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Intelligence Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Intelligence

Please enjoy these Intelligence Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
- Salvador Dali

 

Intelligence is not a science.
- Frank Carlucci

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

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

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Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill

Intelligence is really a kind of taste:
taste in ideas.
- Susan Sontag

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

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

Belief is the death of intelligence.
- Robert Anton Wilson

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.
- Irene Peter

Every true genius is bound to be naive.
- Friedrich Schiller

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

There is no method but to be very intelligent.
- T. S. Eliot

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
- Lena Horne

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Be what you are.
This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
- Julius Charles Hare

There are only two races on this planet -
the intelligent and the stupid.
- John Fowles

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu

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

The higher the voice the smaller the intellect.
- Ernest Newman

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

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

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

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

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

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

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

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

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

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
- Stephen Hawking

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

Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.
- Margaret Anderson

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought;
what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

There is One Infinite Mind,
which of necessity includes all that is,
whether it be the intelligence in man,
the life in the animal,
or the invisible Presence which is God.
- Ernest Holmes

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

Man is the most intelligent of the animals -
and the most silly.
- Diogenes

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

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

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases,
manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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.

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

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

The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life,
like a great deal of human intelligence,
does not involve a self.
- George H. Mead

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence,
but an optimist because of will.
- Antonio Gramsci

When a decision is made to go to war based on intelligence,
it is a fateful decision.
It has ramifications and impacts way beyond the current months and years.
- Carl Levin

You want to keep intelligence separate from policy.
- Bobby Ray Inman


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