Intellectual Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Issac Asimov

George Orwell
“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
George Orwell, 1984

William S. Burroughs
“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. ”
William S. Burroughs

John Kennedy Toole
“Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Paulo Coelho
“If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

Gautama Buddha
“To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.”
Siddhārtha Gautama

Eckhart Tolle
“Reading is my passion and my escape since I was 5 years old. Overall, children don't realize the magic that can live inside their own heads. Better even then any movie.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

George Orwell
“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”
George Orwell

Criss Jami
“Absurdity is the ecstasy of intellectualism.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Mary Norton
“Misfortunes make us wise”
Mary Norton, The Borrowers Afield

Thomas Henry Huxley
“The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions. And even a cursory glance at the history of the biological sciences during the last quarter of a century is sufficient to justify the assertion, that the most potent instrument for the extension of the realm of natural knowledge which has come into men's hands, since the publication of Newton's ‘Principia’, is Darwin's ‘Origin of Species.”
Thomas Henry Huxley

Jason Mraz
“You make all the fashion statements just by dressing up your mind.”
Jason Mraz

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit. What we need is chimpanzees. Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word to us about being intelligent. We will think for you, my friend. Don't forget it.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Melina Marchetta
“We're so different. You're an intellectual. I'm an idiot."
"Don't say that," I yelled. "You're not an idiot, you stupid idiot.”
Melina Marchetta, Looking for Alibrandi

“If we are not prepared to spell out clearly the content of our thinking or to ‘name’ undisputedly the quality of the cold hard facts, we deserve to be disentitled, intellectually. ("Even if the world goes down, my mobile will save me" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
“Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants’ quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Aphorisms

William Blake
“excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand.”
William Blake, William Blake

“Además no es tan malo vivir solo. Yo la paso bien, decidiendo a cada instante lo que quiero hacer, y gracias a la soledad me conozco; algo fundamental para vivir”
Facundo Cabral

أبو يعرب المرزوقي
“فكرة الحداثة والعلمانية والتنوير فكرة متأخرة عن الثورة العلمية بقرنيين على الأقل وهي نتيجة الثورة العلمية ومعلولهاوليست شرطها وعلتها”
أبو يعرب المرزوقي, صونًا للفلسفة والدين

Pete Doherty
“I don’t really know what “intellectual” means, but if it means you’ve got a desire to learn, you’ve got a desire to look for things that haven’t been presented to you, then, maybe. I think that “intellectual” is quite an exclusive word. I think it’s just for anyone that has a thirst or a hunger to improve themselves, or a yearning to escape from somewhere to get to a better place.”
Pete Doherty

“Spiritual literature can be a great aid to an aspirant, or it can be a terrible hindrance. If it is used to inspire practice, motivate compassion, ad nourish devotion, it serves a very valuable purpose. If scriptural study is used for mere intellectual understanding, for pride of accomplishment, or as a substitute for actual practice, then one is taking in too much mental food, which is sure to result in intellectual indigestion. (152)”
Prem Prakash, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras

Scott M. Buchanan
“Intellectual freedom begins when one says with Socrates that he knows that he knows nothing, and then goes on to add: Do you know what you don’t know and therefore what you should know? If your answer is affirmative and humble, then you are your own teacher, you are making your own assignment, and you will be your own best critic. You will not need externally imposed courses, nor marks, nor diplomas, nor a nod from your boss . . . in business or in politics. (from the essay The Last Don Rag)”
Scott M. Buchanan

أبو يعرب المرزوقي
“أسمع من المحيط إلى الخليج أن من لا يقدر على إفهامنا لم تحل معادلات الدرجة الثانية بالطريقة التي تحل بها يخرف حول ابستمولوجية السقوط الحر ونسبية اينشتاين خلطا بين التعليقات الإيديولوجية والنفسية على مايزعم جاريا في وعي العلماء وتصوراتهم وبين فهم آليات الإبداع العلمي وقوانينه”
أبو يعرب المرزوقي, صونًا للفلسفة والدين

Christopher Hitchens
“The usual duty of the “intellectual” is to argue for complexity and to insist that phenomena in the world of ideas should not be sloganized or reduced to easily repeated formulae.”
Christopher Hitchens

Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud
“A great thinker does not necessarily have to discover a master idea but has to rediscover and to affirm a true but forgotten, ignored or misunderstood master idea and interpret it in all the diverse aspects of thought not previously done, in a powerful and consistent way, despite surrounding ignorance and opposition. This criterion we think would include all prophets and their true followers among the Muslim scholars. He is both a great and original thinker who brings new meanings and interpretations to old ideas, thereby providing both continuity and originality to the important intellectual and cultural problems of his time and through it, of mankind. Thus the brilliant interpretations of scholars and sages like al-Ghazali and Mulla Sadra then, and Iqbal and al-Attas now, deserve to be recognized and acknowledged as manifesting certain qualities of greatness and originality.”
Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud, Filsafat dan Praktik Pendidikan Islam Syed M. Naquib Al-Attas

Criss Jami
“Those 'back burner' thoughts, the ones the brain isn't quite sure about yet, may cook the slowest yet they often manage to be the tastiest when they come out.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Tony Judt
“We are all familiar with intellectuals who speak only on behalf of their country, class, religion, 'race,' 'gender,' or 'sexual orientation,' and who shape their opinions according to what they take to be the interest of their affinity of birth or predilection. But the distinctive feature of the liberal intellectual in past times was precisely the striving for universality; not the unworldly or disingenuous denial of sectional identification but the sustained effort to transcend that identification in search of truth or the general interest. . . . In today's America, neoconservatives generate brutish policies for which liberals provide the ethical fig leaf. There really is no other diifference between them.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Hermester Barrington
“The hobgoblin of a little mind may be the genius of a great one.”
Hermester Barrington

Max Weber
“It's the intellectual who transforms the concept of the world into the problem of meaning.”
Max Weber, The Sociology of Religion

Thomas Bernhard
“me habia quedado tambien casi por completo sin contactos con quienes anteriormente mehabia permitido confrontaciones, es decir, confrontaciones intelectuales en diálogos y discusiones, de todas esas personas, con mi inmersión cada vez más rigurosa en mi trabajo científico, em había apartado y mantenido alejado cada vez más y, como tuve que comprender de pronto, de la forma más peligrosa y, a partir de un momento determinado, no había tenido ya fuerzas para reanudar todos esos lazos intelectuales necesarios, ciertamente había comprendido de pronto que, sin esos contactos, difícilmente podría avanzar, que sin esos contactosm probablemente, en un plazo previsible, no podría ya pensar, que pronto tampoco podría ya existir, pero me faltaban fuerzas para detener, mediante mi propia inicativa, lo que veía ya que se me acercaba, la atrofia de mi pensamiento producida por el apartamiento voluntariamente provocado, de todas las personas suceptibles de un contacto que excediera del más imprescindible, del llamado vernáculo, simplemente del derivado de las necesidades más apremiantes de la existencia en mi casa y su entorno inmediato, y habían pasado años ya desde que había dejado de mantener correpondencia, totalmente absorbido en mis ciencias, había dejado pasar el momento en que todavía hubiera sido posible reanudar esos contactos y correspondencia abandonados, todos mis esfuerzos en ese sentido habían fracasado siempre, porque en el fondo me habían faltado ya por completo, si no las fuerzas para ello, sí, probablemente, la voluntad de hacerlo, y aunque en realidad había comprendido claramente que el camino que había tomado y había seguido ya durante años no era el verdadero camino, que sólo podía ser un camino hacia el aislamiento total, aislamiento no sólo de mi mente y de mi pensamiento, sino en realidad aislamiento de todo mi ser, de toda mi existencia, siempre espantada ya, de todos modos, por ese aislamiento, no había hecho ya nada para remediarlo, había seguido avanzando siempre por ese camino, aunque siempre horrorizado por su lógica, temiendo continuamente ese camino en el que, sin embargo, no hubiera podido ya dar la vuelta; había previsto ya muy pronto la catástrofe, pero no había podido evitarla y, en realidad, se había producido ya mucho antes de que yo la reconociera como tal. Por un lado, la necesidad de aislarse por amor al trabajo científico es la primera de las necesidades deun intelectual, por otro, sin embargo, el peligro de que ese aislamiento se produzca de una forma demasiado radical que, en fin de cuentas, no tenga ya consecuencias estimulantes como se pretendía, sino inhibidoras e incluso aniquiladoras, en el trabajo intelectual es el mayor de los peligros y, a partir de cierto momento, mi aislamiento del entorno por amor a mi trabajo científico (sobre los anticuerpos) había tenido precisamente esas consecuencias aniquiladoras en mi trabajo científico. La comprensión llega siempre, como había tenido que reconocer en mi mente de la forma más dolorosa, demasiado tarde y sólo queda, si es que queda algo, la desesperación, o sea, la comprensión directa del hecho de que ese estado devastador y, por tanto, intelectual, sentimental y, en fin de cuentas corporalmente devastador, surgido de pronto, no puede cambiarse ya, ni por ningún medio.”
Thomas Bernhard, Yes

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