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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 great majority of the world prefers to attend the exhibition of money rather than that of brains. James Lendall Basford (1845–1915)

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)

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





Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein

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An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. Joseph Pulitzer

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it. Eliezer Yudkowsky

Beauty is a gift, just like good health or intelligence. The only thing is not to be proud of being beautiful. Because you didn’t do anything – it was given to you. Monica Bellucci

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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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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. Michael Jordan

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking

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





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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do. Maya Angelou

I think that intelligence is such a narrow branch of the tree of life – this branch of primates we call humans. No other animal, by our definition, can be considered intelligent. So intelligence can’t be all that important for survival, because there are so many animals that don’t have what we call intelligence, and they’re surviving just fine. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Journalism, as concerns collecting information, differs little if at all from intelligence work. In my judgment, a journalist’s job is very interesting. Vladimir Putin

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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

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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

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali

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

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

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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 difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

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

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The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. Henry Ford

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

To think is to practice brain chemistry. Deepak Chopra





All different forms of human expression, art, science, are going to become expanded, by expanding our intelligence. Ray Kurzweil

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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

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

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

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

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

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The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people. Geoffrey Chaucer

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

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

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

If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be transmitted instantaneously by electricity. Samuel Morse

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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

I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said. William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools – intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it – this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life. W. E. B. Du Bois

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Football is a game about feelings and intelligence. Jose Mourinho

The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American. Ida B. Wells

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

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

There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years. Doing that job right requires all the intelligence, wisdom, and determination you will be able to muster from day to day. James Dobson

For the several thousands of years before they became firefighters and physicians, women were sirens, enchantresses, snares. At times it seems as if female powerlessness is male self-preservation in disguise. And for millennia, this has made for a zero-sum game: A woman’s intelligence was a man’s deception. Stacy Schiff