Quotes about Knowledge

"I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of."

Clarence Seward Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union.


"When you know a thing, to hold that you know it: and when you don't know a thing, to allow that you don't know it-this is knowledge."

Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.


"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there."

Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics.


"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we don't understand."

Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Although a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels.


"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing--that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of someting and knowing something."

Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics.


"Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor, but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it."

Samuel Johnson (September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784) often referred to as Dr Johnson, was a British author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".


"The only good is knowledge and the only evel is ignorance."

Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 BC) was a Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.


"Knowledge must come through action, you can have no test which is not fanciful, by trial."

Sophocles (c. 497/6 BC - winter 406/5 BC) was the second of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived. Sophocles influenced the development of the drama, most importantly by adding a third actor and thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot.


"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought."

Baslo (-)


"Research is what I am doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German-American rocket scientist, engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States during and after World War II.