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Quotations about Intelligence

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

With copious evidence ranging from Plato's haughtiness to Beethoven's tirades, we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot. ~Stephen Jay Gould, "Darwinian Fundamentalism," 1997  ["But Charles Darwin must have been the most genial of geniuses." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.  ~Stanley Garn

We function on a dozen different levels of intelligence. ~Bergen Evans, "Adam's Navel," The Natural History of Nonsense, 1946

Common sense is not so common.  ~Voltaire

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

We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.  ~Woodrow Wilson

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

I have frequently been reproached for committing faults which my censurers had neither the power nor the intelligence to commit. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), "The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance"  [Lichtenberg's unfinished "autopsychography" (Norman Alliston, 1908). —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The great majority of the world prefers to attend the exhibition of money rather than that of brains. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.  ~George Scialabra

To certain people a man of intelligence is a more awkward customer than the most avowed rogue. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.  ~Emerson M. Pugh

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

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

Mad, adj.:  Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Eventually you realize that if you're going to talk sense, you're going to antagonize its opponents. ~Robert Brault,

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.  ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.  ~Henri Frederic Amiel

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.  ~Barbara Walters

The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education. ~Joel Hildebrand

I'm not a nerd — I'm an intellectual bad-ass. ~Author Unknown

Primitive does not mean stupid. ~S.A. Sachs

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

It is hard to challenge an idiot idea, because people think you're challenging their right to idiocy. ~Robert Brault,

The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living. ~Charles F. Kettering

Common sense is a flower that does not grow in everyone's garden. ~Author unknown

I think the world is run by C students. ~Al McGuire

Character is higher than intellect. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.  ~Aldous Huxley

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