Instructive Quotes About Intelligence

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

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

I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
Maya Angelou

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

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
Lena Horne

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

Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
Henry Ford

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

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

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
Hermann Hesse

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

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

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
Albert Camus

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

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

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

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Napoleon Hill

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

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

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

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
Leonardo da Vinci

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