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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.

Quentin Tarantino

I couldn't spell anything. I couldn't remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.

Willie Nelson

If you got the money honey I got the time and when you run out of money honey I run out of time.

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.

Coco Chanel

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Toni Morrison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

Lao Tzu

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

Thomas Hobbes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

John Stuart Mill

In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.

George Burns

Be quick to learn and wise to know.

Joseph Campbell

I don't have to have faith, I have experience.

Mae West

Marriage is a great institution.

Washington Irving

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

Jean Baudrillard

In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Alexander Hamilton

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Mel Brooks

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.

Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.


All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.


As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?

Anais Nin

Good things happen to those who hustle.

Napolean Hill

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.

Andre Gide

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.

Thomas Moore

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

Dwight L. Moody

God never made a promise that was too good to be true.

Warren G. Bennis

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

Alexander Hamilton

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.

Joe Rogan

Because I have a girlfriend, I try and take the straight and narrow path, which is good because it prevents VD.

Elizabeth I

A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past.

Andrew Jackson

Never take counsel of your fears.

Marcus Aurelius

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.

Alan Watts

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

William Blake

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Toni Morrison

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

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.

Audre Lorde

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.


Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

P. G. Wodehouse

Few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks.

Albert Schweitzer

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.

Erich Fromm

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

Henry Ward Beecher

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Edgar Watson Howe

Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better.

Drew Barrymore

A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?

Elton John

Because, I figured that, because I was a successful man, I was wealthy, I was, you know, seemingly intelligent - even that I am not intelligent enough to ask for help.

Ulysses S. Grant

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.

Andy Warhol

I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?

Coco Chanel

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!

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Alan Watts

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

Vladimir Nabokov

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.

Marcel Proust

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.

Benjamin Disraeli

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

Norman Vincent Peale

Change yourself and your work will seem different.

Alexis de Tocqueville

The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.

Ambrose Bierce

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

Chi Chi Rodriguez

Golf is a thinking man's game. You can have all the shots in the bag, but if you don't know what to do with them, you've got troubles.

Franklin P. Jones

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.

Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Charles Bukowski

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

Toni Morrison

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.

Lewis Carroll

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

John Milton

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Bill Watterson

Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.

Edgar Watson Howe

A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.

John F. Kennedy

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Hillary Clinton

In the aftermath of September 11, and as the 9/11 Commission report so aptly demonstrates, it is clear that our intelligence system is not working the way that it should.

Malcolm X

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

Walt Disney

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

Ulysses S. Grant

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their execution.

Ayn Rand

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.

Tony Blair

Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is... everyone now accepts that if there is a default by Saddam the international community must act to enforce its will.

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Albert Camus

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

Thomas More

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

Toni Morrison

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.

Thomas Hobbes

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


First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

Pearl S. Buck

Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.

Charles Kingsley

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

Laurence J. Peter

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

Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Douglas MacArthur

A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.

Aldous Huxley

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

Thomas Hobbes

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


Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.

Garrison Keillor

A minister has to be able to read a clock. At noon, it's time to go home and turn up the pot roast and get the peas out of the freezer.

Bill Watterson

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


A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.