Quotes from the category Cleverness:
- A clever man commits no minor blunders. permalink
- Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties. permalink
- Cleverness is a quality a man likes to have in his wife as long as she is some distance away from him. Up close, he'll take kindness any day of the week, if there's nothing more alluring to be had. permalink
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (2005)
- Having lots of ideas doesn't mean you're clever, any more than having lots of soldiers means you're a good general. permalink
Maxims and Considerations (1796)
- Josh Billings said, 'It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.' Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems. permalink
- Mr. [Aldous] Huxley has been the alarming young man for a long time, a sort of perpetual clever nephew who can be relied on to flutter the lunch party. Whatever will he say next? How does he think of those things? He has been deplored once or twice, but feeling is in his favor: he is steadily read. He is at once the truly clever person and the stupid person's idea of the clever person; he is expected to be relentless, to administer intellectual shocks. permalink
"Mr. Huxley's Essays" in Collected Impressions (1950)
- Not all clever words are true. ... And inversely most things that are true are not clever. permalink
A Lantern in Her Hand (1928)
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