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Some men of a secluded and studious life have sent forth from their closet or cloister rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon which, though far removed from the ocean and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that restless world of waters.

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of learned lumber in his head.

The cuckoo who is on to himself is halfway out of the clock.

The difference between intelligence and education is this: Intelligence will make you a good living.

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.

The superior man is he who develops, in harmonious proportions, his moral, intellectual, and physical nature. - This should be the end at which men of all classes should aim, and it is this only which constitutes real greatness.

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.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The unluckiest insolvent in the world is the man whose expenditure is too great for his income of ideas.

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

They who have read about everything are thought to understand everything, too, but it is not always so; reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections - we must chew them over again.

Time has a way of demonstrating . . . the most stubborn are the most intelligent.

To the good listener half a word is enough.

We must despise no sort of talents; they all have their separate uses and duties; all have the happiness of man for their object; they all improve, exalt, and gladden life.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

Wit is educated insolence.

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