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Top Quotes About Knowledge

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

The dawn of knowledge is usually the false dawn.

Bernard De Voto

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

Bertrand Russell

Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words.

Brian Tracy

To learn to get along without, to realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important than what we are entitled to demand of it, this is a hard lesson.

Bruce Catton

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

Carl Gustav Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Gustav Rogers

Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.

Catherine the Great

latin: Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.; always seen as Knowledge is power and appears inscribed on the wall of the north lobby of The Library of Congress (The Thomas Jefferson Building)

Chandler Burr

He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men’s heads.

Charles Caleb Colton

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.

Charles Morgan

positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Charles Robert Darwin

Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

Christopher Darlington Morley

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.


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

Count Maurice Maeterlinck

More appealing than knowledge itself is the feeling of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Consider your origins: you were not made that you might live as brutes, but so as to follow virtue and knowledge.

Dante Alighieri

You already know enough to go to hell.

David A. Christensen

Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

David Ben

You have to know what’s important and what’s unimportant, for you.

David Harold Fink

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.


The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.

Doris Day

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

Best efforts will not substitute for knowledge.

Dr. W. Edward Deming

The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

You generally hear that what a man doesn’t know doesn’t hurt him, but in business what a man doesn’t know does hurt.

E. St. Elmo Lewis

Head knowledge is good, but heart knowledge is indispensable. The training of the hands and feet must be added to make a rounded education. We must all learn these days to become spiritual pioneers if we would save the world from chaos.

E. V. Hammond

Packed in my skin from head to toe Is one I know and do not know.

Edwin Muir

The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.

Elbert Green Hubbard

The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer.

Elias Canetti

In times of change the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

Knowledge is power if you know about the right person.

Ethel Mumford

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

Eugene Ionesco

If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.


Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.

Francis Bacon

The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one’s own mind.

Francis Herbert Bradley

What makes us like new acquaintances is not so much any weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being more so by those who do not know so much of us.

Francois Duc de La Rochenfoucauld

The hunger and thirst for knowledge, the keen delight in the chase, the good humored willingness to admit that the scent was false, the eager desire to get on with the work, the cheerful resolution to go back and begin again, the broad good sense, the unaffected modesty, the imperturbable temper, the gratitude for any little help that was given -all these will remain in my memory though I cannot paint them for others.

Frederic William Maitland

If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.

French Proverb

Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning.

Gary Ryan Blair

To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

Play is the beginning of knowledge.

George Dorsey

The conqueror and king in each of us is the . . . Knower of truth. . . . Let that Knower awaken in us and drive the horses of the mind, emotions, and physical body on the pathway which that king has chosen.

George S. Arundale

Nothing is so irrevocable as mind.

George Santayan

Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty you avoid action. The world demands results.

George W. Goethals

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

George Will

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and himself and he will always remain a slave.

Goerge Gurdjieff

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

H.L. Mencken

A man is never astonished that he doesn’t know what another does, but he is surprised at the gross ignorance of the other in not knowing what he does.


Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.

Harriet Martineau

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge, broad deep knowledge, is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man’s progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.

Helen Adams Keller

First come I; my name is Jowett.There’s no knowledge but I know it. I am Master of this college: What I don’t know isn’t knowledge.

Henry Charles Beeching

Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.

Henry David Thoreau

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning today is young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford

When a man’s knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.

Herbert Spencer

True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does.

Hugh Nibley

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge, but as they grow more elaborate, scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.

Isaac Asimov

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

Isaac Singer

Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.

Ivern Ball

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

James A. Garfield

The acquisition of knowledge is the mission of research, the transmission of knowledge is the mission of teaching and the application of knowledge is the mission of public service.

James A. Perkins

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

James Madison

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

Jane Austin

He knows the universe and does not know himself.

Jean De La Fontaine

A man speaks of what he knows, a woman of what pleases her: the one requires knowledge, the other taste.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

An erudite fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.

Jean Paul Baptiste Molire

Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hard, and there is no knowledge that is not power.

Jeremy Taylor

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.

Johann von Goethe

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was ‘By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.

John Abbott

The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.

John Adams

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

John Archibald Wheeler

Knowledge begets knowledge. The more I see, the more impressed I am not with what we know but with how tremendous the areas are as yet unexplored.

John H. Glenn, Jr.

No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.

John Locke

We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.

John McCain

Knowledge is like money the more he gets, the more he craves.

Josh Billings

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.


Nurture an appetite for being puzzled, for being confused, indeed for being openly stupid, and that – despite what you may think – is very difficult…We all know the cliche’ that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It is also true that a lot of knowledge can be a dangerous thing as well…use your ignorance as well as your knowledge for creative means.

Lee C. Bollinger

Science at best is not wisdom it is knowledge. Wisdom is knowledge tempered with judgment.

Lord Ritchie-Calder

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, These three alone lead life to sovereign power.

Lord Tennyson

The secret of power is the knowledge that others are more cowardly than you are.

Ludwig Boerne

That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.

Madelein K. L’Engle

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.

Mark Rutherford

The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.

Mark Twain

In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it. BEING CLEAR KILLS FEAR. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.

Miguel de Cervantes

You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.

Norman Juster

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.

Oliver Goldsmith

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it.

Persian Proverb

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

Peter F. Drucker

Can anything be beyond the knowledge of a man like you?

Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Learn what you are and be such.


The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal.


Knowledge is an antidote to fear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.

Randall Jacobs

I was born not knowing and have only had a little time to change that here and there.

Richard Phillips Feynman

The end of man is knowledge but there’s one thing he can’t know. He can’t know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can’t know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn’t got and which if he had it would save him.

Robert Penn Warren

You can out distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.

Rwandan Proverb

Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.


To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.

Saint Augustine

Our lives teach us who we are.

Salman Rushdie

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.

Samuel Johnson

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

Sandra Carey

Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations.

Sigmund Freud

For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal. It does not follow that every item which we confidently accept as physical knowledge has actually been certified by the Court our confidence is that it would be certified by the Court if it were submitted. But it does follow that every item of physical knowledge is of a form which might be submitted to the Court. It must be such that we can specify (although it may be impracticable to carry out) an observational procedure which would decide whether it is true or not. Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure.

Sir Arthur Eddington

Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself.

Sir James Makintosh

Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.

Sir Philip Sidney

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Sir Winston Churchill

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.


Be that self which one truly is.

Soren Kierkegaard

Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.

Steve Droke

One of the most common reasons so few people are consistently able to achieve meaningful results is that they are unwilling to experience the discomfort associated with relentlessly pursuing a correct perception of reality.

Stuart Brodie

The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.

Sun Tzu

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we information?

T. S. Elliot

I realized that far beyond the possibilities of bodily thought there were in myself forces, powers and knowledge far transcending all that the body can ever perceive or imagine in its loftiest flights.

The Golden Dawn

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

Thomas Fuller

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

Thomas Henry Huxley

The young man requires wisdom as well as knowledge.

Thomas J. Watson

There’s not an idea in our heads that has not been worn shiny by someone else’s brains.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.

Tom Hopkins

Man’s flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge.

U.S. Air Force

Perfect knowledge comes only when you see the world in yourself, just as he who awakes from the dream then knows he saw his dreamworld with its suns and stars in himself.

V.S. Iyser

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

Will Durant

Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare

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