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I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic. (Abigail Adams)

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own. (Henry Brooks Adams)

There is no such thing as a stupid artist. (Anonymous)

It has always been difficult for historians to fully grasp the intelligence of painters. (Dore Ashton)

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works. (Jacques Barzun)

I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect. (Ingmar Bergman)

mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with. (Ambrose Bierce)

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. (Edward de Bono)

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. (Ray Bradbury)

Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values. (Gerald Brenan)

A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

The march of the human mind is slow. (Edmund Burke)

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. (Albert Camus)

Clever men are good, but they are not the best. (Thomas Carlyle)

Stupidity is infinitely more fascinating that intelligence. Intelligence has its limits while stupidity has none. (Claude Chabrol)

Creativity is not an ability that you either have or do not have. It is, for example, and this may surprise you, absolutely unrelated to IQ, provided you're intelligent above a certain minimal level. (John Cleese)

A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent. (Paulo Coelho)

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. (Quentin Crisp)

The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. (Charles Darwin)

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. (Richard Dawkins)

-Consciousness Explained, 1991...
The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore, so it eats it! (It's rather like getting tenure.) (Daniel Dennett)

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. (Rene Descartes)

The brain is wider than the sky; / For put them side by side / The one the other will contain with ease / And you beside. (Emily Dickinson)

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Because it is a 'use it or lose it' brain, when we develop a map area [in the brain], we long to keep it activated. Just as our muscles become impatient for exercise if we've been sitting all day... (Norman Doidge)

But far more numberous was the herd of such / Who think too little and who talk to much. (John Dryden)

Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our understanding. (Freeman Dyson)

True intelligence operates silently. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (Albert Einstein)

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. (Albert Einstein)

Minds, unlike brains, are not entirely given at birth. Minds are also forms of cultural achievement. (Elliot W. Eisner)

His mind is furnished as hotels are, with everything for occasional and transient use. (George Eliot)

There is no method but to be very intelligent. (T. S. Eliot)

Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. (David Fasold)

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person. (William Feather)

If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Beware of the artist who's an intellectual also. The artist who doesn't fit. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The voice of intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest till it has gained a hearing. (Sigmund Freud)

Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences. (Buckminster Fuller)

For precocity some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life. (Margaret Fuller)

Intelligence, that sublimation of the sensibility, that organ of the need to know, is sterilized sensibility. (Remy de Gourmont)

No one has to become muscle bound by exercising the mind. (Robert Half)

Vacant minds have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them. (Henry S. Haskins)

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. (Stephen Hawking)

Man is an intellectual animal, and therefore an everlasting contradiction to himself. His senses centre in himself, his ideas reach to the ends of the universe; so that he is torn in pieces between the two, without a possibility of its ever being otherwise. (William Hazlitt)

Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Intellect is resented as a form of power or privilege. (Richard Hofstadter)

I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for? (Sherlock Holmes)

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. (Aldous Huxley)

We are thinking beings, and we cannot exclude the intellect from participating in any of our functions. (William James)

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. (Charles F. Kettering)

Some people think only intellect counts – knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy. (Dean Koontz)

One has to try to develop one's inner feelings, which can be done simply by training one's mind. This is a priceless human asset and one you don't have to pay income tax on! (Dalai Lama)

The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite. (George B. Leonard)

A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere. (Wyndham Lewis)

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. (Thomas B. Macaulay)

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

Deconstruction is great for the intellect, but it hurts the heart terribly. (Eric Maisel)

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason. (Marya Mannes)

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime. (Mignon McLaughlin)

Language does for intelligence what the wheel does for the feet and the body. It enables them to move from thing to thing with greater ease and speed and ever less involvement. (Marshall McLuhan)

As the world gets dumber and dumber, I feel more and more at home. (Peter McWilliams)

A really intelligent man feels what other men only know. (Baron de Montesquieu)

It is the conditioned mind that says, 'I'm lost.' Let mind be lost. Lose your mind. Lose your mind inside your heart. (Mooji)

Do you think my mind is maturing late, or simply rotted early? (Ogden Nash)

The higher the voice the smaller the intellect. (Ernest Newman)

Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind. (Earl Nightingale)

The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests. (Albert Jay Nock)

The more intelligence one has, the more people one finds original. Commonplace people see no difference between men. (Blaise Pascal)

Intellect begins with the observation of nature, proceeds to memorize and classify the facts thus observed, and by logical deduction builds up that edifice of knowledge properly called science… But admittedly we also know by feeling, and we can combine the two faculties, and present knowledge in the guise of art. (Herbert Read)

The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

The mind cannot long act the role of the heart. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out? (Will Rogers)

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. (Rumi)

Too much use of gray matter chokes off sensitivity and thus the truth. (Louis Runenberg)

The eyes get in the way of the mind. (Randy Sanders)

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Intellect is invisible to the man who has none. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I too had thoughts once of being an intellectual, but I found it too difficult. (Albert Schweitzer)

The trouble with me is, I belong to a vanishing race. I'm one of the intellectuals. (Robert E. Sherwood)

Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. (Susan Sontag)

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. (Herbert Spencer)

I am my brain's publisher. (Phillipe Starck)

The poem must resist the intelligence almost successfully. (Wallace Stevens)

Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Why then was I not told, the brain can hold, / In its tiny Ivory cell, God's heaven and Hell. (Henry David Thoreau)

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. (Leo Tolstoy)

Intellectual capital is the most valuable of all factors of production. (Brian Tracy)

Throughout the developed world, we have moved from 'manpower' to 'mindpower.' We have moved from the use of physical muscle to the use of mental muscle. (Brian Tracy)

My career as a critic still lay in the future but unconsciously I may have been preparing for it. They were not easy companions, these intellectuals I was now getting to know. They were overbearing and arrogant, excessively competitive; they lacked magnanimity and often they lacked common courtesy. But they were intellectually energetic and - this particularly attracted me - they were proof against cant. (Diana Trilling)

As long as we relate with our underlying primordial intelligence and as long as we push ourselves a little, by jumping into the middle of situations, then intelligence arises automatically. (Chogyam Trungpa)

The mind is just another muscle. (Ted Turner)

It's all those years of cognitive learning and study that lead to what many refer to as 'intuitive' painting, but they forget the intellectual process that got them to the point where painting became a fluid, natural act. (Coulter Watt)

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. (Alfred North Whitehead)

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. (Oscar Wilde)

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. (William Butler Yeats)

As brain functioning becomes more and more integrated, consciousness - the mind - becomes more and more invincible, and then any dictate of the mind is immediately followed by the body. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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