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17 Knowledge Quotations

''All men by nature desire knowledge.''
- Aristotle Metaphysics

''If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.''
- Isaac Asimov

''Knowledge is power.''
- Sir Francis Bacon Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597

''When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.''
- Confucius The Confucian Analects

''To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.''
- Benjamin Disraeli Sybil, 1845

''It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.''
- Enrico Fermi

''I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.''
- Richard Feynman

''If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.''
- Margaret Fuller

''The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.''
- Frank Herbert

''Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned.''
- Oliver Wendell Jr. Holmes The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858

''Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.''
- Samuel Johnson

''People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.''
- Lao-tzu The Way of Lao-tzu

''There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.''
- Bertrand Russell

''The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.''
- Socrates

''There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.''
- Socrates from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

''Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.''
- Sophocles Trachiniae

''If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.''
- Adlai E. Jr. Stevenson speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 1952

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