C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Intellect—brain force.


Thou living ray of intellectual fire.


Light has spread, and even bayonets think.


The electric force of the brain.


God has placed no limit to intellect.


Genius is intellect constructive.


Intellect is stronger than cannon.

Theodore Parker.

Intellect really exists in its products; its kingdom is here.


The starlight of the brain.

N. P. Willis.

The march of intellect.


The hand that follows intellect can achieve.

Michael Angelo.

The march of the human mind is slow.


Everything connected with intellect is permanent.

William Roscoe.

There is no creature so lonely as the dweller in the intellect.

William Winter.

Mind is the great lever…. Thought is the process by which human ends are answered.


Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.


Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as strong to think.

R. W. Emerson.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.


A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.

Rev. Thomas Scott.

The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.


It is the nature of intellect to strive to improve in intellectual power.

Hosea Ballou.

Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other.


In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so much as brain.


’Tis goodwill makes intelligence.


The brain women never interest us like the heart women; white roses please less than red.

O. W. Holmes.

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.


Nature is good, but intellect is better, as the law-giver is before the law-receiver.


The march of intellect, which licks all the world into shape, has even reached the devil.


The human intellect is the great truth-organ; realities, as they exist, are the subjects of its study; and knowledge is the result of its acquaintance with the things which it investigates.

Moses Harvey.

A man of intellect is lost unless he unites energy of character to intellect. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.


The intellect has only one failing, which, to be sure, is a very considerable one. It has no conscience.


The intellect of the generality of women serves more to fortify their folly than their reason.

La Rochefoucauld.

The term “intellect” includes all those powers by which we acquire, retain, and extend our knowledge; as perception, memory, imagination, judgment, and the like.

William Fleming.

Sensual pleasures are like soap-bubbles, sparkling, evanescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world.


The intellect of man sits enthroned visibly upon his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance; but the soul reveals itself in the voice only.


The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual.


The intellect of woman bears the same relationship to that of man as her physical organization; it is inferior in power and different in kind.

Mrs. Jameson.

Glorious indeed is the world of God around us, but more glorious the world of God within us. There lies the Land of Song; there lies the poet’s native land.


Man gains wider dominion by his intellect than by his right arm. The mustard-seed of thought is a pregnant treasury of vast results. Like the germ in the Egyptian tombs, its vitality never perishes; and its fruit will spring up after it has been buried for long ages.


It is only the intellect that can be thoroughly and hideously wicked. It can forget everything in the attainment of its ends. The heart recoils; in its retired places some drops of childhood’s dew still linger, defying manhood’s fiery noon.


Some men of a secluded and studious life have sent forth from their closet or their cloister rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon which, though far removed from the ocean, and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that restless world of waters.