Intellect, Judgement

"Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Thoughts too deep to be expressed. And too strong to be suppressed."

George Wither
George Wither "Mistress of Philarete"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Interpretation is revenge of the intellect upon art."

Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag "Evergreen Interpretation"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Don't express your ideas too clearly. Most people think little of what they understand, and venerate what they do not."

Baltasar Gracian
Baltasar Gracian "The Art of Worldly Wisdom"

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

Saint-Exupery-Antoine-de "The Little Prince"

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

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

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Stop thinking, and end your problems."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reason and love are sworn enemies."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Conviction is the conscience of intellect."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The more you reason the less you create."

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Microscopes and telescopes really confuse our minds."

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"As I grow older , I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it."

Reinhold Niebuhr
Reinhold Niebuhr "Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The trouble with foreign languages is, you have to think before your speak."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams."

Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire "Artificial Paradise"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing."

Rating: 9.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses."

Rating: 2.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Education [...] has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals."

G. M. Trevelyan
G. M. Trevelyan "English Social History"

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will."

Antonio Gramsci
Antonio Gramsci "Gramsci: Letters from Prison"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving."

Jose Ortega y Gasset
Jose Ortega y Gasset "In Search of Goethe from Within"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting."

Stefan Zweig
Stefan Zweig "Stellar Moments in Human History"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified."

Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley "Collected Essays"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation appled to life."

Amiel-Henri-Frederic "Journal Intime"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists."

Amiel-Henri-Frederic "Journal Intime"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."

Voltaire "Questions sur l'Encyclopédie"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)