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cleverness Quotes

38 of the best book quotes about cleverness
  1. #1
    “Confident that he was clever, resourceful, and bold enough to escape any predicament, he was almost incapable of discouragement. When history carried him into war, this resilient optimism would define him.”
  2. #2
    “Once there was a certain man who was very clever, but it was his character to always see the negative points of his jobs. In such a way, one will be useless.”
  3. #3
    “But Mr. Fox was too clever for them. He always approached a farm with the wind blowing in his face, and this meant that if any man were lurking in the shadows ahead, the wind would carry the smell of that man to Mr. Fox’s nose from far away.”
  4. #4
    “He is quiet and small, he is black
    From his ears to the tip of his tail;
    He can creep through the tiniest crack
    He can walk on the narrowest rail.
    He can pick any card from a pack,
    He is equally cunning with dice;
    He is always deceiving you into believing
    That he’s only hunting for mice.
    He can play any trick with a cork
    Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
    If you look for a knife or a fork
    And you think it is merely misplaced -
    You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
    But you’ll find it next week lying out on the lawn.
    And we all say: OH!
    Well I never!
    Was there ever
    A Cat so clever
    As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!”
  5. #5
    “I read that the real Cleopatra wasn’t even that great-looking. She seduced everyone with how clever she was.”
  6. #6
    “‘Rabbit’s clever,’ said Pooh thoughtfully.
    ‘Yes,’ said Piglet, ‘Rabbit’s clever.’
    ‘And he has Brain.’
    ‘Yes,’ said Piglet, ‘Rabbit has Brain.’
    There was a long silence.
    ‘I suppose,’ said Pooh, ‘that that’s why he never understands anything.‘”
  7. #7
    “A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care, wisdom does.”
  8. #8
    “Which would you rather be if you had the choice--divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”
  9. #9
    “My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.′
    ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
  1. #10
    “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.”
  2. #11
    “The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed.”
  3. #12
    “The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.”
  4. #13
    Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.
  5. #14
    “He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.”
  6. #15
    “Did you never observe the narrow intelligence flashing from the keen eye of a clever rogue—how eager he is, how clearly his paltry soul sees the way to his end; he is the reverse of blind, but his keen eye-sight is forced into the service of evil, and he is mischievous in proportion to his cleverness?”
  7. #16
    I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to problems we haven’t seen yet. I want you to try things that no one has ever tried because they’re absolutely stupid.
  8. #17
    “I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.”
  9. #18
    “She was a witch; and when she bewitched anybody, he very soon had enough of it; for she beat all the wicked fairies in wickedness, and all the clever ones in cleverness.”

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  1. #19
    ″‘You have appealed to Tash,’ said Aslan. ‘And in the temple of Tash you shall be healed. You must stand before the altar of Tash in Tashbaan at the great Autumn Feast this year and there, in the sight of all Tashbaan, your ass’s shape will fall from you and all men will know you for Prince Rabadash.‘”
  2. #20
    “Once, so they say, he had to get home by swimming across a river in which there was a large and hungry pike. El-ahrairah combed himself until he had enough fur to cover a clay rabbit, which he pushed into the water. The pike rushed at it, bit it and left it in disgust. After a little, it drifted to the bank and El-ahrairah dragged it out and waited a while before pushing it in again. After an hour of this, the pike left it alone, and when it had done so for the fifth time, El-ahrairah swam across himself and went home. Some rabbits say he controls the weather, because the wind, the damp and the dew are friends and instruments to rabbits against their enemies.”
  3. #21
    “Then his sense of adventure and mischief prompted him. He would go himself and bring back some news before they even knew that he had gone. That would give Bigwig something to bite on.”
  4. #22
    “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! — Friendship! And Bravery!”
  5. #23
    “Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path.”
  6. #24
    “Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn’t everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people … Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked.”
  7. #25
    “She’s as bright as the morning. She corresponds to your description;it is for that I wish you to know her. She fills all your requirements.”
    “More or less, of course.”
    “No; quite literally. She is beautiful, accomplished, generous, and for an American, well-born. She is also very clever and very amiable, and she has a handsome fortune.”
  8. #26
    “The lion cannot defend himself against snares and the fox cannot defend himself against wolves. Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves.”
  9. #27
    ″“Hazel,” he said quickly, “that’s a piece of flat wood—like that piece that closed the gap by the Green Loose above the warren—you remember? It must have drifted down the river. So it floats. We could put Fiver and Pipkin on it and make it float again. It might go across the river. Can you understand?”
    Hazel had no idea what he meant. Blackberry’s flood of apparent nonsense only seemed to draw tighter the mesh of danger and bewilderment.”
  1. #28
    “No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.”
  2. #29
    “The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.”
  3. #30
    “Medea: In point of fact, my knowledge
    does not amount to much.”
  4. #31
    “His system was so idiotically simple that some people can’t understand it, no matter how often it is explained. The people who can’t understand it are people who have to believe, for their own peace of mind, that tremendous wealth can be produced only by tremendous cleverness.”
  5. #32
    “Oh, I will be cruel to you, Marya Morevna. It will stop your breath, how cruel I can be. But you understand, don’t you? You are clever enough. I am a demanding creature.”
  6. #33
    “But if you must be clever, then be clever. Be brave. Sleep with fists closed and shoot straight.”
  7. #34
    “It doesn’t matter what they said. It’s what they felt. And that in their own way, in their unique, clever brother-sister shorthand, they were working it out.”
  8. #35
    “‘Some clever children don’t discover how bright they are until after they’ve left school,’ continued Mr
    Holcombe, ‘and then spend the rest of their lives regretting the wasted years.‘”
  9. #36
    “I would have liked to tell Mr. Palmer just how old and feeble that joke is, but instead I said, ‘Oh, of course, sir! How clever of you’ because I had learned a thing or two during my time at the Glenmore. About when to tell the truth and when not to.”
  10. #37
    ″‘Should you at any time come across a man with a limp,’ he added, ‘be wary of him. He works for Giles’s father. he’s clever and resourceful, but more important, he has no allegiance to anyone except his paymaster.‘”
  11. #38
    “You’re smug, you’re irritating, you talk too much, you’re not half as clever as you think you are, and under it all? You’re pure evil.”