You are a man with secrets…and I plan to know them all.
Vulgarity is no substitute for wit
(a) Going to Oxford didn’t necessarily make a person clever.
(b) Cleverness didn’t necessarily make a good prime minister.
(c) If a person couldn’t even run a pickle factory profitably, how was that person going to run a whole country?
And, most important of all:
(d) All Indian mothers are obsessed with their sons and are therefore poor judges of their abilities.
And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were beaten by a woman’s wit. He used to make merry over the cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman.
I’ve heard that sarcasm is no substitute for cleverness
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
The height of cleverness is in one’s ability to be very clever without seeming clever at all.
Most people are clever because they don’t know how to be honest.” William Gaddis, The Recognitions.
A wise man can say a foolish thing at any time, anywhere, and to anybody.