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Quotes About Intelligence

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Oscar Wilde
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

Frank McCourt
“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes

Maya Angelou
“When you know better you do better.”
Maya Angelou

Oscar Wilde
“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Albert Einstein
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein

Søren Kierkegaard
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Harlan Ellison
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

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.”
Albert Camus

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.”
Nelson Mandela

Woodrow Wilson
“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.”
Woodrow Wilson

Edgar Allan Poe
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

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.”
Susan Sontag

Douglas Adams
“I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Friedrich Nietzsche
“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.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

J.K. Rowling
“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being--forgive me--rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

C.G. Jung
“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”
C.G. Jung

Jim Morrison
“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”
Jim Morrison

Virginia Woolf
“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Victor Hugo
“Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”
Victor Hugo

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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Bill Watterson
“Ms. Wormwood: Calvin, can you tell us what Lewis and Clark did?
Calvin: No, but I can recite the secret superhero origin of each member of Captain Napalm's Thermonuclear League of Liberty.
Ms. Wormwood: See me after class, Calvin.
Calvin: [retrospectively] I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”
Bill Watterson

Marie Curie
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
Marie Curie

Jane Austen
“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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.”
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

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