cleverness

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on cleverness and time

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 the third time - a tremendous whack.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on cleverness, honor, learning, and nobility

By being so long in the lowest form [at Harrow] I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. . . . I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence - which is a noble thing. Naturally I am biased in favor of boys learning English; I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930

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A Quote by William Symonds on admiration, cleverness, company, day, diversity, fatherhood, god, history, liberty, life, people, and world

William Symonds, in his 1612 history of the Virginia colonies, also omits the Pocahontas episode, relating instead that Smith secured his release through his own clever connivance: "A month those Barbarians kept him prisoner, many strange triumphes and conjurations they made of him, yet hee so demeaned himselfe amongst them, as he not only diverted them from surprising the Fort, but procured his owne liberty, and got himselfe and his company such estimation amongst them, that those Salvages admired him as a demi-God. ...So he had inchanted those poor soules (being their prisoner) in demonstrating unto them the roundnesse of the world, the course of the moone and starres, the cause of the day and night the largenes of the seas the quallities of our ships, shot and powder, The devision of the world, with the diversity of people, their complexions, customs and conditions. All which he fained to be under the command of Captaine Newport, whom he tearmed to them his father; of whose arrival, it chanced he so directly prophesied, as they esteemed him an oracle; by these fictions he not only saved his owne life, and obtained his liberty, but had them at that command, he might command what he listed."

William Symonds

Source: The Proceedings of the English Colonies in Virginia..., 1612

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A Quote by William of Baskerville on cleverness and foolishness

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.

William of Baskerville

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Will Durant on cleverness, good, and history

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 (1885 - 1981)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on achievement, authority, cleverness, cynicism, destruction, duty, freedom, heroism, indifference, liberty, life, men, order, preparation, sacrifice, spirit, thought, tragedy, weakness, world, and elightenment

Without order or authority in the spirit of man the free way of life leads through weakness, disorganization, self-indulgence, and moral indifference to the destruction of freedom itself. The tragic ordeal through which the Western world is passing was prepared in the long period of easy liberty, during which men . . . forgot that their freedom was achieved by heroic sacrifice. . . . They forgot that their rights were founded on their duties. . . . They thought it clever to be cynical, enlightened to be unbelieving, and sensible to be soft.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Kerr on cleverness, composers, people, and world

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

Walter Kerr

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A Quote by unknown on cleverness, education, good, and men

Secular education can make men clever, but it cannot make them good.

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A Quote by unknown on cleverness, learning, and men

Two men wrote a lexicon, Liddell and Scott; Some parts were clever, but some parts were not. Hear, all ye learned, and read me this riddle, How the wrong par wrote Scott, and the right part wrote Liddell.

unknown

Source: on the co-authors of the Greek Lexicon, 1843

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A Quote by unknown on children, cleverness, friendship, grace, justice, knowledge, laughter, life, love, music, tenderness, and wit

What seems to grow fairer to me as life goes by is the love and the grace and tenderness of it; not its wit and cleverness and grandeur of knowledge - grand as knowledge is - but just the laughter of children, and the friendship of friends, and the cozy talk by the fire, and sight of flowers, and the sound of music.

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