Quote by Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort
A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
This quote suggests that intelligence should not be solely measured by the quantity of ideas a person has. Just as having a large number of soldiers does not automatically make someone a skilled general, having numerous ideas does not guarantee intelligence. True intelligence is characterized by the quality of ideas, the ability to formulate sound and logical thinking, and effectively applying knowledge. The quote emphasizes that the mere abundance of ideas or resources does not inherently indicate intelligence or capability.
For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. It should have the dignity of a ceremony, as well as its unreality, and should combine the insincere character of a romantic play with the wit and beauty that make such plays delightful to us.
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and thetruth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and thesecond is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keepsart from becoming ridiculous.