Intelligence Quotes

intelligence quotes

Here are a few intelligence quotes someone collected for me.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. -Winston Churchill

It is wiser to find out than to suppose. -Mark Twain

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. -Bertolt Brecht

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. -Socrates

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. -Ernest Hemingway

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. -Rene Descartes

For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance. -Lao Tzu

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. -Tao Te Ching

Where two discourse, if the one’s anger rise, The man who lets the contest fall is wise. -Euripides

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. -Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise. -Benjamin Franklin

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

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of facts. -Henry Brooks Adams

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will help create the fact. -James Truslow Adams

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. -Moshe Arens

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. -Lucille Ball

Half of the world’s misery comes from ignorance. The other half comes from intelligence. -Baslo

Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. -Dr. Joyce

We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. -Woodrow Wilson

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

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

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head. -Alexander Pope

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly. -Jonathan Swift

The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education. -Joel Hildebrand

I think the world is run by C students. -Al McGuire

Character is higher than intellect. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which of these jumped out at you?  Are there any here that are “yellow-stickie-worthy”?  I know there are many more quotes worthy of this spot.  Please share a few if you have some on-hand.

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    • Lee
    • April 8, 2010
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    Just my thoughts. I believe to be classified intelligent you need to possess wisdom; to gain wisdom you need to have experienced many things in your lifetime. You need to have overcome tragedy, failings, hardships and suffering, and still know how to love your fellow human being, you need to have compassion, understanding, the desire to help those in need. To stand in awe of all creation, to be humble and forgiving.

    Thank you Shawn for your interesting Quotes.

    • donna maria rashad
    • April 8, 2010
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    Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. -Bertolt Brecht

    This is critical for me. Trial and error are critical to my job. I needed to hear this to forgive myself when I get it really wrong.

    • ryan
    • April 14, 2010
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    Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. -Susan Sontag

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

    Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. -Winston Churchill

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      Thanks Ryan! Good quotes.

    • Tammy
    • August 18, 2010
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    The good and the wise lead quiet lives; Euripides

    • Krystina Ping
    • August 25, 2010
    Reply

    rené descartes is definitely the most genius man that ever lived! we think – therefore we are 😉

    • Mishack Mchunu
    • October 30, 2010
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    separating your soul from your body would mean death,but separating your mind*thoughts* from your body would mean higher life…as you will do more than wt people think when they look at you.

    • Dev
    • April 21, 2011
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    We won’t Know Till we Try.

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