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Leonard: We think we can help you with your stage fright.
Sheldon: Oh, I doubt that. I haven't figured out a way, and I'm much smarter than all of you.
Penny: Yes, but you're not smarter than all of us put together.
Sheldon: Oh, I'm sorry, that is what I meant.
"Imagine the worst barroom know-it-all you've ever met, who really does, and is cursed with a tourettes-like compulsion to spill anything relevant on any topic that comes up, and you're about halfway there."
—Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium, on Caractacus Mott
"Try not to let [my] brilliance overwhelm you."
— Kid Flash, Young Justice
"Dear God. What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring!"
"This is just friendly advice. But give Sherlock five minutes on your crime scene and listen to everything he has to say. And as far as possible, try not to punch him."
— Lestrade, Sherlock, "A Scandal in Belgravia"
I'd say you're a genius, but I'm in the room.
— The Doctor, Doctor Who
"If ya done it, it ain't braggin'."
— Walt Whitman
"Have the Q always had an absence of manners, or is it the result of some natural evolutionary process that comes with omnipotence?"
—Tuvok, Star Trek: Voyager
"I'm almost always eventually right."
"I'm a friggin' genius and none of you ever listen to me!"
"Sherman J. Hamster is a genius, and with all that genius comes a great big honkin' ego. His heart's in the right place, but it only stands to reason he'll need to show off his brain once in a while. I mean, it's like having a new car, and you've just got to show it off to your friends because you know thleat they don't have this car."
“The reasoning man who scorns the prejudices of simpletons necessarily becomes the enemy of simpletons; he must expect as much, and laugh at the inevitable.”
“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it."
"A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race—and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin."
"The education of John Quincy Adams was to be the most superb of any of the American presidents, and consequently absolutely crippling; he knew too many languages, books, nations, political and philosophical systems to be able to preside with any grace or tolerance over the dingy republic of his day."
—Gore Vidal, "The Four Generations of the Adams Family"
"In any standard crime show, only one character can be a sci-fi geek, and it's usually the scientist or lab technician in the group. So what do you do when your entire cast is made up of lab technicians? How do you choose?!? Apparently, you make your geek the lab tech who's more pompous and annoying than all of the other lab techs put together. Sure, let's make the smug, superior guy the Star Trek—sorry, "Astro Quest" fan. Clearly, THIS is the guy who would go to conventions in costume, fantasize about his co-workers in Astro Quest-themed scenarios, refer to himself as a "padawan" and name his cat "Kobayashi Maru." Not the hunky lab tech with the smoldering eyes—the dillweed. Stop giving Astro Quest fans a bad name, Hodges!"
—Topless Robot, "10 TV Geeks That Give Geeks a Bad Name"
"Life is rough for smart kids in school. There's nothing super-heroic about getting your underwear yanked up your ass by meatheads because you can read without moving your lips. Having said that, in any high school, there's always that one smug, self-satisfied smart kid who likes rubbing their big brain in the other kids' faces. Remember how much everyone hated that kid? Okay, now add "super-intelligence" to your list of powers, where suddenly you can argue foreign policy with Nobel Laureates while doing long division in your head and scribbling a cure for leukemia on a notepad. You're gonna turn into an insufferable jerk faster than you can say, "Well, I suppose that's a simplified way of looking at it." Lex Luthor may be a genius, but nobody's inviting his smug ass to their house parties."