cleverness

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on cleverness, defeat, gold, interest, order, organize, trifle, and worth

A clever man should organize his self-interests in the order of their worth. Greediness often defeats its own end, by making us scratch for every trifle when we should dig for gold alone.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on cleverness, honesty, and justice

When a man's acts are honest and just, it is hard to know if they result from righteousness or cleverness.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on cleverness and evil

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on cleverness

The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on accidents, cleverness, good, and luck

No accident so grave but that the clever man can turn it to some good; no luck so great but that the fool can twist it to his hurt.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by D. N. Perkins on cleverness, effort, failure, justice, opposites, problems, solution, and time

Early on in the space race, NASA spent much time and effort seeking a metal robust enough to withstand the heat of reentry and protect the astronauts. The endeavor failed. At some point, a clever person changed the problem. The real problem was to protect the astronauts, and perhaps this could be done without a material that could withstand reentry. The solution, the ablative heat shield, had characteristics just opposite to those originally sought. Rather than withstanding the heat, it slowly burnt away and carried the heat away from the vehicle.

D. N. Perkins

Source: The Mind’s Best Work (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1981), 217

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A Quote by Confucius on cleverness, justice, projects, and virtue

Clever talk can confound the workings of virtue, just as small impatiences can confound great projects.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Charles Kingsley on cleverness, day, death, dreams, good, life, nobility, and songs

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long: And so make life, death, and that vast forever One grand sweet song.

Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875)

Source: A Farewell.

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A Quote by Baron von Hammerstein-Equoard on cleverness, danger, laziness, and stupidity

The man who is clever and industrious is suited to high staff appointments; use can be made of a man who is stupid and lazy; the man who is clever and lazy is suited for the highest command, he has the nerve to deal with all situations; but the man who is stupid and industrious is a danger and must be dismissed immediately.

Baron von Hammerstein-Equoard

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on cleverness, quality, stupidity, and women

Dissimulation is innate in woman, and almost as much a quality of the stupid as of the clever.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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