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Arthur ClarkeMy favorite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence'.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

AristotlePoetry is for an intelligent man or a madman.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Zsa Zsa GaborI love the intellectual type. They know everything and suspect nothing.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe man was such an intellectual he was of almost no use.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

NapoleonYou don't reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George OrwellEngland is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonIf we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Dwight EisenhowerAn intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Emile M. CioranBeware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheThe man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Albert EinsteinIntellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

George OrwellSome ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Marcel ProustLike many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Movie Quotes

The Conformist (1970)He'll be a typical intellectual, disagreeable and impotent.

—  from the film The Conformist (1970)


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