When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.

Abraham Joshua Heschel
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) Polish-American rabbi, theologian, philosopher

Quoted by his student, Harold S. Kushner, in When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough (1986). The following variant is attributed (without citation) to Milton Steinberg and Oscar Wilde: "When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am older, I admire kind people.
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