Knowledge Quotes

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

-Albert Einstein

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

-Marcus Garvey

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

-Kofi Annan

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 Spurgeon

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

-Benjamin Franklin

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.


Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.


A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.


The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

-alph W. Sockman

I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.

-Immanuel Kant

Knowledge is love and light and vision.

-Helen Keller

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.

-Meister Eckhart

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.

-William Ralph Inge

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

-Peter Drucker

The natural desire of good men is knowledge.

-Leonardo da Vinci

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 control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.

-Tom Clancy

Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with.

-Robert Staughton Lynd

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

-Terry Pratchett

The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.

-Henry Ford

Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.

-Leonardo da Vinci

As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.

-Arthur Schopenhauer

I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter.


Information is not knowledge.

-Albert Einstein

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.

-Robin Morgan

No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

-Khalil Gibran

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.

-e. e. cummings

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


If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

-Margaret Fuller

Doubt grows with knowledge.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.


If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?

-Maria Montessori

All men by nature desire knowledge.


When a man’s knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.

-Herbert Spencer

The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.

-David Bohm

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.

-Gene Wolfe

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

-Carl Jung

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

-Ruben Blades

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 Gurdjieff

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

-Dante Alighieri

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions.

-Roger Babson

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

-Albert Einstein

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.


All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

-Immanuel Kant

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

-Will Durant

Any knowledge that doesn’t lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.

-Wislawa Szymborska

Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.

-Vanna Bonta

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

-Albert Einstein

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

-Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.

-Khalil Gibran

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.

-Immanuel Kant

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

-Karl Popper

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

-Horace Mann

Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.

-Lao Tzu

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.

-Arthur Miller

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge.

-Jack LaLanne

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.


The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.


Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for much knowledge is a curse.


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

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

-Simone Weil

I’ll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.

-Barry White

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

-William Blake

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

-Anais Nin

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.


It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

-Leonardo da Vinci

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

-Leonardo da Vinci

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.

-Vincent Van Gogh

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.


Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.

-Marcus Tullius Cicero

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

-Henry Ford

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know – and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge
remains better than ignorance.

-Isaac Asimov

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?

-T. S. Eliot

One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.


I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

-Arthur C. Clarke

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

-Khalil Gibran

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

-Miguel de Cervantes

Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.

-John Adams

This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful.

-Prem Rawat

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?

-T. S. Eliot

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

-Bertrand Russell

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.

-Arnold H. Glasow

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.


Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.


I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.


Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.

-Anthony J. D’Angelo

Knowledge is the life of the mind.

-Abu Bakr

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

-Khalil Gibran

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.

-Marcus Tullius Cicero

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes.


Knowledge is true opinion.


Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.

-William Penn

The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.

-Stokely Carmichael

We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

-Samuel Johnson

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

-Isaac Asimov

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.


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

It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.

-Dolley Madison


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