by Paul Niquette
Copyright ©1996 Resource Books All rights reserved.

intellectual n. One who exercises intellect, the doctrine that knowledge is the product of pure reason; rationalism rather than emotionalism. 

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
         -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Not me, Ike.  I don't take more words than necessary to tell more than I know.  Here's what I know:

One might speak of an intelligent dog but never an intellectual one.
Maybe I should stop right there.  Naah.
  • Intelligence implies the ability to cope with novel situations and new problems, to apply what is learned from experience, and to use the power of reasoning and inference effectively as a guide to behavior.
  • Intellect extends beyond learning and reasoning to a capacity for reflection and understanding.  Intellectuals enjoy the ability to think abstractly.
  • Intelligence acquires facts then manipulates knowledge.
  • Intellect observes relationships then contemplates ideas.
  • A curious candlepower -- from dim to bright to brilliant -- calibrates intelligence.
  • Not so with intellect.
  • More is better, when it comes to wealth and intelligence.
  • Better is better, when it comes to looks and intellect.
  • It's always OK to be intelligent.
  • Being an intellectual is another matter. 

No more words from me on this subject, that's for sure.

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