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Knowledge quotes and quotations

God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless.
St. Augustine

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
Socrates

If you have to ask, you're not entitled to know.
Charles C. Abbott

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle

Half of being smart is knowing what you're dumb at.
Solomon Short

Hypotheses multiply so as to fill the gaps in factual knowledge concerning biological phenomena.
James D. Regan


To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Benjamin Disraeli

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
Confucius

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
Edgar Allan Poe

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
Enrico Fermi

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
Frank Herbert

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov

His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof.
J. K. Rowling

People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.
Lao-tzu

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

Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
Richard Feynman

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.
Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is power.
Sir Francis Bacon

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Socrates

Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
Samuel Johnson

For knowledge, too, is itself a power.
Francis Bacon

But thou, O daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Bible

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Socrates

For love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light.
Thomas Carlyle

Not only is that an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it.
Cicero

Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
Sophocles

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Joseph Addison

Yet all that I have learn'd (hugh toyles now past) By long experience, and in famous schooles, Is but to know my ignorance at last, Who think themselves most wise are greatest fools.
William Alexander

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power.
William Alexander

Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.
Francis Bacon

He knew whats'ever 's to be known, But much more than he knew would own.
Samuel Butler (1)

The tree of knowledge is not that of life.
Lord Byron

Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up.
Francis Bacon

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Bible

In Examinations those who do now wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.
Sir Walter Raleigh

I don't know very much, but what I do know, I know better than anybody else and I don't want to argue about it... A mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.
James Agate

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Bible

I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.
Carl Sandburg

All I know is what I read in the papers.
Will Rogers

I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Bible

Pursuit of knowledge under difficulties.
Lord Henry Peter Brougham

He knew what's what, and that's as high As metaphysic wit can fly.
Samuel Butler (1)

A man who knows the world will not only make the most of everything he does know, but of many things that he does not know; and will gain more credit by his adroit mode of hiding his ignorance than the pendant by his awkward attempt to exhibit his erudition.
Colton

Blessed is he who has reached the point of no return and knows it, for he shall enjoy living.
W. C. Bennett

I know too much to be conservative or liberal.
Bible

Deep sighted in intelligence, Ideas, atoms, influences.
Samuel Butler (1)

There is much pleasure ot be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell

A man is never astonished that he doesn't know what another does, but he is surprised at the gross ignorance of the other in not knowing what he does.
Haliburton

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Nor do I know what is become Of him, more than the Pope of Rome.
Samuel Butler (1)

Knowledge is not happiness, and science But an exchange of ignorance for that Which is another kind of ignorance.
Lord Byron

There's lots of people--this town wouldn't hold them; Who don't know much excepting what's told them.
Will Carleton

What is all Knowledge too but recorded Experience, and a product of History; of which, therefore, Reasoning and Belief, no less than Action and Passion, are essential materials?
Thomas Carlyle

Knowledge is power.
Francis Bacon

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

Women...are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.
James Stephens

You know more than you think you do.
Benjamin Spock

A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made.
Bacon

If you're confident after you've just finished an exam, it's because you don't know enough to know better.
Jay Weisman

Forecasters tend to learn less and less about more and more, until in the end they know nothing about everything.
Edgar R. Fiedler

From the time we first begin to know, We live and learn, but not the wiser grow.
Pomfret

A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
Lyndon Baines Johnson

I am not young enough to know everything.
Sir J.M. Barrie

I do not believe...I know.
Carl Jung