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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
I come from the Town of Stupidity; it lieth about four degrees beyond the City of Destruction.
- John Bunyan
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
- Quentin Crisp
The intelligent have a right over the ignorant; namely, the right of instructing them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
- Sigmund Freud
Many things which nature makes difficult become easy to the man who uses his brains.
from Livy, The History of Rome, vol. III (25.11)
Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
- Anthony Hope (pseudonym of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins)
God multiplies intelligence, which communicates itself, like fire, ad infinitum. Light a thousand torches at one touch, the flame remains always the same.
- Joseph Joubert
To educate the intelligence is to enlarge the horizon of its desires and wants.
- James Russell Lowell
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.
- Carl Sagan
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
- George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart
In fact, with movies as with people, sometimes too much unrelenting intelligence is like a hard shell; you need some space of dumbness to let the wisdom in.
- Dean Sluyter, Cinema Nirvana
It is no proof of a man's understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases; but 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.
- Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)
Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
- Henrik Tikkanen
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
Every breeze wafts intelligence from country to country, every wave rolls it, all give it forth, and all in turn receive it. There is a vast commerce of ideas, there are marts and exchanges for intellectual discoveries, and a wonderful fellowship of those individual intelligences which make up the mind and opinion of the age.
- Daniel Webster
Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)
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