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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

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

Cleverness is not wisdom.
- Euripides

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Witticism.
A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted;
what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

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

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
- Charles Kingsley

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

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

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

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

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball.
They had to do more than just give up open shots.
They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
- Wilt Chamberlain

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

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

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

Lord Birkenhead is very clever but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

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 like physics.
I think it is the best science out of all three of them,
because generally it's more useful.
You learn about speed and velocity and time,
and that's all clever stuff.
- Tom Felton

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

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 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 tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

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

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

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

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


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