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Intelligence is a property of mind that encompasses many related mental abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn.


  • Intelligence is the road to insanity.
  • A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
  • Aristotle taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons.
  • Before we work on artificial intelligence why don't we do something about natural stupidity?
  • Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
  • Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
  • Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
  • Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
  • Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
  • I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
  • I'm not very clever, but I am quite intelligent.
    1. I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
    2. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
    3. It's better to keep your mouth shut, and appear stupid, than to open it and remove all doubt.
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
  • I think the world is run by C students.
  • If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.
  • It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
  • Most People are only as intelligent as the knowledge they deem socially acceptable.
  • The continuous capacity of genius to surpass understanding remains a human constant.
  • The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.
  • The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living.
  • The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education.
  • The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
  • There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
  • There is nothing greater than the human mind, only through it people are able to travel on roads, which would otherwise be closed to them in their narrow realities.
  • We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
  • What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
  • Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
  • A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
  • Do not always assume that the other fellow has intelligence equal to yours. He may have more.


  • Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
  • 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.
    • From Mar. 1936 Esquire Magazine, "Handle With Care"
  • Mad: adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
  • Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
    • Garden of Folly(1924), "The Perfect Salesman"

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