Intellectual Quotes

A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.

American politics are deeply contradictory of course, but anti-intellectualism is the common strain. This includes a deep suspicion of anything that isn’t simple, fundamental, traditional, down-to-earth and “American” in the ideological sense, and can be exploited easily by demagogues and cynical politicians of the right.

To the intellectual, America’s unforgivable sin is that it has revolutions without revolutionaries, and achieves the momentous in a matter-of-fact way.

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.

The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us.

Intellectuals have an obsession with equality and with the condition of the underdog. This obsession goes hand in hand with the conviction that theories and thinking provide the solution to our social problems, and that the intellectual is entitled to his ‘leading role’ on these grounds alone. In fact there is nothing surprising in this. […]

An intellectual is a man who doesn’t know how to park a bike.

Intellectuals are like the mafia; they only kill their own.

To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say, Is a keen observer of life, The word “Intellectual” suggests straight away A man who’s untrue to his wife.

The intellectuals’ chief cause of anguish are one another’s works.