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





The knowledge of God is far from the love of Him.


Keith Miller (1919-, Australian cricketer)


A knowledge of men is the prime secret of business success.


Darius Ogden Mills


The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him and imitate Him.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Oh how fine it is to know a thing or two!


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Without knowledge, life is not more than the shadow of death.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Knowing a lot is often the cause of doubting more.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn, and to arrange what we know.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


Many people think of knowledge as money. They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.


John Morely


There are things known, and there are things unknown. And in between are the doors.


Jim Morrison (1943-1971, American rock musician)


Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person


Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940, American novelist, humor writer)


Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good or evil poured into them by so many learned generations? Ignorance cannot be learned.


Gerard De Nerval (1808-1855, French novelist, poet)


One's own self is well hidden from one's own self; of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We have no organ at all for knowledge, for "truth": we "know" (or believe or imagine) precisely as much as may be useful in the interest of the human herd, the species: and even what is here called "usefulness" is in the end only a belief, something imagined and perhaps precisely that most fatal piece of stupidity by which we shall one day perish.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Know yourself.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Knowledge is rooted in all things -- the world is a library.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


And all your future lies beneath your hat.


John Oldham (1653-1683, British poet)


Real apprenticeship is ultimately always to the self.


Cynthia Ozick (1928-, American novelist, short-story writer)


Real apprenticeship is ultimately always to the self.


Cynthia Ozick (1928-, American novelist, short-story writer)


What's scary in life is not what people know (or don't know), but what they know that ain't so.


Leroy Satchel Paige (1906-1982, American baseball player)


Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Knowledge is ancient error reflecting on its youth.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


'Tis not need we know our every thought or see the work shop where each mask is wrought wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit and serve our jape's turn for a night or two.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Three things that a man must know to survive: what is too much for him, what is too little, and what is fitting.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


You won't gain knowledge by drinking ink.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


What I do not know will not keep me warm.


Austrian Proverb


When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


He that is master of himself will soon be master of others. Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. With all your knowledge, know thyself


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


He who knows little quickly tells it.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


He who does not know one thing knows another


Kenyan Proverb (Sayings of Kenyan origin)


The rat who only knows about one hole will soon be caught by the cat.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


The supreme treasure is knowledge, the middle treasure is children, and the lowest treasure is material wealth.


Mongolian Proverb


Every animal knows more than you do.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Try to put well in practice what you already know. In so doing, you will, in good time, discover the hidden things you now inquire about.


Rembrandt (Harmenszoon van Rijn) (1606-1669, Dutch painter, artist)


It is part of our pedagogy to teach the operations of thinking, feeling, and willing so that they may be made conscious. For if we do not know the difference between an emotion and a thought, we will know very little. We need to understand the components (of emotions) at work... in order to free their hold.


Mary Caroline Richards


It not knowing what to do, it's doing what you know.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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A superficial knowledge is not enough. It must be a knowledge capable of analyzing a situation quickly and making an immediate decision.


Cavett Robert


A mature person is one who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that ...all of us need both love and charity.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Far better is it to know everything of a little than a little of everything.


Author Unknown


Once thoroughly understood, our own knowledge ceases to give us pleasure.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts -- the less you know the hotter you get.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.


Mark Rutherford


Knowledge of ourselves teaches us whence we come, where we are and whither we are going. We come from God and we are in exile; and it is because our potency of affection lends towards God that we are aware of this state of exile.


Jan Van Ruysbroeck


A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


As the biggest library, if it is in disorder, is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge, but it will be of far less value to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The happy man is he who knows his limitations, yet bows to no false gods.


Robert W. Service (1874-1958, British poet)


Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The delights of self-discovery are always available.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth watch them run it, and the other eighty percent don't know what the hell's going on.


Jake Simmons (American industrialist)


To know yourself, see how others do, to know others look into your own heart.


Sydney Smiles


Know thyself.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


There is a solitude which each and every one of us has always carried within. More inaccessible than the ice-cold mountains, more profound than the midnight sea: the solitude of self.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


No matter what happens, there's always somebody who knew it would.


Lonny Starr


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


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.


Ray Stevens


It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.


Tom Stoppard (1937-, Czech playwright)


Knowledge without practice is like a glass eye, all for show, and nothing for use.


George Swinnock


Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can -- namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.


Thales of Miletus (640-546 BC, Founder of Greek philosophy, sciences)


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.


Alvin Toffler (1928-, American author)


A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Between us, we cover all knowledge; he knows all that can be known and I know the rest.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Analysis and synthesis ordinarily clarify matters for us about as much as taking a Swiss watch apart and dumping its wheels, springs, hands, threads, pivots, screws and gears into a layman's hands for reassembling, clarifies a watch to a layman.


Author Unknown


It is disgraceful to live as a stranger in one's country, and be an alien in any matter that affects our welfare.


Author Unknown


Know yourself, master yourself, conquest of self is most gratifying.


Author Unknown


Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.


Author Unknown


Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one.


Author Unknown


Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.


Author Unknown


Many of us don't have to turn out the lights to be in the dark.


Author Unknown


No man knows less than the man who knows it all


Author Unknown


Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.


Author Unknown


What is as important as knowledge? Caring, and seeing with the heart.


Author Unknown


Who knows most believes least.


Author Unknown


Without wisdom, knowledge is either useless or destructive.


Author Unknown


Know one, know all.


Katha Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)


Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.


Raoul Vaneigem (1934-, Belgian situationist philosopher)


The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.


John Archibald Wheeler (1911-, American theoretical physicist)


Knowledge, like religion, must be "experienced" in order to be known.


Edwin P. Whipple (1819-1886, American essayist)


In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.


Willis R. Whitney


When you see the abyss, and we have looked into it, then what? There isn't much room at the edge -- one person, another, not many. If you are there, others cannot be there. If you are there, you become a protective wall. What happens? You become part of it.


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


I am not young enough to know everything.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating -- people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are -- not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within -- that you can begin to take control.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book shown to him by heart, and his friends can only read the title.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source.


Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon leader)


Any experience can be transformed into something of value.


Vash Young


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