Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on intelligence

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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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.


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


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


The smarter you get, the slower you read.


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.


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


Twitter is television for intellectuals.


Intelligence is not normally distributed.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Numeracy is the modern literacy.


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


Bored of conventional thinkers. Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than "smart" or "educated."


Humans are the only animals clever enough to outsmart themselves out of the gene pool.


Very smart people tend to be weird since they insist on thinking everything through for themselves.


Twitter has become a great source for discovering intellectual friends.


Smart IPO investors read the prospectus. Smart ICO investors read the code.

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