Quotes: Information

(knowledge of various kinds from many sources)

information (usually singular) (noun)
1. Knowledge derived from study, experience, or instruction.
2. Knowledge of specific events or situations that has been gathered or received by communication; intelligence or news.
3. A collection of facts or data; such as, statistical information.
4. The act of informing or the condition of being informed; the communication of knowledge.
5. Computer Science: processed, stored, or transmitted data.


The two words information and communication are quite often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

—Sydney J. Harris

He who asks questions may be considered a fool for a few minutes, but he who does not ask questions could remain a fool for much longer.


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

The greatest crisis facing modern civilization is going to be how to transform information into structured knowledge.

—Carlos Fuentes

Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information.

—Günther Grass (1927-), Nobel Prize-winning author.
Interview in New Statesman and Society, June 22, 1990.

We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.

—Rutherford D Rogers, Yale University librarian.
New York Times; February 25, 1985.

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

—Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), Lexicographer; Life of Johnson
by James Boswell, 1775.

Scribe with his computer stacked with information on top and on the sides.

Thanks to my computer
I now have three NEW ways
to store my information or data:
on the LEFT side of my computer,
on the RIGHT side of my computer,
and on TOP of my computer.

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