INTP stands for introversion, intuition, thinking, perception, and is used to refer to one of the 16 personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). INTPs are often (accurately) stereotyped as the “oddly developed typed” and the absent-minded professors. 16 personalities wrote an accurate description of INTPs:
“…this never-ending thinking process also makes them look somewhat pensive and detached, as INTPs are perfectly able to conduct full-fledged debates in their own heads… People with this personality type may also find it quite difficult to explain their thoughts to others… Even when an INTP is arguing with someone, this should be taken with a grain of salt – they might as well be arguing with their own mind.”
Thank you so much to all the INTPs who recommended quotes. We’ve included notable INTPs such as Albert Einstein and Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google). Now go ahead and enjoy this collection of quotes (that is, if you manage to get to the end without getting sidetracked by something). You now have 100 more reasons to be proud of being an INTP!
Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
People interest me, conversations don’t.
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it.
As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I said.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Following instructions is overrated.
Life is short … so why waste it doing something dumb?
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.
It’s always better to leave the party early.
Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.
We are currently not planning on conquering the world.
Between two evils, I choose the one I’ve never tried before.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me—they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has been invented by committee. If you’re that rare engineer who’s an inventor and also an artist, I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own. Not a committee. Not a team.
I don’t care whether you agree with me or not.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Of my private life I have nothing to say: it does not concern others. I have always had little liking for autobiographies and have no interest in anyone’s affairs. History proper and novels hold no attractions for me except insofar as, I can discern there, as within our immortal Revolution, the adventures of the mind.
My passion is for scientific truth. I don’t much care about good and evil. … I care about what’s true.
Creating—that is the great salvation from suffering.
The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation.
The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.
How can you let others decide for you?
When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.
It’s a waste to chase the pipe dream of a magical tiny theory that allows us to make quick and detailed calculations about the future. We can’t predict and we can’t control. To accept this can be a source of liberation and inner peace. We’re part of the unfolding world, surfing the chaotic waves.
There’s no point in being nuts if you can’t have a little fun.
The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.
The adults were completely wrong.
Ignorance is not bliss – it is oblivion.
Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.
I just can’t — I can’t exist in normal group situations. A classroom, where you have to sort of jockey for position, compete for attention — I would just withdraw.
I am an investigator by inclination. I feel a great thirst for knowledge.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Though this be madness, yet there’s method in it.
If the ability to tell right from wrong should have anything to do with the ability to think, then we must be able to ‘demand’ its exercise in every sane person no matter how erudite or ignorant.
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
Sometimes we need silence to let our minds roar.
The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance.
There are no walls, no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
There is no justice in following unjust laws.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?
Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.
I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Does anyone else get really really sick of being right? Especially when people don’t listen to you. It’s like the answer, whatever it may be, is as clear as day in your head but whomever doesn’t “believe” you.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Reality continues to ruin my life.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
I don’t care what anything was designed to do, I care about what it can do.
Every true faith is infallible. It performs what the believing person hopes to find in it. But it does not offer the least support for the establishing of an objective truth. Here the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, have faith. If you want to be a disciple of truth, then search.
Some say Google is God. Others say Google is Satan. But if they think Google is too powerful, remember that with search engines unlike other companies, all it takes is a single click to go to another search engine.
You can learn practically anything you want in the world online.
Most people don’t see that they have options beyond what society tells them to do. That’s the biggest problem. They honestly believe that compliance is the shortcut to success.
My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.
I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
I am fucking crazy. But I am free.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.
There are no evil thoughts, Mr. Rearden, except one: the refusal to think.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
They have coined me as “mad” and entitled themselves to “normal” because I refuse to align with their beliefs and mannerisms. If I am mad because of this, then perhaps “madness” is simply a pair of powerful spectacles and “normalness” is mental myopia.
You have your way. I have my way.
As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we’re not alone.
What is “this drive”? It’s the tendency to not simply accept things as they are but to want to think about them, to understand them. To not be content to simply feel sad but to ask what sadness means. To not just get a bus pass but to think about the economic reasons getting a bus pass makes sense. I call this tendency the intellectual.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.