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A mind full of knowledge is a mind that never fails.
      - Unattributed Author

A Persian philosopher, being asked by what method he had acquired much knowledge, answered, "By not being prevented by shame from asking questions where I was ignorant."
      - Unattributed Author

There are four kinds of people, three of which are to be avoided and the fourth cultivated: those who don't know that they don't know; those who know that they don't know; those who don't know that they know; and those who know that they know.
      - Unattributed Author,
        rendering of an Arab proverb

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in the "Guardian", no. 111, Letter of Alexander to Aristotle

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, Earl of Stirling,
        Recreation with the Muses
         (London, fol. 1637, p. 7)

All men by nature desire to know.
      - Aristotle

All men naturally desire knowledge.
      - Aristotle

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it.
      - Aristotle

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
      - Matthew Arnold

Real knowledge, like every thing else of the highest value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for,--studied for,--thought for,--and, more than all, it must be prayed for.
      - Thomas Arnold

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

A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
      - Jane Austen, Northanger (ch. 14)

I have taken all knowledge to be my province.
      - Francis Bacon

I take all knowledge to be my province.
      - Francis Bacon

Knowledge is not a shop for profit or sale, but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of men's estate.
      - Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power.
      - Francis Bacon,
        paraphrase, sometimes attributed to Thomas Hobbes

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
      - Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning
         (bk. I)

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

Knowledge itself is power.
  [Lat., Nam et ipsa scienta potestas est.]
      - Francis Bacon, De Heresibus

Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up.
      - Francis Bacon, Rendering of I Cor. VIII

For knowledge, too, is itself a power.
  [Lat., Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.]
      - Francis Bacon, Treatise--De Hoeresiis

A knowledge of mankind and of things that surround us gives us that second education which proves far move valuable than our first because it alone turns out a truly accomplished man.
      - Honore de Balzac

In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge.
      - Honore de Balzac

Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.
      - Claude Bernard

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