Intelligence Quotes

47 of the best book quotes about intelligence
  1. #1
    “To a great mind, nothing is little,′ remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
  2. #2
    “Whenever a man supposes that he alone has intelligence or expression or feeling, he exposes himself and shows his emptiness.”
  3. #3
    Wit and humor do not reside in slow minds.
  4. #4
    Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?
  5. #5
    “Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded...”
  6. #6
    For I consider brains far superior to money in every way. You may have noticed that if one has money without brains, he cannot use it to his advantage; but if one has brains without money, they will enable him to live comfortably to the end of his days.
  7. #7
    I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.
  8. #8
    “If I can fool a bug... I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”
  9. #9
    “I don’t understand it, and I don’t like what I don’t understand.”
  10. #10
    “Get smart and nothing can touch you.”
  11. #11
    “Lots of crazy people are smart.”
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  1. #12
    “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.”
  2. #13
    “Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”
  3. #14
    “The more intelligent you become, the more problems you’ll have.”
  4. #15
    “You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.”
  5. #16
    “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”
  6. #17
    “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
  7. #18
    “There was virtually no aspect of twentieth-century defense technology that had not been touched by the hands and minds of female mathematicians.”
  8. #19
    “But even though she was attractive, there was something else about her that caught his eye. She was intelligent, he could sense that right away, and confident, too, as if she were able to move through life on her own terms. To him, these were the things that really mattered. Without them, beauty was nothing.”
  9. #20
    “My feeling for you won’t change because I’m becoming intelligent. I’ll only love you more.”
  10. #21
    “My feeling for you won’t change because I’m becoming intelligent. I’ll only love you more.”
  11. #22
    People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact.
  1. #23
    If you only have brains on your head you would be as good a man as any of them, and a better man than some of them. Brains are the only things worth having in this world, no matter whether one is a crow or a man.
  2. #24
    “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
  3. #25
    “Kids are smarter than we think. They know how to survive the shit that’s dealt them better than some welfare worker who never spent a day in one of those kids’ shoes.”
  4. #26
    “Why do men often call smart women devious?”
  5. #27
    Ritie, don’t worry ‘cause you ain’t pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.
  6. #28
    “Please, Lily, you are insulting your fine intelligence. Do you have any idea how smart you are?”
  7. #29
    “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”
  8. #30
    “Conceit spoils the finest genius.”
  9. #31
    “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.”
  10. #32
    Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.
  11. #33
    “Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.”
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  1. #34
    “It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty...”
  2. #35
    ″‘A precocious child,’ Miss Honey said, ‘is one that shows amazing intelligence early on. You are an unbelievably precocious child.‘”
  3. #36
    “One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.”
  4. #37
    For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.
  5. #38
    It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
  6. #39
    “Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
  7. #40
    “She felt wildly excited. She had just met a small girl who possessed, or so it seemed to her, quite extraordinary qualities of brilliance. There had not been time yet to find out exactly how brilliant the child was, but Miss Honey had learnt enough to realize that something had to be done about it as soon as possible. It would be ridiculous to leave a child like that stuck in the bottom form.”
  8. #41
    “Money and titles may be hereditary,” she would say, “but brains are not.”
  9. #42
    I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.
  10. #43
    “If you had a heart attack this minute and had to call a doctor, that doctor would be a university graduate. If you got sued for selling someone a rotten second-hand car, you’d have to get a lawyer and he’d be a university graduate, too. Do not despise clever people, Mr. Wormwood.”
  11. #44
    “By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books.”
  12. #45
    “The first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him.”
  13. #46
    “It’s better to be sworn to an honest fool than to a lying scholar.”
  14. #47
    “Determination is as common among men who are dull and foolish as it is among those who are brilliant intellects. So, no, determination cannot be what we’re looking for.”
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