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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

Related topics: Wisdom

Cleverness is not wisdom.
- Euripides

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

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An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical
wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides


 

A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
- Carolyn Wells

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness,
but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

I kept bugging them about making it more upscale,
because I felt Abby, through her cleverness and business sense,
was a character who would move up.
And that's what she did.
- Donna Mills

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Cleverness is serviceable for everything,
sufficient for nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to
the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and
the cleverness of the few.
- Stendhal

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the...
cleverness that we have to make changes.
- Leon Kass

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil,
and is far from being the greatest of all;
too much cleverness and too much learning,
accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
- Plato

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying
it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
He who leaves your company pleased with himself and
his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive,
nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning,
if they be accompanied by a bad training,
are a much greater misfortune.
- Plato

We learned to be patient observers like the owl.
We learned cleverness from the crow,
and courage from the jay,
who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory.
But above all of them ranked the chickadee because
of its indomitable spirit.
- Tom Brown, Jr.

If the Great Way perishes, there will be morality and duty.
When cleverness and knowledge arise, great lies will flourish.
When relatives fall out with one another,
there will be filial duty and love.
When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu

Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise...
not ourselves.
Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product.
Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated,
to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.
- William Bernbach

Basically, if you could get a good trailer out of the script,
Roger had no objection to you making a really good movie.
He liked it if you did.
He liked the more cleverness and ingenuity you could bring to it.
He just wasn't going to give you any more money.
- John Sayles

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball.
They had to do more than just give up open shots.
They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
- Wilt Chamberlain

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
- Shel Silverstein

For sheer sexiness, a man must be beautiful.
Funny.
yes.
Clever, no.
- Jilly Cooper

An inefficient virus kills its host.
A clever virus stays with it.
- James Lovelock

Lord Birkenhead is very clever but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

As a writer, you get to play, you get alter time,
you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever
comebacks you wish you'd thought of.
- Iain Banks

I'd rather get a good clean laugh with good material,
than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking.
That's not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way,
it's too easy.
- Jim Dale

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

If a film is very clever and well-written,
that's what gives you freedom as a director.
- Patrice Leconte

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own
shoulders to those of others.
- Titus Livius

People think you can't be clever if you have breasts.
- Kelly Brook

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

This is very clever.
They have created a system to cheat.
- Charles Davenport

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs.
I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter

I had very clever producers, who scheduled it brilliantly,
but scheduling it was a nightmare.
- John Crowley

I enjoy doing press for something that I like,
and I think the movie is very fun and charming and clever.
- Thomas Haden Church

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

I like physics.
I think it is the best science out of all three of them,
because generally it's more useful.
You learn about speed and velocity and time,
and that's all clever stuff.
- Tom Felton

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime?
Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

There is no bore like a clever bore.
- Samuel Butler

The clever men at 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

It's clever, but is it Art?
- Rudyard Kipling

So, deadpan I think just means not acknowledging for
one second that you think that this is funny and clever.
- Patrick Warburton

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
- Jane Austen

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

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one
more clever who is evil too.
- Euripides

Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and
the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I don't really wanna talk about politics,
I'm not clever enough.
- Paul Weller

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are.
It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
- William Whitelaw

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.
- Arthur Wellesley

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet
my mind and say something clever.
- Aristophanes

Awards sell tickets, and they're a clever publicity stunt.
- Tony Randall

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down
rat holes with baited breath.
- W. C. Fields

No one wants to know how clever you are.
They don't want an insight into your mind,
thrilling as it might be.
They want an insight into their own.
- Mark Haddon


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