Once we had wisdom,
then we had knowledge,
now it's mostly just information.
Knowing God makes us humble; knowing ourselves keeps us humble.
If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.... Japanese Proverb
The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom. Sirach 19:22
Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle.---Woody Allen
Fear God and he will give you knowledge. (Al-Quran-2:282).
All men by nature desire to know.-Aristotle
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.-- Francis Bacon
Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves. Josh Billings (1818-1885)
He who knows himself best esteems himself least.--Henry George Bohn (1796-1884)
With what cracked pitchers go we to deep wells In this world!-- E. B. Browning
Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.
Robert Burns. 1759-1796. To a Louse.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life. --Sandra Carey
A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. STEPHEN CHARNOCK
Let us not satisfy ourselves with a knowledge of God in the mass; a glance upon a picture never directs you to the discerning the worth and art of it.-STEPHEN CHARNOCK
Full wise is he that can himselven know. Chaucer The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. G.K.Chesterton
When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
Barry Commoner (1917-____) Webster's Electronic Quotebase
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. -- Benjamin Disraeli
Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.
Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice....Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more...[According to Ps. 119:100] 'I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.' JONATHAN EDWARDS
If you would know anything thoroughly, teach it to others. Tryon Edwards
The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves--our weakness,errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.--Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)
He that knows least commonly presumes most. -Thomas Fuller
Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. Andre Gide
"Know thyself"? If I knew myself I'd run away. --Goethe
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,/
That one small head could carry all he knew.
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) "The Deserted Village;" of the village schoolmaster.
My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists as all. Stephen Hawking
It is better to know some of the questions than all of he answers. Aldous Huxley
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. -Thomas Henry Huxley
The great end of life is not knowledge but action. What men need is as much knowledge as they can organize for action; give them more and it may become injurious. Some men are heavy and stupid from undigested learning. Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)
A student may easily exhaust his life in comparing divines and moralists without any practical regard to morals and religion; he may be learning not to live but to reason... while the chief use of his volumes is unthought of, his mind is unaffected, and his life is unreformed. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).
Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge, and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things, when they are shown their form or told their use.- Samuel Johnson: Idler #32
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.-- Carl Gustav Jung
Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge --broad, deep knowledge --is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) "The Story of My Life," pt. 1, ch. 20, 1903.
Restrain an inordinate desire for knowledge, in which is found much anxiety and deception. Learned men always wish to appear so, and desire recognition of their wisdom. But there are many matters, knowledge of which brings little or no advantage to the soul.
Thomas à Kempis'_The Imitation of Christ_ [c. 1420]: --Bk. 1, ch. 2: "On Personal Humility"
Oh how swiftly the glory of the world passes away! If only the lives of these men had been as admirable as their learning, their study and reading would have been to good purpose! But how many in this world care little for the service of God, and perish in their vain learning. Because they choose to be great rather than humble, they perish in their own conceit.
Thomas A' Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christ [c. 1420], bk. 1, ch. 3
What can you ever really know of other people's souls-- of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. --C. S. Lewis, _Mere Christianity_, Chapter 10
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop. -- Sidney Smith, speaking of Thomas Babington Macaulay
Knowledge without wisdom may be soon discerned; it is usually curious and censorious. - Thomas Manton
The Tree of Knowledge grew fast by,
Knowledge of Good bought dear by knowing ill.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book IV, 221 - 222
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton, letter to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1675. It is attributed by John of Salisbury [d.1180] in his book 'Metalogicon' [III, lv, 900a] to Bernard of Chartres who said that we were quasi nanos gigantium humeris insidentes, ut possimus plura eis et remotiora videre [like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so as to be able to see more and further than them].
If I have seen further than my peers, it is because I have stood on their toes.--- 20th century computer scientist
Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads. -- James Northcote
To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia. MICHAEL NOVAK
Examination of the world without is never as personally painful as examination of the world within.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
The person who knows everything has the most to learn. Bob Phillips
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,/
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) An Essay on Criticism.
Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.-Karl Popper
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge-- Bertrand Russell
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. Albert Schweitzer
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Hamlet_ [1600-1601], Act iv, Sc.5, Ln. 43
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. -- Ralph W. Sockman
Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. - George Soros
He knoweth nothing as he ought to know it, who thinketh he knoweth anything without seeing its place and the manner how it relateth to God, angels, and men, and to all the creatures in earth, heaven and hell, time and eternity. ... Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674)
I know everything except myself. François Villon. Circa 1430-1484. Autre Ballade. i.
The bare knowledge of God's will is inefficacious, it doth not better the heart. Knowledge alone is like a winter sun, which hath no heat or influence; it doth not warm the affections, or purify the conscience. Judas was a great luminary, he knew God's will, but he was a traitor.- THOMAS WATSON
Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell. THOMAS WATSON
Many a man's knowledge is a torch to light him to hell. Thou who hast knowledge of God's will, but doth not do it, wherein dost thou excel the devil, 'who transforms himself into an angel of light.'-THOMAS WATSON
When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. John Wesley
There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton, "Vesalius in Zante", Artemis to Actaeon (1909)
Knowledge keeps no better than fish. - Alfred North Whitehead
The learned tradition is not concerned with truth, but with the learned adjustment of learned statements of antecedent learned people. -- Alfred North Whitehead
Only the shallow know themselves. -- Oscar Wilde