Quotes About Smartness

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Quotes About Smartness

What we think of as Physical beauty is almost certainly a tag for a complex of useful survival characteristics. Smartness intelligence among them.
— Robert A. Heinlein —

Using what you know is Intelligence
but Using what other's don't know is smartness ...


Later ... the sports jacket became a kind of signature uniform for the museum scientist, complete with leather elbow patches. It indicated an endearing otherworldliness. Too much smartness might betray the wrong priorities, and an inadequate grasp of carabids.

— Richard Fortey

Elegance and smartness is the sexiest thing woman can have, not just the flesh

— Baris Gencel

What we mean by maturity in people's thinking is not a matter of how smart they are, but it is a matter of the order of consciousness in which they exercise their smartness or their lack of it.

— Robert Kegan

I love the combination of smartness, pain, and what one might call conscious postmodern trashiness in this book: a version of the erotic full of nervous tension which animates the sensuality, and also Zimroth's feeling for words, compressed, ironic, withholding, but also 'asking for it ... the siege, the thrill, the battle fatigue.' A profoundly urban book, of harsh memory and fantasy, set in harsher reality.

— Alicia Ostriker

I'm committed to the idea that one of the few things human beings have to offer is the richness of unconscious and conscious emotional responses to being alive ... The kind of esteem that's given to brightness/smartness obliterates average people or slow learners from participating fully in human life, particularly technical and intellectual life. But you cannot exclude any human being from emotional participation.

— Ntozake Shange

Draw, draw, hundreds of drawings. Try to remain humble. Smartness kills everything.

— Sherwood Anderson

Roughly speaking, the more one pays for food, the more sweat and spittle one is obliged to eat with it ... Dirtiness is inherent in hotels and restaurants, because sound food is sacrificed to punctuality and smartness.

— George Orwell

Some of Mr. Gregory's poems have merely appeared in The New Yorker ; others are New Yorker poems: the inclusive topicality, the informed and casual smartness, the flat fashionable irony, meaningless because it proceeds from a frame of reference whose amorphous superiority is the most definite thing about it they are the trademark not simply of a magazine but of a class.

— Randall Jarrell

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