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Sensual pleasures are like soap-bubbles, sparkling, evanescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world.
      - James H. Aughey

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
      - Francis Bacon

It is the nature of intellect to strive to improve in intellectual power.
      - Hosea Ballou

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.
      - Jacques Barzun

In short, intelligence, considered in what seems to be its original feature, is the faculty of manufacturing artificial objects, especially tools to make tools, and of indefinitely urging the manufacture.
      - Henri Louis Bergson, Creative Evolution
         (ch. II)

Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.
      - Henri Louis Bergson, Creative Evolution
         (ch. II)

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

Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.
      - Thomas Carlyle

For the eye of the intellect "sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing."
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Varnhagen Von Ense's Memoirs--London and Westminster Review

A man of intellect is lost unless he unites energy of character to intellect. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
      - William Ellery Channing

Man gains wider dominion by his intellect than by his right arm. The mustard-seed of thought is a pregnant treasury of vast results. Like the germ in the Egyptian tombs its vitality never perishes; and its fruit will spring up after it has been buried for long ages.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Intellect really exists in its products; its kingdom is here.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Some men of a secluded and studious life have sent forth from their closet or their cloister rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon which, though far removed from the ocean, and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that restless world of waters.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
      - Albert Einstein

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

Genius is intellect constructive.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is good, but intellect is better, as the law-giver is before the law-receiver.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Tis goodwill makes intelligence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false,--this is the mark and character of intelligence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Intellect

Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Literary Ethics

'Tis good-will makes intelligence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Titmouse (l. 65)

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