Those who seem intelligent are not so. Those who do not seem intelligent, may or may not be. But those who are intelligent, they just are and we see it instantly as long as we also have an intelligence that either matches theirs, or has the capacity to improve to match their levels later on. This doesn’t mean the laypeople cannot understand or properly appreciate Goethe’s Faust; however, the closer your intelligence and wisdom to Goethe’s, the better you will be in a position to assess just how good Faust is as an intelligent work. From this it follows that if you understand and appreciate a dozen major works by intelligent minds, and despite this, cannot understand or find in yourself an appreciation for a certain work by a seemingly intelligent person, then the flaw lies in the work and the person, not in your intelligence.
(Some examples of semi-intelligent people who have been appreciated in the same manner the layfolk appreciated the Emperor’s New Clothes for fear of appearing “incompetent”, include but are not limited to Nietszche, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Diderot, Schoppenhauer, Walter Scott, Conrad, Locke, Marx, Darwin, H.G Wells, Freud, Wittgenstein, Dostoyevsky, and….more)