KNOWLEDGE QUOTES

quotations about knowledge

Knowledge quote

What you know is a club for yourself, and what you don't know is a meat-ax for the other fellow.

GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

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As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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This desire of knowledge and the wonder which it hopes to satisfy are the driving power behind all the changes that we, with careless, question-begging inference, call progress.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

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Those that'll tell don't know, and those that know won't tell.

SPIKE LEE, Do the Right Thing

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This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.

HERODOTUS, The Histories: Book 9

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Men are more readily contented with no intellectual light than with a little; and wherever they have been taught to acquire some knowledge in order to please others, they have most generally gone on to acquire more, to please themselves.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in truth!

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

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I ain't one of those who believe that a half knowledge of a subject is useless, but it has been my experience that when a fellow has that half knowledge he finds it's the other half which would really come in handy.

GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

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The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, letter to his son, Oct. 4, 1746

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Ignorance may be bliss, but it certainly is not freedom, except in the minds of those who prefer darkness to light and chains to liberty. The more true information we can acquire, the better for our enfranchisement.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, Intellectual Slavery

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Knowledge is a mimic creation.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

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Drugs or overeating or alcohol or sex, it was all just another way to find peace. To escape what we know. Our education. Our bite of the apple.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, On Science

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A baby has brains, but it doesn't know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.

L. FRANK BAUM, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Knowledge shuts a man's mouth.

ERWIN SYLVANUS, Dr. Korczak and the Children

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Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise -- even in their own field.

ISAAC ASIMOV, The Roving Mind

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There is, perhaps, one universal truth about all forms of human cognition: the ability to deal with knowledge is hugely exceeded by the potential knowledge contained in man's environment. To cope with this diversity, man's perception, his memory, and his thought processes early become governed by strategies for protecting his limited capacities from the confusion of overloading. We tend to perceive things schematically, for example, rather than in detail, or we represent a class of diverse things by some sort of averaged "typical instance."

JEROME S. BRUNER, Art as a Mode of Knowing

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Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, speech to Congress, Jan. 8, 1790

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Grace is given of God, but knowledge is bought in the market.

ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH, The Bothie of Tober-na-Vuolich

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You must know all there is to know in your particular field and keep on the alert for new knowledge. The least difference in knowledge between you and another man may spell his success and your failure.

HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930

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