Top 20 Intelligence Quotes

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1. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

2. “Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.” ~ Alan Dundes

3. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” ~ Upton Sinclair

4. “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.” ~ Albert Einstein

5. “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell

6. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ~ Stephen Hawking

7. “Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.” ~ Nikola Tesla

8. “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” ~ William James

9. “Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do.” ~ Jean Piaget

10. “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

11. “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein

12. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ~ Mark Twain

13. “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.” ~ John Trudell

14. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ~ Robert Frost

15. “Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” ~ Socrates

17. “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” ~ Claude Levi-Strauss

18. “If you have peace of mind, when you meet with problems and difficulties they won’t disturb your inner peace. You’ll be able to employ your human intelligence more effectively. But, if your mental state is disturbed, full of emotion, it is very difficult to cope with problems, because the mind that is full of emotion is biased, unable to see reality. So whatever you do will be unrealistic and naturally fail.” ~ Dalai Lama

19. “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

20. “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