A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
You could imagine you could be smart like Wittgenstein by just thinking hard enough, but Elvis just had it. It was almost spiritual. A kind of grace.
The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
François de la Rochefoucauld
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are Ignorant.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
College was for people who didn’t know they were smart.
I was street smart. Unfortunately, the street was Rodeo Drive.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend—as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
Franklin D Roosevelt
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
George S Patton
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Wit is educated insolence.
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(This story appears in the 17 April, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)