The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as strong to think.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
—Henri Frederic Amiel
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If the solution to a problem of absolute disagreement extends to a call for bloodshed, then neither party has demonstrated the intelligence to formulate the question properly.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower