Intellect Quotes


  • To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.
    o Cornel West, “Chekhov, Coltrane, and Democracy: Interview by David Lionel Smith.” The Cornel West Reader (1998).


  • If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
    o Ray Bradbury

  • The intellect must reason laboriously to comprehend ‘truth’ but the intuition knows immediately.
    o Paul Palnik

  • People often say to me, “I understand what you are talking about intellectually, but I don’t really feel it, I don’t realize it,” and I am apt to reply, “I wonder whether you do understand it intellectually, because if you did you would also feel it.”
    o Alan Watts

  • If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.
    o Benjamin Franklin

  • Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.
    o Samuel Smiles

  • A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.
    o Rev. Thomas Scott

  • Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
    o Colton

  • Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
    o Francis Bacon

  • Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
    o Channing

  • To be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false,—this is the mark and character of intelligence.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson

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