Quotes: Knowledge

(a condition in which the more we know, the more we know that we don't know)

knowledge (s) (noun), knowledges (pl)
1. Acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles which may come from study or investigation; general erudition: Marissa has acquired knowledge about many things both in school and while reading on her own.
2. The condition in which a person perceives certitudes or truth with a reasonably clear and certain mental apprehension: Marla has devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge by researching and writing books about scientific discoveries throughout history.
3. Awareness of a fact or circumstance: The Jeffersons went on vacation with the knowledge that their neighbor would take care of their pets.
4. The body of truths or verities accumulated in the course of time: Mr. and Mrs. Smith's children were constantly increasing their knowledge by reading books from both their private collections and the public library; as well as, by discussing their discoveries with each other.
5. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study: Michael gained a lot of experience and knowledge about carpentry by working with his father and attending a special technological school that emphasized wood-working skills.
6. The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned: While working on his dictionary, John, the lexicographer, expanded his knowledge much more than he had anticipated.

Knowledge is knowing a fact or knowing where to find it.

—Evan Esar

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

—Franklin P. Adams


A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
—Herb Cain in the San Francisco Chronicle

In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.
—W.R. Whitney

Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in an advanced age; and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.
—Lord Chesterfield, Letters

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