Quotes about Intelligence

"Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas."

Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American author, literary theorist, and political activist.


"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989) commonly known as Salvador Dalí , was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres.


"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."

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.


"There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder."

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975)


"Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good."

Bertolt Brecht (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht ) (0 February 1898–14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.


"The only source of knowledge is experience."

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 know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing."

Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 BC) was a Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.


"Efficiency is intelligent laziness."

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"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher/writer, and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat, political philosopher, musician, and a playwright, but foremost, he was a civil servant of the Florentine Republic.


"The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence."

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