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intellect Quotes

17 of the best book quotes about intellect
  1. #1
    Intellectually, they knew a great deal. Practically, they chose to know almost nothing.
  2. #2
    “To be smart is not a sin. But to be smart and not use it, that, Peekay, is a sin.”
  3. #3
    “‘Experts, what did I tell you about experts, Peekay?’
    ‘You can’t always go by expert opinion. A chicken, if you ask a chicken, should be stuffed with grasshoppers, mieles, and worms.‘”
  4. #4
    “Your brain, Peekay, has two functions; it is a place for original thought, but also it is a reference library. Use it to tell you where to look, and then you will have for yourself all the brains that have ever been.”
  5. #5
    “It was astonishing that a man of his intellect could stoop so low as he did—but that was too harsh a phrase—could depend so much as he did upon people’s praise.”
  6. #6
    “Man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery.”
  7. #7
    “The individual human mind. In a child’s power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all your shouted ‘Amens!‘, ‘Holy, Holies!’ and ‘Hosannahs!’ An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes, or the parting of waters!”
  8. #8
    “In those days he really didn’t know what he was talking about; that is to say, he was a young jail kid all hung-up on the wonderful possibilities of becoming a real intellectual, and he liked to talk in the tone and using the words, but in a jumbled way, that he had heard from “real intellectuals” - although, mind you, he wasn’t so naive as that in all other things, and it took him just a few months with Carlo Marx to become completely in there with all the terms and jargon. Nonetheless we understood each other on other levels of madness, and I agreed that he could stay at my house till he found a job and furthermore we agreed to go out West sometime. That was the winter of 1947.”
  1. #9
    “The climate of intellectual freedom and experimentation was unlike anywhere else in the Western world.”
  2. #10
    “When you come right to it, it is easier to die than it is to use your head.”
  3. #11
    “I wondered if she would teach able-bodied third graders the same way. Probably not. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got.”
  4. #12
    “…there was already something in his gaze beyond the capacity of any ape. In those dark, deep-set eyes was a dawning awareness—the first intimations of an intelligence that could not possibly fulfill itself for ages yet, and might soon be extinguished forever.”
  5. #13
    “The intellect is always fooled by the heart.”
  6. #14
    “The nature of the case and the history of philosophy combine to recommend to us this division of intellectual labour between Academies and Universities.”
  7. #15
    “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting.”
  8. #16
    “The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.”
  9. #17
    “To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”

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