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There are mainly two different types of "smart", book-smart and street-smart. I would rather have a person who's at least street smart, than to have her be attractive, if that's what you're asking. However, it would be a bonus if she was book-smart as well, even if she wasn't attractive. I would just hope that she's attractive too, since, let's face it, relationships don't work, if you're not attracted at the start10
I don't really notice looks until after I get to know a person.
I'm asexual so all people are just generally gray blobs. It's not until after I've gotten to know them and they've worked their way into my heart as someone extra special (I love people. all people. Every person. I meet them and I love them, I just do) that I notice really how they look. And I find every one beautiful or handsome. How could any one be considered ugly, really. I don't quite understand it. So, for me, intelligence is far more important. And, having had this conversation with my boyfriend I know he'd say the same, that looks come second.0
They're both important, but in different ways.
Intelligence can be one of many things. Some people think having read 100 books means a person is intelligent while others think academic success in school equates to intelligence.
But when you look at someone, the first thing you see is appearance. Most people won't give a person the opportunity to show their personality if they find them ugly.
Realistically, looks matter more in society. You never hear a guy say "wow, look at her intelligence" or "damn, she's so intelligent."11
In my opinion, yes. I'd much rather be smart than beautiful. Intelligence will go A LOT further than beauty, in the grand scheme of things. And don't forget, people are still smart in their 50s-60s, etc... beauty often fades at least a little by then, haha!0
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Looks matter more. Confidence any personality only matters when you're physically appealing . Being intelligent doesn't really matter that much to people.0
Yes, but it's not mutually exclusive. I like a mixture of both pretty and intelligent.0
intelligence matters more for your life overall0
It's a balance.0
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In some ways they balance each other out. Sure good looks "plus" good personality will get you far in life "especially for women" but there's nothing like having a good educational background and having well rounded knowledge. I believe where the books can't get you, looks will, and where looks can't get you, the books will. Intelligence and knowledge are two different things, but to answer the question you definitely want to have intelligence over looks. It's a bonus if you have both but if you have only looks and you're dumb, there's not many outlets in life that will take you far. Socially I've met some beautiful women that were complete bimbos.. and to be honest, they were instantly put into my "unattractive" category. That's just not a turn on for me. I have better conversations with not so good looking girls that are smart, they have plenty to talk about and that's what makes them attractive.
So if you don't have the looks, start educating yourself have a plan and direction in your life, that is sexy. If you do have the looks, KEEP EDUCATING YOURSELF. You'll have that much more attraction to you.