Best 142 Quotes & Tweets on Intelligence

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1

The measure of wealth is freedom. The measure of health is lightness. The measure of intellect is judgment. The measure of wisdom is silence. The measure of love is peace.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

The only real test of intelligence is if you get what you want out of life.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

The difference between sounding smart and being smart is “I don’t know.”

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

The smarter you get, the slower you read.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the internet.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

6

In physical domains (diet, workouts), consistency is king. In intellectual and social domains, wins are rare, sudden, and nonlinear - 99% of effort is “wasted.” Once we find our ideal spouse, career, friends, we realize how much time we squandered by not moving on sooner.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Twitter is television for intellectuals.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Intelligence is not normally distributed.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

The strongest intellectual foundation is built upon science, math, and philosophy, as they are the search for universal truths.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

So much advantage in life comes from being willing to look like an idiot over the short term.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

12

The best relationships are peer relationships. When given power over others, our ego justifies it by assuming we are smarter. Better to have people work with us than for us. Better motivated on the wrong thing than unmotivated on the right thing. Debate rather than dictate.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

The smartest people I know are mostly self-educated.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

14

There’s no investment where money works as hard as it does in a tech startup. Driven founders, leveraged with code, capital, media, and intellect, sweating every dollar spent. An enlightened society would educate investors, not restrict them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Most CEOs are CEOs because they started the businesses they run - not because they are abnormally smart or qualified. Often they’re the least qualified people in the company, since they’re the only ones who didn’t go through an interview process.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

A contrarian isn’t one who always objects - that’s a confirmist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

17

No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

People who try to look smart by pointing out obvious exceptions actually signal the opposite.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

19

Books let you download somebody’s brain for the price of a sandwich

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

20

You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

21

Write like your audience is smart and busy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

You know you're good at something when you switch from making decisions with your conscious mind to making decisions with your instincts.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

23

We live in an age of infinite leverage, and the economic rewards for genuine intellectual curiosity have never been higher.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

The smarter you are the less likely you are to work well with consensus seeking groups.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

Kind before clever. Others before you. Give before getting. Prevent before solving. Listen before speaking.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

Try to sound smart and your writing won’t be clear. Try to write clearly and you will sound smart. Write to express, not to impress.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

27

Your goal is to find a few intelligent things to do, not do every damn thing that comes across your desk.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

28

Best way to learn is to be the dumbest person in the room. Best way to guarantee you'll be the dumbest person in the room is to start a company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

Don't confuse education with intelligence. Most schools serve to educate us just enough to believe what we've been taught and not enough to think for ourselves.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

All the smartest people I know have mastered the art of teaching themselves

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

How we spend our time is the best test of intelligence.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

Don't write because you're smart. Write because you're stupid and have something to learn.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

The smarter you are, the more likely you decide as late as possible.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

A future society may support overclocking brilliant young scientists with mental performance enhancing drugs to get more scientific breakthroughs.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

35

A lion is prized for its strength and a bird for its flight, their uniquely expressed attributes. Similarly, humans are prized for their reason, and not their trappings - physical, material or social.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

36

When someone responds to your questions with anger and frustration, it's unlikely they're a genius. More than likely, they don't know what they are doing and are frustrated with you because deep down you're exposing them to the lies they tell themselves.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

37

How to surround yourself with smart, hard-working people: be smart and hard-working.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

38

I grind my teeth thinking about how much valuable knowledge is lost because people think they need to use big words that nobody understands to sound smart.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

39

Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

The ability to change your perspective when you’re wrong is better than being smart

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

Wonder if Twitter has the highest average IQ, and therefore the lowest ad revenue of the major social networks.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

42

My philosophy of writing: • Write every day. • Write in public to improve the quality of your thinking. • Write for clarity, not to impress people. • Write about your curiosities. You don’t need to be an expert. • Write for the most intelligent person you know.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

43

Consistency is a great substitute for brilliance

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

44

Numeracy is the modern literacy.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

45

Consume to feel smarter. Produce to get smarter.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

46

Experiences that make you feel dumb make you smart.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

The fundamental Elitist attitude: I'm smarter and know what's better for them than they do.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

48

Work hard to learn. Work smart to earn.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

49

Most content is geared towards entertaining the average instead of educating the intelligent

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

50

Small sacrifices today prepare you to handle whatever tomorrow throws at you. Proactive people intelligently prepare for the future. * Learn before you have to. * Save money so it's there when you need it. * Face small adversities so you can handle bigger ones.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish