Intelligence Quotes

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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

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

Edgar Allan Poe

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

George Santayana

The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.

Robert J. Schiller

Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.

Linus Torvalds

The use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is kind of ecstasy.

Carl Sagan

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.

Frank Kingdon

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

George Bancroft

Do not always assume the other fellow has intelligence equal to yours. He may have more.

Terry Thomas

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

Albert Camus

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

Rene Descartes

Common sense is not so common.


The scale, properly speaking, does not permit the measure of the intelligence, because intellectual qualities are not superposable, and therefore cannot be measured as linear surfaces are measured.

Alfred Binet

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.

Alfred North Whitehead

The educated do not share a common body of information, but a common state of mind.

Mason Cooley

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

The main thing needed to make men happy is intelligence.

Bertrand Russell

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Salvador Dali

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

Bertrand Russell

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.

Blaise Pascal

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.

George Bernard Shaw

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

Ernest Hemingway

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

Susan Sontag

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Brains first, hard work second.

Unknown Author

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Albert Einstein

Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially to make tools to make tools.

Henri Bergson

An intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Janis Joplin

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