56+ Best Clever Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational clever quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Most Famous Clever Quotes

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. – Abraham Lincoln

Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust in hard work, perseverance, and determination. – Frederick Treves

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. – Howard Aiken

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. – Francis Bacon

If we only knew how many times our seemingly clever comment cut straight into the heart of the person with whom we have just spoken, it is we who would bleed. – Guy Finley

Life, it turns out, is infinitely more clever and adaptable than anyone had ever supposed. – Arthur Conan Doyle

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. – Naguib Mahfouz

Being clever was when you looked at how things were and used the evidence to work out something new. – Mark Haddon

No one wants to know how clever you are. They don’t want an insight into your mind, thrilling as it might be. They want an insight into their own. – Mark Haddon

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. – Carl Von Linne

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others. – Livy

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford

Beware the clever man that makes the wrong look right – Lawrence Hill

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. – Albert Einstein

Creativity is the catalyst for brilliant accomplishments, but it is also the greatest obstacle. – Scott Belsky

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever. – Charles Kingsley

One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke. – Mark Twain

Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road. – Isak Dinesen

Clever is when one is crafty enough to mistake your imagination for intelligence. Smart is when one assumes they are too educated to notice the difference. – Kerry E. Wagner

Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – Robert Kennedy

More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. – Charlie Chaplin

How clever you are, to know something of which you are ignorant. – Jane Austen

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – Oscar Wilde

Intelligence is more important than strength, that is why earth is ruled by men and not by animals. – Amit Kalantri

The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them. – George R.R. Martin

If you want to achieve your goal, the strategy you are using need not be clever or original but it should bring results. – Andrii Sedniev

When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on – Theodore Roosevelt

Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. – George R.R. Martin

We often feel that a clever aphorism captures a truth that would require pages to defend in any other way. – Steven Pinker

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. – Will Durant

We’re as clever as we think we are, but we’ll be a lot cleverer when we learn to use not just one brain but to pool huge numbers of brains. – Lewis Thomas

Right person, wrong timing doesn’t mean God was wrong. It means you were there at the right time to fulfill something else. Look for it. – Shannon L. Alder

Whenever I think of something but can’t think of what it was I was thinking of, I can’t stop thinking until I think I’m thinking of it again. I think I think too much. – Criss Jami

Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists. – Cornel West

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast. – Graham Greene

Clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else. – J.K. Rowling

Clever tyrants are never punished. – Voltaire

Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness. – Thomas Huxley

He obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month – Fyodor Dostoevsky

What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgements? – Sarah J. Maas

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible. – William Makepeace Thackeray

Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also. – Henri Frederic Amiel

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits. – Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little. – Criss Jami

It’s the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be. – Gilbert Parker

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing. – Henri Frederic Amiel

An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it. – James Lovelock