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

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

This woman is beautiful and clever: but how much cleverer she would have become if she were not beautiful!      

Friedrich Nietzsche

What is sometimes thought to be clever is, significantly often, merely an advanced form of foolishness.      

Idries Shah

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.      

Oscar Wilde

A clever man commits no minor blunders.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Clever is as clever does.     

Tony DiTerlizzi

Sometimes you have to be clever.     

Jerry Garcia

Cleverness becomes a public nuisance.     

Oscar Wilde

Trade your cleverness for bewilderment.     


Fools lie, clever men stick to the truth.     

Michael Scott

Cleverly designed experiments are the key.     

Carl Sagan

Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.     

Jeff Bezos

Everybody is clever, just in their own ways.     

Matt Groening

If you aren't cute, you may as well be clever.     

David Sedaris

If they are just, they are better than clever.     


A clever girl always seem to know less than the man she happens to be talking to.     

Evan Esar

When a wife laughs at her husband's jokes, it's not because they are clever, but because she is.     

Evan Esar

Some women are so clever that you can't talk with them for ten minutes without beginning to realize how brilliant you are.     

Evan Esar

Many woman is so clever that she manages to let no one suspect her of being half as foolish as she really is.     

Evan Esar

It takes a clever girl to keep a man at arm's length without losing her grip on him.     

Evan Esar

By the time the person is old enough to know better, he thinks he's clever enough to get away with it.     

Evan Esar

Sometimes nothing is the cleverest thing you can say when you want to say something clever.     

Evan Esar

Of all the clever wives, the cleverest is the one who never lets her husband suspect how clever she is.     

Evan Esar

A clever girl flatters a man by asking the kind of questions he is able to answer.     

Evan Esar

Every executive wishes he were as clever as he thinks his secretary thinks he is.     

Evan Esar

Mere cleverness is not wisdom.     


Clever's cunning Intelligent's intelligence.     

Ehsan Sehgal

I hate the word clever, it seeks to demean.     

Kurt Philip Behm

Shun the ways of clever men, when they prove that black is white.     

Alfred Noyes

Because you are good and a very clever man, and to gainsay it there's a few people can.     

William Topaz McGonagall

Wishes your guests to be clever, when he's asked to come and dine.      

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

Be good sweet maid, and let who will be clever; do noble things, not dream them all day long.     

Charles Kingsley

If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do, then i'll play no second fiddle; I'm a prouder man than you.     

Henry Lawson

She is not reach or clever, but her speechless thrill me ever.     

Arthur Henry Adams