Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on Acumen

Published: Apr 4, 2015 06:12:22 AM IST
Updated: Mar 30, 2015 03:59:51 PM IST
Thoughts on Acumen
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A clever man commits no minor blunders.

Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
Charlie Munger

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.
Richard Hell

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.
Don Herold

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.
Stephen King

I was street smart. Unfortunately,  the street was Rodeo Drive.
Carrie Fisher

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend—as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
AN Whitehead

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.
Woodrow Wilson

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.
Charles Bukowski

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford

Wit is educated insolence.

(This story appears in the 17 April, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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