Quotations on Intellect

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People desire power. I don't know why they want it so. It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect which separates them from most of the populace.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Power, People, Desire, Intellect, Want)

The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Thought, Progress, Diversity, Freedom, Intellect, Man, Right, Will)

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.
- Tadao Ando
(Keywords: Beauty, People, Intellect, Word)

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: God, Exercise, Grave, Intellect, Limits)

The privileged man, whether he be privileged politically or economically, is a man depraved in intellect and heart.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Heart, Intellect, Man)

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Being, Intellect, Opinion, Privilege)

Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Intellect, Reality)

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.
- Luciano Berio
(Keywords: Music, Consciousness, Intellect, Obvious, Spiritual)

Vivid images are like a beautiful melody that speaks to you on an emotional level. It bypasses your logic centers and even your intellect and goes to a different part of the brain.
- Steven Bochco
(Keywords: Intellect, Logic)

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success.
- Max Born
(Keywords: Success, God, Intellect, Order, World)

Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.
- Max Born
(Keywords: Intellect, Reason)

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
- Ray Bradbury
(Keywords: Love, Time, Business, Friendship, Intellect, Nonsense)

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life - duties, intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: Life, Accomplishment, Intellect, Nonsense)

These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.
- Giraldus Cambrensis
(Keywords: People, Being, Cunning, Intellect, Quick, Understanding)

The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Talent, Heart, Intellect, Temperament)

It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Intellect, Trade)

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Heart, Eye, Intellect, Road)

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
- Lydia M. Child
(Keywords: Courage, Being, Bravery, Cunning, Devil, Intellect, Mind)

Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Keywords: Truth, Courage, First, Intellect, Light, May)

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Keywords: Nature, Certainty, Clarity, Intellect, Uncertainty)

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I dont wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Thought, Development, Creation, Fiction, Intellect, Intuition, Invention, Will)

Sense is a line, the mind is a circle. Sense is like a line which is the flux of a point running out from itself, but intellect like a circle that keeps within itself.
- Ralph Cudworth
(Keywords: Intellect, Mind, Running, Sense)

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
- Roger Ebert
(Keywords: Lie, Emotions, Intellect, May, Will)

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: God, Care, Intellect, Personality)

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Soul, Character, Intellect, Will)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- William Falconer
(Keywords: God, Intellect, Reason, Sense)

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them.
- Henry Ford
(Keywords: America, Intellect, Problems, Right)

I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Art, Science, Emotion, Intellect, Order)

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
- Sigmund Freud
(Keywords: Hearing, Intellect, Rest, Voice)

I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
- Margaret Fuller
(Keywords: People, America, Intellect, Now, Worth)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- Galileo Galilei
(Keywords: God, Intellect, Reason, Sense)

I am coming more and more to the conviction that the necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated, at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Keywords: Conviction, Geometry, Intellect, Necessity)

Men have been found to deny woman intellect; they have credited her with instinct, with intuition, with a capacity to correlate cause and effect much as a dog connects its collar with a walk.
- W. L. George
(Keywords: Men, Cause, Effect, Instinct, Intellect, Intuition, Woman)

I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect.
- Temple Grandin
(Keywords: Intellect, Satisfaction)

I think we actually punish children out of their relationship with their bodies... we categorically separate mind and body and emotion and intellect.
- Susan Griffin
(Keywords: Body, Children, Emotion, Intellect, Mind)

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego.
- Alec Guinness
(Keywords: Actor, Appearance, Ego, Intellect, Judgment, Personality)

The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.
- Augustus Hare
(Keywords: Heaven, Intellect, Light)

It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life.
- Augustus Hare
(Keywords: Life, Babies, Conceit, Importance, Intellect, Mothers)

No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man; no other idea has so fruitfully stimulated his intellect; yet no other concept stands in greater need of clarification than that of the infinite.
- David Hilbert
(Keywords: Idea, Infinite, Intellect, Man, Question, Spirit)

The intellect is a cold thing and a merely intellectual idea will never stimulate thought in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes
(Keywords: Thought, Idea, Intellect, Spiritual, Will)

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Thought, Intellect, Labor, Pleasure, Reverie)

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!
- William James
(Keywords: Faith, Intellect, Universe)

The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man's being, unfolding itself in thought.
- Karl Jaspers
(Keywords: History, Thought, Being, Intellect, Man, Philosophy, Reality)

The battle was first waged over the right of the Negro to be classed as a human being with a soul; later, as to whether he had sufficient intellect to master even the rudiments of learning; and today it is being fought out over his social recognition.
- James Weldon Johnson
(Keywords: Soul, Battle, Being, First, Intellect, Learning, Right, Today)

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Acting, Creation, Instinct, Intellect, Mind, Necessity, Play)

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Truth, Intellect, World)

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Intellect, Mystery, Will)

The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.
- John Keats
(Keywords: Thoughts, Intellect, Mind, Nothing)

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
- Charles Lamb
(Keywords: Intellect, Laws, Wit)

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Keywords: Religion, Belief, Being, Blood, Intellect, Wrong)



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