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Talleyrand

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.

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Byron

Canto the Fourth

I
Nothing so difficult as a beginning
In poesy, unless perhaps the end;
For oftentimes when Pegasus seems winning
The race, he sprains a wing, and down we tend,
Like Lucifer when hurl'd from heaven for sinning;
Our sin the same, and hard as his to mend,
Being pride, which leads the mind to soar too far,
Till our own weakness shows us what we are.

II
But Time, which brings all beings to their level,
And sharp Adversity, will teach at last
Man, -- and, as we would hope, -- perhaps the devil,
That neither of their intellects are vast:
While youth's hot wishes in our red veins revel,
We know not this -- the blood flows on too fast;
But as the torrent widens towards the ocean,
We ponder deeply on each past emotion.

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Umberto Eco

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

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Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

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George Bernard Shaw

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

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Israel Zangwill

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

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George Bernard Shaw

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.

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A technique succeeds in mathematical physics, not by a clever trick, or a happy accident, but because it expresses some aspect of a physical truth.

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Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

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Bertrand Russell

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.

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