Knowledge (quotes)


Knowledge is information and skills acquired through experience or education


Investing in knowledge brings great rewards


Growing your knowledge is one of the best investments you can make …

  • If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
  • No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire. Frank Baum
  • New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become. Kurt Vonnegut
  • Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns. John Maurice Clark
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

…  an investment that will bring you great rewards

  • The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. Brian Tracy
  • Knowing a lot is a springboard to creativity. Charlie Rose
  • I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. Franklin P. Adams
  • Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge — broad, deep knowledge — is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. Helen Keller
  • Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife. Jonathan Schattke
  • Risk varies inversely with knowledge.
  • The more a man knows, the more he forgives. Catherine the Great
  • Best efforts will not substitute for knowledge. W. Edward Deming
  • Just as the Sun is respected for providing heat and energy to the world, in the same manner you too can attain respect in this world by acquiring knowledge. Rig Veda
  • Knowledge is what helps us to make new connections in our brain. Dr Joe Dispenza
  • Knowledge is a great ingredient that helps the brain to reshuffle and reorganise the way we process information. Dr Joe Dispenza

Knowledge is a treasure and a virtue

  • Knowledge is love and light and vision. Helen Keller
  • Knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato
  • Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man. William Penn
  • Knowledge is always accompanied with accessories of emotion and purpose. Alfred North Whitehead
  • Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise. William Penn
  • Knowledge is the mother of all virtue; all vice proceeds from ignorance.
  • Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another. Joseph Addison
  • Knowledge is the frontier of tomorrow. Denis Waitley
  • Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal. Horace Mann
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Knowledge is freedom

  • The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison
  • Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams
  • Knowledge is the only fountain both of the love and the principles of human liberty. Daniel Webster
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Knowledge will deepen your sense of wonder for the world

  • The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. Ralph W. Sockman
  • As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. Charles Morgan
  • The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anaïs Nin
  • Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge. Abraham Joshua Herschel
  • It doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works. Terry Pratchett
  • Wonder is the desire for knowledge. Thomas Aquinas
  • It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder. Joseph Wood Krutch
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Knowledge helps you solve problems and make decisions

  • Do not make a decision or worry about something until you have sufficient knowledge with which to make a decision. Dale Carnegie
  • Confusion is the chief cause of worry. If a man will devote his time to securing the facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge. Dale Carnegie
  • Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision. Dean Hawkes
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Knowledge overcomes fear

  • Educate yourself about the subject of your fear. Fear is often created by the unknown, and there is no better cure for that than knowledge and understanding. Amanda Harvey
  • Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why?  Our fears are a treasure house of self- knowledge if we explore them.  Marilyn Ferguson
  • Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared. David Ben-Gurion
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Knowledge is only powerful if applied and put into practice


Knowledge brings great personal power …

  • Knowledge is power. Sir Francis Bacon
  • Knowledge is a better weapon than a sword. Patricia Briggs
  • There is no knowledge that is not power. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch. Steve Droke
  • Knowledge is only potential power; the wise application of knowledge is where the true power lies. Napoleon Hill
  • Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
  • A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. Proverbs 24:5
  • Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. Samuel Johnson
  • Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within. Ralph Lauren
  • Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. Peter F. Drucker
  • Remember that the more you know, the less you fear. Jackson Brown Jr.
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… but only if applied and put into practice

  • Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied. Dale Carnegie
  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Bruce Lee
  • Knowledge might be power, but only when you take action. Richard Keeves
  • Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. Lao Tzu
  • Knowledge needs to be a verb. Edwards Denning
  • Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Chekhov
  • Knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything. Henry Hazlitt
  • Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge. Matthew Arnold
  • A knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other.
  • Knowledge is not power; Implementation is power. Garrison Wynn
  • Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. Shinichi Suzuki
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In fact, knowledge without action is of little value

  • A little knowledge that acts is worth more than much knowledge that is idle. Kahlil Gibran
  • To know and not to do is not yet to know. Lao Tzu
  • Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Abdul Kalam
  • What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is,in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. John Ruskin
  • Whoever acquires knowledge and does not practice it resembles him who plows his land and leaves it unsown. Muslih-uddin Sadi
  • Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Chekhov
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To know and not yet do, is not yet to know

  • However much you are read in theory, if thou hast no practice, thou art ignorant. Muslih-uddin Sadi
  • To know and not to do is not yet to know. Lao Tzu

After all, the great end of knowledge is not knowledge for knowledge’s sake but a fuller life

  • The end of reading is not more books, but more life. Holbrook Jackson
  • Man’s business for being here is to know for the sake of living, not to live for the sake of knowing. Frederic Harrison
  • The great end of life is not knowledge but action. Thomas Henry Huxley
  • What changes your life is not learning more. What changes your life is making decisions and using your personal power and taking action. Tony Robbins
  • We are what we do, not what we know. Richard Rose

Apply what you know and if it proves itself in action, then you know its true value

  • The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is infomation in action, information focused on results. Peter Drucker
  • All know the way; few actually walk it. Bodhidharma
  • It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know. Tony Robbins
  • Our trouble is not ignorance, but inaction. Dale Carnegie
  • You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Tony Robbins
  • A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. Carlos Castaneda

To know how to use knowledge is where real wisdom begins

  • Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles H. Spurgeon
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Experiment with your knowledge by applying it to your life, realising that life is just that – an experiment

  • Don’t be timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You’ve got to experiment to figure out what works. Andrew Weil
  • Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury
  • Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least. Santosh Kalwar
  • Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Herbert Otto
  • A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Your life is a kind of laboratory where you’re constantly experimenting with your own higher knowing, always increasing your capacity to design the life you choose. David Emerald
  • It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together. The Dalai Lama
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Open yourself to knowledge


Always open yourself to new knowledge

  • Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. Jacob Bronowski
  • The love of knowledge is a kind of madness. S. Lewis
  • All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle
  • For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul. Will Durant
  • Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel. Augustus William Hare
  • We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Open-mindednessBeginner’s mind

Stimulate your appetite for knowledge by nurturing your curiosity…

  • I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge. Charles Baudelaire
  • Curiosity is a call from knowledge. Toba Beta
  • Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.   Sudie Back
  • Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance. William Wirt
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… and your sense of wonder …

  • Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discovery, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot. Samuel Horsley
  • Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge. Abraham Heschel
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… and then feed your mind with new knowledge every day…

  • Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food.  Jim Rohn
  • Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book. Jim Rohn
  • Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin DIsraeli
  • Some people read so little they have rickets of the mind. Jim Rohn
  • Reading, specialized reading, is the mental food. Bruce Lee
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison
  • Nourish your spirit with stillness. Nourish your mind with knowledge. Nourish your heart with unconditional love. Nourish your body with living food. Nourish your relationships with thoughtfulness. Tim Ong

Be aware that your appetite for knowledge will most likely grow as you do

  • Knowledge is like money: the more one gets, the more one craves. Josh Billings
  • We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. Maria Mitchell
  • The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. Laurence Sterne
  • Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterwards propagate itself. Samuel Johnson

How to acquire knowledge


Acquire knowledge through listening, reading, observing, experimenting and questioning …

  • You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – – that’s what counts. Richard Feynman
  • To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant
  • Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger
  • The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. René Descartes
  • The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. Elizabeth Hardwick
  • The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. Elizabeth Hardwick
  • ‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was ‘By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant. John Abbott
  • Know or listen to those who know. Baltasar Gracian
  • If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions. Susanne K. Langer
  • Converse, converse, converse, with living men, face to face, mind to mind. That is one of the best sources of knowledge. Daniel Webster
  • Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever- present game of knowing. Hank Green
  • There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Denis Diderot
  • The true method of knowledge is experiment. William Blake
  • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke
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… but most of all by going out and doing things and experiencing life

  • The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein
  • Experience is more important than knowledge. Santosh Kalwar
  • No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience. John Locke
  • Unless the knowledge gained from experience is reconditioned in each new situation, it is a rigid and a dangerous guide.
  • Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test, which is not fanciful; save by trial. Sophocles
  • The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield
  • Wisdom is knowledge which is experience and therefore life; the quest of wisdom is in reality the quest of life. J. van der Leeuw
  • Experience is retrospect knowledge. Hosea Ballou
  • What is all knowledge too but recorded experience? Thomas Carlyle
  • Experience

Harvest knowledge from your mistakes and failures

  • Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead, for vain regretting interferes with the flow of power into our own personalities. Edith Johnson
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An important part of knowledge is knowing where to find it when you need it

  • Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. Samuel Johnson
  • He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge – who knows who has written and where it is to be found. A. Hodge

The first step to knowledge is to know how little you know


Do not be ignorant of your ignorance or satisfied with what you know for that is the death of knowledge

  • The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. Elbert Hubbard
  • To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge. Alfred North Whitehead
  • Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry the progress, ignorance the end. Michel de Montaigne
  • It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. Jeremy Taylor
  • A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge.
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The illusion of knowledge can also stop you from learning

  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking
  • It’s not always what we don’t know that gets in our way; sometimes it’s what we think we know that keeps us from learning. Steve Maraboli
  • The great obstacle of progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge. Rod Beckwith
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The first step to knowledge is to be conscious of what you don’t know

  • To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
  • The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert
  • The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin
  • Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. Kahlil Gibran
  • The little I know I owe to my ignorance. Sacha Guitry

Admit that you don’t know all the answers

  • It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don’t know all the answers. John P. Lougbrane
  • The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius
  • I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. Marcus Tullius Cicero

The beauty of knowledge is that it builds on itself, growing exponentially…

  • Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge. Sir Philip Sidney
  • Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base. Dan Brown

… but always remain humble about how much you know for even the most knowledgeable have just scratched the surface of things…

  • Such is true wisdom and humility; for the more a man really knows, the less conceited he will be. Samuel Smiles
  • Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. William Cowper
  • I do not know what I appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on a seashore and diverting myself now and then by finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Sir Issac Newton
  • Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Albert Einstein
  • You can never know everything. Part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of knowledge lies in going on anyway. Robert Jordan
  • The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato
  • Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. William Cowper
  • To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light. Benjamin Franklin
  • The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge. Ambrose Bierce
  • The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. Albert Einstein
  • Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge. Isaac Singer
  • Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth. Madam Guizot
  • In humility alone lies true greatness, and knowledge and wisdom are profitable only in so far as our lives are governed by them. Nicholas of Cusa
  • It is better to have but little knowledge with humility and understanding, than great learning which might make you proud. Thomas a Kempis
  • Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence. Robert A. Milikan
  • If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search. John
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… and the more you grow to know, the more you’ll realise you don’t know

  • The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • They say that the more a person learns, the more they find there is to learn. Therefore, the smarter you think you are, the dumber you really are. Chris Hamono
  • We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. John Archibald Wheeler
  • The further one goes, the less one knows.  Lao Tzu

In fact, true knowledge is realising just how little you really know

  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius
  • The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
  • True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates
  • I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates
  • Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Anthony de Mello
  • To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. Henry David Thoreau
  • There are those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know. John Kenneth Galbraith
  • …although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is, for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows. I neither know nor think that I know. In this latter particular, then, I seem to have slightly the advantage of him. Socrates

The second step to knowledge is to drop what you do know


Learning is often as much about dropping existing knowledge as accumulating new

  • Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlived its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning. Gary Ryan Blair
  • Learning isn’t acquiring knowledge so much as it is trimming information that has already been acquired. Criss Jami
  • Self-actualization is the process of deprogramming, not the acquiring of new knowledge. Dick Sutphen
  • Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting something go every day.
  • Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge. What is outgrown and used up must be discarded to make room for what is yet to be learned. And much of the best thinking is done alone- -in deserts, on beaches, in bed, behind closed doors.  It is why we say we need to get away–to escape from clutter and busyness–to hear ourselves think.  Robert Fulghum
  • What does learning mean: accumulating knowledge or transforming your life? Paulo Coelho
  • We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Realise that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing…

  • It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Mark Twain
  • Better know nothing than half-know many things. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? Thomas Henry Huxley
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing. Samuel Butler

… but not as dangerous as “knowing” something that isn’t so

  • It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Mark Twain
  • Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw
  • Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson
  • The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin

The interplay between knowledge, information, understanding and wisdom


Transform your knowledge into understanding

  • Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Albert Einstein
  • There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. Charles F. Kettering
  • The more you know, the less you understand. Proverb
  • Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. Earl Nightingale
  • All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. Immanuel Kant
  • He who repeats what he does not understand is no better than an ass that is loaded with books. Kahlil Gibran
  • What is not fully understood is not possessed. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge, but rather, one thing only: understanding. Donna Jo Napoli
  • The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter. Malcolm Gladwell
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Synthesise and distill your knowledge into wisdom

  • Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin Fischer
  • Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together. John A. Morrison
  • Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them. Ram Dass
  • We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. Edward O. Wilson
  • Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass. Japanese Proverb
  • Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?  Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?  S. Eliot
  • Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. Kay Redfield Jamison
  • To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal Saint Augustine
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Always remember that knowledge is far more than just information…

  • Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. Gertrude Stein
  • Information is not knowledge. Albert Einstein
  • In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information. Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • Information is not synonymous with knowledge. Information is only data, parts of the whole. Knowledge has a moral imperative to enhance intellectual and spiritual unity. Ruth Nanda Anshen
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… just as wisdom is far more than just knowledge

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Peter Kay
  • Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. William Cowper
  • Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix
  • Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. Sandra Carey
  • Our age is being forcibly reminded that knowledge is no substitute for wisdom. Far and away the most important thing in human life is living it. Frank R. Barry
  • To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant
  • These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. Vernon Cooper
  • Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant
  • It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.  Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Remember, information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best. Frank Zappa
  • Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being. Orison Swett Marden
  • Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Knowledge is being aware that fire can burn; wisdom is remembering the blister.
  • Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age. Proverb
  • Wisdom is knowledge rightly applied. We assimilate lots of knowledge. Whether or not we do anything with that knowledge is a measure of our wisdom. Hyrum W. Smith
  • Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting something go every day.
  • To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal Saint Augustine
  • There are subjects in which I wish to become knowledgeable, and subjects in which I wish to remain wise. Robert Brault
  • Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. Jarod Kintz
  • Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse
  • To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu
  • The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov
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Share knowledge


Share your knowledge for in that way, it grows and you are enriched

  • If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller
  • Knowledge exists to be imparted. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value. Louis L’Amour
  • In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it. Joseph Badaracco
  • Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men’s candles at our lamp without depriving ourselves of any flame. Jane Porter
  • Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion. Daniel J. Boorstin
  • Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself. Sir James Makintosh
  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. Jackson Brown, Jr
  • The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly. Wendell Berry
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Specialist or generalist?


Some advocate focusing your knowledge to become an expert or specialist

  • Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success. Brian Tracy
  • The most eminent creators are consistently those who have immersed themselves utterly in their chosen field, have devoted their lives to it, amassed tremendous knowledge of it, and continually pushed themselves to the front of it. Geoff Colvin
  • Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor. John Haggai
  • For the individual, too, it is better to know a few things well, or preferably one thing exceptionally well, than it is to know many things superficially. Richard Koch
  • Jack of all trades, master of none
  • To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession. Isaac Watts
  • If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. Vincent van Gogh
  • The range of human knowledge today is so great that we’re all specialists and the distance between specializations has become so great that anyone who seeks to wander freely between them almost has to forego closeness with the people around him. Robert M. Pirsig
  • Expertise

Others advocate a more generalist approach to knowledge

  • Since we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. Blaise Pascal
  • The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • To be creative, be an explorer and search for ideas outside your area. Looking for good ideas is like prospecting for gold.  If you look in the same old places, you’ll find tapped out veins.  Roger von Oech
  • The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth- century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.  Carl Ally
  • It is entirely possible to be a jack of all trades, master of many. How? Specialists overestimate the time needed to “master” a skill and confuse “master” with “perfect.” Tim Ferriss
  • In a world of dogmatic specialists, it’s the generalist who ends up running the show. Tim Ferriss
  • Diversity of intellectual playgrounds breeds confidence instead of fear of the unknown. Tim Ferriss
  • The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well. Horace Walpole
  • Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing. Michael Garrett Marino

The price of ignorance


While knowledge brings many rewards, ignorance makes you pay a heavy price…

  • Ignorance is not bliss – it is oblivion. Philip Wylie
  • Ignorance is not bliss; ignorance is impotence; it is fear; it is cruelty; it is all the things that make for unhappiness. Ingrid Holtby
  • The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates
  • Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. George Eliot
  • If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Derek Bok
  • There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Fear always springs from ignorance. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There is no darkness but ignorance. William Shakespeare
  • Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star. Confucius
  • Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind. John Tillotson
  • We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. Christian Nevell Bovee
  • Ignorance gives a sort of eternity to prejudice, and perpetuity to error. Robert Hall
  • Prejudice is the child of ignorance. William Hazlitt
  • Stupidity has a certain charm – ignorance does not. Frank Zappa
  • The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. William Osler
  • The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance. Samuel Butler
  • Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. Horace Mann
  • There is no slavery but ignorance. Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance. Lyndon B. Johnson
  • The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice. William Hazlitt
  • The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. Wayne Dyer
  • The person who confesses ignorance shows it once; the person who conceals it, shows it many times. Proverb
  • A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow
  • Ignorance

… although admittedly ignorance can provide a false sense of confidence at times…

  • The confidence of ignorance will always overcome the indecision of knowledge.
  • Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin
  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Mark Twain
  • Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know. Eoin Colfer
  • Boldness is a child of ignorance. Francis Bacon

… and sometimes a false sense of peace


While knowledge often listens, ignorance tends to speak incessantly

  • Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix
  • I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. Jean-   Jacques Rousseau
  • It is better to conceal one’s knowledge than to reveal one’s ignorance. Spanish Proverb
  • He that knows little often repeats it. Thomas Fuller
  • There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation. William Hazlitt
  • When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds. Will Rogers
  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. Lao Tzu



Of all knowledge, self-knowledge is the most valuable

  • Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. Lao Tzu
  • He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise. Lao Tzu
  • Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
  • Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know myself, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. Kahlil Gibran
  • As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes. Bhagavad Gita
  • The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one’s own mind. Francis Herbert Bradley
  • The high peak of knowledge is perfect self-knowledge. Richard of Saint-Victor
  • Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s Self is to be blissful always. Ramana Maharshi
  • Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement. Baltasar Gracián
  • Self-knowledge is the great power by which we comprehend and control our lives. Vernon Howard
  • Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control–these three alone lead life to sovereign power. Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Study the heart and the mind of man and begin with your own. Meditation and reflection must lay the foundation of that knowledge, but experience and practice must, and alone can, complete it. Lord Chesterfield
  • The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion. Aldous Huxley
  • Self-knowledge

Knowledge and imagination


Appreciate that while knowledge is powerful, imagination is even more so

  • Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination. E. Cummings
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. Albert Einstein
  • To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. Anatole France
  • Your knowledge has limits but your imagination does not. Geraint Straker
  • The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
  • When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Albert Einstein
  • I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum
  • Imagination

Knowledge and intuition


All human knowledge starts with intuition

  • The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. René Descartes
  • All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas. Immanuel Kant
  • We have to recognise that intuition is not a flaky concept. Basically, intuition is accumulated knowledge. Andre Alkiewicz
  • Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence. Shakti Gawain
  • Intuition

Knowledge and love


Knowledge is nothing without love, caring and compassion

  • Knowledge and achievements matter little if we do not yet know how to touch the heart of another and be touched. Jack Kornfield
  • And what is as important as knowledge, asked the mind. Caring and seeing with the heart, said the soul. Flavia Weedn
  • Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human ‘brain’ with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human ‘heart’ with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is. The Dalai Lama
  • Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. Dean Koontz
  • Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it. Emily Hilburn Sell
  • The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart. William Hazlitt
  • Love

Knowledge and spirituality


Faith is knowledge in the heart

  • Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other. Novalis
  • Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Kahlil Gibran
  • Faith is the belief of the heart in that knowledge which comes from the unseen. Muhammad ben Kafif
  • Faith

To become enlightened, empty your mind of knowledge

  • The silence inside of you is the sound of your knowledge collapsing. Remember, it is you who said, “I want to be free.  Adyashanti
  • Those who justify themselves do not convince. To know truth, one must get rid of knowledge; nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness.  Lao Tzu
  • In the pursuit of knowledge: everyday something is added. In the pursuit of enlightenment: everyday something is dropped. Lao Tzu

Let stillness connect you to your higher realm of knowledge

  • Through meditation we can learn simple exercises to help us understand and control our thinking. We can learn to gain access to powers of spirit that connect us to realms of higher thinking and knowledge. Most importantly, we can learn the balance of mind and spirit that is so necessary to make life enjoyable and fruitful. Randolph Winters
  • Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. Deepak Chopra
  • What I’ve found to be important is mainly just the realization that everyone has all knowledge and all humanity within themselves. Individual minds are connected to a universal mind. All people need to do is find out how to get it and reach it when they need it. Willie Nelson
  • Far beyond your intellect, far beyond your understanding, lies inexhaustible knowledge and wealth, strength and power, peace and joy. Do not use your intellect to find the answers for God and his manifestations.  Everything is God.  Swami Vishnu- Devananda
  • Stillness

Let go of the need to know it all


Become comfortable not knowing

  • I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain … In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar. Richard P. Feynman
  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don’t know. Mark Twain
  • To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.  Lao Tzu
  • Let go of the need to know and fully understand

Final thoughts


There can be no knowledge without emotion

  • There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul. Arnold Bennett
  • Emotion

The greatest pleasure is in the learning, not the knowing

  • It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. Isaac Asimov

On a lighter note

  • College: A fountain of knowledge where students gather to drink.
  • cheeses so as to confer a sense of inadequacy on those who would simply enjoy them.
  • Democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.   Isaac Asimov
  • Education: that which reveals to the wise and conceals from the stupid the vast limits of their knowledge.   Mark Twain
  • Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.   Erwin Knoll
  • Experience: A form of knowledge acquired only two ways: by doing and being done.
  • Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallel.   Ambrose Bierce
  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don’t know.   Mark Twain
  • I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have got so much more of it. Mark Twain
  • I’m not young enough to know everything.  James Matthew Barrie
  • If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.  Larr Leissner
  • Ignoramus: A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.   Ambrose Bierce
  • It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.  Mark Twain
  • It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. Voltaire
  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.  Peter Kay
  • Knowledge was never known to enter the head via an open mouth.
  • Once you’ve accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you’re too old to remember it.
  • Some drink at the fountain of knowledge; others just gargle.
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance.  It is the illusion of knowledge.   Stephen Hawking
  • The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  • The only knowledge that can hurt you is the knowledge you don’t have.
  • The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.  Ambrose Bierce
  • There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating; people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.  Oscar Wilde
  • There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.  Bertrand Russell
  • They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.   Thomas Brackett Reed
  • Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.  Issac Asimov
  • You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.  Norman Juster