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  • And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolations that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything; that only a fool can become something. Yes, sir, an intelligent nineteenth-century man must be, is morally bound to be, an essentially characterless creature; and a man of character, a man of action - an essentially limited creature. This is my conviction at the age of forty. I am forty now, and forty years - why, it is all of a lifetime, it is the deepest of old age. Living past forty is indecent, vulgar, immoral!

    Life   Character   Men  
  • 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?

    Henrik Ibsen, James McFarlane (1999). “An Enemy of the People ; The Wild Duck ; Rosmersholm”, p.76, Oxford University Press, USA
  • Propaganda will never die out. Intelligent men must realize that propaganda is the modern instrument by which they can fight for productive ends and help to bring order out of chaos.

    Edward Bernays (2017). “Propaganda”, p.124,
  • Mark the babe not long accustomed to this breathing world; One that hath barely learned to shape a smile, though yet irrational of soul, to grasp with tiny finger - to let fall a tear; And, as the heavy cloud of sleep dissolves, To stretch his limbs, becoming, as might seem. The outward functions of intelligent man.

    Baby   Fall   Sleep  
    William Wordsworth (1847). “The Poems of William Wordsworth”, p.491
  • So unless we come together as a people and stop our foolish beefing among each other, sit down like intelligent men and women and settle the things that divide us from each other, then come together like a solid wall and we could make something happen.

    Wall   Intelligent   Men  
    "The Breakfast Club Interview with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan". July 5, 2016.
  • An intelligent man said that the world felt Napoleon as a weight, and that when he died it would give a great oof of relief. This is just as true of Byron, or of such Byrons of their days as Kipling and Hemingway: after a generation or two the world is tired of being their pedestal, shakes them of with an oof, and then - hoisting onto its back a new world-figure - feels the penetrating satisfaction of having made a mistake all its own.

    "A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables" by Randall Jarrell, (pp. 116-117), 1962.
  • An intelligent man, a man who has a little meditative consciousness, can make his life a beautiful piece of art, can make it so full of love and full of music and full of poetry and full of dance that there are no limitations for it. Life is not hard. It is man's stupidity that makes it hard.

  • The average schoolmaster is and always must be essentially an ass, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation.

    H. L. Mencken, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers (2010). “H.L. Mencken: Prejudices: First, Second, and Third Series”, Hubsta Ltd
  • The second best thing about space travel is that the distances involved make war very difficult, usually impractical, and almost always unnecessary. This is probably a loss for most people, since war is our race's most popular diversion, one which gives purpose and color to dull and stupid lives. But it is a great boon to the intelligent man who fights only when he must-never for sport.

    Sports   War   Distance  
    Robert A. Heinlein (1987). “Time Enough for Love”, p.228, Penguin
  • Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.

    Intelligent   Men   Mad  
    Edgar Allan Poe (2004). “The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe”, p.494, Wordsworth Editions
  • I often had no scruples about deceiving nitwits and scoundrels and fools when I found it necessary. ...We avenge intelligence when we deceive a fool, and... deceiving a fool is an exploit worthy of an intelligent man. What has infused my very blood with an unconquerable hatred of the whole tribe of fools from the day of my birth is that I become a fool myself when I am in their company.

    Intelligent   Men   Blood  
  • The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone. As it is not so easy as the detective novels might lead one to believe, one generally relies on politics and joins the cruelest party.What does it matter, after all, if by humiliating one's mind one succeeds in dominating every one? I discovered in myself sweet dreams of oppression.

    Dream   Sweet   Party  
    Albert Camus (2012). “The Fall”, p.55, Vintage
  • A highly intelligent man should take a primitive woman. Imagine if on top of everything else, I had a woman who interfered with my work.

  • Matthey, a Geneva physician very close to Rousseau's influence, formulates the prospect for all men of reason: 'Do not glory in your state, if you are wise and civilized men; an instant suffices to disturb and annihilate that supposed wisdom of which you are so proud; an unexpected event, a sharp and sudden emotion of the soul will abruptly change the most reasonable and intelligent man into a raving idiot.

    Wise   Men   Intelligent  
    Michel Foucault (2001). “Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason”, p.201, Psychology Press
  • I think Judge Learned Hand was a cultured, intelligent man.

  • It is a fool's privilege to laugh at an intelligent man.

  • . . . Newton was an unquestioning believer in an all-wise creator of the universe, and in his own inability - like the boy on the seashore - to fathom the entire ocean in all its depths. He therefore believed that there were not only many things in heaven beyond his philosophy, but plenty on earth as well, and he made it his business to understand for himself what the majority of intelligent men of his time accepted without dispute (to them it was as natural as common sense) - the traditional account of the creation.

  • Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion.

    Men   Intelligent   Doors  
  • The difference between a simpleton and an intelligent man, according to the man who is convinced that he is of the latter category, is that the former wholeheartedly accepts all things that he sees and hears while the latter never admits anything except after a most searching scrutiny. He imagines his intelligence to be a sieve of closely woven mesh through which nothing but the finest can pass.

    R. K. Narayan (1988). “A Writer's Nightmare: Selected Essays, 1958-1988”, p.87, Penguin Books India
  • Old age deprives the intelligent man only of qualities useless to wisdom.

    Intelligent   Men   Age  
    "Pensees and Letters of Joseph Joubert". Book by Joseph Joubert, 1928.
  • To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.

    Edward Abbey (2015). “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness”, p.28, RosettaBooks
  • Granted I am a babbler, a harmless vexatious babbler, like all of us. But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve?

    Men   Intelligent   Water  
    "Notes from Underground". Book by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Part 1, Chapter 5, p. 19), 1918.
  • Careful amidst the careless, amongst the sleeping wide-awake, the intelligent man leaves them all behind, like a race-horse does a mere hack.

    Buddhist   Horse   Sleep  
  • The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

    Clever   Drinking   Men  
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, W. B. Rönnfeldt (1898*). “Goethe's Criticisms, Reflections, and Maxims”
  • I am drunk, seest thou? When I am not drunk I do not talk. You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.

    Intelligent   Men   Drunk  
    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, p.240, Simon and Schuster
  • 'How do you know so much about everything?' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.'

  • When I have a difficult subject before me - when I find the road narrow, and can see no other way of teaching a well established truth except by pleasing one intelligent man and displeasing ten thousand fools - I prefer to address myself to the one man, and to take no notice whatever of the condemnation of the multitude; I prefer to extricate that intelligent man from his embarrassment and show him the cause of his perplexity, so that he may attain perfection and be at peace.

    Moses Maimonides (2012). “The Guide for the Perplexed”, p.9, Courier Corporation
  • Thousands of important and intelligent men have never been able to grasp the principle of comparative advantage or believe it even after it was explained to them

  • The intelligent man is never bored.

    Intelligent   Men   Bored  
  • My whole thing is I don't take from Castro being an intelligent man as long as he is doing the thing that needs to be done. But the thing is at the end of the day you're not bettering the island. You're only making it worse. So, for me it's just making sure that people have the right to speak their minds and have an opportunity in life to better their life.

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