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The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
      - James Madison

Knowledge has its boundary line, where it abuts on ignorance; on the outside of that boundary line are ignorance and miracles; on the inside of it are science and no miracles.
      - Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.
      - Horace Mann,
        Lectures and Reports on Education
         (lecture I)

I know all that better than my own name.
  [Lat., Et teneo melius ista quam meum nomen.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (IV, 37, 7)

No article of faith is proof against the disintegrating effects of increasing information; one might almost describe the acquirement of knowledge as a process of disillusion.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
      - Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Knowledge is
  Bought only with a weary care,
    And wisdom means a world of pain.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

I went into the temple, there to hear
  The teachers of our law, and to propose
    What might improve my knowledge or their own.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. I, l. 211)

You speak before a man to whom all Naples is known.
  [Fr., Vouz parlez devant un homme a qui tout Naples est connu.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        L'Avare (V, 5)

Act as though I knew nothing.
  [Lat., Faites comme si je ne le savais pas.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (II, 6)

True knowledge consists in knowing things, not words.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Knowledge is an excellent drug; but no drug has virtue enough to preserve itself from corruption and decay, if the vessel be tainted and impure wherein it is put to keep.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

To know one thing, you must know the opposite.
      - Henry Moore

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.
      - Charles Morgan

Better know nothing than half-know many things.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

All thing I thought I knew; but now confess
  The more I know I know, I know the less.
      - John Owen ("British Martial"), Works
         (bk. VI, 39)

Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.
      - Pericles

Is then thy knowledge of no value, unless another know that thou possessest that knowledge?
  [Lat., Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter?]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 27)

I know you even under the skin.
  [Lat., Ego te intus et in cute novi.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (III, 30)

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
      - Harold Pinter, The Homecoming
         (act 2, sc. 1)

It is well for one to know more than he says.
  [Lat., Plus scire satius est, quam loqui.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Epidicus
         (I, 1, 60)

Half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.
      - Alexander Pope

That virtue only makes our bliss below,
  And all our knowledge is ourselves to know.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 397)

In vain sedate reflections we would make
  When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 39)

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