Intelligence Quotes

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

Andre Gide

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen

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

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

Niccolo Machiavelli

You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people

Will Rogers

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way

Marcel Proust

Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.


An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Susan Sontag

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

Linus Torvalds

Everything great and intelligent is in the minority

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Some people unable to go to school were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden...


Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them

Peter Ustinov

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


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

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are

George Santayana

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

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

Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.

E. F. Schumacker

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious

Alfred North Whitehead

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

John Calvin

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

Groucho Marx

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.

Charles Pierce

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : December 22, 2013
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