Quotes: intellect

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
  • Nicolas Chamfort
    Nicolas Chamfort
    French writer, journalist and playwright 1741-1794
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    A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles Lamb
    English essayist 1775-1834
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    A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
  • Wyndham Lewis
    Wyndham Lewis
    British painter and author 1882-1957
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    A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere.
  • Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Alec Guinness
    Alec Guinness
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    An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego.
  • Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a 'genius'.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Caroline Knapp
    Caroline Knapp
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    Around the time I began starving, in the early eighties, the visual image had begun to supplant text as culture's primary mode of communication, a radical change because images work so differently than words: They're immediate, they hit you at levels way beneath intellect, they come fast and furious.
  • Arnold Bennett
    Arnold Bennett
    British novelist 1867-1931
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    Because her instinct has told her, or because she has been reliably informed, the faded virgin knows that the supreme joys are not for her; she knows by a process of the intellect; but she can feel her deprivation no more than the young mother can feel the hardship of the virgin's lot.
  • John Milton
    John Milton
    English poet, polemicist and man of letters 1608-1674
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    Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a certain potency of life in them, to be as active as the soul whose progeny they are; they preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of the living intellect that bred them.
  • Cats exercise... a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
  • Betty Williams
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    Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
  • Alan Moore
    Alan Moore
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    Don't leave home without your sword - your intellect.
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