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26 Intelligence Quotes from Literature

People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it. ~ Carrie by Stephen King Empathy, evidently, existed only within the human community, whereas intelligence to some degree could be found throughout every phylum and order including the arachnida. ~ Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. ~ A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin Why, how much better to be silly, than as wise as you! You don't see shadowy people there, like those that live in sleep—not you. Nor eyes in the knotted panes of glass, nor swift ghosts when it blows hard, nor do you hear voices in the air, nor see men stalking in the sky—not you! I lead a merrier life than you, with all your cleverness. You're the dull men. We're the bright ones. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence-whether much that is glorious-whether all that is profound-does not spring from disease of thought-from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. ~ Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe "Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change." ~ The Time Machine by H. G. Wells "It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble." ~ The Time Machine by H. G. Wells I try his head occasionally as housewives try eggs,-- give it an intellectual shake and hold it up to the light, so to speak, to see if it has life in it, actual or potential, or only contains lifeless albumen. ~ The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. "It's the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be." ~ The Battle Of The Strong by Gilbert Parker "The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority." ~ An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

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