KNOWLEDGE quotes, sayings
Scientific knowledge is constantly changing. A discovery of one year receives confirmation the next or is thrown aside.
A great deal of knowledge, which is not capable of making a man wise, has natural tendency to make him vain and arrogant.
Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, thought for, and, more than all, must be prayed for.
Knowledge is not a couch whereon to rest a searching and restless spirit; or a terrace for a wandering mind to walk up and down with a fair prospect; or a tower of state for a proud mind to raise itself upon; or a sort of commanding ground for strife and contention; or a shop for profit and sale; but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of man's estate.
The pleasure and delight of knowledge far surpasseth all other in nature. We see in all other pleasures there is satiety; and after they be used, their verdure departeth, which showeth well that they be but deceits of pleasure, and not pleasures; and that it was the novelty which pleased, not the quality; and therefore we see that voluptuous men turn friars, and ambitious princes turn melancholy. But of knowledge there is no satiety, but satisfaction and appetite are perpetually interchangeable.
Reading maketh a full man; conference, a ready man: histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral philosophy, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Knowledge may not be as a courtesan, for pleasure and vanity only; or as a bondswoman, to acquire and gain for her master's use; but as a spouse, for generation, fruit, and comfort.
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.
It is in knowledge as it is in plants; if you mean to use the plant, it is no matter for the roots; if you mean it to grow, it is safer to rest upon roots than upon slips.
Some men think that the gratification of curiosity is the end of knowledge; some the love of fame; some the pleasure of dispute; some the necessity of supporting themselves by their knowledge; but the real use of all knowledge is this, that we should dedicate that reason which was given us by God to the use and advantage of man.
The love of knowledge in a young mind is almost a warrant against the infirm excitement of passions and vices.
He that would make real progress in knowledge, must dedicate his age as well as youth, the latter growth as well as the first fruits, at the altar of truth.
Knowledge that terminates in curiosity and speculation is inferior to that which is useful; and of all useful knowledge that is the most so which consists in a due care and just notion of ourselves.
There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened and a wounded heart.
In the present state of medical knowledge a pronouncement of the sentence of "incurable" on a patient places a serious responsibility on the physician and implies a greater knowledge than he possesses.
The shortest and the surest way of arriving at real knowledge the lessons we have been taught, to remount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.
What a man knows should find its expression in what he does; the value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.
Real knowledge, in its progress, is the forerunner of liberality and enlightened toleration.
I envy no man that knows more than myself, but pity them that know less.
Every branch of knowledge which a good man possesses, he may apply to some good purpose.
He fancies himself enlightened, because he sees the deficiencies of others; he is ignorant, because he has never reflected on his own.
Whatever our intellectual calling, no kind of knowledge is antagonistic to it.—All varieties of knowledge blend with, harmonize, and enrich the one kind of knowledge to which we attach our reputation.
All the knowledge that we mortals can acquire is not knowledge positive, but knowledge comparative, and subject to the errors and passions of humanity.
Every man of sound brain whom you meet knows something worth knowing better than yourself. A man, on the whole, is a better preceptor than a book. But what scholar does not allow that the dullest book can suggest to him a new and a sound idea?
He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding, doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding, raises his powers to a level with the height of the understanding he unites with.
Properly, there is no other knowledge but that which is got by working; the rest is yet all a hypothesis of knowledge; a thing to be argued of in schools; a hing floating in the clouds, in endless logic-vortices, till we try and fix it.
Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession,—a property entirely our own. A greater vividness and permanency of impression is secured, and facts thus acquired become registered in the mind in a way that mere imparted information can never produce.
The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of other objects which we have never perceived before.
Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.
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.
Man often acquires just so much knowledge as to discover his ignorance, and attains so much experience as to see and regret his follies, and then dies.
Knowledge is the consequence of time, and multitude of days are fittest to teach wisdom.
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.
The profoundly wise do not declaim against superficial knowledge in others, so much as the profoundly ignorant; on the contrary, they would rather assist it with their advice than overwhelm it with their contempt; for they know that there was a period when even a Bacon or a Newton were superficial, and that he who has a little knowledge is far more likely to get more than he that has none.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
One part of knowledge consists in being ignorant of such things as are not worthy to be known.
The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.
The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has seen done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
Mere knowledge is comparatively worthless unless digested into practical wisdom and common sense as applied to the affairs of life.
If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
What novelty is worth the sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am very content with knowing, if only I could know. That is an august entertainment, and would suffice me a great while. To know a little would be worth the expense of this world.
"Knowledge, without common sense, says Lee, "is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death." But with common sense, it is wisdom; with method, it is power; with charity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue and life and peace.
Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome and deep digging for pure waters; but when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet you.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him.—An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
He that sips of many arts, drinks of none.
To comprehend a man's life it is necessary to know not merely what he does, but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.
Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty you avoid action. The world demands results.
We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases.
Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
What is not fully understood is not possessed.
Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
Many of the supposed increasers of knowledge have only given a new name, and often a worse, to what was well known before.
Knowledge is but folly unless it is guided by grace.
In many things a comprehensive survey of a subject is the shortest way of getting at a precise knowledge of a particular division of it.
Knowledge and timber should not be much used until they are seasoned.
The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins.
Human learning, with the blessing of God upon it, introduces us to divine wisdom; and while we study the works of nature, the God of nature will manifest himself to us; since, to a well-tutored mind, "The heavens declare his glory, and the firmament sheweth his handiwork."
For the aims of my own career, I want to promote the increase of natural knowledge, and to forward the application of scientific methods of investigation to all the problems of life, in the conviction that there is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is, when the garment of make-believe is stripped off.
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
We face the future with a weapon in our hands that was not given to earlier rulers of the world—I mean scientific knowledge, and the capacity for increasing it indefinitely by scientific research.
The more you practice what you know, the more shall you know what to practice.
The seeds of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public.
There is nothing so minute, or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.
Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanics laughs at strength.
When a king asked Euclid, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner, he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money; but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterward propagate itself.
All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.
What we know here is very little, but what we are ignorant of is immense.
The knowledge we have acquired ought not to resemble a great shop without order, and without an inventory; we ought to know what we possess, and be able to make it serve us in our need.
There is but one bond of peace that is both permanent and enriching: the increasing knowledge of the world in which experiment occurs.
A taste of every sort of knowledge is necessary to form the mind, and is the only way to give the understanding its due improvement to the full extent of its capacity.
Our present knowledge of the universe is such as to leave us with a very inadequate conception of the majesty of existence.
Charles V. said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge, than to his father Philip for giving him life.
Knowledge is said to be power: and it is power in the same sense that wood is fuel. Wood on fire is fuel. Knowledge on fire is power. There is no more power in knowledge than there is in the stones or stars, unless there be a spirit and life in the knowledge which give it its energy. In proportion as men have this spiritual power they become strong in the world.
"Know thyself " means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
In many things it is not well to say, "Know thyself"; it is better to say, "Know others."
Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.
To know that which before us lies in daily life, is the prime wisdom; what is more is fume, or emptiness, or fond impertinence, and renders us, in things that most concern, unpracticed and unprepared.
The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate him.
To know by rote is no knowledge; it is only a retention of what is entrusted to the memory. That which a man truly knows may be disposed of without regard to the author, or reference to the book from whence he had it.
It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn, and to arrange what we know.
The brightest blaze of intelligence is of incalculably less value than the smallest spark of charity.
The true scientist recognizes the fact that scientific knowledge is a narrow thing, it rules out the ecstasy of life. It can only speak of that which it can handle with its hands and see with its eyes.
Never carry your shotgun or your knowledge at half-cock.
"Knowledge," says Bacon, "is power''; but mere knowledge is not power; it is only possibility. Action is power; and its highest manifestation is when it is directed by knowledge.
Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men's candle at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.
It is wise to get knowledge and learning from every source—from a sot, a pot, a fool, a winter-mitten, or an old slipper.
A grain of real knowledge, of genuine uncontrollable conviction, will outweigh a bushel of adroitness; and to produce persuasion there is one golden principle of rhetoric not put down in the books—to understand what you are talking about.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
The end of all knowledge should be in virtuous action.
With the gain of knowledge, connect the habit of imparting it. This increases mental wealth by putting it in circulation; and it enhances the value of our knowledge to ourselves, not only in its depth, confirmation, and readiness for use, but in that acquaintance with human nature, that self-command, and that reaction of moral training upon ouselves, which are above all price.
Accurate knowledge is the basis of correct opinions; the want of it makes the opinions of most people of little value.
Every increase of knowledge may possibly render depravity more depraved, as well as it may increase the strength of virtue. It is in itself only power; and its value depends on its application.
Most men want knowledge, not for itself, but for the superiority which knowledge confers; and the means they employ to secure this superiority are as wrong as the ultimate object, for no man can ever end with being superior, who will not begin with being inferior.
Base-minded they that lack intelligence; for God himself for wisdom most is praised, and men to God thereby are highest raised.
Nothing in this life, after health and virtue, is more estimable than knowledge,—nor is there anything so easily attained, or so cheaply purchased,—the labor, only sitting still, and the expense but time, which, if we do not spend, we cannot save.
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
Knowledge once gained casts a light beyond its own immediate boundaries.
It is the glorious prerogative of the empire of knowledge, that what it gains it never loses. On the contrary, it increases by the multiple of its own power; all its ends become means; all its attainments help to new conquests.
Knowledge has, in our time, triumphed, and is triumphing, over prejudice and over bigotry. The civilized and Christian world is fast learning the great lesson, that difference of nation does not imply necessary hostility, and that all contact need not be war. The whole world is becoming a common field for intellect to act in. Energy of mind, genius, power, wheresoever it exists may speak out in any tongue, and the world will hear it.
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.
The word knowledge, strictly employed, implies three things, viz., truth, proof, and conviction.
Knowledge, like religion, must be "experienced" in order to be known.
A little knowledge leads the mind from God. Unripe thinkers use their learning to authenticate their doubts. While unbelief has its own dogma, more peremptory than the inquisitor's, patient meditation brings the scholar back to humbleness. He learns that the grandest truths appear slowly.
Your learning, like the lunar beam, affords light but not heat; it leaves you undevout, and frozen at heart, while speculation shines.