Clever Sayings and Quotes

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

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.     

Abraham Lincoln

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.     

Henry Ford

If we only knew how many times our seemingly clever comment cut straight into the heart of the person with whom we have just spoken, it is we who would bleed.

Guy Finley

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.     

Naguib Mahfouz

No one wants to know how clever you are. They don't want an insight into your mind, thrilling as it might be. They want an insight into their own.     

Mark Haddon

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.


Beware the clever man that makes the wrong look right     

Lawrence Hill

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.

Albert Einstein

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.     

Charles Kingsley

Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Robert Kennedy

He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.     

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.

George R.R. Martin

When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on

Theodore Roosevelt

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Will Durant

Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.     

Cornel West

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.     

Graham Greene

Clever tyrants are never punished.


Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.     

Thomas Huxley

He obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.     

Ludwig Wittgenstein

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.     

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

It's the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be.     

Gilbert Parker

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.

Henri Frederic Amiel

An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.     

James Lovelock