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The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
I've never been an intellectual but I have this look.
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.
It's good to be clever, but not to show it.
One definition of man is an intelligence served by organs.
The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.
Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow.
A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon.
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.
The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).
Intelligence is that faculty of mind, by which order is perceived in a situation previously considered disordered.
A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.
Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
How easy would life be if you were less intelligent!

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