Saturday secret service psychologist: come play my mind game

Resist the Googling trigger fingers and use your brain instead. All the quotes below reveal an interesting personality – and are attributed to one real person. Can you put your secret service psychologist hat on – and guess who said it?

saturday secret service psychologist mind game

Don’t let Sharon throw you off.

Clues: he is said to be an ENTP and very intelligent.

His quotations:

  • The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
  • Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
  • Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
  • He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
  • The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
  • All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
  • Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
  • Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.
  • Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
  • Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.
  • Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.
  • Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
  • Time abides long enough for those who make use of it.
  • It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.
  • The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

Do comment if you wish – and especially if you don’t know the answer! I am very curious to see who you come up with πŸ™‚

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    I recognised a couple of the quotes…but it was interesting tryig to work him out until that point πŸ™‚

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    1. Ah, I tried to take out the really famous ones…

      We started playing this game at home yesterday – and it was so much fun, I had to share.

      I will make this a feature every Saturday!

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        I read further than Google as a rule, so I’ve come across a fair bit on this person.

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  2. ajaykohli says:

    I am not sure but I feel it may be Confucius, I am more interested in reading the psychology behind quotes rather than remembering names of persons ,each quote mentioned here tells a whole story in itself ,lots of psychological aspects .

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    1. It’s not him, but it’s a good guess (Confucius’s an INTP and a bit more… Eastern (transience, hard principles) if that makes sense).

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  3. GM Wallace says:

    Shakespeare.
    πŸ™‚

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    1. Apparently Shakespeare was an INFP πŸ™‚

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  4. I assume you knew someone would go straight to Google. That’s me. All of those fit with what I know of the person.

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    1. They’re good aren’t they? (please don’t say who it is) πŸ™‚

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  5. I have no idea! J. Edgar Hoover?

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    1. Oh, what an interesting guess! Had to look up who that was. Time for a Google (I don’t think I can privately message here)

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  6. I guessed Thoreau, but was wrong. Then I looked it up…couldn’t resist. Nice quotes.

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    1. I think that’s a great guess! He’s a brother in spirit for this guy. Thanks for the comment, Rita πŸ˜›

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      1. After I guessed Thoreau, I realized he would likely be more of an ISTJ…oh well…

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  7. Steve Ruis says:

    Ah, I am a MB ENTJ but the T and J are both only by the dint of a single question. In fact the last two categories were determined by the difference of one question. Otherwise it could be me!

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  8. hermitsdoor says:

    I’ll go for Ganhi or Socrates (via Plato). If one had mentioned a spinning wheel then I would leam more to Gandhi. The grammer is too proper for Yoda. 🐸 -Oscar

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    1. Thanks for the guess. Socrates is a really good guess. Time for a Google πŸ™‚

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      1. hermitsdoor says:

        One’s guess probably reveals one’s reading list and background. ✍🏽

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  9. Wouldn’t be Gandhi…He is an INFJ. And don’t remember reading these quotes either. But Socrates is a possibility. Is it Socrates? I know that he’s considered as an entp.
    The quotes are quite unfamiliar to me.

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    1. Very close. Let’s say he was a bit more distractible than Socrates…

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      1. I’ll keep guessing then…I’ll be back if I find a promising answer.πŸ˜„

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  10. And Plato is said to have been an infj too..

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  11. Hariod Brawn says:

    Was it David Beckham?

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    1. Hariod Brawn says:

      If it isn’t Beckham, then my reserve position might be Arthur Schopenhauer, but I don’t think he liked cats β€” so that’s wrong. I’ll stick with Beckham.

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      1. Wow, how interesting!

        I would never have guessed either.

        Beckham I think is pensive and could fit the bill, but is he ever saying anything profound? I would have thought he is a man of few words kind of guy.

        As for A.S., i can see where you’re coming from, though I think A.S. was an angry little man who didn’t really stop to smell the roses.

        Time for a Google for you – so that we don’t spoil the fun by giving away the answer πŸ™‚ This chap is from a few centuries before either of your guesses.

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      2. Hariod Brawn says:

        Well, I wasn’t entirely serious about David Beckham, Martina . . .

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      3. Ah, look, you never know πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      4. Hariod Brawn says:

        To turn the late Mohammed Ali’s witty and withering faux-compliment back on myself, and in paraphrasing the same: “I’m not as dumb as I look”. πŸ˜‰

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      5. Haha, look, it’s a legitimate guess πŸ€“

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