An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


Clever men are good, but they are not the best.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Cleverness is not wisdom.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


The cleverly expressed opposite of any generally accepted idea is worth a fortune to somebody.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


It is very hard to separate the general goodness spread all over the world from great cleverness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our subtlest act of cleverness is to simulate that we is not aware of traps that we know are set up for us. People are never deceived as easily as when they are in the act of trying to deceive others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals; hence his ability to pick out the right men and utilize combined energy.


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, Chinese military strategist, author of "Art of War")


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


Israel Zangwill (1864-1926, British writer)


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