Quotations About
knowledge

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Attributed to Socrates.
Posted in: Socrates

I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

The Salmon of Doubt
Posted in: Douglas Adams

Giles: Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower or a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is…it has no texture, no context. It’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible. It should be, um, smelly.

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

A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated (1894)
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

Can we actually “know” the universe? My God, it’s hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown.

Getting Even (1978)
Posted in: Woody Allen

It’s high time you were shown
That you really don’t know
All there is to be known.

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.

Posted in: J.K. Rowling

Nature has sown in man the seeds of knowledge; but they must be cultivated, to produce fruit.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists.

The Premise Of Meaning, American Scholar (Washington, DC, June 5, 1972)

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

Posted in: Tao Te Ching

You know more of a road by having travelled it then by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.

"On The Conduct of Life" (1822)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Tom Booker: Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.

The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of years, no one has left any adequate account of it. The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?

Jacob's Room (1922)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.

As quoted in Poland : The Knight Among Nations (1907) by Louis E. Van Norman

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

Posted in: Wilson Mizner

Exploration really is the essence of the human spirit, and to pause, to falter, to turn our back on the quest for knowledge, is to perish.

This quote is attributed / unsourced.
Posted in: Frank Borman

It’s not enough to be able to pick up a sword. You have to know which end to poke into the enemy.

Lords and Ladies
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

Mona: You have such a head for knowing!

Posted in: Moonstruck

Phil: It’s just one of those things we’ll never know, like what happened to the Titanic.
Claire: It hit an iceberg.
Phil: Maybe.

When Good Kids Go Bad (season 3, episode 2)
Posted in: Modern Family