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Intellectuals Quotes

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Intellectuals solve problems,
geniuses prevent them.
- Albert Einstein

Related topics: Wisdom

Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.
- Margaret Anderson

After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people,
these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the
young intellectuals of the country.
- Hu Shih

Intellectualism came very late to America.
That's why Americans are so proud of it.
I found very few real intellectuals in America.
But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
- Douglas Sirk

 

I think that one possible definition of our modern
culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our
intellectuals can't read any poetry.
- Randall Jarrell

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have too many intellectuals who are afraid to use
the pistol of common sense.
- Samuel Fuller

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There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Certainly the party counts a considerable number of
intellectuals among its members,
but I am by no means disposed to apologise for that.
- Harry Oppenheimer

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
- Theodor Adorno

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists
themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher,
exalted form of human endeavor.
- Steven Pinker

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army -
writers,
intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying
a simple thing in a simple way.
- Marcel Proust

Many people have observed that truth is stranger than fiction.
This has led some intellectuals to conclude that it's
stranger than non-fiction as well.
- Brad Holland

Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
- Edmund Wilson

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.
- Jacques Barzun

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the
right of intellectuals and political thinkers,
to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
- Norman Tebbit

My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they
expected me to stay at home and look after my younger
siblings and do the housework.
- Sara Paretsky

Country and western is ignored by the intellectuals.
They don't look at it as an art form.
They think it's just somebody sitting on his couch singing about his life.
- Ricky Skaggs

Intellectuals try to keep going.
But their situation is very difficult.
Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition
have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth
and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult
tasks of religious intellectuals.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

Soccer riots kill at most tens.
Intellectuals' ideological riots sometimes kill millions.
- John McCarthy

Don't make art for other artists or for 'intellectuals',
make art for people - and if you can touch just one
person in a lifetime and make a difference -
you have succeeded.
- Ray Conniff

Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are
of more importance than values.
That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.
- Gerald Brenan

Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation
of the mind that invokes genetics.
- Steven Pinker

Intellectuals would be much more accepted now than in the '40s.
- Parker Stevenson

I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who
can stand back and look at the whole edifice...
It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it,
like a snake leaving his skin behind.
- Frank McCourt

Futurism: This was a movement of intellectuals who
wanted to replace tradition with the modern world of machinery,
speed, violence, and public relations.
It proves that we should be careful what intellectuals wish for,
because we might get it.
- Brad Holland

But the Spain which emerged around 1960,
beginning with its economic miracle,
created by the invasion of tourists,
can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the
part of its intellectuals,
and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals.
- Juan Goytisolo

It was generally believed that Catholics were not interested
in arts and science graduate schools.
They weren't going to be intellectuals.
And so I put the theses to the test.
And they all collapsed.
- Andrew Greeley

There was a very serious communist strain among American
intellectuals before the war.
America was a more tolerant place in those days,
and Communists were not treated as pariahs.
That ended with the McCarthy era.
- Ken Follett

It is ironic that the United States should have been
founded by intellectuals,
for throughout most of our political history,
the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider,
a servant or a scapegoat.
- Richard Hofstadter

Jewish intellectuals contributed a great deal to insure
that Europe became a continent of humanism,
and it is with these humanist ideals that Europe must
now intervene in the Middle East conflict.
- Daniel Barenboim

Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an
important force in the early groups of volunteers.
They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling,
whereas very few workers had left British shores.
- Bill Alexander

We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit.
What we need is chimpanzees.
Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word
to us about being intelligent.
We will think for you, my friend.
Don't forget it.
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine

And with each day that passed, the gulf broadened and
my isolation became more accentuated.
In such a situation, the discovery that my experience was not unique,
that it had also been that of other Spanish intellectuals,
became very important for me.
- Juan Goytisolo

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit
that still carries any reward.
- John Maynard Keynes

Mad, adj.
Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
- Ambrose Bierce

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Our family life was certainly not intellectual.
- Douglass North

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life,
and urge doing.
I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

An intellectual is a man
who takes more words than necessary
to tell more than he knows.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

If you're expecting an intellectual film,
then you will be disappointed.
- Barry Pepper

From the business point of view - not to overstate it -
intellectual property is dead; long live intellectual process.
Long live service; long live performance.
- Esther Dyson

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The questions of philosophy proper are human desires
and fears and aspirations -
human emotions -
taking an intellectual form.
- Chauncey Wright

Tennis doesn't encourage any kind of intellectual development.
- Jim Courier

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective:
an awareness that some things are really important,
others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
- Christopher Morley

The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism
is indicated by its silence on all important matters.
- Christopher Lasch

The moral and intellectual character of the Africans
is widely different in different nations.
- Samuel George Morton

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
- Russell Lynes

Judgment is more than skill.
It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores
of hard indisputable factual information.
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.

Investors should start with a view of skepticism.
They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors.
They should be careful, and they should be skeptical.
- Arthur Levitt

My father also happened to be an intellectual,
as learned, literate, informed, and curious as anyone I have known.
Unobtrusively and casually, he was my wise and gentle teacher.
- James Tobin

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man,
but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
- Bertrand Russell

Science is an integral part of culture.
It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood.
It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.
- Stephen Jay Gould

What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion
of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
- Thomas Mann

I'm strictly for Stevenson.
I don't dig the intellectual bit, but I'm telling you,
man, he knows the most.
- Elvis Presley


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