Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy; Canada is like an intelligent, 35-year-old woman. Australia is like Jack Nicholson. It comes right up to you and laughs very hard in your face in a highly threatening and engaging manner.
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
I taught myself to play the guitar by listening to Paul Simon records, working it out note by note. He is an incredibly intelligent musician. He's not someone who has a natural outpouring of melody like McCartney or Bob Dylan, who are just terribly prolific with musical ideas.
Years and years ago, I did a game based onHitchhiker's Guidewith a company called Infocom, which was a great company. They were doing witty, intelligent, literate games based on text.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
She was short on intellect, but long on shape.
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
The shortest and the best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.
The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Genius ... has been described as a supreme capacity for taking trouble ... It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains.
To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
The first thing intelligence teaches is error may occur.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
None are so eager to gain new experience as those who don't know how to make use of the old ones.
Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.
Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.
Think with the few and speak with the many.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back.
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting to think about than sex.
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.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
The time has now definitely come when every intelligent individual must learn to think globally, beyond the horizon of a narrow nationalist point of view.
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having - they are very few - and then do what you think best yourself.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.
Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
[I am] not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.