Intellect Sayings and Quotes

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


Let the intellect alone, it has its usefulness in its proper sphere, but let it not interfere with the flowing of the life-stream.     

D.T. Suzuki

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

Intelligence solves everything but only intellect can solve anything.     

Sabesh Bharathi

The intellect is a cold thing and a merely intellectual idea will never stimulate thought in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.     

Ernest Holmes

Intelligence is just one dimension of ability. Don't limit yourself to it. Open up to instinct, intuition, creativity and thus possibility.     

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.     

Guru Nanak

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.     

Roger Ebert

The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.     

Thomas B. Macaulay

Our intellect is not intended to be an end in itself, but only a means to the very mind of God.     

Ravi Zacharias

Man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild.     

James Allen

You should be able to use your intellect and not to be dominated by your intellect.     

Nirmala Srivastava

Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.     

James Callaghan

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

The intellect is always fooled by the heart.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Intelligence is a way of thinking, not a choice of words.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.     

Giraldus Cambrensis

Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.     

Max Born

Intellect is a part of a good faith. Intellect is the light, the heart is the direction.     

Tariq Ramadan

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.     

Salvador Dali

The intellect can only think about or analyze joy, but cannot feel it.     

Bryant H. McGill

Intelligence is knowing the right answer. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.     

Tim Fargo

The pride in intellect, or rather in the supremacy of the mind, is not restricted to those engaged in intellectual pursuits but is a regular occurrence in all neurosis.     

Albert Einstein

Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.     

Thomas Carlyle

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.     

Friedrich August von Hayek

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

The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.     

Augustus Hare

In order to accommodate to change and to the contrast of phenomena, the intellect does not require any shocks and inner upheavals; it is only through such upheavals that the more conservative mind could accommodate to the metropolitan rhythm of events.     

Georg Simmel

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.     

Carl Jung

The intellect is a boat which can take us to the very shores of understanding, but once there we must leave it behind in order to grasp true meaning     

Ashavan

Intellect helps us to see the best means and manner of doing the right thing, but intellect never shows us the right thing.     

Wallace D. Wattles

The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.     

John Keats

Our intellect holds the same position in the world of thought as our body occupies in the expanse of nature.     

Blaise Pascal

Intellectual curiosity and the human brain are the root of science.     

Eraldo Banovac

When the intellect and affections are in harmony; when intellectual consciousness is calm and deep; inspiration will not be confounded with fancy.     

Margaret Fuller

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

Intellectual despair is a subject for comedy.     

Marty Rubin

The human intellect is the great truth organ; realities, as they exist, are the subjects of its study; and knowledge is the result of its acquaintance with the things which it investigates.     

Moses Harvey

The mind was designed not to defend what we want, but to discover what is ultimately true, which should shape our wants and satisfy them more deeply with God. The purpose of the mind is not to rationalize subjective preferences, but to recognize objective reality and to help the heart revel in God.     

John Piper

The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare.     

Edward Thorndike