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  • "But many intelligent people have a sort of bug: they think intelligence is an end in itself. They have one idea in mind: to be intelligent, which is really stupid. And when intelligence takes itself for its own goal, it operates very strangely."
    Muriel Barbery (1969–), French novelist and philosopher
    Source: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2008)
  • "A dozen more questions occurred to me. Not to mention twenty-two possible solutions to each one, sixteen resulting hypotheses and counter-theorems, eight abstract speculations, a quadrilateral equation, two axioms, and a limerick. That’s raw intelligence for you."
    Jonathan Stroud (1970–), British fantasy novelist
    Source: Ptolemy’s Gate (2005)
  • "I’m educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I’m so smart I can negate any dream."
    Chuck Palahniuk (1962–), US novelist and journalist
    Source: Choke (2001)
  • "Even in a hierarchy people can be equal as thinkers."
    Nancy Kline (1946–), US author, educator, and consultant
    Source: Time to Think (1999)
  • "You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn’t annihilate human nature."
    Philip Roth (1933–), US novelist
    Source: American Pastoral (1997)
  • "Intellectual capital is the sum of everything everybody in a company knows that gives it a competitive edge."
    Thomas A. Stewart (1948–), US journalist and author
    Source: Intellectual Capital (1997)
  • "Brains are becoming the core of organisations—other activities can be contracted out."
    Charles Handy (1932–), Irish business executive and author
    Source: Interview (February 1994)
  • "Intelligence … is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas."
    Susan Sontag (19332004), US novelist and essayist
    Source: “Notes on Camp,” Against Interpretation (1966)
  • "Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the businessman."
    Arthur Schlesinger, Jr (19172004), US historian, writer, and educator
    Source: Partisan Review (1953)
  • "As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists."
    Albert Einstein (18791955), German-born US physicist
    Source: Letter (September 1932)
  • "The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office."
    Robert Frost (18741963), US poet
    Source: Attributed

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