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Knowledge is boundless,--human capacity, limited.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

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.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Knowledge is power as well as fame.
      - Rufus Choate

Not only is there an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

There is nothing so charming as the knowledge of literature; of that branch of literature, I mean, which enables us to discover the infinity of things, the immensity of Nature, the heavens, the earth, and the seas; this is that branch which has taught us religion, moderation, magnanimity, and that has rescued the soul from obscurity; to make her see all things above and below, first and last, and between both; it is this that furnishes us wherewith to live well and happily, and guides us to pass our lives without displeasure and without offence.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Not only is that an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it.
  [Lat., Nam non solum scire aliquid, artis est, sed quaedam ars etiam docendi.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (II, 19)

Every one is least known to himself, and it is very difficult for a man to know himself.
  [Lat., Minime sibi quisque notus est, et difficilime de se quisque sentit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (III, 9)

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.
  [Lat., Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (XXXIV)

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.
      - De Witt Clinton

Grace is given of god, but knowledge is bought in the market.
      - Arthur Hugh Clough

Man often acquires just so much knowledge as to discover his ignorance, and attains so much experience as to regret his follies, and then dies.
      - William Benton Clulow

And is this the prime
  And heaven-sprung message of the olden time?
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        referring to "Know thyself"

The highest knowledge can be nothing more than the shortest and clearest road to truth; all the rest is pretension, not performance, mere verbiage and grandiloquence, from which we can learn nothing, but that it is the external sign of an internal deficiency.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge.
      - Confucius

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, Analects (bk. II, ch. XVII)

Knowledge and Wisdom, far from being one,
  Have oft-times no connexion. Knowledge dwells
    In heads replete with thoughts of other men,
      Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 88)

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.
      - George William Curtis

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.
      - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Knowledge comes
  Of learning well retain'd, unfruitful else.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"),
        Vision of Paradise (canto V, l. 41)

But ask not bodies (doomed to die),
  To what abode they go;
    Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy,
      It is not safe to know.
      - Sir William D'Avenant, The Just Italian
         (act V, sc. 1)

Only in education, never in the life of farmer, sailor, merchant, physician, or laboratory experimenter, does knowledge mean primarily a store of information aloof from doing.
      - John Dewey, Democracy in Education
         (ch. 14)

Thales was asked what was very difficult; he said: "To know one's self."
      - Laertius Diogenes, Thales (IX)

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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