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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





An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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

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The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things. Jean Piaget

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

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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

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The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. Herodotus

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. Vincent Van Gogh

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Leo Buscaglia

It is only requisite, for me to say to you, that the President places great reliance upon your skill, judgment and intimate knowledge. Anson Jones

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory. Talcott Parsons

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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

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

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn





Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee

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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

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

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

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

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Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine. Ludwig van Beethoven

Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools – intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it – this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life. W. E. B. Du Bois

Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for athletes. Milton Friedman

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. John F. Kennedy

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Franklin

Of the five most important things in life, health is first, education or knowledge is second, and wealth is third. I forget the other two. Chuck Berry

Studying whether there’s life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there’s something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That’s something that is almost part of being human, and I’m certain that will continue. Sally Ride

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The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant

I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter. Jay-Z

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading. David Bailey

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw

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Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Chekhov

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana





I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us. Dave Ramsey

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility. Robin Morgan

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

The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then. Stokely Carmichael

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A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell

If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato

Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged. Russell Simmons

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I’d like to see people pay attention to the science of hip hop. The knowledge part, the political side of what hip hop could do, or where hip hop is gonna go. I always say it’s gonna become universal as we become a galactic union. Afrika Bambaataa

The death of my husband, coming immediately after the general knowledge of the discoveries with which his name is associated, was felt by the public, and especially by the scientific circles, to be a national misfortune. Marie Curie

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination. e. e. cummings

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller

I have recently been able to see the new world – the quiet, the tranquility and the freedom it will bring with it. This is very comforting knowledge for me because I already know that what I envision eventually becomes a reality. Shari Arison

I think a lot of people, even Christians, are willing to be satisfied with gaining lots and lots of biblical knowledge – and many people go to Bible studies and don’t realize it isn’t enough to know what’s right, it’s applying the information and the knowledge that you have. Charles Stanley

These are tough times and under this Tory-led government many people in Manchester are suffering and getting left behind. If elected I will use all my energy, skills, experience and knowledge to stand up for our communities and get things done for the better. Lucy Powell

If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? Maria Montessori