intellect Archive


Englishwomen’s feet

But even the English diet seems to me to give the intellect heavy feet—in fact, Englishwomen’s feet… Friedrich Nietzsche, “Why I am so clever”, in Ecce Homo, p.30


Too clever by half

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be “too clever by half.” The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters. John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in: Observer (London, 7 July 1991).


Live by non-intellectual standards

Of the general inadequacy of intellect in the conduct of life Britain is the most majestic exponent. She is instinctively disliked by such people as French, Persians, Hindus, who are clever by nature, and think that intellect can rule. The Italians strayed down this path and disliked us too. But they, and