Knowledge Quotes

59 of the best book quotes about knowledge
  1. #1
    “You attain to knowledge by argument;
    You attain a craft or skill by practice;”
  2. #2
    “Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science.”
  3. #3
    “Knowing was a temptation. What you don’t know won’t tempt you.”
  4. #4
    “I’m older than you, and must know better.”
  5. #5
    “The old Once-ler still lives here. Ask him. He knows.”
  6. #6
    “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
  7. #7
    “You have allowed yourself to become angrier than you should . . . Anger has its place, but it will not help you here. The way of the warrior is the way of knowing. If that knowledge requires you to use anger, then you use anger, but you cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper. Pain and frustration will be your only reward if you try.”
  8. #8
    “A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”
    Jane Austen
  1. #9
    “What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?”
  2. #10
    “How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I’d like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.”
  3. #11
    “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
  4. #12
    “I am tired of knowing nothing and being reminded of it all the time.”
  5. #13
    “But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.
  6. #14
    “My idea of good the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.′
    ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
  7. #15
    “What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
  8. #16
    “I do not know everything; still many things I understand.”
  1. #17
    “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
  2. #18
    “They trespassed upon my thoughts. They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretense, because I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew. Their bearing, which was simply the bearing of commonplace individuals going about their business in the assurance of perfect safety, was offensive to me like the outrageous flauntings of folly in the face of a danger it is unable to comprehend. I had no particular desire to enlighten them, but I had some difficulty in restraining myself from laughing in their faces, so full of stupid importance.”
  3. #19
    “That which is clearly known hath less terror than that which is but hinted at and guessed.”
  4. #20
    “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”
  5. #21
    “How little we know of what there is to know.”
  6. #22
    “I can’t know everything.”
  7. #23
    Let faith oust fact; let fancy oust memory; I look deep down and do believe.
  8. #24
    “You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.”
  1. #25
    “Remember my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker.”
  2. #26
    “I sometimes think if we knew all, we should be more glad to get away.”
  3. #27
    “Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.”
  4. #28
    “[Y]ou cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper. Pain and frustration will be your only reward if you try.”
  5. #29
    “The way of the warrior is the way of knowing.”
  6. #30
    “Change itself is neither good nor bad, but knowledge is always useful.”
  7. #31
    “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
  8. #32
    “It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust, but to know.”
  1. #33
    “The senseless is the major factor in our lives.”
    Ayn Rand
    The Fountainhead
  2. #34
    “One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.”
  3. #35
    “I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge.”
  4. #36
    “By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds. I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers. This was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it.”
  5. #37
    “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”
    Mary Shelley
  6. #38
    “One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.”
  7. #39
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  8. #40
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  1. #41
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
  2. #42
    “Till this moment I never knew myself.”
  3. #43
    “Envy is ignorance,
    Imitation is Suicide.”
  4. #44
    “Genius is religious.”
  5. #45
    “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  6. #46
    “Words are finite organs of the infinite mind.”
  7. #47
    “This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
  8. #48
    “Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.”
  1. #49
    “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. I can STOP when I make up my mind to it, although it’s difficult.”
  2. #50
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
  3. #51
    “You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”
  4. #52
    “No man knows till he experiences it, what it is like to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the woman he loves.”
  5. #53
    “This is the problem with forever friends. They know too much.”
  6. #54
    “We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.”
  7. #55
    “What further inferences may we draw?”
    “Do none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!”
  8. #56
    “I often make the mistake of thinking that something that is obvious to me is just as obvious to everyone else.”
  9. #57
    To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision
  10. #58
    “Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know -or think they know- some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”
  11. #59
    “That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”
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