For my mate Ben, a seed of knowledge to enlighten your path …
From Free Spirit with 💚
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
Carl Sagan, “Cosmos”
“The only true Wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“Any fool can know.
The point is to understand.”
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.“
“The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principle.”
From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.
Frederick Lewis Donaldson
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
“Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.”
Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)”
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”
Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Daniel J. Boorstin
“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.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Carl Sagan, “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”
“I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life.
Like air, no one should be denied it.”
Alan Moore, “V for Vendetta”
“I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well.
He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree.
Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty.
First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe.
Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is …
I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.
At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees.
I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty.
I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes.
The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color.
It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms?
Why is it aesthetic?
All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower.
It only adds.
I don’t understand how it subtracts.”
Richard P. Feynman, “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman”
“It takes a very long time to become young.”
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”
Kurt Vonnegut, “Cat’s Cradle”
“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it.
I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have.
Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic.
I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason.
Emotionally, I am an atheist.
I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin, “The Way to Wealth: Ben Franklin on Money and Success”
“What is now proved was once only imagined.”
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment.
Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”
(Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
Charles Darwin, “The Descent of Man”
“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.”
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden.
A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject…
And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages.
There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them…
Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”
Seneca, “Natural Questions”
“The knowledge of all things is possible.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“To know that you do not know is the best.
To think you know when you do not is a disease.
Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”
“What transforms this world is — knowledge.
Do you see what I mean?
Nothing else can change anything in this world.
Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is.
When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.”
Yukio Mishima, “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”
“Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.”
Gustave Flaubert, “Memoirs of a Madman”
“Information is not knowledge.”
“The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.”
“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.”
“Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”
“No, our science is no illusion.
But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.”
Sigmund Freud, “The Future of an Illusion”
“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
“I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”
Immanuel Kant, “Critique of Pure Reason”
“The advancement of science and the diffusion of information [is] the best aliment to true liberty.”
“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge.
Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write .”
John Adams, “The Works Of John Adams”, Second President Of The United States
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Maxims and Reflections”
“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.”
Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom The Bell Tolls“
“Timendi causa est nescire –
Ignorance is the cause of fear.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, “Natural Questions“
“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”
“All knowledge that is about human society, and not about the natural world, is historical knowledge, and therefore rests upon judgment and interpretation.
This is not to say that facts or data are nonexistent, but that facts get their importance from what is made of them in interpretation… for interpretations depend very much on who the interpreter is, who he or she is addressing, what his or her purpose is, at what historical moment the interpretation takes place.”
“Scientia potentia est.
Knowledge is power.”
Thomas Hobbes, “Leviathan”
“Ipsa scientia potestas est.”
Knowledge itself is power.
Francis Bacon, “Meditations Sacrae and Human Philosophy Meditations Sacrae and Human Philosophy”
“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”
John Locke, “Some Thoughts Concerning Education”
“All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.”
Leonardo da Vinci “Leonardo’s Notebooks”
“Share your knowledge.
It is a way to achieve immortality.”
Dalai Lama XIV
“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”
“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
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