Quotes about Intelligence

"Questions are the creative acts of intelligence."

Francis Kingdon-Ward (6 November 1885 - 8 April 1958) was an English botanist, explorer, plant collector and author.


"People don't ask for facts in making up their mind. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts."

Robert Keith Leavitt (1895–1967) was a Harvard-educated New York City advertising copywriter who turned to non-fiction writing.


"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".


"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses."

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution.


"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent man is the restatement of the obvious."

George Orwell, born: Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism.


"Action is the real measure of intelligence."

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time.


"Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart."

Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. A five-time Emmy Award and six-time Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H.


"Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"Common sense is not so common."

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.


"Every true genius is bound to be naive"

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright.