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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

Knowledge has a beginning but no end. ~Geeta S. Iyengar

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

Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.  ~Albert Szent-Györgyi, "Teaching and Expanding Knowledge," Science, 4 December 1964

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is haunted by the ghost of past opinion.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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