quotations about intelligence
There are some with brains and some without. It makes for a better division of labour.
BERTOLT BRECHT, Baal
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, "The Crack Up"
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, Bite-Size Einstein
An intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much--the wheel, New York, wars and so on -- whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man--for precisely the same reasons.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Man is man because he chanced to develop intelligence instead of instinct; otherwise he would to this day have remained among the anthropoid apes. He has turned away from nature, become unnatural, as it were, disliked the earth upon which he found himself, and changed the face of it somewhat to his liking.
JACK LONDON, The Kempton-Wace Letters
You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn't annihilate human nature.
PHILIP ROTH, American Pastoral
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
OSCAR WILDE, The Happy Prince and Other Stories
We have, as yet, no definite proof that too much brain, like too much armor, is not one of those unfortunate evolutionary accidents that leads to the annihilation of its possessors.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE, Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations
The surest way to be deceived is to think oneself more clever than others.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
WOODROW WILSON, speech to the National Press Club, March 20, 1914
Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.
ALBERT EDWARD WIGGAM, attributed, Philippine Almanac
The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.
FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov
Intelligence forbids tears.
DORIS LESSING, A Man and Two Women
Intelligence is the art of good guesswork.
H.B. BARLOW, The Oxford Companion to the Mind
Stupid was a prison they never let you out of, no time off for good behavior, you were in for life.
STEPHEN KING (as Richard Bachman), Blaze
Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.
SU SHI, "On the Birth of His Son"
Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.
ERICH FROMM, The Sane Society
Fools do not understand men of intelligence.
LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims
Intellectual force is qualitatively the first and foremost productive force, and concern for its rapid growth should be the ardent concern of all classes.
MAXIM GORKY, Untimely Thoughts