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KNOWLEDGE
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That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.
      - Thomas a Kempis

In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

There are gems of wondrous brightness
  Ofttimes lying at our feet,
    And we pass them, walking thoughtless,
      Down the busy, crowded street.
        If we knew, our pace would slacken,
          We would step more oft with care,
            Lest our careless feet be treading
              To the earth some jewel rare.
      - Rudyard Kipling, If We Only Understood,
        attributed to him in "Masonic Standard", May 16, 1908

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
      - Stanley Kubrick

Let fools the studious despise,
  There's nothing lost by being wise.
    [Fr., Laissez dire les sots: le savoir a son prix.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 19)

He knoweth the universe, and himself he knoweth not.
  [Fr., Il connoit l'universe, et ne se connoit pas.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 26)

Not if I know myself at all.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Essays of Elia--The Old and the New Schoolmaster

The only jewel which will not decay is knowledge.
      - John Alfred Langford

What we know here is very little, but what we are ignorant of is immense.
      - Marquis Pierre Simon de La Place

All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed wastepaper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

The knowledge which 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 need.
      - Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz

He who knows much has many cares.
  [Ger., Wer viel weiss
    Hat viel zu sorgen.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (IV, 2)

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
      - Abraham Lincoln

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
      - John Locke (1)

The improvement of the understanding is for two ends: first, for our own increase of knowledge; secondly; to enable us to deliver and make out that knowledge to others.
      - John Locke (1),
        Some Thoughts Concerning Reading and Study--Appendix B

'Tain't a knowin' kind of cattle
  Thet is ketched with mouldy corn.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (no. 1, l. 3)

To know is not to know, unless someone else has known that I know.
  [Lat., Scire est nescire, nisi id me scire alius scierit.]
      - Caius Lucilius, Fragment

What can give us more sure knowledge than our senses? How else can we distinguish between the true and the false?
  [Lat., Quid nobis certius ipsis
    Sensibus esse potest? qui vera ac falso notemus.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (I, 700)

Only by knowledge of that which is not Thyself, shall thyself be learned.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Know Thyself

Every generation enjoys the use of a vast hoard bequeathed to it by antiquity, and transmits that hoard, augmented by fresh acquisitions, to future ages.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Half-knowledge is worse than ignorance.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

. . . a kind of semi-Solomon, half-knowing everything from the cedar to the hyssop.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay by George Trevelyan
         (vol. 1, p. 175), about Henry Brougham

Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself.
      - Sir James Mackintosh, Vindicioe Gallicoe


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