Intelligence Quotes

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

Barbara Walters

For where the instrument of intelligence is added to brute power and evil will, mankind is powerless in its own defense.

Dante Alighieri

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

Groucho Marx

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence

John Calvin

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious

Alfred North Whitehead

In that way imagination and intelligence enter into our existence in the part of servants of the primary instincts

Albert Einstein

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.

Konrad Adenauer

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are

George Santayana

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 essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.


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

Linus Torvalds

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

Susan Sontag

You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people

Will Rogers

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
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