37 Quotes About Intelligence

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There are so many ways that we try to evaluate and determine the intelligence level of others. However, are these tests and evaluations an accurate depiction of our intelligence? These quotes about intelligence highlight the many versions and viewpoints of what true intelligence is.

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

“A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.”

“An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.”

“Be smarter than other people, just don’t tell them so.”

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

“Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer.”

“Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.”

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

“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.”

“Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.”

“Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.”

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

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

“Intelligence is the art of good guesswork.”

“Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.”

“Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.”

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

“Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier.”

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”

“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.”

“One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.”

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”

“The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.”

“The burden of intelligence: you can always imagine all those wonderful places where you can never belong.”

“The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living.”

“The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations.”

“The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.”

“The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning, but by understanding what we learn.”

“The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.”

“The sign of an 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 the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

“There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.”

“Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.”

“Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.”

“Your intelligence is measured by those around you; if you spend your days with idiots you seal your own fate.”

From genius to mental illness, the mind is a complex and amazing organ to study and learn about.

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