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QUOTATIONS - ON COMMON SENSE AND INTELLIGENCE

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.
Don Wood

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The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common
sense snuck in at number 79.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

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Common sense is the best sense I know of.
Lord Chesterfield (1694 - 1773)

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The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888), 'God and the Bible,' 1875

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Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that
the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

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Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), 'Art,' 1841

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If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.
Tom Stoppard (1937 - )

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It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - )

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So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it
has tried to contact us.
Bill Watterson (1958 - ), cartoonist, "Calvin and Hobbes"

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There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
Don Herold

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same
time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

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It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough
people to do that.
G. H. Hardy (1877 - 1947)

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One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "The Apple Cart" (1930), act I

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Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.
Harriet Martineau (1802 - 1876)

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Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
Henrik Tikkanen

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There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

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An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.
Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

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I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of
conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.
Lisa Alther, Kinflicks, 1975

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Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance

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I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
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