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50 Clever Brainy Quotes to Help Sharpen Your Wit

These brainy quotes help explain the difference between being witty and clever. They also cover formal education and examples of what it looks like being “brainy.”

Is it possible that being brainy, or having too many brainy people involved in a project, could be a bad thing? Keep reading through these brainy quotes to find out!

We often call brainy people nerdy or geeky. However, make sure you call a nerd a nerd and a geek, otherwise, you might get quite the lecture. There was even an Epic Rap Battle about the differences between the two!

Knowing the personality of the brainy people in your life can come in handy when it comes to gift-giving. We always get my husband some kind of logic puzzle-like chains he has to unlink. (He is definitely a geek.) There are some pretty brainy people who had a lot to say on the subject, like Voltaire; so keep reading to enhance your own brainpower!

Don’t forget to also check out these witty quotes to sharpen your cleverness.

Brainy quotes about education and subjects you might take in school

1. “If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.”  Francis Bacon

2. “I like physics. I think it is the best science out of all three of them because generally, it’s more useful. You learn about speed and velocity and time, and that’s all clever stuff.” — Tom Felton

3. “I think I’m pretty smart. I think I’m pretty clever. But there’s a lot that you hone in on when you finish your education.” — Michelle Obama

4. “As a writer, you get to play; you get alter time; you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever comebacks you wish you’d thought of.”  Iain Banks

5. “Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.” — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

6. “So vast is art, so narrow human wit.” — Alexander Pope

7. “Never stop acquiring the commonsense, it is as good as the knowledge.” ― Amit Kalantri

8. “I always thought ‘Of Mice and Men’ was such a perfect book because there’s nothing not to understand, but it’s still really clever and moving and complicated, but everybody understands the complication.” — Nick Hornby
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of ‘Of Mice of Men’ quotes that will inspire you to keep your head up.

Brainy quotes about wit and cleverness

9. “Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.”  William Hazlitt

10. “Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.” — Mark Twain

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

12. “Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

13. “Wit is educated insolence.” — Aristotle

14. “Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.” — Madame de Stael

15. “Brevity is the soul of wit.” — William Shakespeare

16. “When someone asks a question, don’t assume they don’t know the answer. Clever people will always test you.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

Proverbs and examples of brainy quotes

17. “A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.” — Lord John Russell

18. “A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.” — Joseph Roux

19. “Ask for a fish, and you only get one; ask for a net, and you can catch dozens.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

20. “A wise bird does not lend even the smallest of its feathers to a hunter.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

21. “The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.” — Francis Bacon

22. “The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with bated breath.” — W. C. Fields

23. “Tiptoeing on a tightrope past insider trading laws may be deft and clever, but it doesn’t make it right.” — Andrew Ross Sorkin

Witty and clever brainy quotes about people

24. “The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.” — Avicenna

25. “At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.” — Benjamin Franklin

26. “No government likes the clever and the honorable men, because it is impossible to bridle them; they are independent!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

27. “Wise people make trails and paths, clever walk on them – stupid people can’t decide.” ― Deyth Banger

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

29. “A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.” — Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

30. “Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.”  Emil Nolde

31. “It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.” — Jean de La Bruyère

32. “An intelligent mind who trusts nothing but the intelligence will eventually face problems which intelligence won’t solve.” ― Amit Kalantri

33. “You don’t need luck. You are powerful, clever, and fearless.” ― Shannon Hale

34. “Obviously, people want social calm, but if you do not let clever and ingenious people to participate, obviously there must be some dormant volcano that will erupt, sooner or later.” — Lech Walesa

35. “I think there is a basic comfort in clever people who know things.” — Hugh Laurie

Funny and witty brainy quotes

36. “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” — William Shakespeare

37. “To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.” — Andre Maurois

38. “I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.”  Elliott Erwitt

39. “Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.”  Christian Nestell Bovee

40. “There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.” — Alexander Pope

41. “There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.” ― Thomas Mann

42. “Intelligence is more important than strength, that is why earth is ruled by men and not by animals.” ― Amit Kalantri

43. “Cleverness isn’t always true nor is the truth always clever.” ― Criss Jami

44. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” — Oscar Wilde

45. “Too clever is dumb.” — Ogden Nash

46. “A clever, imaginative, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.” — Percy Ross

47. “Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.” — Henri Frederic Amiel

48. “What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.” — Terence

49. “The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

50. “I mean, I do love clever and witty, but I think that the ‘Three Stooges’ were geniuses. They’d have to be for their appeal to have lasted this long.” — Paula Poundstone

Which of these brainy quotes is your favorite?

Brainy people have a lot of good qualities, like an eagerness to continue learning. Geniuses are also frank, honest, and always believe they will succeed. This makes them confident, even though sometimes that might be a downside too!

Who are some of the most brainy people in your life? What qualities do they have?

Witty people are some of my favorite people because they have the best responses to things! Cleverness seemed to get knocked a bit by these brainy quotes, but I think clever people make the world a much more interesting place.

If you have the perfect gift for the clever people in your life but are trying to plan a fun activity, check out an escape room! They are filled with logic puzzles and things that require cleverness.

Which of the above quotes is your favorite? Leave any other brainy quotes and sayings that relate to the people in your life in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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