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Intellectuals Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Intellectuals

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Intellectuals solve problems,
geniuses prevent them.
- Albert Einstein

Related topics: Wisdom

Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.
- Margaret Anderson

Country and western is ignored by the intellectuals.
They don't look at it as an art form.
They think it's just somebody sitting on his couch singing about his life.
- Ricky Skaggs

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists
themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher,
exalted form of human endeavor.
- Steven Pinker

 

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

Certainly the party counts a considerable number of
intellectuals among its members,
but I am by no means disposed to apologise for that.
- Harry Oppenheimer

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth
and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult
tasks of religious intellectuals.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

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Intellectuals try to keep going.
But their situation is very difficult.
Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition
have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Intellectualism came very late to America.
That's why Americans are so proud of it.
I found very few real intellectuals in America.
But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
- Douglas Sirk

When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army -
writers,
intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
- Antonio Tabucchi

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
- Edmund Wilson

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the
right of intellectuals and political thinkers,
to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
- Norman Tebbit

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
- Theodor Adorno

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.
- Jacques Barzun

Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation
of the mind that invokes genetics.
- Steven Pinker

After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people,
these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the
young intellectuals of the country.
- Hu Shih

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Don't make art for other artists or for 'intellectuals',
make art for people - and if you can touch just one
person in a lifetime and make a difference -
you have succeeded.
- Ray Conniff

Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are
of more importance than values.
That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.
- Gerald Brenan

There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have too many intellectuals who are afraid to use
the pistol of common sense.
- Samuel Fuller

Intellectuals would be much more accepted now than in the '40s.
- Parker Stevenson

Soccer riots kill at most tens.
Intellectuals' ideological riots sometimes kill millions.
- John McCarthy

I think that one possible definition of our modern
culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our
intellectuals can't read any poetry.
- Randall Jarrell

My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they
expected me to stay at home and look after my younger
siblings and do the housework.
- Sara Paretsky

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

Many people have observed that truth is stranger than fiction.
This has led some intellectuals to conclude that it's
stranger than non-fiction as well.
- Brad Holland

It is ironic that the United States should have been
founded by intellectuals,
for throughout most of our political history,
the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider,
a servant or a scapegoat.
- Richard Hofstadter

But the Spain which emerged around 1960,
beginning with its economic miracle,
created by the invasion of tourists,
can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the
part of its intellectuals,
and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals.
- Juan Goytisolo

It was generally believed that Catholics were not interested
in arts and science graduate schools.
They weren't going to be intellectuals.
And so I put the theses to the test.
And they all collapsed.
- Andrew Greeley

There was a very serious communist strain among American
intellectuals before the war.
America was a more tolerant place in those days,
and Communists were not treated as pariahs.
That ended with the McCarthy era.
- Ken Follett

And with each day that passed, the gulf broadened and
my isolation became more accentuated.
In such a situation, the discovery that my experience was not unique,
that it had also been that of other Spanish intellectuals,
became very important for me.
- Juan Goytisolo

I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who
can stand back and look at the whole edifice...
It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it,
like a snake leaving his skin behind.
- Frank McCourt

Jewish intellectuals contributed a great deal to insure
that Europe became a continent of humanism,
and it is with these humanist ideals that Europe must
now intervene in the Middle East conflict.
- Daniel Barenboim

We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit.
What we need is chimpanzees.
Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word
to us about being intelligent.
We will think for you, my friend.
Don't forget it.
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Futurism: This was a movement of intellectuals who
wanted to replace tradition with the modern world of machinery,
speed, violence, and public relations.
It proves that we should be careful what intellectuals wish for,
because we might get it.
- Brad Holland

Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an
important force in the early groups of volunteers.
They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling,
whereas very few workers had left British shores.
- Bill Alexander

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Our family life was certainly not intellectual.
- Douglass North

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

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

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life,
and urge doing.
I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit
that still carries any reward.
- John Maynard Keynes

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I have never known so much naive conviction allied
to greater intellectual poverty.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

In the power of fixing the attention lies the most
precious of the intellectual habits.
- Robert Hall

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost
every intellectual field:
history,
literature, science, anthropology.
There's been an extraordinary advance.
- Clifford Geertz

A novelist should not be too intelligent either,
although...
he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
- Anthony Burgess

The intellectual is a middle-class product;
if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it,
in order to exist.
He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.
- Louise Bogan

There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest
moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence.
- Philip James Bailey

The true traveller is the one urged to move about for physical,
aesthetic, intellectual as well as spiritual reasons.
- Ella Maillart

If China wants to be a constructive,
active player in the world economy,
it's got to respect intellectual property rights or
it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them.
- Dan Glickman

By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries
about what makes us tick,
we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu.
- Steven Pinker

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains
are ours without his cares.
Thus I have soared above this world,
where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
- Honore de Balzac

It's hard to get into Newsweek because,
as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus,
if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
- Branford Marsalis

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

No one with a body full of aliments can have a luminous
soul and other intellectual faculties.
It is necessary to care for the body if we wish the
spirit to function normally.
- Michael Servetus

In fact, there is clear evidence of black intellectual superiority:
in 1984,
92 percent of blacks voted to retire Ronald Reagan,
compared to only 36 percent of whites.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Science is an integral part of culture.
It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood.
It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.
- Stephen Jay Gould

I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather
than an intellectual adventure.
- Steven Chu

In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be
correct in what they affirm,
and wrong in what they deny.
- John Stuart Mill


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