We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
~Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad"
If the Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
Common sense is not so common.
I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde.
We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.
~Emerson M. Pugh
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
Mad, adj.: Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.
~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
~Henri Frederic Amiel
A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
The invention of IQ does a great disservice to creativity in education.
Primitive does not mean stupid.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living.
~Charles F. Kettering
I think the world is run by C students.
Character is higher than intellect.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.