Clever quotes and sayings

A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favours not only the clever but the murderous.
Barbara Ehrenreich

You would think I woudl be smart enough to figure it out myself after about three years, but I wasn’t quite clever enough
Darren Clarke

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a clever woman to manage a fool.
Rudyard Kipling

So much interviewing these days is about the presenter – I’m a clever boy, I’m going to be smart with people; or it’s a trivial – how do you like your eggs boiled?
Michael Parkinson

Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don’t.

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
W. C. Fields

He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.
Lao Tzu

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.
William Of Baskerville

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
Charles Kingsley

It is great cleverness to known when to conceal one’s cleverness.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It was deliberate. I am sure some people think that I have not got the brains to be that clever, but I do have the brains.
David Beckham

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
Frank Moore Colby

But he is a great manager, he is clever and used his power and his prestige. The referee should not allow it. I have a lot of respect for Ferguson. I call him boss because he is the manager’s boss. Maybe when I become 60, the kids will call me the same.
Jose Mourinho

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.
Graham Greene

No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet.
C.S. Lewis

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
Adolf Hitler

The stone age was marked by man’s clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man’s crude use of clever tools.

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

I am not clear that God manoeuvres physical things… After all, a conjuring trick with bones only proves that it is as clever as a conjuring trick with bones…
David Jenkins

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.
Mary Pettibone Poole

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant

I prefer players not to be too good or clever at other things. It means they concentrate on football.
Bill Nicholson

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Naguib Mahfouz

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
Henri Frederic Amiel

When you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

Cleverness is not wisdom.

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.
Albert Einstein

It’s good to be clever, but not to show it.
French Proverb

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.
Chinese Proverbs

God is clever, but not dishonest.
Albert Einstein

How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
Oscar Wilde

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.
Chinese Proverbs

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
George Bernard Shaw

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Albert Schweitzer

Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.
Walter Kerr

Clever tyrants are never punished.

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

People think you can’t be clever if you have breasts.
Kelly Brook

I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.
John Peel

To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A clever, imagination, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.
Percy Ross

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.
Israel Zangwill

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.
Emil Nolde

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C.S. Lewis

It does not matter if you think I’m clever or otherwise, my opinions are still the same and equally valid.
Thomas Harrison

He might be a very clever man by nature for aught I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.
Robert Hal

Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect– But tell me the truth.
Shel Silverstein

A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Bertrand Russell

Those who have no compassion have no wisdom. Knowledge, yes – cleverness, maybe – wisdom, no. A clever mind is not a heart.
Benjamin Hoff

Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.
George Bernard Shaw

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
Cesare Pavese