160 Knowledge Quotes That Will Bring You True Wisdom

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Know that you don’t know. That is superior. Lao Tzu

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Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee

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The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert

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The dumbest people I know are those who know it all. Malcolm Forbes

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Real knowledge is intrinsic and it’s built from the ground up. Naval Ravikant


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It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus

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The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpotts

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Great knowledge is universal. Small knowledge is limited. Great words are inspiring. Small words are chatter. Zhuangzi

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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein

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To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu


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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius

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The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. Laurence Sterne

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Humility will teach you knowledge, arrogance will teach you ignorance. If you think you know it all, you have learned nothing. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

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The end of all knowledge should be service to others. Cesar Chavez

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Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Margaret Fuller

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The Best Knowledge Quotes

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Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Albert Einstein

The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more. Charlie Munger

The best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself… The more you learn, the more you’ll earn. Warren Buffett

Knowledge is a skyscraper. You can take a shortcut with a fragile foundation of memorization, or build slowly upon a steel frame of understanding. Naval Ravikant

The ultimate test of knowledge is self-transformation. Knowledge is of use only if it brings a profound change in yourself. Make sure that your knowledge is qualitative, not just quantitative. The quality of understanding is important, not the quantity of information. @TheAncientSage

Wise people say less than they know. Fools say everything they know and many things they don’t. @TheStoicEmperor

When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man. Zen proverb

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. Robert Greene

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin

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Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant. Charlie Munger Click to tweet

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. William Shakespeare

The learning and knowledge that we have is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato

The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things. Plato

If your goal is lasting insight, consuming news that will be irrelevant next week is a bad strategy. Michael

In an age of information abundance, the only things that really need to be taught are those that are counterintuitive. Michael

The construction timeline of knowledge is similar to a skyscraper, too. Takes forever for the hole to be dug and the foundation poured, then the facade appears quickly. Michael

Almost all Americans own a smartphone or a computer. Each device contains the library of Alexandria. The sum total of all world knowledge. You can learn anything. Why don’t you? Too busy tracking social status. Too enthralled by imagery your evolution can’t resist. @TheStoicEmperor

I know just enough to know how little we know. Naval Ravikant

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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin Luther King Jr Click to tweet

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. Rachel Carson

Real knowledge breeds “body feel” and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity. Bruce Lee

Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty. Will Durant

What Is Knowledge?

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Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. Jacob Bronowski Click to tweet

Knowledge is rooted in all things — the world is a library. Lakota proverb

Knowledge is useful when applied, but over-accumulated for its own sake is a burden. Naval Ravikant

Information is not knowledge. Albert Einstein

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Chekhov

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The Most Famous Knowledge Quotes (da Vinci, Voltaire, Einstein, etc.)

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Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon Click to tweet

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. Warren Buffett

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. Maya Angelou

I am a part of everything that I have read. Theodore Roosevelt

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

The more you know the less you understand. Lao Tzu (Tao te Ching)

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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The only thing that I know, is that I know nothing. René Descartes

There is no knowledge that is not power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability. Henry Ford

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison

Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. Voltaire Click to tweet

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. Nicolaus Copernicus

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. Dalai Lama

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Plato

If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. Mark Twain

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Knowledge without transformation is not wisdom. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

Wisdom is the daughter of experience. Leonardo da Vinci

Diversification is a hedge against a lack of knowledge. Naval Ravikant

Wisdom > knowledge > information > data. Shane Parrish

Knowledge, like milk, has an expiry date. Shane Parrish

The more you know, the less you need to say. Jim Rohn Click to tweet

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

Knowledge has a beginning but no end. Geeta S. Iyengar

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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix

Time, as it grows old, teaches all things. Aeschylus

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Inspirational Knowledge Quotes

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Take small bites. Before people realize it, you have accumulated an empire. Robert Greene Click to tweet

Better to understand a little than do misunderstand a lot. Lord Chesterfield

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Charlie Munger

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest. Naval Ravikant

Now we have the Internet, which is the greatest weapon of knowledge ever created, completely interconnected. Naval Ravikant

School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards – wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity – come from ignoring others and improving ourselves. Naval Ravikant

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Leo Buscaglia

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin

Your problem is not a lack of knowledge; you already have more of it than 90% of people will ever have. The problem is a lack of implementation. Once you’ve acquired a certain amount of knowledge, adding more to it is less important than putting your current knowledge to work. @TheAncientSage

The value of knowledge depends on what else you know. David Perell

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I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith. Immanuel Kant

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

A great book can transmit years of wisdom in a few afternoons. Each sentence conveys meaning with precision and economy. A great book is a patient teacher and a deathless companion. A man with a good library has a thousand good mentors. @TheStoicEmperor

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create. Albert Einstein

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. Ralph W. Sockman Click to tweet

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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Funny Knowledge Quotes

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I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. Mark Twain

Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. Howard Nemerov Click to tweet

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. Kurt Vonnegut

If you think that knowledge alone is power, remember: People still smoke and drink soda. Ed Latimore (But wait, is it funny?!)

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Miles Kington

If book knowledge made great investors, than the librarians would all be rich. Warren Buffett

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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet

The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, having traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge. Naval Ravikant

Better to know how to know than to be taught what to know. Thibaut

Knowledge is cumulative when you focus on things that change slowly. Shane Parrish

Our tragedy is that we read too much and reflect too little. Anything worth reading is worth deep contemplation. Knowledge without absorption leaves no lasting mark on us and is little different from a passing amusement. @TheAncientSage

Understanding is far more important than knowledge. Knowledge is quantitative. It is information. It remains peripheral. Understanding is qualitative. It penetrates your heart and permeates your being. Knowledge boosts the ego but only understanding brings transformation. @TheAncientSage

The education system works to load memory rather than increase understanding. Being able to reproduce information isn’t the same as understanding what it means. The system produces parrots who don’t know what they’re talking about with heads too stuffed to allow new perspectives. @TheAncientSage

Knowledge is neutral; it is just information. It is the alchemical quality of mind – the receptacle in which the knowledge is put – that transforms it into something worthwhile. Knowledge without understanding is little more than a burden on the storage capacity of mind. @TheAncientSage

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to and end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

You can only be afraid of what you think you know. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum

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The more you possess the more you are possessed. Thibaut

One of the most important skills in 2019 is being able to ignore noise. Too much information is just as bad as not enough information. @LifeMathMoney

Most college degrees are certificates of gullibility. @LifeMathMoney

I try to get rid of people who always confidently answer questions about which they don’t have any real knowledge. Charlie Munger

A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again. Alexander Pope

Learn to use the knowledge of the past and you will look like a genius, even when you are really just a clever borrower. Robert Greene

Do anything to break up your normal train of thinking and your sense that you already know the truth. Robert Greene

Knowledge has three degrees – opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition. Plotinus

That which we desire lies across an ocean of hard won knowledge. @TheStoicEmperor Click to tweet

They will call you lost for not following the same route as others. They will call you a geek for being a knowledge-seeker. They will call you ugly for not looking like celebrities. They will call you dumb for not being an academic. Thibaut

The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge and there is no place for it in the endeavor of science. Carl Sagan

Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal. Horace Mann

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. Vernon Cooper

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Wise Knowledge Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James Click to tweet

Acknowledging what you don’t know is the dawning of wisdom. Charlie Munger

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Tennyson

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not informed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. Leo Tolstoy

We do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention. Jack Kornfield

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn Vos Savant

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle

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Knowledge if not digested does not give nutrition, only adds weight. Osho

As we move forward we must remember that despite our quest, the shores of our ignorance grow as the Island of Knowledge grows. Shane Parrish

Are you focused enough on the same thing to build cumulative knowledge or are you too spread out? Shane Parrish

Information – so abundant it’s worth practically nothing. Knowledge – scarce enough to be worth $, price determined by supply and demand, distribution follows a bell curve. Insight – So rare it could be worth a fortune, distribution is fat-tailed and the Black Swan rules. Johnny Uzan

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others. John Locke

Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them. Ram Dass

Doubt is wisdom. People are dangerous when they are certain that their cause is just and their facts are right. Paulo Coelho

This presumption that you possess knowledge of any use has to be dropped before you approach philosophy – just as if we were enrolling in a school of music or mathematics. Marcus Aurelius

Knowledge is an addiction, as drink; knowledge does not bring understanding. Knowledge can be taught, but not wisdom; there must be freedom from knowledge for the coming of wisdom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Information, the knowledge of facts, though ever increasing, is by its very nature limited. Wisdom is infinite, it includes knowledge and the way of action; but we take hold of a branch and think it is the whole tree. Through the knowledge of the part, we can never realize the joy of the whole. Intellect can never lead to the whole, for it is only a segment, a part. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Constantly remind yourself of how little you truly know, and of how mysterious the world remains. Robert Greene

If you’re broke and tell people money is not important, they won’t listen to you. If you’re ignorant and say knowledge is vanity, no one believes you. If you preach stoicism but never faced any difficulties, your sermon is futile. Let your message grow out of your own experience. @TheAncientSage

If you smirk at the past dogmas, just imagine how the future will laugh at your own certainties. You think current knowledge is indubitable, but so did all the past ages. Epistemic humility is the most repeated – and ignored – lesson of history. @TheAncientSage

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It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it. Persian proverb

Everything we know has an expiration date. Samuel Arbesman

Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. William Cowper Click to tweet

A society of narrowly developed specialists is a society expert in seeing trees but not forests. @TheStoicEmperor

A miseducation is much more dangerous than no education. An uneducated person has common sense born of pattern recognition. A miseducated person has traded good sense for bad theories. @TheStoicEmperor

Knowledge is discovered by all of us, each adding to the whole. Wisdom is rediscovered by each of us, one at a time. Naval Ravikant

Knowledge is either from direct experience or from verifiable, falsifiable science. There is knowledge that is transmitted but not verifiable / falsifiable, and this knowledge is indistinguishable from that which is false. Naval Ravikant

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. Lao Tzu

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. Immanuel Kant

We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. Michel de Montaigne

The greatest impurity is ignorance. Free yourself from it. Be pure. Buddhist proverb

Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. Guinean proverb

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.
Bertrand Russell

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

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