100 Knowledge Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the most inspiring knowledge quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find a new perspective on knowledge and wisdom through these beautiful words. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Lao Tzu, da Vinci, and more. Enjoy!

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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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

I believe we know close to nothing. If we embrace that ‘not knowing’ we’ll have a healthier experience going through life. Rick Rubin

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

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

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

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

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

What Is Knowledge?

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

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

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

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The Most Famous Knowledge Quotes

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Searching for a famous knowledge quote? Check out those by da Vinci, Lao Tzu, Voltaire, Einstein, etc.
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Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix

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

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

Short Knowledge Quotes

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One-liners, short knowledge quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Knowledge without transformation is not wisdom. Paulo Coelho

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

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The more you possess the more you are possessed. Thibaut

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

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. Unknown

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

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

It’s not knowledge that will transform you, it’s understanding. Maxime Lagacé


Inspirational Knowledge Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 realize the great life. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

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

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

If you think that knowledge alone is power, remember: people still smoke and drink soda. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

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


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

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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April 14, 2022

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