Intelligence Quotes

Intelligence is a quality of the mind that accommodates mental abilities such as the planning, problem-solving, the ability to think abstractly, understanding ideas, learning, and reasoning.

Browse through a collection of intelligence quotes and intelligence sayings from a wide variety of people, ranging from historians to business leaders, professors, inventors, and many others. Below you will find a collection of quotations on intelligence, ranging from street smarts to intellectual ability, common sense, and more.

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John Ruskin- Quality is never an accident

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. John Ruskin
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Herophilus- When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. Herophilus
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Henry Thomas Buckle- Small minds discuss people

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Henry Thomas Buckle
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Vladimir Nabokov- Genius is finding the invisible link

Genius is finding the invisible link between things. Vladimir Nabokov
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Simon Pegg- Being a geek means you never have to play it cool

Being a geek means you never have to play it cool about how much you like something.      Simon Pegg
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Ernest Hemingway- Drunk To Spend Time With Fools

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.      Ernest Hemingway
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Hurting Yourself By Holding On To Anger– Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned. Buddha
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Defining Emotional Intelligence- Salovey and Mayer

We define emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. Salovey and Mayer
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Death never takes a wise man by surprise– Jean de la Fontaine

Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.       Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695)
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Reach End Of Rope-Theodore Roosevelt

When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on      Theodore Roosevelt Note while this quotation is from Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson said something similar. It means just hang on a little longer when faced with a difficult situation. Never give up, keep going, find your inner strength, and fight through it. Find more inner strength quotes. Many problems can be solved and challenges overcome. You just need to keep trying as Theodore Roosevelt. Hold on and don't
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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers-Naguib Mahfouz

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.      Naguib Mahfouz
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Men are not intelligent when it comes to cheating- Michael Baisden

Men are not intelligent when it comes to cheating, but they're wise enough to choose a woman who will put up with it.      Michael Baisden
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Dharma Mittra-The chakras are very intelligent

The chakras are very intelligent they are like the software of the whole computer body.      Dharma Mittra
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Elizabeth A. Behnke- There is Deep Wisdom Within Our Flesh

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.      Elizabeth A. Behnke
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Michael Josephson- A Caring Heart is More Valued

A caring heart that listens is often more valued than an intelligent mind that talks.      Michael Josephson
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Edwin Lefevre-Being broke is a very efficient educational agency.

Being broke is a very efficient educational agency. Edwin Lefevre
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Nancy Kress-Anything said in upper-crust British

Anything said in upper-crust British automatically sounded intelligent.      Nancy Kress
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Robert Anton Wilson-Belief is the death of intelligence.

Belief is the death of intelligence.      Robert Anton Wilson
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Lin Yutang- Justifying Beliefs

The more we justify our beliefs, the more narrow-minded we become.      Lin Yutang
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Steven Redhead- Others Thinking They Are Right

The belief that others think they are right doesn't mean that they are. Steven Redhead
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Ludwig Wittgenstein- Doing Silly Things Sometimes

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.      Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Toba Beta-Say That You Never Lie in Life

If you say that you never lie in life, you honestly insult my intelligence.      Toba Beta
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Henry Ford- Failure Makes You Intelligent

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford
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William James- Being Wise and Overlook Situations

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James Choosing Wise Words and Action We have the opportunity to select the right words and action in any given situation. Everybody sees the world differently, as a result of our different childhood, life experiences, and culture. Being negative or positive is ultimately our choice. If we are positive, inspiring thoughts to overlook lousy situation and challenges comes easily. Acts and words of kindness then become
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Dutch Proverb on Patience and Intelligence

"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains." -Dutch Proverb Other quotes to explore:
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Michael Bassey Quote On Being a Wise Man

A wise man can say a foolish thing at any time, anywhere, and to anybody. Michael Bassey
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Adam Smith- Intelligent People Are More Orderly

An instructed and intelligent people are always more decent and orderly than an ignorant and stupid one. Adam Smith     
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Eugene S. Wilson- Only The Curious Will Learn

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.       Eugene S. Wilson
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Ralph Waldo Emerson On Intelligence and Character

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lao-Tzu Quote On Intelligence and Wisdom

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.    Lao-Tzu  
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Chogyam Trungpa- Disappointment​ is a Sign of Basic Intelligence

Disappointment is a good sign of basic intelligence. It cannot be compared to anything else: it is so sharp, precise, obvious, and direct. If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.      Chogyam Trungpa
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Daniel Goleman- Emotional Self- Awareness

Emotional self-awareness is the building block of the next fundamental emotional intelligence: being able to shake off a bad mood.      Daniel Goleman
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Gilbert K. Chesterton- An Intelligent Woman

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Robert J. Shiller- Focus Attention On Important Things

The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.      Robert J. Shiller
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C.C. Hunter- Assumptions Without Facts

But you are making assumptions without all the facts, and that's not a sign of intelligence.    C.C. Hunter  
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Nikola Tesla Quote On Anti-Social Behavior

Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.    Nikola Tesla  
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Harold Coffin- Knows it All Person

The fellow who thinks he knows it all is especially annoying to those of us who do.   Harold Coffin  
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Phaedrus-Things are not always what they seem

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.     
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Ed Parker- An Intelligent Man is always Willing To learn

The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments and is yet willing to learn more so he can accomplish more. Ed Parker What this quotation is telling us is never stop learning. Never stop trying to be better and accomplish more in your life. No matter what you may or may not have done, Ed Parker is telling us to keep going. This is what makes you intelligent and successful...the knowledge of knowing there is always more
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Hasso Plattner- Intelligent Behavior By Adapting To Changes

We have to be able to adapt to new situation. It's another form of the definition of intelligent behavior. Hasso Plattner
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Laurence Sterne- The Desire of Knowledge

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.  Laurence Sterne
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Miuccia Prada- Be Curious and Think Every day

You need to be curious and never stop studying. You have to challenge yourself to think every day to understand and react to what is happening. Miuccia Prada
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Sara Blakely- Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Early-stage entrepreneurs shouldn't forget about [due diligence]. It almost stopped everything for me. Sara Blakely
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Ray Dalio- Artificial and Man Made Intelligence

I think that the most important issue that will reshape our lives in the years ahead will be how man-made and artificial intelligence compete and work together. Ray Dalio
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Thomas A. Edison Quote Hard Work and Genius

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety–nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
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Albert Einstein- Everyone is a Genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid. Albert Einstein
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Charles Darwin- Be Responsive To Change

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
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Catherynne M. Valente- Best People Spend Time In Libraries

She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people. Catherynne M. Valente Source: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making (tote from I’m Bookish and Bakewell)
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Pablo Picasso- Types of Painters

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun. Pablo Picasso
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Stephen Hawking Quote On Intelligence and Change

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking
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Napoleon Bonaparte Quote On Using Ability

Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. Napoleon Bonaparte
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Liane Cardes- Continuous Effort is the Key to Unlock Potential

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Liane Cardes
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A.N. Whitehead Quote On Intelligence

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. A.N. Whitehead Source: Ch. 17, December 15, 1939 - Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead (1954)
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D.B. Harrop- Mistaken Arrogance For Intelligence

Never mistake arrogance for intellect. D.B. Harrop
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Pete Hamill- Books In Personal Library

There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters, amused my friends and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer. Pete Hamill
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Jay Leno Quote On Ambition and Genius

Ambition beats genius 99% of the time. Jay Leno
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