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Those who come last enter with advantage - They are born to the wealth of antiquity. - The materials for judging are prepared, and the foundations of knowledge are laid to their hands. - Besides, if the point was tried by antiquity, antiquity would lose it, for the present age is really the oldest, and has the largest experience to plead.

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

To comprehend a man's life it is necessary to know not merely what he does, but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.

To know by rote is no knowledge; it is only a retention of what is entrusted to the memory. That which a man truly knows may be disposed of without regard to the author, or reference to the book from whence he had it.

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

To know that which before us lies in daily life, is the prime wisdom; what is more is fume, or emptiness, or fond impertinence, and renders us, in things that most concern, unpracticed and unprepared.

We face the future with a weapon in our hands that was not given to earlier rulers of the world - I mean scientific knowledge, and the capacity for increasing it indefinitely by scientific research.

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

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.

We should live and learn; but by the time we've learned, it's too late to live.

What a man knows should find its expression in what he does; the value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.

What is not fully understood is not possessed.

What novelty is worth the sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?

What we know here is very little, but what we are ignorant of is immense.

Whatever our intellectual calling, no kind of knowledge is antagonistic to it. - All varieties of knowledge blend with, harmonize, and enrich the one kind of knowledge to which we attach our reputation.

When a king asked Euclid, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner, he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money; but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.

With the gain of knowledge, connect the habit of imparting it. This increases mental wealth by putting it in circulation; and it enhances the value of our knowledge to ourselves, not only in its depth, confirmation, and readiness for use, but in that acquaintance with human nature, that self-command, and that reaction of moral training upon ou­selves, which are above all price.

Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of all knowledge.

You don't need to know many things to succeed and get rich, if you know the few things that are important.


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