Quotations about Intelligence

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

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.  ~Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad"

If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.  ~Stanley Garn

Common sense is not so common.  ~Voltaire

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

We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.  ~Woodrow Wilson

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

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.  ~George Scialabra

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.  ~Emerson M. Pugh

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

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

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

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.  ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711

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

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.  ~Barbara Walters

The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education.  ~Joel Hildebrand

Primitive does not mean stupid.  ~Author Unknown

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.  ~Albert Einstein

The difference between intelligence and education is this:  intelligence will make you a good living.  ~Charles F. Kettering

I think the world is run by C students.  ~Al McGuire

Character is higher than intellect.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.  ~Aldous Huxley


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