The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Here are 34 Intelligent Quotes will make you think in new ways.
1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
3. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
4. A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.
5. I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.
6. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
7. The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
8. In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
9. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
10. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
11. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
12. Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
13. It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
14. When someone isn’t smart enough to express their frustration, they use dirty words. Those are words that describe a lack of intelligence. Smart people don’t use those kind of dirty words, because they find it an insult to their intelligence.
Nouman Ali Khan
15. The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
16. No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and application of wise thought which counts.
17. A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
18. Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
19. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
20. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
21. Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the world which yields most painfully to change.
22. Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do.
23. The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
24. We have power… Our power isn’t in a political system, or a religious system, or in an economic system, or in a military system; these are authoritarian systems… they have power… but it’s not reality. The power of our intelligence, individually or collectively IS the power; this is the power that any industrial ruling class truly fears: clear coherent human beings.
25. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
26. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin
27. I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
28. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
29. Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
30. The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
31. I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
32. Vladimir: I don’t understand. Estragon: Use your intelligence, can’t you? Vladimir uses his intelligence. Vladimir: (finally) I remain in the dark.
33. It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
34. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell