Intelligence - Quotes


It`s a mistake to confuse intelligence with knowledge. Intelligence relates to the way one processes information, not necessarily what she knows or believes. This can lead to an individual making complex justifications to defend her beliefs, even when those beliefs are clearly false.

Armin Navabi

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Stephen Hawking

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

Bertrand Russell

We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.

Carl Sagan

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one`s intelligence.

George Orwell

There’s no point explaining that all we achieve by exacting revenge is to make ourselves the equals of our enemies, whereas by forgiving we show wisdom and intelligence.

Paulo Coelho

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.

Terry Pratchett

Belief is the death of intelligence.

Robert Anton Wilson

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity.

Konrad Adenauer

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

George Santayana

Love [...] is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Henry Louis Mencken

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.

Barbara Walters

Man becomes man only by the intelligence, but he is man only by the heart.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel


It has certainly been true in the past that what we call intelligence and scientific discovery have conveyed a survival advantage. It is not so clear that this is still the case: our scientific discoveries may well destroy us all, and even if they don't, a complete unified theory may not make much difference to our chances of survival.

Stephen Hawking


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