Clever Man Quotes

Clever Man Quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, Gilbert K. Chesterton, Mehmet Murat Ildan, Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de Sable, Mickey Rooney and many others.

A clever man reaps some benefit from the worst catastrophe, and a fool can turn even good luck to his disadvantage.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A clever man should handle his interests so that each will fall in suitable order of their value.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
Gilbert K. Chesterton
A clever man can see the world from a cave much better than a stupid man can from the top of a mountain!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
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.
Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de Sable
Meadowlark Lemon is one very clever man, unique and truly one of a kind.
Mickey Rooney
A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.
Leonardo da Vinci
A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.
Israel Zangwill
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard
I have no great quickness of apprehension or wit which is so remarkable in some clever men, for instance Huxley
Charles Darwin
A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Bertrand Russell
To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
People who, not being in love themselves, feel that a clever man should only be unhappy about a person who is worth his while; which is rather like being astonished that anyone should condescend to die of cholera at the bidding of so insignificant a creature as the comma bacillus.
Marcel Proust
I never heard tell of any clever man that came of entirely stupid people.
Thomas Carlyle
I love hearing details of writers’ craft, as cannibals eat the brains of clever men to get cleverer.
Antonia Fraser
No Jew was ever fool enough to turn Christian unless he was a clever man.
Israel Zangwill
Put a very clever man next to a genius, his brightness will immediately turn to dullness!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
There’s a road to hell that is paved with good intentions but it’s a long route. The quicker path is paved with the kind of ignorance that clever men who just don’t want to know are best at.
Mark Lawrence
Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
Bertrand Russell
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. Lewis
Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. They’re my biggest heroes. I love everything about Leonard Cohen: his lyrics and his voice. He seems like a really clever man, and Bob Dylan does as well. He’s just really cool.
In every fall, clever man discovers the secrets of further rising!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
A fool is a person who guesses and gets it wrong, a clever man is one who guesses, regardless of time period, and gets it right.
It’s a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brain to crime it is the worst of all.
Arthur Conan Doyle
A fool tries to look different: a clever man looks the same and is different.
John Buchan
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Rudyard Kipling
Credulity is always a ridiculous, often a dangerous failing: it has made of many a clever man, a fool; and of many a good man, a knave.
Frances Wright
Clever man is a chicken; it can fly, but a little. Genius, on the other hand, is a migratory bird; it can fly at high altitudes until He disappears on the horizon!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Fools lie, clever men stick to the truth.
Michael Scott
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work?
John Ruskin
It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
Fannie Hurst
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them.
Bertrand Russell
The clever men of Oxford, know all that there is to be knowed but they none of them know one half as much as intelligent Mr. Toad.
Kenneth Grahame
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell
How many stars can you count in the sky? How many mistakes can you count in your life? Stop counting! No clever man ever is stuck in the past!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
George Bernard Shaw
Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In a stupid society, a clever man can come into the power; but in a clever society no stupid can come into the power!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Oscar Wilde
Any fool can make soap. It takes a clever man to sell it.
Thomas J. Barratt
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
Rudyard Kipling
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Women say . . . that if men had to have babies there would soon be no babies in the world. . . . I have sometimes wished that some clever man would actually have a baby in some new labor-saving way; then all men could take it up, and one of the oldest taunts in the world would be stilled forever.
Robertson Davies
The aboriginal peoples of Australia illustrate the conflict between technology and the natural world succinctly, by asking, ‘What will you do when the clever men destroy your water?’ That, in truth, is what the world is coming to.
Winona LaDuke
The worst sort of clever men are those who know better than the Bible.
Charles Spurgeon
The great Chinese classics have always said that it’s better not to fight; that the clever man achieves his ends without violence; that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought.
John Keegan