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The love of knowledge in a young mind is almost a warrant against the infirm excitement of passions and vices.

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.

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

The pleasure and delight of knowledge far surpasseth all other in nature. We see in all other pleasures there is satiety; and after they be used, their verdure departeth, which showeth well that they be but deceits of pleasure, and not pleasures; and that it was the novelty which pleased, not the quality; and therefore we see that voluptuous men turn friars, and ambitious princes turn melancholy. But of knowledge there is no satiety, but satisfaction and appetite are perpetually interchangeable.

The profoundly wise do not declaim against superficial knowledge in others, so much as the profoundly ignorant; on the contrary, they would rather assist it with their advice than overwhelm it with their contempt; for they know that there was a period when even a Bacon or a Newton were superficial, and that he who has a little knowledge is far more likely to get more than he that has none.

The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.

The seeds of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public.

The shortest and the surest way of arriving at real knowledge the lessons we have been taught, to remount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.

The simplest questions are the hardest to answer.

The specialist is a man who fears the other subjects.

The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.

The word knowledge, strictly employed, implies three things, viz., truth, proof, and conviction.

Then I began to think, that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one-half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.

There is but one bond of peace that is both permanent and enriching: the increasing knowledge of the world in which experiment occurs.

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened and a wounded heart.

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

There is nothing so minute, or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.

They know enough who know how to learn.


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