Will without intellect is the most vulgar and common thing in the world, possessed by every blockhead, who, in the gratification of his passions, shows the stuff of which he is made.[Nun ist aber erkenntnisloses Wollen das Gemeinste, was es gibt: jeder Klotz Holz hat es und zeigt es wenigstens, wenn er fällt.]
An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.
With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.
When the intellect and affections are in harmony; when intellectual consciousness is calm and deep; inspiration will not be confounded with fancy.
The intellectual world is divided into two classes – dilettanti on the one hand, and pedants on the other.[El mundo intelectual se divide en dos clases: dilettantes de un lado y pedantes de otro.]
Only a few individuals succeed in throwing off mythology in a time of a certain intellectual supremacy – the mass never frees itself.[Es gelingt nur wenig Individuen, die Mythologie in der Epoche eines gewissen intellektuellen Übermutes abzustreifen, die Masse befreit sich nie.]
An intellectual is usually someone who isn’t exactly distinguished by his intellect. He claims that label to compensate for his own inadequacies. It’s as old as that saying: tell me what you boast of and I’ll tell you what you lack. Our daily bread. The incompetent always present themselves as experts, the cruel as pious, sinners as excessively devout, usurers as benefactors, the small-minded as patriots, the arrogant as humble, the vulgar as elegant and the feeble-minded as intellectual.