Quotes on Human Knowledge

'Facts' are the bounds of human knowledge, set for it, not by it. William James
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Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule. Francis Bacon
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All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas. Immanuel Kant
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Philosophy stands in need of a science which shall determine the possibility, principles, and extent of human knowledge a priori. Immanuel Kant
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They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. Thomas Reed
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Within the next few years-a decade perhaps-we should be in a position to unlock new knowledge about life and matter so great that wholly new concepts of human life will follow in the wake of this new knowledge. David Lilienthal
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No human mind can comprehend all the knowledge which guides the actions of society. Friedrich August von Hayek
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Such is the constitution of the human mind, that any kind of knowledge, if it be really such, is its own reward. John Henry Newman
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Science is the one human activity that is truly progressive. The body of positive knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation. Edwin Powell Hubble
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It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
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It is well when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how much better to diffuse the truths already discovered amongst the multitudes. Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power; and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions of truths may be propagated amongst the people.... The whole land must be watered with the streams of knowledge. Horace Mann
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Where faith commences, science ends. Both these arts of the human mind must be strictly kept apart from each other. Faith has its origin in the poetic imagination; knowledge, on the other hand, originates in the reasoning intelligence of man. Science has to pluck the blessed fruits from the tree of knowledge, unconcerned whether these conquests trench upon the poetical imaginings of faith or not. Ernst Haeckel
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[Theodore Roosevelt] was a naturalist on the broadest grounds, uniting much technical knowledge with knowledge of the daily lives and habits of all forms of wild life. He probably knew tenfold more natural history than all the presidents who had preceded him, and, I think one is safe in saying, more human history also. John Burroughs
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Knowledge is only potential power. Napoleon Hill
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Scientia potentia est, sed parva; quia scientia egregia rara est, nec proinde apparens nisi paucissimis, et in paucis rebus. Scientiae enim ea natura est, ut esse intelligi non possit, nisi ab illis qui sunt scientia praediti. Thomas Hobbes
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You know that you know nothing. Find out that knowledge. Ramana Maharshi
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In the scientific world I find just that disinterested devotion to great ends that I hope will spread at last through the entire range of human activity. H G Wells
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Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
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What's important is that all human knowledge be made available to all intelligent people who want to learn it. Stephen Jay Gould
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Before the Internet, coordinating more than 100,000 people, let alone paying them, was essentially impossible. But now with the Internet, I've just shown you a project where we've gotten 750 million people to help us digitize human knowledge. Luis Von Ahn
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Because of the rush of human knowledge, because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream. Roger Ebert
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The authentic insight and experience of any human soul, were it but insight and experience in hewing of wood and drawing of water, is real knowledge, a real possession and acquirement. Thomas Carlyle
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A successful account enables us to understand human knowledge in general. Ernest Sosa
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No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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What you select from, in order to tell your story, is nothing less than everything. What you build up your world from, your local, intelligible rational, coherent world, is nothing less than everything. . . . . All human knowledge is local. Every life, each human life is local, is arbitrary, the infinitesimal momentary glitter of a reflection. Ursula K Le Guin
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Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself. James Mackintosh
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I know everything except myself. Francois Villon
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In my mind, the purpose of education is to enable human beings to develop to their full potential, intellectually and spiritually. That means that students have to be empowered to pursue self-knowledge and the skills that will help them be of service to their fellow human beings. Education should encourage people to develop their curiosity about life; above all, it should not trivialize either the students or their lives. Michael N. Nagler
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If there be an order in which the human race has mastered its various kinds of knowledge, there will arise in every child an aptitude to acquire these kinds of knowledge in the same order. So that even were the order intrinsically indifferent, it would facilitate education to lead the individual mind through the steps traversed by the general mind. But the order is not intrinsically indifferent; and hence the fundamental reason why education should be a repetition of civilization in little. Herbert Spencer
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No one has yet been found so firm of mind and purpose as resolutely to compel himself to sweep away all theories and common notions, and to apply the understanding, thus made fair and even, to a fresh examination of particulars. Thus it happens that human knowledge, as we have it, is a mere medley and ill-digested mass, made up of much credulity and much accident, and also of the childish notions which we at first imbibed. Francis Bacon
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To inquisitive minds like yours and mine the reflection that the quantity of human knowledge bears no proportion to the quantity of human ignorance must be in one view rather pleasing, viz., that though we are to live forever we may be continually amused and delighted with learning something new. Benjamin Franklin
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Humans crave knowledge, and when that craving ends, we are no longer human. Tim Lebbon
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Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power. Horace Mann
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He who by an exertion of mind or body, adds to the aggregate of enjoyable wealth, increases the sum of human knowledge, or gives to human life higher elevation or greater fullness - he is, in the larger meaning of the words, a " producer," a " working man," a " laborer," and is honestly earning honest wages. Henry George
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Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character. George Bernard Shaw
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A real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into a knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul and spirit. Rudolf Steiner
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Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature... what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action. If you know these things abut a person, you can touch him at the core of his being. William Bernbach
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No human being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does. Henry David Thoreau
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The irony is that science has served only to show how small human knowledge is. Masanobu Fukuoka
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One original thought is worth the sum total of human knowledge, because it advances the sum total of human knowledge by that one original thought. Jacob Bronowski
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But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge. Muhammad Iqbal
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This is what is ultimate in our human knowledge of God, to know that we do not know. Anthony De Mello
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Our human knowledge is a candle burnt On a dim altar to a sun-vast Truth. Sri Aurobindo
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It is not lawful or proper for you to know everything. Lucian
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And what word is knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge? Khalil Gibran
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He who knows what he is told must know a lot of things that are not so. Arthur Guiterman
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The best prescription is knowledge. C Everett Koop
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One cannot know everything. Horace
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Knowledge comes Of learning well retain'd, unfruitful else. Dante Alighieri
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Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge. Philip Sidney
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He knoweth the universe, and himself he knoweth not. Jean De La Fontaine
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Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Only by knowledge of that which is not thyself, shall thyself be learned. Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
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The more I know the less tortured I am. Alanis Morissette
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Knowledge is the only elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Doubt is not below knowledge, but above it. Alain-Rene Lesage
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No honey is sweeter than that of knowledge. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Science sans conscience n' est que le ruine de l'ame. Knowledge without conscience is but the ruine of the soule. Francois Rabelais
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Exact knowledge is the enemy of vitalism. Francis Crick
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I await your sentence with less fear than you pass it. The time will come when all will see what I see. Giordano Bruno
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Never any knowledge was delivered in the same order it was invented. Francis Bacon
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So much has already been written about everything that you can't find out anything about it. James Thurber
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It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing. Seneca the Younger
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Knowledge is like underwear. It is useful to have it, but not necessary to show it off. Nicky Gumbel
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Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. Aristotle
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Knowledge makes people special. Knowledge enriches life itself. Benjamin Carson
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Scientific knowledge advances haltingly and is stimulated by contention and doubt. Claude Levi-Strauss
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Knowledge of the truth I may perhaps have attained to; happiness certainly not. What shall I do? Accomplish something in the world, men tell me. Shall I then publish my grief to the world, contribute one more proof for the wretchedness and misery of existence, perhaps discover a new flaw in human life, hitherto unnoticed? I might then reap the rare reward of becoming famous, like the man who discovered the spots on Jupiter. I prefer, however, to keep silent. Soren Kierkegaard
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In less than eight years "The Origin of Species" has produced conviction in the minds of a majority of the most eminent living men of science. New facts, new problems, new difficulties as they arise are accepted, solved, or removed by this theory; and its principles are illustrated by the progress and conclusions of every well established branch of human knowledge. Alfred Russel Wallace
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I will frankly tell you that my experience in prolonged scientific investigations convinces me that a belief in God-a God who is behind and within the chaos of vanishing points of human knowledge-adds a wonderful stimulus to the man who attempts to penetrate into the regions of the unknown. Louis Agassiz
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Sciences usually advances by a succession of small steps, through a fog in which even the most keen-sighted explorer can seldom see more than a few paces ahead. Occasionally the fog lifts, an eminence is gained, and a wider stretch of territory can be surveyed-sometimes with startling results. A whole science may then seem to undergo a kaleidoscopic rearrangement, fragments of knowledge sometimes being found to fit together in a hitherto unsuspected manner. Sometimes the shock of readjustment may spread to other sciences; sometimes it may divert the whole current of human thought. James Jeans
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Unless the structure of the nucleus has a surprise in store for us, the conclusion seems plain-there is nothing in the whole system if laws of physics that cannot be deduced unambiguously from epistemological considerations. An intelligence, unacquainted with our universe, but acquainted with the system of thought by which the human mind interprets to itself the contents of its sensory experience, and should be able to attain all the knowledge of physics that we have attained by experiment. Arthur Eddington
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Knowledge is boundless,-human capacity, limited. Nicolas Chamfort
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I shall reconsider human knowledge by starting from the fact that we can know more than we can tell, Michael Polanyi
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The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognita, unknown territory. Daniel J Boorstin
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The Divine is simply that which science has not yet explained. In effect, God = Infinity - Human Knowledge. Ashwin Sanghi
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As human knowledge has grown, it has also become plain that every religious story ever told about how we got here is quite simply wrong. This, finally, is what all religions have in common. They didn't get it right. Salman Rushdie
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All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation. Walter Benjamin
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We do not ask what hope of gain makes a little bird warble, since we know that it takes delight in singing because it is for that very singing that the bird was made, so there is no need to ask why the human mind undertakes such toil in seeking out these secrets of the heavens. ... And just as other animals, and the human body, are sustained by food and drink, so the very spirit of Man, which is something distinct from Man, is nourished, is increased, and in a sense grows up on this diet of knowledge, and is more like the dead than the living if it is touched by no desire for these things. Johannes Kepler
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The purpose of human existence is to learn and to understand as much as we can of what came before us, so we can further the sum total of human knowledge in our life. Erik Naggum
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