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Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
      - Karl Popper

Imparting knowledge, is only lighting other men's candle at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.
      - Jane Porter

Knowledge descries; wisdom applies.
      - Francis Quarles

What harm in learning and getting knowledge even from a sot, a pot, a fool, a mitten, or a slipper.
  [Fr., Que nuist savoir tousjours et tousjours apprendre, fust ce
    D'un sot, d'une pot, d'une que--doufle
      D'un mouffe, d'un pantoufle.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (III, 16)

Then I began to think, that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one-half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. II, ch. XXXII)

For the more a man knows, the more worthy he is.
      - Robert of Gloucester, Rhyming Chronicle

How do you know?
      - Cliff Robertson, Three Days of the Condor,
        said by character Higgins in a movie based on James Grady's "Six Days of the Condor"

(Higgins:) You've done more harm than you'll ever know.
  (Joe Turner:) I hope so.
      - Cliff Robertson and Robert Redford,
        Three Days of the Condor,
        said by characters in a movie based on James Grady's "Six Days of the Condor"

We know lots of things we didn't use to know but we don't know any way to prevent 'em from happening.
      - Will Rogers

And it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
      - Donald Rumsfeld,
        speaking on the length of the upcoming U.S. war with Iraq

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the one we don't know we don't know.
      - Donald Rumsfeld

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
      - William Safire

Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
      - George Santayana

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
      - George Santayana

Far must thy researches go
  Wouldst thou learn the world to know;
    Thou must tempt the dark abyss
      Wouldst thou prove what Being is;
        Naught but firmness gains the prize,
          Naught but fullness makes us wise,
            Buried deep truth e'er lies.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Proverbs of Confucius,
        (Bowring's translation)

If you wish to know yourself observe how others act.
  If you wish to understand others look into your own heart.
    [Ger., Willst du dich selber erkennen, so sich' wie die andern es treiben;
      Willst du die andern versteh'n, blick in dein eigenes Herz.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Votire Tablets--Xenien

It seems plain and self-evident, yet it needs to be said: the isolated knowledge obtained by a group of specialists in a narrow field has in itself no value whatsoever, but only in its synthesis with all the rest of knowledge and only inasmuch as it really contributes in this synthesis toward answering the demand, "Who are we?"
      - Erwin Schrodinger

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
      - Albert Schweitzer

Nature has given us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself.
  [Lat., Natura semina scientiae nobis dedit, scientiam non dedit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CXX)

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
      - William Shakespeare

They say the owl was a baker's daughter. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at IV, v)

And, seeing ignorance is the curse of God,
  Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,
    Unless you be possessed with devilish spirits,
      You cannot but forbear to murder me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Say at IV, vii)

Crowns have their compass--length of days their date--
  Triumphs their tomb--felicity, her fate--
    Of nought but earth can earth make us partaker,
      But knowledge makes a king most like his Maker.
      - William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII,
        on King James I, see Payne Collier "Life of Shakespeare"

Too much to know is to know nought but fame;
  And every godfather can give a name.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at I, i)

If you can look into the seeds of time
  And say which grain will grow and which will not,
    Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
      Your favors nor your hate.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iii)

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