Intelligence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old intelligence quotes, intelligence sayings, and intelligence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. Blaise Pascal
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living. Charles F. Kettering
The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning, but by understanding what we learn. Joseph Whitney
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht
Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so. H. Jackson Brown
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. Rene Descartes
The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations. Andre Gide
Your intelligence is measured by those around you; if you spend your days with idiots you seal your own fate. Mary M. Illigassch
There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing. Josh Billings
The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. Marya Mannes
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. Susan Sontag
Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done. Linus Torvalds
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter
Intelligence forbids tears. Dorris Lessing
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. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Intelligence is the art of good guesswork. H. B. Barlow
Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers. Emile M. Cioran
The burden of intelligence: you can always imagine all those wonderful places where you can never belong. Robert Reed
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
One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence. Lewis Mumford
An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it. Laurence J. Peter
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. Alfred N. Whitehead
Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it. Thomas a Kempis
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools. Henri Bergson
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. George Santayana
Intelligence is a moral category. Theodor Adorno
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. Arthur C. Clarke
There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing. Edgar Degas
Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use. Andrea Dworkin
Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer. Bryant H. McGill
Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier. Stanislaw J. Lec
The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence. Jean Baudrillard
The intellect is always fooled by the heart. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being. Simone Weil
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. Oscar Wilde
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance. Niccolo Machiavelli
A small mind is obstinate. A great mind can lead and be led. Alexander Cannon
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. Anna Freud
Only great minds can afford a simple style. Stendhal
Intelligence is enormously sexy. Frank Langella
Intelligence is nothing without delight. Paul Claudel
Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle
Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly. Michel de Montaigne
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike. Anne Louise Germaine De Stal
Human intelligence has been applied to a vast range of problems, ranging from foraging for food and water to the problems in physics and mathematics. Daeyeol Lee
Intelligence is not unique for humans, because all animals have certain abilities to select their actions appropriate to maximize the likelihood of their survival and reproduction in their environments. Daeyeol Lee
Compared to other forms of intelligence on Earth, human intelligence had produced more impressive outcomes. Daeyeol Lee
Our intelligence is needed to solve all kinds of problems we face in our society. Therefore, it is critical for us to be aware of potential weaknesses and biases in our intelligence. Daeyeol Lee
Intelligence is the ability to make good choices in many different contexts. Daeyeol Lee
Human intelligence is something all humans share in common: it is what traditionally marks us out from other animals. Nicholas Mackintosh
Intelligence is the greatest tool available for the accomplishment of a thorough development of the individual personality, the means of surpassing one's self. L.A. Machado
A society with more highly developed collective intelligence will give rise to a much greater number of questions, but the answers will also arise more quickly and effectively. L.A. Machado
Intelligence is a hereditary gift: so humanity has believed throughout time. L.A. Machado
The right to be intelligent is a right inherent in every man, through his condition as man. L.A. Machado
Intelligence is the best antidote. An intelligent world does not make war, it avoids it. L.A. Machado
Intelligence is a social triumph, which reveals our debt to earlier generations, other cultures, teachers, professors, parents and the TV set. Phil Brown
When it comes to being intelligent it is clear that there is much more than simply what we can do as an individual; how we interact with others is a crucial element of how smart we are in the real world. Lucas
No man is half as intelligent as he wants some woman to think he is. Evan Esar
The less intelligence you claim, the more intelligence people will give you credit for. Evan Esar
When you hire people who are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are. Evan Esar
A man's intelligence is seldom questioned as long as he can keep his tongue from trying to prove it. Evan Esar
Youth thinks intelligence a substitute for experience, and age thinks experience a substitute for intelligence. Lyman Bryson
The level of intelligence are 'Smart, Intelligent, Brilliant, Genius, Simple.' Albert Einstein
Science can be communicated, wisdom cannot. Herman Hesse
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. Chinese Proverb
Curiosity is the spring of intelligence. Gianna Bogana
Being serious is usually not a sign of wisdom, as boring people think: intelligence must make people laugh. Fernando Savater
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together to the making of genius. Love, love, love is the soul of genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso
Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Albert Einstein
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. Georg C. Lichtenberg
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. Albert Camus
The capacity for intelligent thought is a skill, but one that bears testament to diligence and hard work as much as to innate ability. Robert Jameson
The intelligent will necessarily devote a great many hours to the development of his art. Robert Jameson
The thing is that you don't get to be intelligent if you are arrogant. Being intelligent requires hard work. Robert Jameson
An exceptionally intelligent person will know from experience that they are not like most other people. They don't pretend to be good at everything, but they know what they are good at. Robert Jameson