1 (a): the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will: the capacity for knowledge; (b): the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed
2: a person with great intellectual powers




Intellect (n.): “the sum of the cognitive facilities (except sense or sense and imagination), the capacity for reasoning truth,” late 14th century (but little used before 16th century), from Old French intellect “intellectual capacity” (13th century), and directly from Latin intellectus “discernment, a perception, understanding,” noun use of past participle of intelligere to understand, discern” (related to: intelligence).  The Latin word was used to translate Greek nous “mind, thought, intellect” in Aristotle.




“I swear, gentlemen, that to be too conscious is an illness - a real thorough-going illness.” 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel)

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“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”

Anne Sexton (1928 – 1974, American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse; Pulitzer Prize recipient in 1967 for her book "Live or Die")

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“I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty.” 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, adventurer and wily intellectual, who wrote the classic American novels "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn")

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“Our intellect is not intended to be an end in itself, but only a means to the very mind of God.”

Ravi Zacharias (b. 1946, founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and international speaker)

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“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” 

George Eliot (1819-1880, pseudonym of Mary Ann, or Marian, Cross, née Evans, English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction)

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“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.” 

Leonard da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal; best known for his influential paintings, “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”)

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“[T]he more clamour we make about 'the women's point of view', the more we rub it into people that the women's point of view is different, and frankly I do not think it is -- at least in my job. The line I always want to take is, that there is the 'point of view' of the reasonably enlightened human brain, and that this is the aspect of the matter which I am best fitted to uphold.” 

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 – 1957, renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist)

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“Geniuses and prophets do not usually excel in professional learning, and their originality, if any, is often due precisely to the fact that they do not.” 

Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883 – 1950, Austrian American economist and political scientist; Finance Minister of Austria in 1919; one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, who popularized the term "creative destruction" in economics)

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“Geniuses and prophets do not usually excel in professional learning, and their originality, if any, is often due precisely to the fact that they do not.”

Joseph Alois Schumpeter


Most of us have been trained and educated to fit into make-believe cultural boxes, limiting our intellectual and heart-sense capabilities.  We have been trained to identify as our titles, such as those we hold as daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, professions, classes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc.  We have also be programmed to identify as our contrived personalities.

Sooner or later, our self-imposed man-made/woman-made constructs will feel confining, at least for those of us who want to be free, curious, and creative.  We will begin to suffer from these imprisonments, even if in the beginning those cultural constraints were pursued from noble intentions to actualize ourselves in adulthood, such as marriage, parenthood, or occupations.

We should be very careful in judging all of these boxes as negative.  Some boxes, especially when it comes to constraint and discipline are excellent practices for enlightenment.   However, when it comes to physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, these are huge indicators that we need to pay attention to something important.  And in addressing and taking care ourselves and what causes us, we will grow and evolve from the new information and experiences.

Sojourners, guard your intellect, and also protect your hearts.  Together, they are a mighty force of great potential.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya


















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