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Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark.

The Burning Secret and other stories
No, to produce ideas you don't have to be a saint. And anyway there are very few true intellectuals. The mass of the educated spend their lives commenting lazily on the ideas of others. They engage their best energies in sadistic practices against every possible rival.

The Story of the Lost Child
The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
While hard data may inform the intellect, it is largely soft data that generates wisdom.

The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning (1994)
I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
How clever you are, to know something of which you are ignorant.

Pride and Prejudice
Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use.
I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.

All the Pretty Horses
You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn't annihilate human nature.

American Pastoral
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."