Quotes about Intelligence

"Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way."

Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic and essayist.


"Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change."

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


"Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done."

Linus Benedict Torvalds (born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki) is a Finnish software engineer and hacker, best known for having initiated the development of the Linux kernel.


"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them."

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".


"Intellect is invisible to the man who has none."

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity.


"We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. "

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".


"Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference."

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"Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?"

Robert Alan 'Bob' Monkhouse (1 June 1928 – 29 December 2003) was an English entertainer. He was a successful comedy writer, comedian and actor and was also well known on television as a presenter and game show host.


"We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect."

John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006) was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian and an institutionalist, a leading proponent of 20th-century political liberalism.


"Efficiency is intelligent laziness."

David Dunham (-)