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Cleverness Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Cleverness.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

Related topics: Wisdom

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

Cleverness is not wisdom.
- Euripides

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

 

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness,
but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

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If the Great Way perishes, there will be morality and duty.
When cleverness and knowledge arise, great lies will flourish.
When relatives fall out with one another,
there will be filial duty and love.
When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and
the cleverness of the few.
- Stendhal

A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
- Carolyn Wells

Cleverness is serviceable for everything,
sufficient for nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical
wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the...
cleverness that we have to make changes.
- Leon Kass

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to
the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
- Thomas Huxley

I kept bugging them about making it more upscale,
because I felt Abby, through her cleverness and business sense,
was a character who would move up.
And that's what she did.
- Donna Mills

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying
it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
He who leaves your company pleased with himself and
his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive,
nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning,
if they be accompanied by a bad training,
are a much greater misfortune.
- Plato

Basically, if you could get a good trailer out of the script,
Roger had no objection to you making a really good movie.
He liked it if you did.
He liked the more cleverness and ingenuity you could bring to it.
He just wasn't going to give you any more money.
- John Sayles

We learned to be patient observers like the owl.
We learned cleverness from the crow,
and courage from the jay,
who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory.
But above all of them ranked the chickadee because
of its indomitable spirit.
- Tom Brown, Jr.

Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise...
not ourselves.
Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product.
Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated,
to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.
- William Bernbach

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil,
and is far from being the greatest of all;
too much cleverness and too much learning,
accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
- Plato

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down
rat holes with baited breath.
- W. C. Fields

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball.
They had to do more than just give up open shots.
They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
- Wilt Chamberlain

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful,
one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive:
then the millstone weighs on the breast.
- Graham Greene

I enjoy doing press for something that I like,
and I think the movie is very fun and charming and clever.
- Thomas Haden Church

People think you can't be clever if you have breasts.
- Kelly Brook

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough,
before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
- Cesare Pavese

Take from a man his reputation for probity,
and the more shrewd and clever he is,
the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A clever, imagination, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.
- Percy Ross

I write my own quotes.
Except this one.
I obviously stole this from somebody really clever.
- Brian Celio

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas.
- Mark Rylance

An inefficient virus kills its host.
A clever virus stays with it.
- James Lovelock

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch;
Tact is the clever footwork.
- Wilson Mizner

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment,
and are always answering questions when the chief relish
of a life is to go on asking them.
- Frank Moore Colby

Calvin was very clever.
We did the pictures and made the commercial,
and that really worked.
- Kate Moss

Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
people can be made to see paradise as hell,
and also the other way round, to consider the most
wretched sort of life as paradise.
- Adolf Hitler

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

People often get the wrong impression of Mick.
The clever businessman is just one side of Mick.
The other side is the same as the rest of us,
a true rocker!
- Ron Wood

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
Nothing is often a good thing to say,
and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

To be clever enough to get all that money,
one must be stupid enough to want it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.
- Terence

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

Witticism.
A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted;
what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
- Ambrose Bierce

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs.
I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter

Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep
concern with real application issues.
They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.
- Whitfield Diffie

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary,
and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
- Thomas Mann

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull.
He therefore approaches his task with full humility,
and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Lord Birkenhead is very clever but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.
- Arthur Wellesley

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are.
It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
- William Whitelaw

I'd rather get a good clean laugh with good material,
than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking.
That's not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way,
it's too easy.
- Jim Dale

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half.
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
- John Major

This is very clever.
They have created a system to cheat.
- Charles Davenport

For sheer sexiness, a man must be beautiful.
Funny.
yes.
Clever, no.
- Jilly Cooper

I don't really wanna talk about politics,
I'm not clever enough.
- Paul Weller


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