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Quotations: Intelligence

I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.
Lisa Alther

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

The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.
Anon

The sum of intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.
Cole's axiom

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Saul Bellow

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.
Ambrose Bierce

I would like to take you seriously but to do so would affront your intelligence.
William F. Buckley Jr.

To me there is something thrilling and exalting in the thought that we are drifting forward into a splendid mystery-into something that no mortal eye hath yet seen, and no intelligence has yet declared.
Edward Chapin

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Quentin Crisp

There is no such [thing] as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing.
Edgar Degas

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

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Albert Einstein

The intelligent have a right over the ignorant; namely, the right of instructing them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
William Feather

Of course all life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work - the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside - the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friend.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Many things which nature makes difficult become easy to the man who uses his brains.
Hannibal

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

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

So it is that the gods do not give all men gifts of grace - neither good looks nor intelligence nor eloquence.
Homer

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

If you look up 'Intelligence' in the new volumes of the Encyclopeadia Britannica, you'll find it classified under the following three heads: Intelligence, Human; Intelligence, Animal; Intelligence, Military. My stepfather's a perfect specimen of Intelligence, Military.
Aldous Huxley

God multiplies intelligence, which communicates itself, like fire, ad infinitum. Light a thousand torches at one touch, the flame remains always the same.
Joseph Joubert

Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.
Robert F. Kennedy

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

Information Superhighway is really an acronym for 'Interactive Network For Organizing, Retrieving, Manipulating, Accessing And Transferring Information On National Systems, Unleashing Practically Every Rebellious Human Intelligence, Gratifying Hackers, Wiseacres, And Yahoos'.
Keven Kwaku

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Stephen Leacock

To educate the intelligence is to enlarge the horizon of its desires and wants.
James Russell Lowell

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Groucho Marx

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.
Flower A. Newhouse

To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
Norman Podhoretz

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell

Primitive does not mean stupid.
S. Sachs

Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.
Carl Sagan

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
George Bernard Shaw

In fact, with movies as with people, sometimes too much unrelenting intelligence is like a hard shell; you need some space of dumbness to let the wisdom in.
Dean Sluyter

Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure ….
Socrates

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
Henrik Tikkanen

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
Alvin Toffler

I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.
Alice Walker

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

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
Sloan Wilson

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

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