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Jean BaudrillardThe sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Timothy LearyIntelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

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Timothy LearyThe universe is an intelligence test.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

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Dave LettermanThe White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these jokes just write themselves.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

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ThucydidesIt is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Lao-TzuRespond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Lao-TzuIf you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Albert EinsteinCreativity is intelligence having fun.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Arthur SchopenhauerIntellect is invisible to the man who has none.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Andy WarholI don’t want to be smart, because being smart makes you depressed.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

La RochefoucauldThe desire to appear clever often prevents one from being so.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Ernest HemingwayHappiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyIt takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Sigmund FreudThe voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

H.L. MenckenThere are two kinds of Europeans: The smart ones, and those who stayed behind.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

George Bernard ShawChess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

La RochefoucauldPassion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders the most foolish man clever.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Albert EinsteinIf you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

H.L. MenckenLove is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

George OrwellEach generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

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

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Winston ChurchillAll of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur ClarkeI'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Arthur ClarkeIt has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Charles DarwinIntelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

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

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Marcel ProustNine tenths of the ills from which intelligent people suffer spring from their intellect.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer


Quotes in Verse

Wallace StevensThe poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Funny Quotes

George CarlinThe IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in opposite directions.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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