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Knowledge, surely, is always of time, whereas knowing is not of time. Knowledge is from a source, from accumulation, from conclusion, while knowing is a movement. See quote detail

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.

Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.

Man is not weak - knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanics laughs at strength.

Man often acquires just so much knowledge as to discover his ignorance, and attains so much experience as to see and regret his follies, and then dies.

Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value. See quote detail

Many of the supposed increasers of knowledge have only given a new name, and often a worse, to what was well known before.

Mere knowledge is comparatively worthless unless digested into practical wisdom and common sense as applied to the affairs of life.

Most men want knowledge, not for itself, but for the superiority which knowledge confers; and the means they employ to secure this superiority are as wrong as the ultimate object, for no man can ever end with being superior, who will not begin with being inferior.

Nothing in this life, after health and virtue, is more estimable than knowledge, - nor is there anything so easily attained, or so cheaply purchased, - the labor, only sitting still, and the expense but time, which, if we do not spend, we cannot save.

One cannot know everything.

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.

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

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am very content with knowing, if only I could know. That is an august entertainment, and would suffice me a great while. To know a little would be worth the expense of this world.

Pocket all your knowledge with your watch and never pull it out in company unless desired.

President Reagan didn't always know what he knew.

Properly, there is no other knowledge but that which is got by working; the rest is yet all a hypothesis of knowledge; a thing to be argued of in schools; a hing floating in the clouds, in endless logic-vortices, till we try and fix it.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.


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