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Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost.

Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader

A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere.

Author: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Profession: British Author, Painter

It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

The level of the development of a country is determined, in considerable part, by the level of development of its people's intelligence.

Author: Luis Albert Machado


There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.

Author: Marya Mannes (1904-1990)

Profession: American Writer

On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its ''great intellects.''

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.

Author: Brander Matthews (1852-1929)

Profession: American Writer

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

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

Author: Laurence J. Peter


The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

It's good to be clever, but not to show it.

Author: French Proverb

Profession: Sayings of French Origin

You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence.

Author: Jewish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Jewish Origin