Compare this pathetic convoluted attempt to something simple and elegant like, ‘Happiness is what you are, stress is what you want to be’.
That’s’ the difference between cleverness and intelligence. Any piece that draws attention itself usually smacks of cleverness. Intelligence guides you, stands aside and lets you absorb the essence of what it’s communicating without attracting attention to how the message is phrased whereas cleverness stands in its gaudy offensive garb on the sidewalk of mediocrity soliciting attention like a streetwalker for a few words of praise from the citizens of Easily Impressed country.
Intelligence communicates the meaning of the message. Cleverness focuses on itself.
Communication is not about how clever you are; it’s about how best to get the message across and how much or little the other person knows.
In other words: Intelligence is more about wordless meaning, where as cleverness is about meaningless words, to coin a phrase.