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    intelligence Quotes

    The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
    — Robert J. Shiller
    There is no human feeling to the US securities markets and sometimes no discernible evidence of human intelligence either. But they work.
    — Robert J. Eaton
    tags: work  human  intelligence 
    I have heard it very often said that an artist does not need intelligence, that his is the province of the soul
    — Robert Henri
    But an escape less self-depreciating was taken by Lord Westbury, who, it is said, rebuffed a barrister's reliance upon an earlier opinion of his Lordship: "I can only say that I am amazed that a man of my intelligence should have been guilty of giving such an opinion". If there are other ways of gracefully and good-naturedly surrendering former views to a better considered position, I invoke them all.
    — Robert H. Jackson
    There is something I call social intelligence. You can do a lot in life on your own and you can do all kinds of stuff, but if you're really bad with people, if you're really naive or aggressive and push people away, if you don't know the political environment you're in, it invalidates all the things you know. You're not going to get anywhere.
    — Robert Greene
    The key then to attaining this higher level of intelligence is to make our years of study qualitatively rich. We don't simply absorb information - we internalize it and make it our own by finding some way to put this knowledge to practical use.
    — Robert Greene
    tags: key  intelligence  year 
    Your work is the single greatest means at your disposal for expressing your social intelligence.
    — Robert Greene
    tags: work  intelligence 
    Upon the great questions of origin, of destiny, of immortality, of . . . other worlds, every honest man must say, 'I do not know.' Upon these questions, this is the creed of intelligence.
    — Robert Green Ingersoll
    We must remember that we have to make judges out of men, and that by being made judges their prejudices are not diminished and their intelligence is not increased.
    — Robert Green Ingersoll
    Intelligence, guided by kindness, is the highest wisdom. . . .
    — Robert Green Ingersoll
    Intelligence is the only moral guide.
    — Robert Green Ingersoll
    Today the intelligence of the world denies the miraculous. Ignorance is the soil of the supernatural. The foundation of Christianity has crumbled, has disappeared, and the entire fabric must fall. The natural is true. The miraculous is false.
    — Robert Green Ingersoll
    Faults in English prose derive not so much from lack of knowledge, intelligence or art as from lack of thought, patience or goodwill.
    — Robert Graves
    Electronic brains may help us to use our heads but will not excuse us from that duty, and as to our hearts-cardiograms cannot diagnose what may be most ill about them, or confirm what may be best. The faithful woman and the versatile brave man, the wakeful intelligence open to inspiration or grace-these are still exemplary for our kind, as they always were and always will be.
    — Robert Fitzgerald
    tags: men  women  brain  help  intelligence 
    You've got to struggle against the pollution of intelligence in order to become an animal with very sharp instincts - a sort of intuitive medium - so that to photograph becomes a magical act, and slowly other more suggestive images begin to appear behind the visible image, for which the photographer cannot be held responsible.
    — Robert Doisneau
    Man is a hybrid. From a lower order we have been genetically manipulated by advanced intelligences into what we are. Now that in itself is dynamite for god's sake.
    — Robert Dean
    tags: men  god  intelligence 
    Complexity demands resilience, and that's what panarchy offers. Resilience in the face of complexity is a challenge even when you apply rigorous intelligence and integrity to develop a coherent and flexible strategy.
    — Robert David Steele
    No matter how wild reality was obviously often being, it was an absolutely secure place, as a tone and intelligence, and a thing happening.
    — Robert Creeley
    You could reason with someone who was halfway educated and appeal to his intelligence, but I felt helpless in the face of utter stupidity.
    — Robert Cormier
    Elizabeth Searle writes with intelligence, passion and wit. She's one of the best young writers around.
    — Robert Boswell
    I don't trust American intelligence. You look at the torture report from the Senate: People inside the CIA are saying that it doesn't work, and we're getting the information not from torture, but simply from questioning people.
    — Robert Baer
    I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    My own opinion is that belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    The only way to stave off boredom, in a complex domesticated primate like humankind, is to increase one's intelligence. This is not appealing to the average primate, who instead invents emotional games (soap opera and grand opera dramatics).
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    In summary, Intelligence Intensification is desirable, because there is not a single problem confronting humanity that is not either caused or considerably worsened by the prevailing stupidity (insensitivity) of the species: badly wired robots bumping into and maiming and killing each other.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    Belief is the death of intelligence.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    Intelligence is that aspect of human cognition that we haven't managed to emulate yet.
    — Rob Lowe
    Life is a conspiracy to shower you with a nonstop feast of interesting experiences, all of which are designed to help you grow your intelligence, shed your pretensions, and master the art of ingenious love.
    — Rob Brezsny
    Push hard to get better, become smarter, grow your devotion to the truth, fuel your commitment to beauty, refine your emotional intelligence, hone your dreams, negotiate with your shadow, cure your ignorance, shed your pettiness, heighten your drive to look for the best in people, and soften your heart - even as you always accept yourself for exactly who you are with all of your so-called imperfections.
    — Rob Brezsny
    I believe intelligence and fear are very close together. Guys who say they are not afraid of anything, they are stupid. They are silly to me...I am afraid of everything
    — Rickson Gracie
    I see fear as a sign of intelligence, of preservation.
    — Rickson Gracie
    tags: fear  intelligence 
    When we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence ...we have a better chance at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction.
    — Rick DellaRatta
    Always try to grow in your garden some plant or plants out of the ordinary, something your neighbors never attempted. For you can receive no greater flattery than to have a gardener of equal intelligence stand before your plant and ask, "What is that?"
    — Richardson Wright
    I believe that reforming our intelligence community is one of the most important things that we can do in order to ensure that our country is in fact safer, stronger and wiser.
    — Richard Shelby
    George Tenet has been the director of central intelligence since 1997, time enough to have changed the Agency's culture. He has failed. He should go.
    — Richard Perle
    I have a limited intelligence and I've used it in a particular direction.
    — Richard P. Feynman
    tags: intelligence 
    If science is to progress, what we need is the ability to experiment, honesty in reporting results-the results must be reported without somebody saying what they would like the results to have been-and finally-an important thing-the intelligence to interpret the results.
    — Richard P. Feynman
    Listen, I mean that from my knowledge of the world that I see around me, I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence.
    — Richard P. Feynman
    Before Bin Laden did everything but advertise. Yet he had to blow up the Twin Towers just to get the attention of anyone outside the intelligence community. So what did we do? We invaded the wrong country, killed the wrong madman, and too often used the wrong interrogation techniques on the wrong people-all because our leaders lost contact with the truth.
    — Richard North Patterson
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