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Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The intellect is weak; it has no power except over what is as weak as itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, effervescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All religions have honored the beggar. For he proves that in a matter at the same time as prosaic and holy, banal and regenerative as the giving of alms, intellect and morality, consistency and principles are miserably inadequate.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sense is a line, the mind is a circle. Sense is like a line which is the flux of a point running out from itself, but intellect like a circle that keeps within itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Education at school continues what has been done at home: it crystallizes the optical illusion, consolidates it with book learning, theoretically legitimizes the traditional trash and trains the children to know without understanding and to accept denominations for definitions. Astray in his conceptions, entangled in words, man loses the flair for truth, the taste for nature. What a powerful intellect must you possess, to be suspicious of this moral carbon dioxide and with your head swimming already, to hurl yourself out of it into the fresh air, with which, into the bargain, everyone round is trying to scare you!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a certain potency of life in them, to be as active as the soul whose progeny they are; they preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of the living intellect that bred them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Popular culture is the new Babylon, into which so much art and intellect now flow. It is our imperial sex theater, supreme temple of the western eye. We live in the age of idols. The pagan past, never dead, flames again in our mystic hierarchies of stardom.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Will and intellect are one and the same.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A happy marriage perhaps represents the ideal of human relationship -- a setting in which each partner, while acknowledging the need of the other, feels free to be what he or she by nature is: a relationship in which instinct as well as intellect can find expression; in which giving and taking are equal; in which each accepts the other, and I confronts Thou.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is an insult to God to believe in God. For on the one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument -- their intellect -- which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education. For they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Know the self to be sitting in the chariot, the body to be the chariot, the intellect the charioteer, and the mind the reins.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Know the Self as Lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more that your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?
Neo: Because I choose to.More [07/15/2007 12:07:00]
Miss Burke: Zeke, you cannot conduct personal business on school property.
[Zeke sits down on his car]
Zeke: Well, Miss Burke, we have a problem because I'm sitting on my car and that's my property.
Miss Burke: Well I've been getting complaints from several students that you've sold them mind-altering substances. Now do you wanna talk to me about it, or take it up with Principal Drake?
Zeke: You're too tense, Miss Burke. But I've got just the thing for ya.
Miss Burke: You know, Zeke, I am the authority figure here, it's time you realized that.
Zeke: Helps relief from blockage caused by dietary stress: Chocolate flavored laxatives.
Miss Burke: You know Zeke, if you applied just 5 percent of that intellect to your studies you could've made up your finals last summer and you wouldn't have had to repeat your senior year.
Zeke: Not a chocolate lover, huh? How about this: Condoms. Magnum Sized. And they're cherry flavored. C'mon... they're on me.
Miss Burke: That's so rude.More [10/26/2007 12:10:00]
Young Mark: So you're saying I should engage my advanced-for-a-twelve-year-old intellect and use logic?
Imaginary William Shatner: Logic is the other guy's schtick, but yes.More [11/28/2007 12:11:00]
Dolphins: [singing] So long, and thanks for all the fish / So sad that it should come to this / We tried to warn you all, but, oh, dear / You may not share out intellect / Which might explain your disrespect / For all the natural wonders that grow around you / So long, so long, and thanks for all the fish! The world's about to be destroyed / There's no point getting all annoyed / Lie back and let the planet dissolve around you / Despite those nets of tuna fleets / We thought that most of you were sweet / Especially tiny tots and your pregnant women / So long, so long, so long, so long, so long! So long, so long, so long, so long, so long! So long, so long, and thanks for all the fish!/ If I had just one last wish / I would like a tasty fish!/If we could just change one thing / We would all have learnt to sing!/Come one and all / Man and mammal / Side by side / In life's great gene pool!/ So long, so long, so long, so long, so long / So long, so long, so long, so long / So long, so long and thanks for all the fish!More [03/16/2008 12:03:00]
People desire power. I don't know why they want it so. It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect which separates them from most of the populace.More [04/08/2008 12:04:00]
[Luke is acting as Laura's defense attorney in Jennifer's mock trial... ]



Luke Spencer:
Gentlemen of the jury, look at this defendant. Just look into those eyes - clear, blue, like deep wells of sapphire. And the skin, check out that skin - smooth as marble, and yet coursing with the heat and passion of life. This woman is not only beautiful, she's courageous - she would risk her life for love. This woman would use her remarkable intellect to question all the great philosophies of the planet, and to figure out all the mysteries. This woman could break your heart with a smile, and she could melt your anger with a touch. This woman is as close to perfect as anything on this earth. Gentlemen, something this passionate, this loving, this perfect, cannot be guilty.


[Later... ]



Jennifer Smith:
Has the jury reached a verdict?



Man:
We have, your honor. We find the defendant not guilty...



Luke Spencer:
Yes!



Man:
By reason of being too beautiful.



Luke Spencer:
And that's right!



Jennifer Smith:
Typical male jury.

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Charles Rone:
I think I'm a superior combination of intellect and physique, athlete and scholar. When a risk is to be run I formulate the ideal procedure and calculate the chances involved with exquisite precision. If the percentages are sufficiently in my favor I put myself into motion having absolute confidence in the performance of my reflexes.

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Oscar Wilde:
"the love that dare not speak its name", in this century, is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man, as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy. It is that deep affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art, like those of Shakespeare and Michaelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, and on account of it am I placed where I am now. It is beautiful. It is fine. It is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man when the elder has intellect and the younger man all the joy, hope, and glamour of life before him. That it should be so the world does not understand. The world mocks at it and puts one in the pillory for it.

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Fletcher:
Work out what can be done if one of them is hijacked.



ffolkes:
Don't the armed forces have some ideas in that department?



Fletcher:
Undoubtedly. But an oil production platform isn't a building or an aeroplane. It's miles out to sea and you can't approach it without being seen or heard unless you come from below.



ffolkes:
Only a man of superior intellect is likely to think of a satisfactory way of hijacking a platform or a rig.



Fletcher:
Exactly.



ffolkes:
Therefore, I must put myself in his position and devide a means of doing so. And having done that, I simply work out how to overpower myself!

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Jefe:
I have put many beautiful pinatas in the storeroom, each of them filled with little suprises.



El Guapo:
Many pinatas?



Jefe:
Oh yes, many!



El Guapo:
Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?



Jefe:
A what?



El Guapo:
A *plethora*.



Jefe:
Oh yes, you have a plethora.



El Guapo:
Jefe, what is a plethora?



Jefe:
Why, El Guapo?



El Guapo:
Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.



Jefe:
Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?

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Bill:
He gave me a very strange look.



MacNicol, Peter:
You mean the kind of look that says, "I have a towering intellect but your IQ can be measured on a thermometer?"

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Ash:
Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures.

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Miss Burke:
Zeke, you cannot conduct personal business on school property.


[Zeke sits down on his car]



Zeke:
Well, Miss Burke, we have a problem because I'm sitting on my car and that's my property.



Miss Burke:
Well I've had complaints from several students that you've sold them mind-altering substances. Now do you wanna talk to me about it, or take it up with Principal Drake?



Zeke:
You're too tense, Miss Burke. But I've got just the thing for ya.



Miss Burke:
You know, Zeke, I am the authority figure here, it's time you realized that.



Zeke:
Helps relief from blockage caused by dietary stress: Chocolate flavored laxatives.



Miss Burke:
You know Zeke, if you applied just 5 percent of that intellect to your studies...



Zeke:
Not a chocolate lover, huh?



Miss Burke:
...you could've made up your finals last summer and you wouldn't have had to repeat your senior year.



Zeke:
Not a chocolate lover, huh? How about this: Condoms. Magnum Sized. And they're cherry flavored. C'mon... they're on me.



Miss Burke:
That's so rude.

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Agent Smith:
Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?



Neo:
Because I choose to.

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E.M. Ashford:
Do you think that the punctuation of the last line of this sonnet is merely an insignificant detail? The sonnet begins with a valiant struggle with Death calling on all the forces of intellect and drama to vanquish the enemy. But it is ultimately about overcoming the seemingly insuperable barriers separating life death and eternal life. In the edition you choose, this profoundly simple meaning is sacrificed to hysterical punctuation.



E.M. Ashford:
And Death, Capital D, shall be no more, semi-colon. Death, Capital D comma, thou shalt die, exclamation mark!



E.M. Ashford:
If you go in for this sort of thing I suggest you take up Shakespeare.



E.M. Ashford:
Gardner's edition of the Holy Sonnets returns to the Westmoreland manuscript of 1610, not for sentimental reasons I assure you, but because Helen Gardner is a scholar.



E.M. Ashford:
It reads, "And death shall be no more" comma "death, thou shalt die." Nothing but a breath, a comma separates life from life everlasting.



E.M. Ashford:
Very simple, really. With the original punctuation restored Death is no longer something to act out on a stage with exclamation marks. It is a comma. A pause.



E.M. Ashford:
In this way, the uncompromising way one learns something from the poem, wouldn't you say? Life, death, soul, God, past present. Not insuperable barriers. Not semi-colons. Just a comma.

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Wendy Richardson:
[about Justin Timberlake] Entertaining - if you have the intellect of a cauliflower.

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Vortaak Leader:
Attention inhabitants of the planet you call Earth! We are the Vortaak - alien invaders from a distant galaxy who possess an intellect and technology far superior to your own. We have come to seize control of your planet and plunder its resources for our own purposes. It's what we do. All Earth inhabitants will be enlisted to do our bidding. You are instructed to proceed to the nearest outpost for processing... Oh, to encourage your cooperation, we have seized control of your Monster Island facility and have unleashed all monsters under our mind control rays. Monster attack on your major population centers is imminent. Not even your strongest monster can break free of our control and defeat the others. That is all.


[A pause, the transmission doesn't end]



Vortaak Leader:
...Am I still on? Oh... Well, uh, we now return you to... whatever it was you were doing.


[Looks off-screen]



Vortaak Leader:
Idiots...

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.More [06/29/2011 02:06:20]
What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them.More [07/04/2011 11:07:21]
Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.More [07/07/2011 05:07:41]
Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.More [07/09/2011 09:07:18]
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.More [07/18/2011 02:07:00]
A human being has been given an intellect to make choices, and we know there are other food sources that do not require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed.More [07/25/2011 11:07:52]
It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.More [07/29/2011 10:07:58]
I have some strategical vision, I could calculate some few moves ahead and I have an intellect that is badly missed in the country which is run by generals and colonels.More [08/02/2011 07:08:24]
The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man's being, unfolding itself in thought.More [08/08/2011 04:08:05]

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