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Top 10 Level Headed Quotes About Intelligent People

Published on 3 August, 2013 at 7:48 am By

Intelligence and intellect can be a great boon or a terrible curse depending on how it is used and utilized. While genuine intelligence is rare it does not guarantee success or the ability to avoid making mistakes. It is he who does not rest on his talent and works hard to hone and develop his intelligence that succeeds. Intelligent people know that failure is just an opportunity to start all over again. Still the intelligent is much better off than the fool which also opens intellectuals to a lot of ridicule from the common man who lacks common sense. Luckily it doesn’t matter what he says because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about anyways. You might have heard such quotes that try to belittle intellectuals but there are also genuine quotes that praise intelligence for what it is. Here are the top 10 level headed quotes about intelligent people.

10. Bertrand Russell:

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.


Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher and mathematician and did great work in the area of logic in philosophy. This quote of his talks about how having doubts doesn’t mean you are not intelligent but actually might prove that you are not a self assured fool.

Bertrand Russell

9. Lynsay Sands:

Intelligent people know they are intelligent. They also know that one person cannot know all, hence a person is not stupid simply because he is ignorant of one thing or another. They know that, to another intelligent person, they will not appear stupid in asking for an explanation of what they do not know, and so their ignorance on any particular issue does not become an embarrassment.

Lynsay Sands is a Canadian author famous for her Argeneau and Rogue Hunter paranormal series. This quote explains how intelligence doesn’t mean knowing everything and how it’s better to ask questions about things you don’t know much about.

Lynsay Sands

8. John Green:

Saying “I notice you’re a nerd” is like saying hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan.

You might recognize John Green from his YouTube educational videos. He’s also an American young adult fiction writer. This quote encourages being a nerd and discourages mindless gossip.

John Green

7. Eleanor Roosevelt:

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.


Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is a great quote about the nature of intelligent people who would rather discuss abstract ideas than waste time by discussing petty gossip.

Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Albert Einstein:

It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

Albert Einstein has given us many memorable quotes about intelligence. Coming from one of the greatest mind ever gives them extra credibility. This quote is a humble acceptance of how intelligence is much about working hard.

Albert Einstein

5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a American Transcendentalist and a champion of individualism. In this quote he’s talking about how the books we read shape our minds. A person who reads classics will be much different from someone who reads entertainment magazines or pulp fiction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Edgar Allan Poe:

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.

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet and literary critic. This quote is about the close relation of madness and genius. There is a thin line between the two.

Edgar Allan Poe

3. Albert Camus:

An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. Can they be brought together? This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means ‘I cannot bear my doubts’.

Albert Camus was a Nobel Prize winning French journalist, author and philosopher. He puts forward with great simplicity the point that to be intelligent means to be aware of one’s own thoughts; something that many people find very hard to do.

Albert Camus

2. Harlan Ellison:

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

Harlan Ellison is an American author of speculative fiction. In this quote he’s not questioning the right of fools to have an opinion but rather emphasizing the importance of intelligence. No one is entitled to be ignorant and everyone must try to form some informed opinions.

Harlan Ellison

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald:

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


The Great Gatsby is the most famous work of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this quote he’s talking about how intelligent people are not rigid in their thoughts and can actually look at two opposing points of view at the same time.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


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