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Isaac AsimovThe saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Peter DruckerIn todays economy, the most important resource is no longer labor, capital or land; it is knowledge

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Julia ChildYou'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.

—  Julia Child, 1912-2004, American chef, author & TV personality.

Timothy LearyJust Say Know.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

Michel de MontaigneWhat do I know?

Que sai-je?

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Mignon McLaughlinWhen we first fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

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

—  Socrates, 469-399 BC, Ancient Geek Philosopher

William BlakeKnowledge is Life with wings

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

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

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lao-TzuThose who know do not speak; those who speak do not know.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

ConfuciusTo know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Georg Christoph LichtenbergWhat is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Arthur ClarkeA well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Blaise PascalOnce your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Michel de MontaigneEvery other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Albert EinsteinI want to know God's thoughts - the rest are mere details.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Wolfgang GoetheKnowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheYou really only know when you know little. Doubt grows with knowledge.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheIt is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Immanuel KantI had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Immanuel KantBut only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Mark TwainWhat gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ayn RandLive and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Samuel JohnsonThe next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonGreek, sir, is like lace; every man gets as much of it as he can.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

William BlakeThe true method of knowledge is experiment.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

William BlakeGeneral Knowledges are those Knowledges that Idiots possess.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Lord ChesterfieldIf we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lord ChesterfieldNever seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Philip SidneyThey are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Francis BaconKnowledge is power.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

VauvenarguesThe things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Will DurantKnowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantFacts replaced understanding; and knowledge, split into a thousand isolated fragments, no longer generated wisdom.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Alfred North WhiteheadEducation is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Alfred North WhiteheadShakespeare wrote better poetry for not knowing too much; Milton, I think, knew too much finally for the good of his poetry.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Alfred North WhiteheadEducation which is not modern share the fate of all organic things which are kept too long.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

George SantayanaEternal vigilance is the price of knowledge.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Isaac AsimovUncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don't know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Theodore RooseveltPeople don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Theodore RooseveltA man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Blaise PascalSince we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Samuel JohnsonIntegrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Eleanor RooseveltNever mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

DanteConsider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Bible Quotes

Epistles of PaulWe know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

—  Epistles of Paul ‐ 1 Corinthians 8:1

Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Funny Quotes

AnonymousAn expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less, until eventually he knows everything about nothing.

—  Anonymous

Isaac AsimovThose people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Non-English Quotes

Michel de MontaigneQue sais-je?

What do I know?

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Ancient Greek

HeraclitusMuch learning does not teach the mind.

Πολυμαθίη νόον ου διδάσκει.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

ThucydidesIgnorance is bold, knowledge is reserved.

Αμαθία μεν θράσος, λογισμός δε όκνον φέρει.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

PlatoKnowledge creates happiness.

Επιστήμη ποιητική ευδαιμονίας.

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



Turkish proverbEven if you know a thousand things, ask someone who knows better.

—  Turkish proverb



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