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An IQ Test might tell you how intelligent you are, but reciting quotes about intelligence shows how well aware you are of its extent - or the lack thereof - in the world we live in.

Whether you want to be cynical or uplifting or share your knowledge of the complex world and what intelligence consists of, or embody a thesaurus by talking about the emotional intelligence quotient the way only David Caruso could - we've got the right quote for you!

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Intelligence, in general, is a frequently talked about topic. No wonder, scientists, authors, and philosophers among others have often shared their thoughts on it with us in the real world. We have compiled the best of the best of intelligence quotes for you:

"They think that intelligence is about noticing things that are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns)."

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity."

- Dean Acheson

"One of the surest signs that intelligent life exists in outer space is that none of it has tried to contact us."

- Normandy Alden

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

- Sigmund Freud

"The intelligence of the planet is constant....and the population is growing."

- Arthur C. Clarke

"No one in this world, so far as I know...has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."

- H.L. Mencken

"They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how rare it is on earth."

- Arthur C. Clarke

"The IQ of a group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group."

- After dark screen saver

"My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation."

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

- Einstein

"Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven."

- Edward de Bono

"Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week."

- George Bernard Shaw

"One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me."

- Anatole France

"Finally, two days ago, I succeeded - not on account of my hard efforts, but by the grace of the Lord. Like a sudden flash of lightning, the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible."

- Karl Friedrich Gauss

"The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men."

- Blaise Pascal

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

- Oscar Wilde

Short Every-Day Quotes About Intelligence

You don't have the time for all those words or just want to pick a short sentence to let your wit shine in front of another person? We've got the answer with these short but effective intelligence quotes:

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"The limits of your language are the limits of your world."

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

"When you appeal to the highest level of thinking, you get the highest level of performance."

- Jack Stack

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use."

- Kierkegaard

"Little things affect little minds."

- Benjamin Disraeli

"For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while."

- Luther Burbank

"Great minds discuss ideas, mediocre minds discuss events, small minds discuss personalities."

- Anon

"There was never a genius without a tincture of insanity."

- Aristotle

"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind."

- Samuel Johnson

"Genius is one per cent inspiration, and ninety-nine per cent perspiration."

- Thomas Edison

"Genius is the ability and willingness to do hard work, and any other concept is a doubtful if not dangerous proposition."

- Thomas Edison

"Strength of mind is exercise, not rest."

- Alexander Pope

"The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use."

- George A. Dorsey

"Genius is nothing but continued attention."

- Claude A. Helvetius

"Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius."

- Benjamin Disraeli

"The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking."

- Phaedrus

"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."

- Winston Churchill

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

- Mark Twain

"You can lead a jackass to knowledge, but you can't make him think."

- Jeff Lee

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Quotes About Emotional Intelligence

Getting emotional? Here's several quotes by smart people about what really makes us smart:

"Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships."

- Travis Bradberry

"There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning is all linked."

- Eric Jensen

"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion."

- Dale Carnegie

"Let us fear the torment of emotions that might sway in its wake chaos through the sound construction of reason and discernment. Let us cherish instead emotional intelligence along the intricate and tortuous paths of life’s labyrinth."

- Erik Pevernagie

"It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of Intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head. It is the unique intersection of both."

- David Caruso

"Leadership is all about emotional Intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced."

- Rajeev Suri

"We define emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions."

- Salovey And Mayer

"Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you."

- Peter Stark

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