Smarts Quotes

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Deb Caletti
“And pity--people who inspire it in you are actually very powerful people. To get someone else to take care of you, to feel sorry for you--that takes a lot of strength, smarts, manipulation. Very powerful people.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Nalini Singh
“Only ignorance excuses stupidity”
Nalini Singh, Angels' Blood

Roland Barthes
“We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.”
Roland Barthes, Mythologies

Melissa de la Cruz
“It's always good to be underestimated.”
Melissa de la Cruz, Lost in Time

Paula Stokes
“No,” Gideon says. “No guns. The most dangerous weapon you have is your brain. Give someone a gun and they tend to quit using it.”
Paula Stokes, Vicarious

Adam Gopnik
“Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.”
Adam Gopnik

Walter Mosley
“I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things.” – Associated Press interview, 12-7-11”
Walter Mosley

Eudora Welty
“It's always taken a lot out of me, being smart.”
Eudora Welty, The Ponder Heart

Adam Kirk Smith
“Research shows that willpower is more important than IQ. That’s why the point isn’t to become smarter, but to become more self-disciplined.”
Adam Kirk Smith

Bryant McGill
“Be intelligent, but know it is better to be kind than smart.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Wilkie Collins
“But I am a just man, even to my enemy—and I will acknowledge, beforehand, that they are cleverer brains than I thought them.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

William Deresiewicz
“But the compulsive overachievement of today's elite college students - the sense that they need to keep running as fast as they can - is not the only thing that keeps them from forming the deeper relationships that might relieve their anguish. Something more insidious is operating, too: a resistance to vulnerability, a fear of looking like the only one who isn't capable of handling the pressure. These are young people who have always succeeded at everything, in part by projecting the confidence that they always will. Now, as they get to college, the stakes are higher and the competition fiercer. Everybody thinks that they are the only one who's suffering, so nobody says anything, so everybody suffers. Everyone feels like a fraud; everybody thinks that everybody else is smarter than they are.”
William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Richard J. Maybury
“Some years ago I read a book that brought Einstein's theory of relativity down to an eighth grade level. This convinced me that any subject can be made easy. In other words, always beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. This person may, for some reason, be trying to shut you out. You CAN understand almost anything.”
Richard J. Maybury, Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition

Heidi W. Durrow
“Aunt Loretta has something that maybe you could call class. It's not the made-up kind that Grandma has, fake pearls and Sunday hats, but something that comes to you as if you were born to the king and queen. Aunt Loretta understands better than Grandma that reading a big book is more classy than wearing fake pearls watching TV.”
Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

M.F. Moonzajer
“Do not be a stupid, unless someone is paying you to be.”

Bryant McGill
“Intelligence is often worshiped, even when that intelligence allows unfathomable injustice and suffering to occur under its smart watch.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Jonathan Safran Foer
“Sam enjoyed knowledge. The accumulation and distribution of facts gave him a feeling of control, of utility, of the opposite of the powerlessness that comes with having a smallish, underdeveloped body that doesn't dependably respond to the mental commands of a largish, overstimulated brain.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

Bryant McGill
“If this is a smart world then I want to be stupid.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

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