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Intelligence Quotes

To put it in simple words, intelligence can be summed up as a collection of concepts that portray the wisdom of the mind. The ability to understand, learn, reason, plan and solve problems is what defines intelligence. The general facility of a human to acquire knowledge, adapt himself to his new environment, to comprehend, evaluate, judge and think original is what is broadly classified as intelligence. Trail down these famous intelligence quotations and sayings to find out what the opinion of some famous personalities are regarding this unique mental astuteness.

Ronald Reagan

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Adolf Hitler

He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.

Henry Ford

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.

Thomas Hobbes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Theodore Roosevelt

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

Henry Ford

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.


Common sense is not so common.

Thomas Moore

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

James Madison

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

Hermann Hesse

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.

Jean Baudrillard

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Janis Joplin

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.

Sigmund Freud

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

Franklin P. Jones

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Woodrow Wilson

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

Jim Parsons

I think intelligence is usually sexy until it becomes irritating. After that, you're stuck.


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

Malcolm X

I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.

Luke Perry

'Twin Peaks' is so phenomenal. And it worked because they struck the right tone: they brought intelligence to it, and the mystery itself was compelling.

Thomas More

What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.

Thomas Hobbes

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.

Charles Kingsley

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.

Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

Sophia Bush

I think the sexiest thing on anybody is intelligence. I respect somebody who has a brain and wants to use it more than a pretty face and status.

Thomas Hobbes

A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.

John Greenleaf Whittier

It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.

Dolly Parton

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.

Edward Snowden

I have been a systems engineer, systems administrator, a senior adviser for the Central Intelligence Agency, a solutions consultant and a telecommunications information systems officer.

If we wander around as politicians jumping at every shadow and desperately afraid of having our words taken out of context or attacks layered on in an unfair way, I think we're actually doing a disrespect to Canadians, to people's intelligence.

Thomas Hobbes

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.

Julian Assange

Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.

Salvador Dali

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Bill Watterson

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.

Thomas More

To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life.

Blaise Pascal

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.


The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.

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Albert Einstein

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Merrick Garland

It strains credulity to suggest that an agency charged with gathering intelligence affecting the national security does not have an 'intelligence interest' in drone strikes, even if that agency does not operate the drones itself.

Jason Bateman

It's not new: In the '70s, Archie Bunker said terrible things on 'All in the Family,' but it was all in Carroll O'Connor's performance. You saw lack of intelligence, and you laughed.

Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

The Clinton White House today said they would start to give national security and intelligence briefings to George Bush. I don't know how well this is working out. Today after the first one Bush said, 'I've got one question: What color is the red phone?'

Dwight D. Eisenhower

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

Adolf Hitler

I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Agatha Christie

These little grey cells. It is up to them.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

However great an intellectual may be, however great one may be as a scholar or a man of learning, one has also to acquire humanness. Without humanness, scholarship and intellectual eminence are of no value.

I always felt the 'X-Men,' in a subtle way, often touched upon the subject of racism and inequality, and I believe that subject has come up in other titles, too. But we would never pound hard on the subject, which must be handled with care and intelligence.

Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

Garrison Keillor

I was an English major at the University of Minnesota, and I was very shy, which many people misinterpreted as intelligence. On the basis of that wrong impression, I became the editor of the campus literary magazine.

It's the African-American experience. You've got to wear different masks. When you're in the hood, if you stand out, you get picked on for being weak. Sometimes you have to hide your intelligence. In front of your boys, you might put on a bit of bravado, be a little bit tougher.

Salvador Dali

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.

If you make something, it's an artifact. It's something that somebody or some corporate entity has caused to come into being. A great many human beings have thought about each of the artifacts that surround us. Different degrees of intelligence and attention have been brought to bear on anything.

Lewis Carroll

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Michel de Montaigne

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

Helen Rowland

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.

Christopher Columbus

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.

Elizabeth Debicki

I've always been a big Cate Blanchett fan. Such a wonderful role model, the way she carries herself through her profession. She has so much grace to her, and so much intelligence. I've also always been a big Katharine Hepburn fan.

Laurence J. Peter

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.

Michael Caine

I'm every bourgeois nightmare - a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.

Sigmund Freud

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

Elon Musk

With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he's like, yeah, he's sure he can control the demon? Doesn't work out.

Ronald Reagan

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

J. K. Rowling

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.

Lindsey Graham

The intelligence community gets hurt through sequestration.

David Letterman

The White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these jokes just write themselves.

We have no regulation of drones in the United States in their commercial use. You can see drones some day hovering over the homes of Hollywood luminaries, violating privacy. This question has to be addressed. And we need rules of operation on the border, by police, by commercial use, and also by military and intelligence use.


I like characters who have two different things going on, whether it is Robin from 'Top Of The Lake' having that strength juxtaposed with the vulnerability and being in pain, or whether it is Peggy from 'Mad Men' with her naivety and her sort of idiocy at times, combined with her intelligence and courage really to do what she did at that time.

Carl Jung

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

Edward Snowden

You can't come forward against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk.

Lord Mountbatten

Prince Charles is an absolute Mountbatten. The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children.

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There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Tucker Carlson

Intelligence is not a moral category.

Marcel Proust

Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.

Jose Mourinho

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.

Charles Bukowski

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.

H. L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Because hip-hop has no requirements, you deal with people that have the least intelligence on the planet. Some of the people that compare themselves to me, compare themselves to me because they rap and I rap. They can't even read the contracts that they sign to be a rapper, to do the deal.

Monica Bellucci

Everybody does what she needs. And if you want plastic surgery, and then you feel better, why not? There is no law. I've nothing against using something to help your beauty - but do it in a good way, with intelligence.

Pablo Picasso

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

Napolean Hill

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Laurence J. Peter

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

Aldous Huxley

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.

There's three things: there's masculinity, there's intelligence, there's sensitivity. You've got to bring those three things to a leading man's role: masculinity, sensitivity, intelligence. In some people, there's a little too much in the mix of one or the other.

James Russell Lowell

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

Quentin Crisp

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.

Matt Bomer

My favorite thing about working with Lady Gaga is really just the sheer level of creativity she brings to the table. And she's really one of the most intelligent people I've ever known. Her intelligence is equaled by her heart.

Tiger Woods

My dad used to say, 'Just because you dress up in a coat and tie, it doesn't influence your intelligence.'