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