Tell me I'm clever, tell me I'm kind. Tell me I'm talented, tell me I'm cute. Tell me I'm sensitive, graceful and wise. Tell me I'm perfect – but tell me the truth.
And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant, insufferable master.(John) Robinson Jeffers
Beware of anything that promises freedom or enlightenmenttraps for eager and clever foolsa dog has a keener noseevery creature in a cave can justify himself. Three-fourths of philosophyand literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.
TV—a clever contraction, derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville. We call it a medium, because nothing's well done.Goodman Ace
He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.Margot Asquith
Devious, underachieving, school-hating, irreverent, [and] clever.nancy cartwright
Because Johnny was especially clever I think we should make him monitor for the whole week. Don't you?james clavell
[Robert Mugabe] was a very clever bloke and he worked with me for as long as he thought it was going to help him. Once again, it was just to keep himself in power. I give that answer to all questions about Mugabe because that is all there is to it. Everything he has ever done is about keeping himself in power: Dictators and fascists all over the world think like that.ian smith
He doesn't belong to a race clever enough to split the atom but not clever enough to live at peace with itself.john steinbeck
For the task assigned them Men aren't smart enough or sly Any rogue can blind them With a clever lie.bertolt brecht
He was very emotional, and he said to us "a lot of you are very clever people; you've had university education which I never had, and you would have made a success of whatever walk of life you had gone into. But always remember that it was the Labour Party which put you where you are." Even some of us who had no time for him before the election found it very moving.james callaghan
Old and sick, more than one hundred years Face haggard, hair white, I’m happy to still live in the mountains A cloth covered phantom watching the years flow by Why envy people with clever ways of living?han shan
The disease having been caused by allowing cleverness to displace wisdom, no amount of clever research is likely to produce a cure.e. f. schumacher
It may be expecting too much to expect most intellectuals to have common sense, when their whole life is based on their being uncommon -- that is, saying things that are different from what everyone else is saying. There is only so much genuine originality in anyone. After that, being uncommon means indulging in pointless eccentricities or clever attempts to mock or shock.thomas sowell
I like the copious, shapeless, warm, not so very clever, but extremely easy and rather coarse aspect of things; the talk of men in clubs and public-houses; of miners half naked in drawers the forthright, perfectly unassuming, and without end in view except dinner, love, money and getting along tolerably; that which is without great hopes, ideals, or anything of that kind; what is unassuming except to make a tolerably, good job of it. I like all that.virginia woolf
Unix was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.benjamin disraeli
I never heard tell of any clever man that came of entirely stupid people.thomas carlyle
"I object to background music no matter how good it is. Composers want people to listen to their music , they don't want them doing something else while their music is on. I'd like to get the guy who sold all those big businessmen the idea of putting music in the elevators, for he was really clever. What on earth good does it do anybody to hear those four or eight bars while going up a few flights."
Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
If you're trying to be clever you're sorely lacking–
If you knew that, you'd be as clever as me.