Men: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Z
Women: A B C D E G H J K L M N O P R S T V Z

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.

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.


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.

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.

Acceptance Advice Conduct People
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.

Thomas Hobbes

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.

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.

Wars Police
Albert Einstein

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laurence J. Peter

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Carl Jung

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.

Lincoln made mistakes. Roosevelt made mistakes. Eisenhower made mistakes. The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest intelligence failure in American military history, much bigger than any in Vietnam or now. We didn't know that the Soviets were moving 400,000 or 500,000 troops. We missed it.

Dianne Feinstein

Information-sharing is elementary to good intelligence work.

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.

The FBI has built up substantial expertise to address cyber threats, both in the homeland and overseas. Here at home, the FBI serves as the executive agent for the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), which joins together 19 intelligence, law enforcement, and military agencies to coordinate cyber threat investigations.

Home Law Togetherness
Dianne Feinstein

We cannot expect to keep our nation's secrets secure - or provide meaningful oversight for our intelligence agencies - if proper classification of our country's secrets is as likely as a coin flip.

Stephen Hawking

I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Washington Irving

After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without; and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence, though deficient in personal charms, than I have been by the most regular beauty.

Simone Weil

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

Marcel Proust

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so.


Wit is educated insolence.

Diana Rigg

I think politicians misjudge our intelligence. We can, and do, see through them. But I quite enjoy watching political programmes because they get the heart going.

Steve Jobs

I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals.

According to the FBI and the director of national intelligence, Syria's becoming a perfect platform to strike our nation. I've got a very simple strategy as your president against ISIL. Whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat them.

Bruce Springsteen

For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn't do very well in school. The basic system of education, I didn't fit in; my intelligence was elsewhere.

Aldous Huxley

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

Simone Weil

The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.

Kayleigh McEnany

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., whose youthful dreams of being a successful Hollywood screenwriter never materialized, is proving to the world that he does indeed have a talent for concocting fictional stories.

Talent World Dreams
Bertrand Russell

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

Science Religion