Intelligence Quotes

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

Niccolo Machiavelli

I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.

Lisa Alther

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen

The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations

Andre Gide

Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used

Dr. Carl Sagan

... 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 a kind of ecstasy.

Dr. Carl Sagan

I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

Abigail Adams

A woman's appetite is twice that of a man's; her sexual desire, four times; her intelligence, eight times


The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.

Elbert Hubbard

In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.

Herbert Clark Hoover

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

C. Archie Danielson

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Oscar Wilde

Guantanamo allows us to secure dangerous detainees without the risk of escape, while at the same time providing us with valuable intelligence information on how best to proceed in the war against terror and prevent future attacks.

Jim Ryun

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence


There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

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


Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.

George Scialabba

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Stephen Butler Leacock

You're born with intelligence, but not with ethics.

Massad Ayoob

Education is...One of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.

Bertrand A. Russell

Never doubt your own intelligence and common sense.

Anita Foley

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Henry Louis Mencken

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.

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