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Cleverness Quotes

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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

Related topics: Wisdom

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

Cleverness is not wisdom.
- Euripides

I kept bugging them about making it more upscale,
because I felt Abby, through her cleverness and business sense,
was a character who would move up.
And that's what she did.
- Donna Mills

 

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness,
but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

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

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Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
- Thomas Huxley

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and
the cleverness of the few.
- Stendhal

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical
wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to
the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
- Carolyn Wells

Cleverness is serviceable for everything,
sufficient for nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the...
cleverness that we have to make changes.
- Leon Kass

We learned to be patient observers like the owl.
We learned cleverness from the crow,
and courage from the jay,
who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory.
But above all of them ranked the chickadee because
of its indomitable spirit.
- Tom Brown, Jr.

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil,
and is far from being the greatest of all;
too much cleverness and too much learning,
accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
- Plato

Basically, if you could get a good trailer out of the script,
Roger had no objection to you making a really good movie.
He liked it if you did.
He liked the more cleverness and ingenuity you could bring to it.
He just wasn't going to give you any more money.
- John Sayles

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive,
nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning,
if they be accompanied by a bad training,
are a much greater misfortune.
- Plato

Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise...
not ourselves.
Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product.
Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated,
to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.
- William Bernbach

If the Great Way perishes, there will be morality and duty.
When cleverness and knowledge arise, great lies will flourish.
When relatives fall out with one another,
there will be filial duty and love.
When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying
it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
He who leaves your company pleased with himself and
his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

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

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

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

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

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

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

"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)

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

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

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

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

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch;
Tact is the clever footwork.
- Wilson Mizner

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

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

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

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

I don't really wanna talk about politics,
I'm not clever enough.
- Paul Weller

An inefficient virus kills its host.
A clever virus stays with it.
- James Lovelock

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

I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs...
like custom officers.
- Jack Dee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history,
favors not only the clever but the murderous.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

There is no bore like a clever bore.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

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

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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

I'd rather get a good clean laugh with good material,
than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking.
That's not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way,
it's too easy.
- Jim Dale

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

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

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.
- Arthur Wellesley

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

If a film is very clever and well-written,
that's what gives you freedom as a director.
- Patrice Leconte

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


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