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The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Albert Einstein

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

— Albert Einstein

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Albert Einstein

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

— Henry Ford

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

— Ray Bradbury

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

— Ernest Hemingway

Common sense is not so common.

— Voltaire

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

— Confucius

Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

— William Shakespeare

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

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

— Alan Alda

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

— Salvador Dali

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

— Mark Twain

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.

— Catherine Deneuve

A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.

— Roy H. Williams

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

— Oscar Wilde

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

— Socrates

Information is not knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

— Napoleon Hill

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?

— Scott Adams

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

— Stephen Hawking

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.

— Dolly Parton

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Ronald Reagan

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.

— Jonathan Swift

Wit is educated insolence.

— Aristotle

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

— Albert Camus

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

— Victor Hugo

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

— Aristotle

Genius always finds itself a century too early.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.

— Julius Charles Hare

It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.

— Don Herold

Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.

— Paul Cezanne

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.

— George Bernard Shaw

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.

— Blaise Pascal

I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

— Bill Watterson

I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals.

— Steve Jobs

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

— George Orwell

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

— Plutarch

Knowledge is love and light and vision.

— Helen Keller

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

— Carl Sagan

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.

— Roger Ebert

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

— A. A. Milne

An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.

— Bryant H. McGill

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.

— Gracie Allen

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

— Sigmund Freud

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.

— Janis Joplin

Be smarter than other people, just don’t tell them so.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.

— Helen Gurley Brown

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

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Genius is initiative on fire.

— Holbrook Jackson

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

— Sigmund Freud

Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.

— Samuel Goldwyn

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

— George Orwell

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

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

— Carl Jung

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

— Jean-Paul Sartre

There is no method but to be very intelligent.

— T. S. Eliot

The intellect of the wise is like glass it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.

— Augustus Hare

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.

— E. B. White

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

— Friedrich Schiller

There are only two races on this planet – the intelligent and the stupid.

— John Fowles

Belief is the death of intelligence.

— Robert Anton Wilson

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

— Timothy Leary

To think is to practice brain chemistry.

— Deepak Chopra

The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.

— Ed Parker

Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense.

— Josh Billings

Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.

— Ambrose Bierce

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

An intellectual is a man who doesn’t know how to park a bike.

— Spiro T. Agnew

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

— Francis Bacon

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.

— Lena Horne

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

— Marcel Proust

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

— Michel de Montaigne

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

— Lewis Carroll

You have to be smart. The easy days are over.

— Robert Kiyosaki

We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

— Woodrow Wilson

The higher the voice the smaller the intellect.

— Ernest Newman

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

— Henri Frederic Amiel

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

— Diogenes

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

— Susan Sontag

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle.

— Bryant H. McGill

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of learned lumber in his head.

— Alexander Pope

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.

— Josh Billings

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.

— Charles Kettering

The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.

— Daniel Goleman

I can’t tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.

— James Whistler

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

— Tom Robbins

People are smarter than you might think.

— John Astin

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

— Don Herold

It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.

— G. H. Hardy

Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.

— Steve Wozniak

Ignorance is no excuse, it’s the real thing.

— Irene Peter

Don’t leave home without your sword – your intellect.

— Alan Moore

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

— Arnold J. Toynbee

When I see a dolphin, I know it’s just as smart as I am.

— Don Van Vliet

Remember to be as smart as you are.

— Judd Nelson

Intelligence is not a science.

— Frank Carlucci

Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.

— Margaret Anderson

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

— Albert Einstein

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

— Winston Churchill

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

— Michael Jordan

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

— Thomas A. Edison

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

— H. L. Mencken

There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

— Edgar Allan Poe

I don’t think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.

— John F. Kennedy

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

— Lao Tzu

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.

— Steve Jobs

Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.

— Wayne Dyer

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.

— Henry David Thoreau

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.

— George Bernard Shaw

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.

— Albert Camus

I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense I call it intelligence.

— Malcolm X

Humanity I love you because when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.

— e. e. cummings

Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.

— Immanuel Kant

No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

— H. L. Mencken

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

— Groucho Marx

I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.

— Thomas A. Edison

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.

— Barack Obama

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.

— Leonardo da Vinci

My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.

— Michelle Obama

It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.

— Sun Tzu

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

— Aldous Huxley

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

— Bertrand Russell

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.

— Bertrand Russell

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

— John Keats

I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

We will strengthen our security by building missile defense, restoring our military might, and standing by and strengthening our intelligence officers.

— Mitt Romney

I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

— Abigail Adams

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

— Aldous Huxley

There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.

— Victor Hugo

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

— Bertrand Russell

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.

— James Allen

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

— Stephen Hawking

In the aftermath of September 11, and as the 9/11 Commission report so aptly demonstrates, it is clear that our intelligence system is not working the way that it should.

— Hillary Clinton

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

— Pablo Picasso

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

There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.

— Stephen Hawking

Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.

— Marcel Proust

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

— Saint Augustine

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.

— Andre Maurois

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

— Saul Bellow

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.

— John Calvin

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.

— Honore de Balzac

No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

— Simone Weil

In these troubled, uncertain times, we don’t need more command and control we need better means to engage everyone’s intelligence in solving challenges and crises as they arise.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

— Louis Pasteur

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our intentions may be very good, but, because the intelligence is limited, the action may turn out to be a mistake – a mistake, but not necessarily a sin, for sin comes out of a wrong intention.

— E. Stanley Jones

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.

— Karl A. Menninger

I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts – spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back – length of life.

— Rose Kennedy

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.

— David Bowie

It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

— Joseph Story

Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition.

— David Herbert Lawrence

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.

— Bertolt Brecht

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

— James Russell Lowell

The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.

— Terry Pratchett

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

— George Santayana

There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.

— Virginia Woolf

Intelligence is a moral category.

— Theodor Adorno

The universe is an intelligence test.

— Timothy Leary

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.

— Laurence J. Peter

It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.

— John Steinbeck

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.

— Thomas Szasz

Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.

— Marilyn vos Savant

My dad is still Christian Scientist. My mom’s not, and I’m not. But I believe in God, and that there’s a higher power and an intelligence that’s bigger than us and that we can rely on. It’s not just us, thinking we are the ones in control of everything. That idea gives me support.

— Ellen DeGeneres

A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.

— Grover Cleveland

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

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.

— Laurence J. Peter

The role of the intelligence – that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.

— Simone Weil

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.

— Simone Weil

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.

— J. K. Rowling

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

— William Feather

Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds where decisions are made based on power rather than intelligence.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

George W. Bush attended the intelligence briefing every day. Obama has not even attended half of them. He sends surrogates. That to me is significant.

— Rush Limbaugh

After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence, though deficient in personal charms, than I have been by the most regular beauty.

— Washington Irving

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.

— Edward de Bono

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

There are unknown forces in nature when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

— Auguste Rodin

Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.

— Andrew Jackson

I’m every bourgeois nightmare – a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.

— Michael Caine

For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn’t do very well in school. The basic system of education, I didn’t fit in my intelligence was elsewhere.

— Bruce Springsteen

I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.

— Harold Pinter

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.

— Konrad Adenauer

Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.

— Linus Torvalds

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

The Clinton White House today said they would start to give national security and intelligence briefings to George Bush. I don’t know how well this is working out. Today after the first one Bush said, ‘I’ve got one question: What color is the red phone?’

— Bill Maher

Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.

— Alan Kay

Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.

— Julian Assange

When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it’s the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone’s talking about. And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false ‘intelligence’ and selected ‘leaks.’

— Brian Eno

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.

— Alan Perlis

Emotion is often what we rely upon to carry us across the unfathomable voids in our intelligence.

— Bryant H. McGill

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.

— Christopher Columbus

I have met with some of them – very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools.

— Giacomo Casanova

Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer.

— Bryant H. McGill

Many openly show discontentment with their looks, but few with their intelligence. I, however, assure you there are many more plain minds than faces.

— Bryant H. McGill

My dad used to say, ‘Just because you dress up in a coat and tie, it doesn’t influence your intelligence.’

— Tiger Woods

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.

— Emile M. Cioran

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.

— Samuel Beckett

Stupidity is infinitely more fascinating that intelligence. Intelligence has its limits while stupidity has none.

— Claude Chabrol

Our actions are the results of our intentions and our intelligence.

— E. Stanley Jones

Intelligence is enormously sexy.

— Frank Langella

It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.

— John le Carre

We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement, intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world.

— Brad Thor

The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.

— Walter Lippmann

Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.

— Andrea Dworkin

The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there’s some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there’s a lot of work that’s gone into it, so it can’t all be just a lie.

— Damon Albarn

The intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.

— Phaedrus

Newt Gingrich has a restless and outsized intelligence that is tragically unleavened by any kind of critical sensibility.

— John Podhoretz

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.

— Jose Mourinho

Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.

— Alistair Cooke

That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.

— Miguel de Unamuno

All the intelligence and talent in the world can’t make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can’t be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.

— Willa Cather

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

— Arthur C. Clarke

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.

— Raymond Chandler

Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory even more are false, and most are uncertain.

— Karl Von Clausewitz

Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

— Stephen Leacock

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.

— Henry Adams

In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence, ignorance is generally the aggressor.

— Paul Harris

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

The trouble with people like Tony Blair is they get confused, they think intelligence is education when they’re two different things.

— David Bailey

Bill Gates wants people to think he’s Edison, when he’s really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn’t right… wealth isn’t the same thing as intelligence.

— Larry Ellison

I’m a big advocate of financial intelligence.

— Daymond John

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

— Quentin Crisp

Successful organizations, including the Military, have learned that the higher the risk, the more necessary it is to engage everyone’s commitment and intelligence.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

I don’t deny that there are problems in the intelligence world, but I would argue that in the UK we try to uphold the highest standards in the world.

— William Hague

My hope was that organizations would start including this range of skills in their training programs – in other words, offer an adult education in social and emotional intelligence.

— Daniel Goleman

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.

— Alfred North Whitehead

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.

— William Ellery Channing

I think the sexiest thing on anybody is intelligence. I respect somebody who has a brain and wants to use it more than a pretty face and status.

— Sophia Bush

Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.

— Thomas a Kempis

If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.

— Arlen Specter

There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.

— Rebecca West

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.

— Grover Cleveland

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.

— Henry Adams

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one’s own.

— Henry Adams

We are constantly protecting the male ego, and it’s a disservice to men. If a man has any sensitivity or intelligence, he wants to get the straight scoop from his girlfriend.

— Betty Dodson

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence, with bravery and mercy.

— Theodore White

There is little evidence that our individual intelligence has improved through recorded history.

— James Lovelock

If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.

— Holly Near

I really admire a woman for her intelligence, her personality. Beauty is not enough.

— Roberto Cavalli

Foolishness is rarely a matter of lack of intelligence or even lack of information.

— John McCarthy

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

— Thomas Moore

It’s not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We’ve gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it’s a – very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done.

— Dick Cheney

One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.

— Lewis Mumford

But once you are in that field, emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job.

— Daniel Goleman

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.

— Jean Baudrillard

It is only when you watch the dense mass of thousands of ants, crowded together around the Hill, blackening the ground, that you begin to see the whole beast, and now you observe it thinking, planning, calculating. It is an intelligence, a kind of live computer, with crawling bits for its wits.

— Lewis Thomas

If I could have been a marine biologist I would have, but I didn’t have that kind of intelligence. Numbers were never my strong point.

— Nicolas Cage

We will have to continue to improve our human intelligence system-something that was, unfortunately, lacking in the years which led up to September 11. This is going to be a continuing process of change.

— John Sununu

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.

— John Ciardi

If a cat does something, we call it instinct if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.

— Will Cuppy

There’ll be differences of opinion in just about every intelligence analysis that you make.

— Robert Mueller

A John Updike is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon, if that generation is lucky: so comfortable in so many genres, the same lively, generous intelligence suffusing all he did.

— George Saunders

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence.

— Russell Lynes

I don’t intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.

— Harold Pinter

If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests.

— King Abdullah II

Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.

— Titus Livius

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth – of my passions – of my death a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies – whose factions I sought to quell – whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim – whose freedom has been my fatal dream.

— Thomas Francis Meagher

There are a lot of obstacles in the way of our understanding animal intelligence – not the least being that we can’t even agree whether nonhuman species are conscious. We accept that chimps and dolphins experience awareness we like to think dogs and cats do. But what about mice and newts? What about a fly? Is anything going on there at all?

— Jeffrey Kluger

I want to exude strength and intelligence.

— Portia de Rossi

I like shows that have some level of intelligence to them. When it’s not as predictable, when you don’t know what’s coming at you.

— Mehmet Oz

The Secret Intelligence Service I knew occupied dusky suites of little rooms opposite St James’s Park Tube station in London.

— John le Carre

I find intelligence sexy. I find a sense of humor sexy. I find sensitivity sexy.

— Nicole Appleton

I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

— Antonio Gramsci

Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.

— Jean Anouilh

The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.

— Freeman Dyson

Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.

— Raymond Chandler

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.

— Mikhail Bakunin

They say military have the so-called ‘secret intelligence’ – this amount of intelligence must be very secret, since I’ve never seen any intelligent military person, nor I have seen any sense in the bloody stupid wars.

— Ozzy Osbourne

If an animal does something, we call it instinct if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.

— Will Cuppy

I think there’s a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to think about it.

— Clyde Tombaugh

It was my mother’s idea. Her feeling was that I didn’t have the intelligence to pick a trade myself.

— Vidal Sassoon

If you wish to spare yourself and your venerable family, give heed to my advice with the ear of intelligence. If you do not, you will see what God has willed.

— Hulagu Khan

We know that there are unaccounted-for Scud and other ballistic missiles in Iraq. And part of the problem is that, since 1998, there has been no way to even get minimal information about those programs except through intelligence means.

— Condoleezza Rice

So many people say that obviously my game has changed since I arrived here and I say that it’s good that it changed, otherwise it would show a lack of intelligence.

— Thierry Henry

But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives.

— Joan D. Vinge

The ability to take pleasure in one’s life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that.

— Todd Solondz

Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.

— Edward Thorndike

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.

— Jose Bergamin

Well look, CIA is an agency that has to collect intelligence, do operations. We have to take risks and it’s important that we take risks and that we know that we have the support of the government and we have the support of the American people in what we’re doing.

— Leon Panetta

You know, as director of the CIA, I got an awful lot of intelligence about all the horrible things that could go on across the world.

— Leon Panetta

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.

— Ben Kingsley

It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far lower than the mean of each individual’s intelligence or morality.

— Christian Lous Lange

Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence.

— Ethel Waters

Most good actors have a huge intelligence about the human condition and a real open heart to different kinds of people and behavior.

— Tim Robbins

Well, I think there’s a distinction between sexing-up the intelligence and sexing-up the presentation of the intelligence.

— John Major

The White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these jokes just write themselves.

— David Letterman

When I went on to write my next book, Working With Emotional Intelligence, I wanted to make a business case that the best performers were those people strong in these skills.

— Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.

— Daniel Goleman

I apologize for being obvious, but every time I watch the curtain come down on even a halfway decent production of a Shakespeare play I feel a little sorrowful that I’ll never know the man, or any man of such warm intelligence.

— Ian Mcewan

True intelligence requires fabulous imagination.

— Ian Mcewan

Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.

— Henri Bergson

God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.

— Raymond Holliwell

I think what he’s – what he believes, and he may be correct, I don’t know, that we have some intelligence information that leads us to know some things about what’s going on in Iraq that we haven’t revealed to others.

— Lawrence Eagleburger

In Europe they call geeks ‘smart people,’ and frankly I think we live in a culture that doesn’t value intelligence enough so I am very proud in saying that I am a geek.

— James Marsters

The Constitution was written by 55 educated and highly intelligent men in Philadelphia in 1787, but it was written so that it could be understood by people of limited education and modest intelligence.

— John Jay Hooker

The higher the general average of intelligence, all things else being equal, the less the disposition to be meddlesome, critical, and overbearing.

— Paul Harris

She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is, truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence.

— Sri Aurobindo

I think intelligence is totally subjective it’s like sexiness.

— David Fincher

The assumption is that the right kind of society is an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being, but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions, instincts and passions, intelligence and reason.

— Herbert Read

Prior to the passage of the Patriot Act, it was very difficult – often impossible – for us to share information with the Central Intelligence Agency, with NSA, with the other intelligence agencies, and likewise, for them to share information with us.

— Robert Mueller

So there is a foreign intelligence purpose for every one of our FISA warrants.

— Robert Mueller

In order to be successful against each of these threats, we have to have a presence overseas, work closely not only with our counterparts in the law enforcement community, but also with the intelligence community.

— Robert Mueller

I have great faith in the intelligence of the American viewer and reader to put two and two together and come up with four.

— Jim Lehrer

An organization’s intelligence is distributed to the point of being ubiquitous.

— Kevin Kelly

Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

— Louis Pasteur

The intelligence community gets hurt through sequestration.

— Lindsey Graham

While the intelligence profession oftentimes demands secrecy, it is critically important that there be a full and open discourse on intelligence matters with the appropriate elected representatives of the American people.

— John O. Brennan

I’ve always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I’m a little surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.

— Elizabeth Hurley

From the lowest animals of which we can affirm intelligence up to man this type of intellect is found.

— Edward Thorndike

I’ve never met a person who has more integrity than my husband. I respect that. There’s his humor and intelligence, too, and he’s really cute, all those things – but if you don’t respect your partner, you’ll get sick of him.

— Michelle Pfeiffer

The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.

— Emanuel Swedenborg

Human intelligence is a reflection of the intelligence that produces everything. In knowing, we are simply extending the intelligence that comes to and constitutes us. We mimic the mind of God, so to speak. Or better, we continue and extend it.

— Huston Smith

The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.

— William Shenstone

You’ll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It was not a warning about the place and the method and the time – it was a general warning. And that points out the imperfection, if you would, of our intelligence.

— Lee H. Hamilton

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.

— Mark Kennedy

The Germans certainly – the intelligence service believed that there were WMD. It turns out that we were all wrong, probably in my judgment, and that is most disturbing.

— David Kay

Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.

— Jacques Maritain


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