Quotations: Knowledge

Knowledge is haunted by the ghost of past opinion.

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov

A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
Jane Austen

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

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

A knowledge of mankind and of things that surround us gives us that second education which proves far move valuable than our first because it alone turns out a truly accomplished man.
Honore de Balzac

In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge.
Honore de Balzac

Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.
Henry Ward Beecher

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.
Claude Bernard

That jewel knowledge is great riches, which is not plundered by kinsmen, nor carried off by thieves, nor decreased by giving.

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin

Metaphor is the currency of knowledge. I have spent my life learning incredible amounts of disparate, disconnected, obscure, useless pieces of knowledge, and they have turned out to be, almost all of them, extremely useful.
Chandler Burr

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.
Anthony J. D'Angelo

The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the MANUAL WORKER in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of KNOWLEDGE WORK and the KNOWLEDGE WORKER.
Peter Drucker

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
Kahlil Gibran

Life is not a thing of knowing only--nay, mere knowledge has properly no place at all save as it becomes the handmaiden of feeling and emotions.
Judge Learned Hand

Human beings of all societies in all periods of history believe that their ideas on the nature of the real world are the most secure, and that their ideas on religion, ethics and justice are the most enlightened. Like us, they think that final knowledge is at last within reach. Like us, they pity the people in earlier ages for not knowing the true facts. Unfailingly, human beings pity their ancestors for being so ignorant and forget that their descendants will pity them for the same reason.
Edward Harrison

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
Frank Herbert

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 Jr.

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
Thomas H. Huxley

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas H. Huxley

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

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.
Susanne K. Langer

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
Abbott Lawrence Lowell

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
Maurice Maeterlinck

A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.
Michael Garrett Marino

We are here and now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine.
H.L. Mencken

Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person.
Ethel Mumford

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.

God is intelligent; but in what manner? Man is intelligent by the act of reasoning, but the supreme intelligence lies under no necessity to reason. He requires neither premise nor consequences; nor even the simple form of a proposition. His knowledge is purely intuitive. He beholds equally what is and what will be. All truths are to Him as one idea, as all places are but one point, and all times one moment.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell

The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
Bertrand Russell

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
Bertrand Russell

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman

One part of knowledge consists in being ignorant of such things as are not worthy to be known.

Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.
Albert Szent-Györgyi

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
Mark Twain

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