Quotes about Knowledge
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You`d be surprised how far that gets you.
Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.
Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to a mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on a rock.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I could not learn something from him.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
The older golfer can hit the ball as far as the young one. He chips and putts equally well. And will probably have a better knowledge of the course. So why does he take the extra stroke that denies him victory? Experience. He knows the downside, what happens if it goes wrong, which makes him more cautious. The young player is either ignorant or reckless to caution. That is his edge. It is the same with all of us. Knowledge makes us play safe. The secret is to stay childish.
Most of the biggest catastrophes that we've witnessed rarely come from information that is secret or hidden. It comes from information that is freely available and out there, but that we are willfully blind to, because we can't handle, don't want to handle, the conflict that it provokes. But when we dare to break that silence, or when we dare to see, and we create conflict, we enable ourselves and the people around us to do our very best thinking.
Open information is fantastic, open networks are essential. But the truth won't set us free until we develop the skills and the habit and the talent and the moral courage to use it. Openness isn't the end. It's the beginning.
Curiosity is aroused when we`re presented with an "information gap." It`s a sensation of deprivation: A present`s wrapping deprives us of the knowledge of what`s in it, and as a result we become curious about its contents. But to feel curiosity, we have to be conscious that something`s being hidden.
The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.
It is far better to understand the Universe as it really is than to pretend to a Universe as we might wish it to be.
Even the greatest intellects are prisoners of the age in which they live.