Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as strong to think.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you.
—Jesse Andrews in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl