QUOTES about KNOWLEDGE

Partial knowledge is more triumphant than complete knowledge; it takes things to be simpler than they are, and so makes its theory more popular and convincing. Nietzsche

At the beginning of my political career I believed that where negotiation and reason consistently failed, the passing of time would become the healer. I was wrong. Julian Conrad

Zeal will do more than knowledge. William Hazlitt

A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power. K.J.B

Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. Woody Allen

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an ultimate knowledge of its ugly side. James Baldwin

Right conduct can never, except by some rare accident, be promoted by ignorance or hindered by knowledge. Bertrand Russell

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about. Eric Hoffer

In the knowledge of truth, what really matters is the possession of it, not the impulse under which it was sought. Nietzsche

It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal. Benjamin Disraeli 

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli

Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false. Charles Caleb Colton

To be master of any branch of knowledge, you must master those which lie next to it, and thus to know anything you must know all. Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light. Benjamin Franklin

Such is the constitution of the human mind, that any kind of knowledge, if it be really such, is its own reward. John Henry Newman

Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. Thomas Fuller

A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind, and every human being whose mind is not debauched will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge. Samuel Johnson

Even knowledge has to be in fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance. Baltasar Gracian

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal. Goethe

The right to know is like the right to live. It is fundamental and unconditional in its assumption that knowledge, like life, is a desirable thing. George Bernard Shaw

The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. John F Kennedy

Many men are stored full of unused knowledge. Like loaded guns that are never fired off, or military magazines in times of peace, they are stuffed with useless ammunition. Henry Ward Beecher

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know. Brooks Atkinson

To know things as they are is better than to believe things as they seem. Tom Wicker

Knowledge is the only fountain both of the love and the principles of human liberty. Daniel Webster

Anecdote:  A middle-age woman, herself beginning to be plagued by chronic health concerns, quotes her elderly mother: “I never used to understand how people could say they were ready to go. How could they give up their lives? But I'm starting to understand; I can tell it will be all-right for me. You get to a certain point, and you think, “ Alright, I've had enough, done enough, felt enough-whatever, I’m ready.”  Source: Where the Trail Grows Faint by Lynne Hugo

Conversation is not a search after knowledge, but an endeavor at effect. John Keats

The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction. Helen Keller

Doubt is not below knowledge, but above it. Alain Rene Lesage

Facts are all accidents. They all might have been different. They all may become different. They may all collapse altogether. Santayana

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

How sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man’s self to himself; he is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated upon him as his only duty. Charles Lamb

Nowhere else can one find so miscellaneous, so various, an amount of knowledge as is contained in a good newspaper. Henry Ward Beecher 

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, wants to re-establish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys. Henri Amiel

Books without the knowledge of life are useless. Samuel Johnson

It is not good for a man to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet misses his way. Bible

Not to have knowledge of what happened before you were born is to be condemned to live as a child. Cicero

One of the pleasures of reading old letters is the knowledge that they need no answer. Byron

I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Francis Bacon

A moment,s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle

The seat of perfect contentment is in the head; for every individual is thoroughly satisfied with his own proportion of brains. Charles Caleb Colton

A man may do very well with a very little knowledge, and scarce be found out in mixed company; everybody is so much more ready to produce his own, than to call for a display of your acquisitions. Charles Lamb

Quote cited, In 1739, Russian empress Anna Ivanovna issued the following order: “It has come to our knowledge that in the window of a Tavern in Moscow, sits a starling which speaks so well that all passersby stop to listen. Immediately send me a starling of this sort.” 

The chief value of the new fact is to enhance the great and constant fact of life. Emerson

Knowledge in youth is sapience in age. Thomas Fuller

To understand matters rightly we should understand their details; and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect. Rochefoucauld

To be fond of learning is to be near to knowledge. Proverb

Curiosity is the key to knowledge. Proverb

But if we laugh with derision, we will never understand. Human intellectual capacity has not altered for thousands of years so far as we can tell. If intelligent people invested intense energy in issues that now seem foolish to us, then the failure lies in our understanding of their world, not in their distorted perceptions. Quote source: Wide Hats and Narrow Minds by S J Gould

Of future and contingent matters, we can have no definite knowledge. Proverb

In almost all sciences the fundamental knowledge is either found in earliest times or is still being sought. Nietzsche

For the purpose of knowledge we must know how to make use of the inward current which draws us towards a thing, and also of the current which after a time draws us away from it. Nietzsche

Conversation with a friend will only bear good fruit of knowledge when both think only of the matter under consideration and forget that they are friends. Nietzsche

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. Santayana

Assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge. Santayana

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world. Einstein

The mind of the scholar, if you would have it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. It is better that his armor should be somewhat bruised by rude encounters even, than hang forever rusting on the wall. Longfellow

No honey is sweeter than that of knowledge. Nietzsche

We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed. Charles Caleb Colton

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Einstein

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Longfellow

Cultivated men and women who do not skim the cream of life, and are attached to the duties, yet escape the harsher blows, make acute and balanced observers. George Meredith

Knowledge without devotion is like a stone in water. Source: The Rope in the Water by Sylvia Fraser 

Things and men have always a certain sense, a certain side by which they must be got hold of if one wants to obtain a solid grasp and a perfect command. Joseph Conrad

It takes longer for man to find out man than any other creature that is made. Henry Ward Beecher

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. Anon

Shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it; this is knowledge. Confucius

The great man, that is, the man most imbued with the spirit of the time, is the impressionable man. Emerson
 
When all beliefs are challenged together, the just and necessary ones have a chance to step forward and re-establish themselves alone. Santayana 

The worst pain a man can have is to know much and be impotent to act. Herodotus

Only in tranquil spots can the self be known; elsewhere, attempt would be vanity indeed. LA Fontaine

Of what a strange nature is knowledge. It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock. Mary Shelley

The fruit of the tree of knowledge always drives man from some paradise or other; and even the paradise of fools is not an unpleasant abode while it is habitable. William Ralph Inge

Knowledge is of two kinds; we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. Samuel Johnson

In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance. Henry Miller

Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. Santayana   

Knowledge is power. Unfortunate dupes of this saying will keep on reading ambitiously, till they have stunned their native initiative, and made their thoughts weak. Clarence Day 

Every step by which men add to their knowledge and skills is a step also by which they can control other men. Max Lerner

Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Mark Van Doren

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles. Samuel Johnson

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. Henry Ward Beecher

Religion has treated knowledge sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as a hostage; often as a captive and more often as a child; but knowledge has become of age, and religion must either renounce her acquaintance, or introduce her as a companion and respect her as a friend. Charles Caleb Colton

Pocket all your knowledge with your watch, and never pull it out in company unless desired. Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge of the soul would unfailingly make us melancholy if the pleasures of expression did not keep us alert and of good cheer. Thomas Mann

Knowledge can be viewed as the accumulation of information, usually acquired over a series of years. It differs from wisdom in that one might know the solution to a difficulty in academic terms, but may lack the emotional understanding which develops with the passing of time, enhanced, enriched and fortified by the depth of experience. The study of knowledge is called epistemology. To learn more, please see this Introduction to Epistemology.



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