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Мэрилин вос Савант

Дата рождения: 11. Август 1946

Мэрилин вос Савант — американская писательница, драматург и журналист, занесённая в Книгу рекордов Гиннесса как обладательница самого высокого в мире IQ.


„Поражение — это временное состояние, отказ от борьбы делает его постоянным.“

„To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.“


„I believe that love--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery. Your imitator thinks that you can be duplicated; your lover knows you can't.“

„Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.“

„At first, I only laughed at myself. Then I noticed that life itself is amusing. I've been in a generally good mood ever since.“

„If your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide wether you have a better head or a better heart.“

„Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.“

„I think one of the problems [with raising intelligent children in modern society] is compulsory schooling... and that children are sitting there, and they are taught and told what to believe; they are passive from the very beginning – and one must be very, very aggressive intellectually to have a high IQ [... ] the child isRight from the beginning, it's a passive process. He or she sits there, and they simply try to believe everything they're told?“


„Skill is successfully walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Intelligence is not trying.“

„Be able to go shopping for a bathing suit and not become depressed afterward.“

„Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.“

„If your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.“

„In my opinion, defining intelligence is much like defining beauty, and I don’t mean that it’s in the eye of the beholder. To illustrate, let’s say that you are the only beholder, and your word is final. Would you be able to choose the 1000 most beautiful women in the country? And if that sounds impossible, consider this: Say you’re now looking at your picks. Could you compare them to each other and say which one is more beautiful? For example, who is more beautiful— Katie Holmes or Angelina Jolie? How about Angelina Jolie or Catherine Zeta-Jones? I think intelligence is like this. So many factors are involved that attempts to measure it are useless. Not that IQ tests are useless. Far from it. Good tests work: They measure a variety of mental abilities, and the best tests do it well. But they don’t measure intelligence itself.“

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