XI. Knowledge

~ The School of Athens by Raphael

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Live to learn, learn to live.

We should live and learn;

But by the time we are learned,

It is too late to live.[1]

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All men by nature desire to know.[2]

Virtue is knowledge.[3]

Knowledge is power,

not mere argument or ornament.[4]

~

The simplest questions,

Are the hardest to answer.[5]

Human reason is troubled by questions;

that it cannot dismiss but also cannot answer[6].

~

A witty saying proves nothing.[7]

Thinking is very far from knowing.

Our knowledge can only be finite,

While our ignorance infinite.[8]

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Preserve the old, but know the new.[9]

What you know, you know;

what you don’t know, you don’t know.

This is true wisdom.[10]

~

Each man believes only his experience.[11]

By far the best proof is experience.[12]

No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.[13]

There is nothing in the mind except what was first in the senses.[14]

~

There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.

But although all our knowledge begins with experience,

It does not follow that it arises from experience.[15]

We aught to enquire as to what sort of knowledge human reason is capable of attaining.[16]

~

Common sense is the best-distributed commodity the in the world.

For every man is convinced he is well supplied with it.[17]

Everybody gets so much common information

All day long that they lose their common sense.[18]

~

Many things prevent knowledge,

Including the obscurity of the subject

And the brevity of human life.[19]

They know enough who knows to learn.

~

Zeal without knowledge, is fire without light.[20]

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.[21]

By scepticism, we arrive first at suspension of judgment,

And second at freedom from disturbance.[22]

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It is one thing to show a man he is in error,

And another to put him in possession of the truth.[23]

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed,

Without any other reason but because they are not already common.[24]

~

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.[25]

We cannot wish for that we know not.[26]

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.[27]

A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.[28]

~

Knowledge by acquaintance or knowledge by description

Necessity of things against the necessity of words.

Withholding assent or dissent.

Relations of ideas or a matter of fact.

~

All men are liable to error; and most men are.[29]

Reason is the slave of passions.[30]

All the reasonings of men

Are not worth one sentiment of women.

~

The whole of science is nothing more

Than a refinement of everyday thinking.[31]

Only daring speculation can lead us further,

And not accumulation of facts.[32]


[1] Attributed to Carolyn Wells.

[2] Attributed to Aristotle.

[3] Attributed to Socrates.

[4] Attributed to Francis Bacon.

[5] Attributed to Northrop Frye.

[6] Attributed to Immanuel Kant.

[7] Attributed to Voltaire.

[8] Attributed to Popper.

[9] Chinese proverb.

[10] Attributed to Confucius.

[11] Attributed to Empedocles.

[12] Attributed to Francis Bacon.

[13] Attributed to John Locke.

[14] Attributed to John Locke.

[15] Attributed to Immanuel Kant.

[16] Attributed to Descartes.

[17] Attributed to Descartes.

[18] Attributed to Gertrude Stein.

[19] Attributed to Protagoras.

[20] Attributed to Thomas Fuller.

[21] Attributed to Voltaire.

[22] Attributed to Sextus Empiricus.

[23] Attributed to John Locke.

[24] Attributed to John Locke.

[25] Attributed to Alexandre Dumas.

[26] Attributed to Voltaire.

[27] Attributed to Will Durant.

[28] Attributed to Heraclitus.

[29] Attributed to John Locke.

[30] Attributed to David Hume.

[31] Attributed to Einstein.

[32] Attributed to Einstein.

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