Intelligence Quotes

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

We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.

Henri Bergson

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.

Emil Cioran

Intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies...our own innate intelligence is far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside.

Deepak Chopra

Your intelligence often bears the same relation to your heart as the library of a chteau does to its owner.

Nicolas Chamfort

When you fool a fool, you strike a blow for intelligence.

Giacomo Casanova

The Augustan constitution remains one of the major products of the human intelligence. It was a whole into which the parts fitted smoothly, but both whole and parts were elastic and capable of swift adaptation to unforeseen conditions. It was elaborate, but that was necessary, both because of its origin and its purpose.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Hands are integral with brains, almost another lobe for intelligence. What one does not know through one's hands, one does not truly know.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.

Thomas S. Szasz

The work is often deadly and boring, but it requires a keen intelligence, and the only way I can compete with large corporations is to treat my employees better, move them up faster, give them more money and put mirrors in the bathrooms.

James R. Uffelman

Would it not be much better to have a president who deliberately lied to the people because he thought a war was essential than to have one who was so dumb as to be taken in by intelligence agencies, especially those who told him what he wanted to hear?

Andrew Greeley

All religions, with their gods, their demigods, and their prophets, their messiahs and their saints, were created by the credulous fancy of men who had not attained the full development and full possession of their faculties. Consequently, the religious heaven is nothing but a mirage in which man, exalted by ignorance and faith, discovers his own image, but enlarged and reversed that is, divinized. The history of religion, of the birth, grandeur, and decline of the gods who have succeeded one another in human belief, is nothing, therefore, but the development of the collective intelligence and conscience of mankind.

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin

The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident.

Wystan Hugh Auden

Design is intelligence made visible.

Alina Wheeler

Clearly, for France in her present position, intelligence consists of practicing a policy of entente with Germany in order to survive.

Pierre Laval

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.

Alvin Toffler

The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.

Aldrich Ames

We are fortunate to have inherited an institution which we certainly should never have had the intelligence to create. We might have been landed with something like the American Senate.

Lord Esher

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

Pablo Picasso

Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.

Adam Gopnik

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.

Jose Bergamin

My favourite definition of "Intellectual" is: "Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence."

William Clark

God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible.

James Clavell

The Internet will be the evolutionary mechanism that allows us to play an eternal game of intelligence Leap-Frog. I look forward to leap frogging with you.

Tony Buzan
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