40 Best Intelligence Quotes and Sayings of All Time

Intelligence, the ability to solve complex problems and make beneficial decisions, has evolved in lifeforms for survival and reproduction.

In animals, intelligence is closely tied to their nervous systems, including the brain, which handles problem-solving and decision-making.

There are nine types of intelligence, each reflecting different ways of interacting with the world. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence involves using physical skills effectively, seen in athletes and dancers.

Intelligence Quotes and Sayings of All Time

Existential intelligence tackles profound questions about existence. Interpersonal intelligence is about understanding and interacting well with others, common in teachers and politicians.

Intrapersonal intelligence is self-awareness, found in psychologists. Linguistic intelligence involves using language, seen in writers and speakers. Logical-mathematical intelligence is about reasoning and problem-solving, seen in scientists.

Musical intelligence involves discerning sounds, found in musicians. Naturalist intelligence is about understanding nature, seen in botanists. Spatial intelligence involves thinking in 3D, found in architects.

Here is a collection of quotes about Intelligence.

Best Intelligence Quotes of All Time

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.

“Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do.” ~ Jean Piaget.

“The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers the most from its own limitations.” ~ André Gide.

“Great minds think for themselves.” ~ Immanuel Kant.


“A mind too active is no mind at all.” ~ Theodore Roethke.

“The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.

“Looks fade. Brains don’t.” ~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

“The profound thinker always suspects that he is superficial.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli.

Top Intelligence Quotes

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” ~ Joseph Joubert.

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“The color of truth is gray.” ~ André Gide.

“Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.” ~ Bertrand Russell.

“Of course not. After all, I may be wrong.” ~ Bertrand Russell.

“Ignorance never settles a question.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli.


“Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.” ~ Susan Sontag.

“Information is not knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein.

Famous Intelligence Quotes

“Every true genius is bound to be naive.” ~ Friedrich Schiller.

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” ~ George Orwell.

“It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle.” ~ Bryant McGill.

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.” ~ John F. Kennedy.

“In school, you are given the lesson first. On the street, you’re given the mistake first and then it’s up to you to find the lesson, if you ever find it.” ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki.

“The sage has one advantage: he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.” ~ Baltasar Gracián.

“One definition of man is an intelligence served by organs.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged.” ~ Stephen King.

Inspiring Intelligence Quotes

“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.” ~ Abigail Adams.

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” ~ Alexander Pope.

“For every student with a spark of brilliance, there are about ten with ignition trouble.” ~ Milton Berle.

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe.

“There’s a heart beneath the boobs and a brain beneath the wig.” ~ Dolly Parton.

“A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton.

“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.” ~ Thomas A. Edison.

“Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.” ~ William Hazlitt.

“He that in the ordinary affairs of life would admit of nothing but direct plain demonstration would be sure of nothing in this world but of perishing quickly.” ~ John Locke.

“There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing.” ~ Edgar Degas.

“The best buy by way of management is brains-at any price.” ~ Malcolm S. Forbes.

“I am sometimes shocked by the blasphemies of those who think themselves pious.” ~ Bertrand Russell.

“My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.” ~ Helen Keller.

“The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism.” ~ Albert Camus.

“Intelligence in the service of poor instinct is really dangerous.” ~ Gloria Steinem.

“How much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a leaf?” ~ Larry Niven.

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