches. Milan Kundera

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

There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea. Virginia Woolf

People generally treat me like I'm very intelligent and really, I'm much less intelligent than she is. Scully is insanely intelligent. Gillian Anderson

We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. ~Woodrow Wilson

It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

It is little that one gains by cleverness. Anonymous

Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use. Andrea Dworkin

Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances. George Eliot

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good. Elbert Hubbard

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up. Frank Lloyd Wright

One definition of man is ''an intelligence served by organs.'' Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness. Ludwig Wittgenstein

A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso. A. P. Herbert

The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand. Ezra Pound

We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing. Henry David Thoreau

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. Marya Mannes

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly. ~Jonathan Swift

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life. Robert Louis Stevenson

To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is. Dick Cavett

If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it. ~Stanley Garn

Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs. Aldous Huxley

There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side. Vaclav Havel

You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence. Jewish Proverb

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time. George Orwell

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew. Oliver Goldsmith

To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. Jacob Bronowski

The level of the development of a country is determined, in considerable part, by the level of development of its people's intelligence. Luis Albert Machado

I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive. Carrie Fisher

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself. Noam Chomsky

A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere. Wyndham Lewis

If we look into ourselves we discover propensities which declare that our intellects have arisen from a lower form; could our minds be made visible we should find them tailed. W. Winwood Reade

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. Don Herold

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. Susan Sontag

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness. Henri Frederic Amiel

I've never been an intellectual but I have this look. Woody Allen

The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it. Frank M. Garafola

On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its ''great intellects.'' Karl Marx

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

If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word ''Intellectual'' suggests straight away. A man who's untrue to his wife. W. H. Auden

The true knowledge or science which exists nowhere but in the mind itself, has no other entity at all besides intelligibility; and therefore whatsoever is clearly intelligible, is absolutely true. Ralph J. Cudworth

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. Mark Twain

A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure. Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. Anonymous

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. D. H. Lawrence

We lie in the lap of immense intelligence. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. ~George Scialabra

Intelligence is that faculty of mind, by which order is perceived in a situation previously considered disordered. Haneef Fatmi

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.'' William Shakespeare

The intellect is weak; it has no power except over what is as weak as itself. Al-Nuri

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point. Arthur Schopenhauer

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