Clever Sayings and Quotes

Being clever or talented is something most people strive for. For some it comes naturally, while others may have to work a bit harder. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful clever quotes.

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.     


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

Thomas Carlyle

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

George R.R. Martin

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Clever tyrants are never punished.     


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

Thomas Huxley

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet.     

C. S. Lewis

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it     

George Bernard Shaw

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.     

Benjamin Disraeli

A clever, imaginative, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds     

Percy Ross

Cleverness isn't always true nor is the truth always clever     

Criss Jami

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil     

C. S. Lewis

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men     

George Bernard Shaw

Being clever was when you looked at how things were and used the evidence to work out something new.     

Mark Haddon

Be aware. Be Curious. Be Clever. Innovation is Something to be Reckoned with.     

Daniel C. Tomas

Behind every clever man is an even cleverer woman.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

The height of cleverness is in one's ability to be very clever without seeming clever at all.     

Criss Jami

There is a world of difference between being clever and being right.     

Ian Driscoll

Think of something clever, witty or profound, keep it short and people may quote you.     

Bobby Darnell

Justice fails because victims used to be too kind and criminals too clever.     

M.F. Moonzajer

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Thomas Carlyle

Popular Clever Sayings

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

Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.     

Robert Kennedy

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

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.     

Doris M. Smith

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.     

Criss Jami