A collection of intelligent quotes and on intelligence itself.


"A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it."

Rabindranath Tagore


"Conceit spoils the finest genius."

Louisa May Alcott


“Modern intelligence won't accept anything on authority. But it will accept anything without authority.” 

G.K. Chesterton


"There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect."

G.K. Chesterton


"But facts always convince, and another man‘s opinion rarely convinces."

Anthony Trollope


“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

Oscar Wilde


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”



“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”

W.B. Yeats


"If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."

W.B. Yeats


"The more we study the more we discover our ignorance."

Percy Bysshe Shelley


“An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex.”

Edgar Wallace


“Great wits are to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.”

John Dryden


“To be able to forget means sanity.”

Jack London


"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it."

Edith Sitwell


“Seeing is not believing - it is only seeing.”

George MacDonald


“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”

Elizabeth Gaskell


"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words, he understands hard things."

Herman Melville


"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

Arthur Conan Doyle


"We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom."

Stephen Vincent Benet


"To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks."

Ben Jonson


"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind."

F. Scott Fitzgerald


“The man who says that he has no illusions has at least that one.”

Joseph Conrad


"Men of few words are the best men"

William Shakespeare


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

Mark Twain