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Do you need knowledge to create? Unfortunately, creation of the new does not come out of nothing, although too much knowledge can be as big a block as too little. Knowledge is a drug which gives us little until we use it. And the best use is knowledge is in the creation of new knowledge.

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‘All men by nature desire knowledge.’


Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge.’


Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge, but as they grow more elaborate, scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.’

Isaac Asimov

‘Knowledge itself is power.’

Francis Bacon

‘It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning.’

Chester Barnard

‘I am not young enough to know everything.’

James M. Barrie

‘It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.’

Josh Billings

‘You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.’

William Blake

‘The true method of knowledge is experiment.’

William Blake

‘The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.’

Daniel J. Boorstin

‘That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy.’

Thomas Carlyle

‘A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.’

G. K. Chesterton

‘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.’


‘To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.’


‘The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.’


‘Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.’

William Cowper

‘All true knowledge contradicts common sense.’

Mandell Creighton

‘I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘Knowledge is power. Unfortunate dupes of this saying will keep on creating, ambitiously, till they have stunned their native initiative and made their thoughts weak.’

Clarence Day

‘Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.’

Charles Darwin

‘To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.’

Will Durant

‘Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.’

Albert Einstein

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men.’

Albert Einstein

‘The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.’

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.’

Albert Einstein

‘Information is not knowledge.’

Albert Einstein

‘We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.’

Albert Einstein

‘Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’

Albert Einstein

‘As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.’

Albert Einstein

‘The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.’

Albert Einstein

‘Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’

T. S. Eliot

‘Man’s fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.’

Morris Leopold Ernst

‘An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.’

Anatole France

‘To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.’

Anatole France

‘Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘And what word is knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge?’

Kahlil Gibran

Belief is not the beginning of knowledge — it is the end.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough we must do.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘He who knows what he is told must know a lot of things that are not so.’

Arthur Guiterman

‘The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.’

William Hazlitt

‘Zeal will do more than knowledge.’

William Hazlitt

‘The majority of people have no understanding of the things with which they daily meet, nor, when instructed, do they have any right knowledge of them, although to themselves they seem to have.’


‘The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.’

Frank Herbert

‘This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.’


‘It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘To know all things is not permitted.’


‘Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.’

Thomas Huxley

‘If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?’

Thomas Huxley

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.’

Immanuel Kant

‘The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘What feeling, knowledge or will man has depends in the last resort upon what imagination he has.’

Søren Kierkegaard

‘We live in an excessively conscious age; we know so much, we feel so little.’

D. H. Lawrence

‘No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.’

John Locke

‘We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.’

Michel de Montaigne

‘To know one thing, you must know the opposite just as much, else you don’t know that one thing.’

Henry Moore

‘The gulf between knowledge and truth is infinite.’

Henry Miller

‘Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents.’

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

‘Knowledge has three degrees--opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.’


‘What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.’

Bertrand Russell

‘Nature has given us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself.’

Lucius Seneca

Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.’

William Shakespeare

‘The larger the island of knowledge, the greater the shoreline of wonder.’

Ralph Sockman

‘There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.’


‘One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.’


‘Your knowledge has limits but your imagination does not.’

Geraint Straker

‘It is a nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work.’

W. Somerset Maugham

‘Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘For all the talk you hear about knowledge being such a wonderful thing, instinct is worth forty of it for real unerringness.’

Mark Twain

‘The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so.’

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

‘He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.’

Lao Tzu

Fools act on imagination without knowledge. Pedants act on knowledge without imagination.’

William Arthur Ward

‘In a sense, knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows: for details are swallowed up in principles.’

Alfred North Whitehead

Education is an admirable thing, but it is as well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.’

Oscar Wilde



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