An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Knowledge is the only elegance.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be known.


John Holt (1908-1967, Australian Prime Minister)


The mark of a well educated person is not necessarily in knowing all the answers, but in knowing where to find them.


Douglas Everett


Knowledge, without common sense, says Lee, is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death. But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with clarity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.


Austin Farrar


You have to know what's important and what's unimportant, for you.


David Harold Fink


Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.


Martin H. Fischer


I know myself, but that is all.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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For lust of knowing what should not be known, we take the Golden Road to Samarkand.


James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915, British poet)


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 (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country!


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou knowest, all thou hast, nor all thou cans't.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.


(Frederick II) Frederick The Great (1712-1786, Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786),)


People who concentrate on giving good service always get more personal satisfaction as well as better business. How can we get better service? One way is by trying to see ourselves as others do.


Patricia Fripp (British-born American author, speaker)


Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Until we see what we are, we cannot take steps to become what we should be.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


I never believed in trying to do anything. Whatever I set out to do I found I had already accomplished.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


What is not fully understood is not possessed.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Knowledge like timber shouldn't be much use till they are seasoned.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


All knowledge is ambiguous.


J. S. Habgood (1927-, British ecclesiastic, archbishop of York)


The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.


Caryl Haskins


Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


Say, oh wise man, how you have come to such knowledge? Because I was never ashamed to confess my ignorance and ask others.


Johann Gottfried Von Herder (1744-1803, German critic and poet)


There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge -- that is everywhere.


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss novelist, poet)


Knowledge is only potential power.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


You can always draw as well as you know how to. I flatter myself that I feel more than I express on canvas; but I know that is not so.


William Morris Hunt


Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


More knowledge may be gained of a man's real character by a short conversation with one of his servants than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree and ended with his funeral.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.'


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards becoming a champion.


Billie Jean King (1943-, American tennis player)


Long ago I understood that it wasn't merely my being a woman that was preventing my being welcomed into the world of what I long thought of as my peers. It was that I had succeeded in an undertaking few men have even attempted: I have become myself.


Alice Koller


Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.


Louis Kronenberger


He knows the universe and does not know himself.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do.


Robert K. Mueller


He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Know thyself, presume not God to scan. The proper study of mankind is man.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize.


Christopher Lasch (1932-, American historian)


All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed waste-paper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The use of knowledge in our sex (beside the amusement of solitude) is to moderate the passions and learn to be contented with a small expense, which are the certain effects of a studious life and, it may be, preferable even to that fame which men have engrossed to themselves and will not suffer us to share.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


When a person acts without knowledge of what he thinks, feels, needs or wants, he does not yet have the option of choosing to act differently.


Clark Moustakas (Humanistic psychologist)


It's not our disadvantages or short-comings that are ridiculous, but rather the studious way we try to hide them, and our desire to act as if they did not exist.


Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837, Italian poet, scholar)


To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Self-understanding rather than self-condemnation is the way to inner peace and mature conscience.


Joshua Loth Liebman


Only when one is connected to one's own core is one connected to others.... And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world -- introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably -- that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


Turn your doubts to question; turn your question to prayers; turn your prayers to God.


Mark R. Litteton


Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.


Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989, Austrian zoologist, ethnologist)


True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Knowledge is and will be produced in order to be sold, it is and will be consumed in order to be valorized in a new production: in both cases, the goal is exchange. Knowledge ceases to be an end in itself, it loses its use-value.


Jean Francois Lyotard (1924-, French philosopher)


Charles V. said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge that, than his father Philip for giving him life.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.


Sidney Madwed


The hunger and thirst for knowledge, the keen delight in the chase, the good humored willingness to admit that the scent was false, the eager desire to get on with the work, the cheerful resolution to go back and begin again, the broad good sense, the unaffected modesty, the imperturbable temper, the gratitude for any little help that was given -- all these will remain in my memory though I cannot paint them for others.


Frederic William Maitland


No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.


Thomas Mann (1875-1955, German author, critic)


If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.


Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)


You can live a lifetime and at the end, know more about other people than you know about yourself.


Beryl Markham


God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays.


John Masefield (1878-1967, British poet and novelist)


Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, et cetera with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.


James A. Michener (1907-1997, American  writer)


He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


Sin, guilt, neurosis -- they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


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