Intelligence Quotes


This is a big collection of intelligence quotes that should inspire you to exercise your mind!

1) A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are portals of discovery. -James Joyce

2) Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. -Anna Freud

3) A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled. -Plutarch

4) A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance. -Niccolo Machiavelli

5) On artificial intelligence: the real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. -B.F Skinner

6) A small mind is obstinate. A great mind can lead and be led. -Alexander Cannon

7) Always be smarter than the people who hire you. -Lena Horne

8 ) An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself. -Albert Camus

9) Any fool can criticise, condemn, and complain and most fools do. -Dale Carnegie

10) Chance favours the prepared mind. -Louis Pasteur

11) Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions. They’re easier to handle than dumb mistakes. -Carolyn Coats

12) Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film. -Unknown Author

13) Everyone is brilliant some of the time, and no one is that way all the time. -Kathleen Cushmes

14) Fear is what prevents the flowering of the mind. -J. Krishnamurti

15) Failures are divided into two classes: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. -John Charles Salak

16) For every student with a spark of brilliance, there is about ten with ignition trouble. -Milton Berle

17) Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -Thomas A. Edison

18) Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. -Eleanor Roosevelt

19) Questions are the creative acts of intelligence. -Frank Kingdom

20) We are either fools or undiscovered geniuses. -Bonnie Lin

21) The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. -Herbert (Victor) Prochnow, Sr

22) Skill is successfully walking a tightrope over Niagara falls. Intelligence is not trying. -Anonymous

23) The function of genius is not to give new answers, but pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve. -Hugh Trevor-Roper

24) It is not the IQ but the I Will that is most important in education. -Anonymous

25) People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. -Ed Maier

26) Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence. -Albert Edward Wiggam

27) Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven. -Edward De Bono

28) Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. -David Fasold

29) The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. -Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

30) We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

31) The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it. -Frank M. Garafola

32) 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. -Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

33) To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life. -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

34) 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 (1466-1536)

35) You cannot be very smart if you have never done anything foolish. -French Proverb

36) Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. -Albert Einstein

37) Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances. -George Eliot (1819-1880)

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

39) 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 (1896-1940)

40) If a man’s eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

I really like 4, 11, and 18.  How about you?  And do you have any quotes/comments on this subject?  Go to the “Leave A Reply” section below.


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    • Leonora Dompor
    • August 4, 2009

    Whether you are great mind,average mind,small mind,the importance is the good intimate relationship you have with GOD and fellowmen.Even the dull and ignorant,they still have nice,dramatic,concrete story to tell.The devil are afraid of those simpliton,simple,humble,innocent people.
    originally by:UNI DOMPOR

    • Larry E. Moore
    • August 4, 2009

    Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. Author Unknown

    • Romeo Bob Roco
    • August 4, 2009

    I like the 21 which says; The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. -Herbert (Victor) Prochnow, Sr and the number 25 which also went like dis; People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. -Ed Maier. Its really fantastic & serious. Shawn, u keep making every bit of my moments. May God richly reward ur efforts.

    • stan
    • August 4, 2009

    I particularly enjoyed the quotes that linked intelligence with humility and the possibility that it may exist in anyone.
    Thank you!

    • Aartee
    • August 4, 2009

    Thanks again for such insprirng quotes. On the same subject, I’d once read and put in my collection a few simple but valuable quotes by great minds…

    ‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” – Albert Einstein

    ‘There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with their art and intelligence, transform the yellow spot to a sun’ – Pablo Picasso

    Keep up the good work. I always look forward to reading your quotes every week.

    • faisal U.A.E
    • August 5, 2009

    thanks a Quotes i read it

    • shirley A.
    • August 5, 2009

    I liked 12-everyone has a photographic memory, some don’t have film. lol aint that the sad truth! lol to bad we can’t just buy more memory space when its needed..haha

    • Laurie Vowels
    • August 5, 2009

    I really liked 6 18 and 19. Here are 2 of my favorites Shawn.

    The mind is a lousy master, but a wonderful servant.

    Even a fool when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise, and he that shutteth his lips is a man of understanding.

    • Emmanuel
    • August 6, 2009

    You have challenged me with these intellegent quotes, I’m in love 18. keep it up I am glad I discovered this site. Thank you

    • zeenat manzoor
    • August 23, 2009

    i liked 7, 11, 18 and 23….

    • zeenat manzoor
    • August 23, 2009

    i liked 7, 11, 18 and 23. they actually filled me with enthusiasm. THANK YOU.

    • Bedava Film izle
    • August 29, 2009

    Super post.Thank you

    • pornoizle
    • June 13, 2010

    they actually filled me with enthusiasm. THANK YOU.

    • prati
    • October 23, 2010

    made feel the reality, truth inside oneself… THANKS

    • Akash
    • May 26, 2011

    All of them are great,but i liked the 21 the most 🙂
    Thank you

    • Dnyanesh
    • July 16, 2011

    thanks for sharing

    • Pulkit Kaur
    • August 27, 2011

    They all re really superb , all inspiring me. But i loved 3,21

    • Louis
    • September 7, 2012

    I loved a lot of them, Shawn. I wish I had the time to comment on them but these REALLY spoke to me: 1,4,6,8,10,14,17,18,19,23,25,27,28,29,35,36,39,40.
    In general, I am not attracted to quotes that have judgement in them. For example, “bad” or “failure”. There have been books that changed my with this very powerful concept of not so readily naming things as good or bad. It helps differentiate the situation (neutral) from your thoughts around it. But as you can see, I liked most of your selection. Keep up the good work, handsome!

      • shawn
      • September 10, 2012

      LOL 🙂 Thanks, Louis. I hope to keep on sharing uplifting thoughts with you. Thanks for your comments about seeing things in a neutral way.

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