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Intelligence quotes and quotations

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Sigmund Freud

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Bill Watterson

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Mad, adj.: Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
Ambrose Bierce

The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.
Aldous Huxley

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
Don Herold

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

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
G. H. Hardy

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
George Bernard Shaw

Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.
Harriet Martineau

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
Henrik Tikkanen

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Henry Adams

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.
Laurence J. Peter

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
James Mcneill Whistler

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
Mark Twain

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

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.
Mary Pettibone Poole

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke

The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
Robert J. Shiller

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.
Emerson M. Pugh

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson

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Tom Friend

A mind too active is no mind at all.
Theodore Roethke

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde.
Dolly Parton

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell