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Quotations about Knowledge

Any increase in knowledge anywhere helps pave the way for an increase in knowledge everywhere. ~Isaac Asimov

Knowledge is fuel, not fire. ~Walter Moxon, M.D., F.R.C.P. (1836–1886), "How Should We Study Medicine?," 1868

Knowledge.— A molehill removed from the mountain of our ignorance. ~"Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary, For the use of those who wish to understand the meaning of things as well as words," The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1824

Fill thy mind with useful knowledge and thou shalt avoid empty words. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

We are ignorant of many things which would not be obscure to us if the reading of the ancients were familiar to us. (Multa ignoramus quae nobis non laterent si veterum lectio nobis fuit familiaris.) ~Latin saying, quoted in James A. Ballentine, A Law Dictionary, 1916

Pull and Push are inscribed on the doors of the Temple of Knowledge. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Discovery does not mean knowledge, and knowledge does not mean publicity. ~Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, The Romance of The Colorado River, 1902

Knowledge is but a body, of which intelligence is the soul. ~Walter Moxon, M.D., F.R.C.P. (1836–1886), "How Should We Study Medicine?," 1868

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. ~Proverb, quoted by Robert Christy, 1800s

Doubt is the first step of progress, and inquiry is the way to knowledge. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is the Bible Worth Reading and Other Essays, 1911

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995,

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. ~Sudie Back, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1990

The knowledge of many minds consists principally of the news of the day and the talk at the last teaparty. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Many a man has gotten a bad fall from the tree of knowledge. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

If there is one tree that man needs to eat of, it is the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and if any knowledge will keep him alive and make him happy and perfect, it is just this knowledge which God forbid him to acquire. We are dying to-day from ignorance, not from knowledge... ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is the Bible Worth Reading and Other Essays, 1911

The Tree of Knowledge always needs the sunshine of experience. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

And let a scholar all Earth's volumes carry,
He will be but a walking dictionary,
A mere articulate clock that doth but speak
By others' arts; when wheels wear, or springs break,
Or any fault is in him, he can mend
No more than clocks; but at set hours must spend
His mouth as clocks do: if too fast speech go,
He cannot stay it, nor haste if too slow.
~George Chapman, Tears of Peace, 1609

Principles are the important things; the more you have of them, the more knowledge you can carry. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

We are here and it is now: further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. ~H.L. Mencken (1880–1956), The Smart Set: A Magazine of Cleverness, February 1915

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, 1886

It's silly when any man assumes that he knows it all. It's tragic when he does! ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Oftentimes the supposed increasers of knowledge have only given a new name, and a worse, to what every body knew before.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is, to my mind, a very dangerous adage. If knowledge is real and genuine, I do not believe that it is other than a very valuable possession, however infinitesimal its quantity may be. Indeed, if a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? ~T. H. Huxley

An informed and responsible citizenry is the watchdog of monolithic systems. It is no accident that whenever a dictator has risen to power the intellectuals in society have been persecuted. ~R. D. Lawrence, "To Kill or Not To Kill," A Shriek in the Forest Night: Wilderness Encounters, 1996

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. ~C. G. Jung

All that I know does not even help me to know it. ~Antonio Porchia (1886–1968), Voces, 1943–1966, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin (1927–2019), Voices, 1988

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