Brainy Quotes


I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

You cannot step into the same river twice.

I’m 27. I feel like I get it. I’m OK with being sexy if I feel like it. Some days I’m brainy, some days I’m funny, some days I’m sexy, and sometimes, I just want to dance.

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.

Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.

Brainy folks were also present in Lyndon Johnson’s administration, especially in the Pentagon, where Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s brilliant ‘whiz kids’ tried to micro-manage the Vietnam war, with disastrous results.

To be is to be the value of a variable.

Character is what a man is in the dark.

An education system suits some more than others. It can lead you out into life or lead you on a wild goose chase. It can help to make you miserable, or dull and nasty and insipid, or profoundly stupid in the special way that ‘brainy’ people can be.

A brainy person does not abuse copyright; instead they respect it and uphold it.

True greatness consists in being great in little things.

The mind cannot foresee its own advance.

At times I think and at times I am.

Be sure your wisest words are those you do not say.

To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title.

There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one’s nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence.

The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason.

We do not judge the people we love.

We can learn something new anytime we believe we can.

I’m reading a book, because I’m brainy. No, it is a book – if you don’t know, it is like a blog except bigger.

The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.

All serious daring starts from within.

Talent works, genius creates.

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.

It’s the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be.

The brainy class is made up of individuals who think for themselves and beyond formal education are continuous learners who tend to be self-taught.

At the end of the day, teachers aren’t going to mess about trying to make me into an Einstein, ’cause it was never gonna happen. We can’t all be brainy, can we? That’s just the way the world is.

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

Sometimes you can know too much. A lot of brainy people like Stephen Fry are quite depressive.

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

Nothing endures but personal qualities.

Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

Never mistake motion for action.

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.

I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.

The destiny of man is in his own soul.

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.

Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.

Pesticides came about after the first world war. Some brainy petrochemical money maker said, ‘Hey, that mustard gas worked great on people, maybe we could dilute it down and spray it on our crops to deal with pests.’

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.

Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem.

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.

An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.

The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.

Fortune favors the prepared mind.

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

I do not seek. I find.

Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

You create your own reality.

United we stand, divided we fall.

You exist only in what you do.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

The more refined and subtle our minds, the more vulnerable they are.

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.

Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature.

Well begun is half done.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

I always knew I was brainy. It struck me when I was a child that I wanted to be an adult because I never felt I belonged among children whose minds were so much simpler than mine.

None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

I was super brainy and a proper geek at school, but there would always be a boy. But that sort of obsession did turn me into a songwriter. My writing has always come from that feeling of infatuation.

What do you hang on the walls of your mind?

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

Good order is the foundation of all things.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

If in doubt, don’t. If still in doubt, do what’s right.

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

The new industries are brainy industries and so-called knowledge workers tend to like to be near other people who are the same. Think of the City of Hollywood. People cluster. This means you have winning regions, such as London and Cambridge, and losing regions. The people who want to be top lawyers in Sunderland are hoovered up by London.

Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.

Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.

When all else is lost, the future still remains.

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.

We see things as we are, not as they are.

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.

There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.

Every man must decide for himself whether he shall master his world or be mastered by it.

The farther reason looks the greater is the haze in which it loses itself.

You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.

‘I don’t need brains,’ says the billionaire contemptuously. ‘I’m brainy enough myself!’ The broker cries out in desperation, ‘What, in heaven’s name, do you want?’ ‘Goodness,’ is the answer.

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.

If kids and teenagers can get into a band, it’s probably not because they think it’s brainy.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

Ideals are the world’s masters.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

I think; therefore I am.

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.

Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.

If youth knew; if age could.

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.

There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.

Fortune favors the audacious.

To be is to do.

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.

I like both athletic girls and girly girls. It depends on their personality. I like girls who can go out and play sports with me and throw the football around, but you don’t want a girl who’s too much tougher than you. I like brainy girls who can respond to what I’m saying.

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

We are what we believe we are.

Genius is never understood in its own time.

Our first intuitions are the true ones.

The joy of the mind is the measure of its strength.

There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.

Memory is more indelible than ink.

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.

Unless we remember we cannot understand.

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.

We must be our own before we can be another’s.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.

Brainy’s the new sexy.

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing.

Life is but thought.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.

Starting probably with Janeane Garofalo and that era of stand-up ladies who were starting to be more brainy and strong and clever, guys started noticing those girls as sexy smart. I always called it smarxy.

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.

We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.

People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.

We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.

When one teaches, two learn.

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

What worries you, masters you.

I shut my eyes in order to see.

If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak.

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.

It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.

You can’t be taught to be brainy. You’ve either got it or you don’t.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

If not me, who? And if not now, when?

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

He who defends everything defends nothing.

Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.

It is only in our decisions that we are important.

What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know.


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