Intelligence - Quotes & Sayings

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

Michael Jordan

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Stephen Hawking

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

Saul Bellow

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.


An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

Ernest Hemingway

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.

Roger Ebert

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Salvador Dali

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

Thomas A. Edison

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

George S. Patton

We should all feel confident in our intelligence. By the way, intelligence to me isn't just being book-smart or having a college degree; it's trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it.

Tabatha Coffey

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.

Roy H. Williams

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.

Henry Ford

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.

Malcolm X

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.


I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.

Stephen Hawking

Common sense is not so common.


Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Napoleon Hill

An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.

Spiro T. Agnew

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

Leonardo da Vinci

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.

Victor Hugo

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

Albert Camus

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.

Dolly Parton

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.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.

Alan Kay

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do: when neither innateness nor learning has prepared you for the particular situation.

Jean Piaget

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.

Carl Sagan

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

George Orwell

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

Niccolo Machiavelli

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

Lao Tzu

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced.

Rajeev Suri

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.

Jose Mourinho

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man.

Catherine Deneuve

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

Alan Alda

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Educate the masses, elevate their standard of intelligence, and you will certainly have a successful nation.

Alexander Graham Bell

The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Leveraging community intelligence and making connections is a key component to being a growth hacker.

Ryan Holiday

I thank God that I'm a product of my parents. That they infected me with their intelligence and energy for life, with their thirst for knowledge and their love. I'm grateful that I know where I come from.


If we wander around as politicians jumping at every shadow and desperately afraid of having our words taken out of context or attacks layered on in an unfair way, I think we're actually doing a disrespect to Canadians, to people's intelligence.

Justin Trudeau

I ultimately got into robotics because for me, it was the best way to study intelligence.

Sebastian Thrun