Definitions: (1) having an active, discerning, or acute mind; knowing; understanding; (2) sensible wisdom; (3) guided or directed by a rational mind; rational; (4) well-informed and accurate information <good decisions preclude good intelligence>

Synonyms: Intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems; alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding; clever implies a native ability or aptness; quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or humor, or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge.

• We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but not personality. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American Physicist
• Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, hate leads to violence. This is the equation. An army of philosophers would not be sufficient to change the nature of error and to make it truth. — Ibn Rushd [Averroes] (1126-1198) Muslim Scholar

Comment: If you believe you are not intelligent, you are probably underestimating yourself. Test your limits. You will tend to hold yourself within what you think to be true. You can always underestimate and be more confident of success, but if you overestimate, with a dash of prudence (and a modicum of courage and luck) you will attain greater results.

Admonition: There are nine types of intelligence: linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, visual/spatial, kinesthetic, naturalist, knowing oneself, knowing others, existential. — Howard Gardner (1943-) Frames of Mind {1983}
     Note: You have all types of intelligence – all of which are integrated to some degree. What is important is to keep expanding all areas of yourself (not just intelligence). It is easier to do so in the area(s) that is (are) comfortable, but it is possible to develop the other areas as well. Do this by putting yourself into the path of learning, and by dealing with conflict as you move through life.

Color: yellow

Symbols: 1) wings; 2) a lamp; 3) the sun; 4) Virgo (zodiac); 5) the heart [the seat of intelligence]; 6) a lidded urn [supreme intelligence which triumphs over life and death]


Definition: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically

• Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. — Adam M. Grant (1981-) American phycology professor & author
• It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head – it is the unique intersection of both. — David Stephen Caruso (1956-) American actor & producer
• Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough. Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure. — Dave Lennick, Canadian broadcaster