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But the full sum of me
Is sum of something--which, to term in gross,
Is an unlessoned girl, unschooled, unpractised;
Happy in this, she is not yet so old
But she may learn; happier than this,
She is not bred so dull but she can learn;
Happiest of all, is that her gentle spirit
Commits itself to yours to be directed,
As from her lord, her governor, her king.
- William Shakespeare,
The Merchant of Venice
(Portia at III, ii)
You never can tell.
- George Bernard Shaw, You Never Can Tell,
title of a play
Knowledge is like money,--the more a man gets, the more he craves.
- Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)
We think so because all other people think so;
Or because--or because--after all, we do think so;
Or because we were told so, and think we must think so;
Or because we once thought so, and think we still think so;
Or because, having thought so, we think we will think so.
- Henry Sidgwick,
lines which came to him in his sleep
Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)
Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
Defence of Poesy
And thou my minde aspire to higher things;
Grow rich in the which never taketh rust.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
Sonnet--Leave me, O Love
He knew what is what.
- John Skelton, Why Come Ye nat to Courte
A life of knowledge is not often a life of injury and crime.
- Sydney Smith, Pleasures of Knowledge
The longer the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
- Ralph W. Sockman
And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
Knowledge is our ultimate good.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates in Plato's "Phaedrus", sec. CCXXXV
[Lat., Ne quis nimis. (From the Greek)]
his motto, inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi, attributed to Socrates by Plate, later also attributed to Chilo of Thales and Pythagoras
Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test, which is not fanciful; save by trial.
Our knowledge, is our power, and God our strength.
- Robert Southey
You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock
Let no knowledge satisfy but that which lifts above the world, which weans from the world, which makes the world a footstool.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
- Laurence Sterne
Knowledge alone is the being of Nature,
Giving a soul to her manifold features,
Lighting through paths of the primitive darkness,
The footsteps of Truth and the vision of Song.
- Bayard Taylor, Kilimandjaro (st. 2)
Who loves not Knowledge? Who shall rail
Against her beauty? May she mix
With men and prosper! Who shall fix
Her pillars? Let her work prevail.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (CXIV)
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
By too much knowledge they bring it about that they know nothing.
[Lat., Faciunt nae intelligendo, ut nihil intelligant.]
- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
For it shows want of knowledge to kick against the goad.
[Lat., Namque inscitia est,
Adversum stimulum calces.]
- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
(I, 24, 27)
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