The dangers of knowledge are not to be compared with the dangers of ignorance. Man is more likely to miss his way in darkness than in twilight; in twilight than in full sun.
—Richard Whately (1787–1863) English Philosopher, Theologian
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
—Jim Rohn (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
—Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780–1832) English Clergyman, Aphorist
If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.
—Sidney Madwed (1926–2013) American Poet, Author
To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step in knowledge.
—Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81) British Head of State
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
—Rene Descartes (1596–1650) French Mathematician, Philosopher
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 (1818–89) American Astronomer
Knowledge begets knowledge. The more I see, the more impressed I am—not with what we know—but with how tremendous the areas are as yet unexplored.
—John Glenn (1921–2006) American Pilot, Astronaut, Politician
Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in fame, unlimited in space, and infinite in duration. In the performance of its sacred offices, it fears no danger, spares no expense, looks in the volcano, dives into the ocean, perforates the earth, wings its flight into the skies, explores sea and land, contemplates the distant, examines the minute, comprehends the great, ascends to the sublime—no place too remote for its grasp, no height too exalted for its reach.
—DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828) American Politician
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
It is much better to know something about everything than to know everything about one thing.
—Blaise Pascal (1623–62) French Mathematician, Physicist, Theologian
No man knows less than the man who knows it all
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
—Laozi (fl.6th Century BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage
Knowledge is but folly unless it is guided by grace.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
In my experience, getting rich takes focus, courage, knowledge, expertise, 100 percent of your effort, a never-give-up attitude and of course a rich mind-set.
—T. Harv Eker (b.1954) American Motivational Speaker, Lecturer, Author
Imagination—sparks dreams and laughter,
Dissolves barriers, expands knowledge and lights the mind.
Imagination also holds captive in dark places
Both the weak and strong, liquefies courage,
Builds enormous insurmountable fear.
Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.
If your knowledge of fire has been turned to certainty by words alone, then seek to be cooked by the fire itself. Don’t abide in borrowed certainty. There is no real certainty until you burn; if you wish for this, sit down in the fire.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207–73) Persian Muslim Mystic
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 (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
Say oh wise man how you have come to such knowledge? Because I was never ashamed to confess my ignorance and ask others.
—Johann Gottfried Herder (1744–1803) German Lutheran Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Literary Critic
In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; life a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion. Where, then, can man find the power to guide and guard his steps? In one thing and one alone: the love of knowledge.
—Marcus Aurelius (121–180) Emperor of Rome, Stoic Philosopher
The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.
—Wayne Dyer (1940–2015) American Self-Help Author
Sin, guilt, neurosis-they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
—Henry Miller (1891–1980) American Novelist
I shall devote only a few lines to the expression of my belief in the importance of science … it is by this daily striving after knowledge that man has raised himself to the unique position he occupies on earth, and that his power and well-being have continually increased.
—Marie Curie (1867–1934) Polish-born French Physicist, Chemist
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
—William Ellery Channing (1780–1842) American Unitarian Theologian, Poet
Knowledge is power. Rather, 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 man’s progress is to feel the great heartthrobs 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.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
—George Santayana (1863–1952) Spanish-American Poet, Philosopher
I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
Those who come last enter with advantage—They are born to the wealth of antiquity.—The materials for judging are prepared, and the foundations of knowledge are laid to their hands.—Besides, if the point was tried by antiquity, antiquity would lose it, for the present age is really the oldest, and has the largest experience to plead.
—Jeremy Collier (1650–1726) Anglican Church Historian, Clergyman