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Cleverness Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Cleverness

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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

Related topics: Wisdom

Cleverness is not wisdom.
- Euripides

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical
wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley

A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
- Carolyn Wells

 

I kept bugging them about making it more upscale,
because I felt Abby, through her cleverness and business sense,
was a character who would move up.
And that's what she did.
- Donna Mills

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and
the cleverness of the few.
- Stendhal

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Cleverness is serviceable for everything,
sufficient for nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness,
but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to
the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the...
cleverness that we have to make changes.
- Leon Kass

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
- Thomas Huxley

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil,
and is far from being the greatest of all;
too much cleverness and too much learning,
accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
- Plato

We learned to be patient observers like the owl.
We learned cleverness from the crow,
and courage from the jay,
who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory.
But above all of them ranked the chickadee because
of its indomitable spirit.
- Tom Brown, Jr.

If the Great Way perishes, there will be morality and duty.
When cleverness and knowledge arise, great lies will flourish.
When relatives fall out with one another,
there will be filial duty and love.
When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu

Basically, if you could get a good trailer out of the script,
Roger had no objection to you making a really good movie.
He liked it if you did.
He liked the more cleverness and ingenuity you could bring to it.
He just wasn't going to give you any more money.
- John Sayles

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying
it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
He who leaves your company pleased with himself and
his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise...
not ourselves.
Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product.
Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated,
to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.
- William Bernbach

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive,
nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning,
if they be accompanied by a bad training,
are a much greater misfortune.
- Plato

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It's clever, but is it Art?
- Rudyard Kipling

He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
- Jane Austen

No one wants to know how clever you are.
They don't want an insight into your mind,
thrilling as it might be.
They want an insight into their own.
- Mark Haddon

What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.
- Terence

Witticism.
A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted;
what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
- Ambrose Bierce

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often
a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep
concern with real application issues.
They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.
- Whitfield Diffie

I don't really wanna talk about politics,
I'm not clever enough.
- Paul Weller

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs.
I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter

For sheer sexiness, a man must be beautiful.
Funny.
yes.
Clever, no.
- Jilly Cooper

People often get the wrong impression of Mick.
The clever businessman is just one side of Mick.
The other side is the same as the rest of us,
a true rocker!
- Ron Wood

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own
shoulders to those of others.
- Titus Livius

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
- Charles Kingsley

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball.
They had to do more than just give up open shots.
They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
- Wilt Chamberlain

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
- Thomas Carlyle

Awards sell tickets, and they're a clever publicity stunt.
- Tony Randall

Calvin was very clever.
We did the pictures and made the commercial,
and that really worked.
- Kate Moss

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

The notion of a universality of human experience is
a confidence trick and the notion of a universality
of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
- Angela Carter

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history,
favors not only the clever but the murderous.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

So, deadpan I think just means not acknowledging for
one second that you think that this is funny and clever.
- Patrick Warburton

An inefficient virus kills its host.
A clever virus stays with it.
- James Lovelock

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch;
Tact is the clever footwork.
- Wilson Mizner

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment,
and are always answering questions when the chief relish
of a life is to go on asking them.
- Frank Moore Colby

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet
my mind and say something clever.
- Aristophanes

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful,
one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive:
then the millstone weighs on the breast.
- Graham Greene

It's the people who try to be clever who never are;
the people who are clever never think of trying to be.
- Gilbert Parker

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime?
Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

TV - a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville.
However, it is our latest medium - we call it a medium
because nothing's well done.
- Goodman Ace


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