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Clever Quotes

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Related topics: Wisdom

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

 

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

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A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down
rat holes with baited breath.
- W. C. Fields

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful,
one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive:
then the millstone weighs on the breast.
- Graham Greene

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime?
Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

TV - a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville.
However, it is our latest medium - we call it a medium
because nothing's well done.
- Goodman Ace

No one wants to know how clever you are.
They don't want an insight into your mind,
thrilling as it might be.
They want an insight into their own.
- Mark Haddon

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
- Shel Silverstein

Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
people can be made to see paradise as hell,
and also the other way round, to consider the most
wretched sort of life as paradise.
- Adolf Hitler

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
- Jane Austen

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own
shoulders to those of others.
- Titus Livius

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one
more clever who is evil too.
- Euripides

No Jew was ever fool enough to turn Christian unless he was a clever man.
- Israel Zangwill

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs.
I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter

The great Chinese classics have always said that it's better not to fight;
that the clever man achieves his ends without violence;
that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought.
- John Keegan

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

I write my own quotes.
Except this one.
I obviously stole this from somebody really clever.
- Brian Celio

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and
the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
- Benjamin Disraeli

He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

This is very clever.
They have created a system to cheat.
- Charles Davenport

It's the people who try to be clever who never are;
the people who are clever never think of trying to be.
- Gilbert Parker

It's clever, but is it Art?
- Rudyard Kipling

What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.
- Terence

People think you can't be clever if you have breasts.
- Kelly Brook

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary
to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool,
than to discover who is a clever man.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

The notion of a universality of human experience is
a confidence trick and the notion of a universality
of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
- Angela Carter

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are.
It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
- William Whitelaw

Calvin was very clever.
We did the pictures and made the commercial,
and that really worked.
- Kate Moss

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull.
He therefore approaches his task with full humility,
and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough,
before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
- Cesare Pavese

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man
to be clever enough not to.
- Fannie Hurst

Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep
concern with real application issues.
They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.
- Whitfield Diffie

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies,
but a handsome fool is irresistible.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
Nothing is often a good thing to say,
and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet
my mind and say something clever.
- Aristophanes

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
- Thomas Carlyle

A clever, imagination, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.
- Percy Ross

Awards sell tickets, and they're a clever publicity stunt.
- Tony Randall

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

To be clever enough to get all that money,
one must be stupid enough to want it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

We are obliged to regard many of our original minds
as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often
a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

People care more about being thought to have taste
than about being thought either good,
clever or amiable.
- Samuel Butler

As a writer, you get to play, you get alter time,
you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever
comebacks you wish you'd thought of.
- Iain Banks

But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas.
- Mark Rylance

People may say that what I do is very clever,
but it's not really at all.
It's not Swift.
- Rory Bremner

For sheer sexiness, a man must be beautiful.
Funny.
yes.
Clever, no.
- Jilly Cooper

Take from a man his reputation for probity,
and the more shrewd and clever he is,
the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I had very clever producers, who scheduled it brilliantly,
but scheduling it was a nightmare.
- John Crowley

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and
create fresh difficulties.
- Emil Nolde

So, deadpan I think just means not acknowledging for
one second that you think that this is funny and clever.
- Patrick Warburton

The silliest woman can manage a clever man;
but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
- Rudyard Kipling

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half.
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
- John Major

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing:
they are as clever as you.
- Irving Layton

People often get the wrong impression of Mick.
The clever businessman is just one side of Mick.
The other side is the same as the rest of us,
a true rocker!
- Ron Wood


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