The difference between smart and Intelligent (Once and for all)

Andrei Tapalaga ✒️
3 min readMay 17, 2019
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There has been a long debate between the similarities that the meaning of the word “Smart” may have to the word “Intelligent”. First of all I would like to mention that this article does not refer in any way, shape or form that smart people are not intelligent or vice versa. I would like to state the clear difference in the drastic meanings that the two words have.

Being Smart

Being smart can focus more on the idea of being good at something by having a broader knowledge in that specific something compared to the majority. A good example would be taking a look at the quote “Work smarter not harder” (Allen F.Morgenstern, 1930) as the quote describes a person that has a certain way/style of working that conveys high efficiency or production. The style of work that the person imposes has been developed through experience, therefore we are required to put extensive effort into achieving “smartness”. This is one of the big huge differences as many people affirm that we can learn to be smart but not cannot acquire intelligence through any means as it is something we are born with.

Being Intelligent

Many people attest that intelligence is gained through education but no, what you gain from education is cleverness as well as knowledge. Intelligence it is truly…

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Andrei Tapalaga ✒️

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