Quotes for
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Knowledge



  
It is impossible for people to learn
what they think they already know.

Epictetus

   

No university on Earth gives master’s degrees of living, of happiness.  How strange!  We seem to be missing the essential, the all-encompassing knowledge for which universities were originally created!       -Robert Muller

   

I think that by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people.  No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.        -Thomas Jefferson

   

Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it.  Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.       -Mark van Doren

   
Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.       -Albert Einstein
   
In seeking knowledge, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, and the fifth--teaching others.        -Solomon Ibn Gabirol
    
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us; and the more we gain, the more is our desire.  The more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.        -Maria Mitchell
   

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.     -Benjamin Spock

  
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
   

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

   
To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.       -Copernicus
   

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.        -Khalil Gibran

  

I like to have a person's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves.  I like a person who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.        -Dean William R. Inge

   
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.       -Bertrand Russell
   

Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know.       -Socrates

   

Nothing will divide this nation more than ignorance, and nothing can bring us together better than an educated population.         -John Sculley

   

Knowledge cannot make us all leaders, but it can help us decide which leader to follow.       -Management Digest

   

There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it.       -Charles Kettering

    

   
When people want to win they will go to desperate extremes.  However, anyone that has already won in life has come to the conclusion that there is no game.  There is nothing but learning in this life and it is the only thing we take with us to the grave—knowledge.  If you only understood that concept then your heart wouldn’t break so bad.  Jealousy or revenge wouldn’t be your ambition.  Stepping on others to raise yourself up wouldn’t be a goal.  Competition would be left on the playing field, and your freedom from what other people think about you would light the pathway out of hell.     -Shannon L. Alder
  
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 humankind'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 Keller
   
What can we make of the inexpressible joy of children? It is a kind of gratitude, I think—the gratitude of the ten-year-old who wakes to her own energy and the brisk challenge of the world. You thought you knew the place and all its routines, but you see you hadn’t known. Whole stacks at the library held books devoted to things you knew nothing about. The boundary of knowledge receded, as you poked about in books, like Lake Erie’s rim as you climbed its cliffs. And each area of knowledge disclosed another, and another. Knowledge wasn’t a body, or a tree, but instead air, or space, or being—whatever pervaded, whatever never ended and fitted into the smallest cracks and the widest space between stars.     -Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
  
No scientist knows the world merely by holding it at arm's length:  if we ever managed to build the objectivist wall between the knower and the known, we could know nothing except the wall itself.  Science requires an engagement with the world, a live encounter between the knower and the known. That encounter has moments of distance, but it would not be an encounter without moments of intimacy as well.
Knowing of any sort is relational, animated by a desire to come into deeper community with what we know.     -Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach
   
We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that the savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.     -Mark Twain
  
Knowing what you know,
be serene also, like a mountain;
and do not be distressed by misfortune.
Knowledge without serenity
is an unlit candle;
together they are honey-comb;
honey without wax is a noble thing;
wax without honey is only fit for burning.

Hakim Sanai
   
  
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.     -Ralph W. Sockman
  
The fruits of the tree of knowledge are various; they must be strong indeed who can digest all of them.     -Mary Coleridge
   
Knowledge is also borrowed.  It is not a flower that grows in your soul, it is something plastic that has been imposed upon you.     -Osho
  
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.  One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.     -Herman Hesse
  
Confucius said, "To know what you know and know what you don't know is the characteristic of one who knows."
  
To explore what it would mean to live fully, sensually alive and passionately on purpose, I have to drop my preconceived ideas of who and what I am.  It is as if the salt of years is running free from me.  Like so many of us, my head has been stuffed full of knowledge, but something in me is still starving.  So here, I seek to empty it of the stories, explanations, and interpretations I am clutching in the fist of my mind.  When did it get so tightly closed that it became numb?  And what was it holding on to, anyway?  I want it free.  I want my heart and soul free.  Free of and free from.  Free of struggle, free from doubt in the canyons of my bones, free from running from the truth of knowing that something has been missing.     -Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
  
Human life is limited, but knowledge is limitless.  To drive the limited in pursuit of the limitless is fatal; and to presume that one really knows is fatal indeed!     -Chuang Tzu
  
If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, where is a person who has so much as to be out of danger?      -Thomas Henry Huxley
  
The essence of true knowledge is self-knowledge.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
  

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