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Quotations About / On: SMART

  • 11.
    I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography, I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn't.
    (Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. "Philip," Deception (1990).)
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  • 12.
    Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter.
    (Stephen Carter (b. 1954), U.S. lawyer, author. Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, ch. 8 (1992).)
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  • 13.
    The secret of the demagogue is to appear as dumb as his audience so that these people can believe themselves as smart as he is.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Trans. as Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths, "Lord, Forgive them ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909).)
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  • 14.
    "Mankind is getting smarter every day." Actually, it only seems so. "At least we are making progress." We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Natural Sciences," Poems (1853).)
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  • 15.
    The knocking out of a pipe can be made almost as important as the smoking of it, especially if there are nervous people in the room. A good, smart knock of a pipe against a tin wastebasket and you will have a neurasthenic out of his chair and into the window sash in no time.
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. No Poems or Around the World Backwards and Sideways, "How I Create," Harper & Brothers (1932).)
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  • 16.
    I wanted to learn to fly, not because it was the smart thing to do in the 1920s, but because I was afraid of anything that flew.... I reasoned that if I learned to fly, I might conquer my fear of it. The remedy worked.
    (Joy Bright Hancock (1898-1986), U.S. naval officer. Lady in the Navy, ch. 3 (1972). In 1925, Hancock's husband of fifteen months had died in a plane crash. Here she was explaining why she became a student pilot in the late 1920s. Later, she would become an officer in the WAVES, the U. S. Navy's women's division.)
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  • 17.
    He seems like an average type of man. He's not, like smart. I'm not trying to rag on him or anything. But he has the same mentality I have—and I'm in the eighth grade.
    (Vanessa Martinez (b. c. 1978), U.S. eighth-grade student. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 17 (June 1, 1992). Commenting on Vice-President Dan Quayle (b. 1947; Vice-President, 1989-1992) after he visited the Bret Harte Middle School in south-central Los Angeles, California. Quayle was often criticized as an unimpressive public speaker and as having mediocre intellectual ability.)
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  • 18.
    In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
    (Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).)
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  • 19.
    I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?
    (Fran Lebowitz (20th century), U.S. author. "Words Are Easy, Books Are Not," The New York Times (August 10, 1994).)
  • 20.
    If to be masculine is to be smart, do let [woman] try; or are you afraid, if she has the chance, that a few of your laurels will droop?
    (M.C. R., U.S. women's magazine contributor. The Revolution (March 19, 1868).)
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