cleverness

A Quote by Ogden Nash on cleverness, life, and sex

The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks Which practically conceal its sex I think it clever of the turtle In such a fix to be so fertile.

Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

Source: Hard Lines,1931, The Turtle

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A Quote by Naguib Mahfouz on cleverness and questions

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

Naguib Mahfouz (1911 -)

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A Quote by Morton C. Blackwell on cleverness, loyalty, and worth

21. An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

Morton C. Blackwell (1939 -)

Source: Morton C. Blackwell in “Laws of Politics”

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A Quote by Minna Thomas Antrim on cleverness and women

When a woman gives more attention to her dinner than to the clever man beside her, she furnishes conclusive evidence that she has more than half covered her century run.

Minna Thomas Antrim (1861 - ?)

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on cleverness, knowledge, and bliss

Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on cleverness, history, lies, nobility, poetry, and wealth

The Bible has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on cleverness, judgment, knowledge, success, and words

We judge matters so superficially that ordinary acts and words, done and spoken with some flair and some knowledge of worldly matters, often succeed better than the greatest cleverness.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on cleverness, deception, determination, judgment, knowledge, learning, men, and order

He who uses trickery should at least make use of his judgment to learn that he can scarcely hide treacherous conduct for very long among clever men who are determined to find him out, although they may pretend to be deceived in order to disguise their knowledge of his deceitfulness.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by L.J. Mordell on cleverness and questions

Neither you nor I nor anybody else knows what makes a mathematician tick. It is not a question of cleverness. I know many mathematicians who are far abler than I am, but they have not been so lucky. An illustration may be given by considering two miners. One may be an expert geologist, but he does not find the golden nuggets that the ignorant miner does.

L.J. Mordell

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on acceptance, cleverness, confusion, divinity, goals, guidance, leadership, life, energy, sacrifice, selfishness, spirituality, students, truth, understanding, virtue, world, elightenment, and taoism

The world is full of half-enlightened masters. Overly clever, too "sensitive" to live in the real world, they surround themselves with selfish pleasures and bestow their grandiose teachings upon the unwary. Prematurely publicizing themselves, intent upon reaching some spiritual climax, they constantly sacrifice the truth and deviate from the Tao. What they really offer the world is their own confusion. The true master understands that enlightenment is not the end, but the means. Realizing that virtue is her goal, she accepts the long and often arduous cultivation that is necessary to attain it. She doesn't scheme to become a leader, but quietly shoulders whatever responsibilities fall to her. Unattached to her accomplishments, taking credit for nothing at all, she guides the whole world by guiding the individuals who come to her. She shares her divine energy with her students, encouraging them, creating trials to strengthen them, scolding them to awaken them, directing the streams of their lives toward the infinite ocean of the Tao.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (80)

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