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Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. Invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. Haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment. Desiderius Erasmus

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It's good to be clever, but not to show it.

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

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To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. Jacob Bronowski

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. Albert Einstein

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

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The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

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The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter

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One definition of man is an intelligence served by organs. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. François de La Rochefoucauld

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The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. Mark Twain

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The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde

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The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play). Michel Foucault

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Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs. Aldous Huxley

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Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence. James Russell Lowell

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Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point. Arthur Schopenhauer

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He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral. Ursula K. Le Guin

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Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier. Stanisław Jerzy Lec

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When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains.

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She was short on intellect, but long on shape. George Ade

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Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. G. K. Chesterton

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Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness. Ludwig Wittgenstein

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I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival. Kurt Vonnegut

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The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

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Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up. Frank Lloyd Wright

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A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere. Wyndham Lewis

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The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time. George Orwell

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I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches. Milan Kundera

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Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. Alfred North Whitehead

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You think you are clever until you find out how smart you are

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Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey. Marcel Proust

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“Literary genres and techniques tend to take form in one's mind somewhat the way computer templates provide form for different computer tasks.” Aberjhani

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How easy would life be if you were less intelligent! Gerhard Kocher

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It is little that one gains by cleverness.

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You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence.

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Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being. Simone Weil

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There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea. Virginia Woolf

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We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing. Henry David Thoreau

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To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life. Robert Louis Stevenson

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The role of the intelligence --that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit. Simone Weil

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Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out. Oscar Wilde

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It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit. William Shakespeare

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The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left. Ezra Pound