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◆ Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
- Plato100
◆ The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
- Blaise Pascal99
◆ I swear, gentlemen, that to be too conscious is an illness - a real thorough-going illness.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky99
◆ Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson99
◆ If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, 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.
- Carl von Clausewitz99
◆ The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
- Leonardo da Vinci99
◆ The following proposition seems to me in a high degree probable—namely, that any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, the parental and filial affections being here included, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well, or nearly as well developed, as in man. For, firstly, the social instincts lead an animal to take pleasure in the society of its fellows, to feel a certain amount of sympathy with them, and to perform various services for them.
- Charles Darwin99
◆ I only know that I know nothing
- Socrates99
◆ A man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long.
- Hunter S. Thompson99
◆ And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect.
- Leo Tolstoy99
◆ My dear boy, the people who only love once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect—simply a confession of failures.
- Oscar Wilde99
◆ ...and the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still.
- Hermann Hesse99
◆ Ideas are the source of all things
- Plato99
◆ How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
- Arthur Schopenhauer99
◆ I sought her eye, desirous to read there the intelligence which I could not discern in her face or hear in her conversation; it was merry, rather small; by turns I saw vivacity, vanity, coquetry, look out through its irid, but I watched in vain for a glimpse of soul. I am no Oriental; white necks, carmine lips and cheeks, clusters of bright curls, do not suffice for me without that Promethean spark which will live after the roses and lilies are faded, the burnished hair grown grey. In sunshine, in prosperity, the flowers are very well; but how many wet days are there in life--November seasons of disaster, when a man's hearth and home would be cold indeed, without the clear, cheering gleam of intellect.
- Charlotte Bront?99

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