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Intelligence And Intellectuals Quotes

Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Author: Arthur C. Clarke (1917)

Profession: British Science Fiction Writer

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.

Author: Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)

Profession: American Editor, Essayist

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.

Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

Profession: French Author

If intellection and knowledge were mere passion from without, or the bare reception of extraneous and adventitious forms, then no reason could be given at all why a mirror or looking-glass should not understand; whereas it cannot so much as sensibly perceive those images which it receives and reflects to us.

Author: Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688)

Profession: British Theologian, Philosopher

The true knowledge or science which exists nowhere but in the mind itself, has no other entity at all besides intelligibility; and therefore whatsoever is clearly intelligible, is absolutely true.

Author: Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688)

Profession: British Theologian, Philosopher

Intellectual sodomy, which comes from the refusal to be simple about plain matters, is as gross and abundant today as sexual perversion and they are nowise different from one another.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.

Author: Andrea Dworkin (1946)

Profession: American Feminist Critic

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

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

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist