My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.'
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. "Can they be brought together?" This is a practical question. We must get down to it. "I despise intelligence" really means: "I cannot bear my doubts."
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
So far as I can remember there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'
I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.
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