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I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Bill Gates wants people to think he's Edison, when he's really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn't right... wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence.
In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
Millions of dollars' worth of advertising shows such little respect for the reader's intelligence that it amounts almost to outright insult.
James Randolph Adams
Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frederic Amiel
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
Henry David Thoreau
Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken
Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
Americans have always had an ambivalent attitude toward intelligence. When they feel threatened, they want a lot of it, and when they don't, they regard the whole thing as somewhat immoral.
Vernon A. Walters
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
John F. Kennedy
Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
Karl A. Menninger
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke
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