Quotes on Truth And Knowledge

When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. Isaac Asimov

I conclude that, while it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know. Bertrand Russell

What can give us more sure knowledge than our senses? How else can we distinguish between the true and the false? Lucretius

If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory. Jesse Ventura

Men of vision caught glimpses of truth and beauty shining aloft like stars: and in these glimpses was a new hope for the unification of mankind through enlightenment. Robert Falconer

Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty. Will Durant

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. John Naisbitt

Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men; Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. William Cowper

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. Albert Einstein

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men. Albert Einstein

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented. Georges Braque

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. Confucius

Activity is the only road to knowledge. George Bernard Shaw

Where there is no knowledge ignorance calls itself science. George Bernard Shaw

All schools, all colleges have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal valuable knowledge. Mark Twain

It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

It is by logic we prove. It is by intuition we discover. Henri Poincare

Why does man not see things? He is himself standing in the way: he conceals things. Friedrich Nietzsche

The end of knowledge is power ... the scope of all speculation is the performing of some action or thing to be done. Thomas Hobbes

A modern theory of knowledge which takes account of the relational as distinct from the merely relative character of all historical knowledge must start with the assumption that there are spheres of thought in which it is impossible to conceive of absolute truth existing independently of the values and position of the subject and unrelated to the social context. Karl Mannheim

When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. Thomas Jefferson

Woe to the suicides! I believe that there can be none more miserable than they. Oh, there are some who remain proud and fierce even in hell, in spite of their certain knowledge and contemplation of the absolute truth; there are some fearful ones who have given themselves over to Satan and his proud spirit entirely. For such, hell is voluntary and ever consuming; they are tortured by their own choice. For they have cursed themselves, cursing God and life. And they will burn in the fire of their own wrath forever and yearn for death and annihilation. But they will not attain to death. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. Dalai Lama

I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it. Mark Twain

All of my knowledge, of both science and religion, I incorporate into the classical tradition of my painting. Salvador Dali

The basic economic resource - the means of production - is no longer capital, nor natural resources, nor labor. It is and will be knowledge. Peter Drucker

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education forms the common mind. Alexander Pope

You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Nature expresses a design of love and truth. Pope Benedict Xvi

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies. William Shakespeare

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. Aristotle

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament; be plain. Thomas Otway

It is not without good reason, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. Michel De Montaigne

The scientist knows very well that he is approaching ultimate truth only in an asymptotic curve and is barred from ever reaching it; but at the same time he is proudly aware of being indeed able to determine whether a statement is a nearer or a less near approach to the truth. Konrad Lorenz

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert Ringer

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

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

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. Charles Darwin

To make knowledge productive, we will have to learn to see both forest and tree. We will have to learn to connect. Peter Drucker

The two greatest fear busters are knowledge and action Denis Waitley

Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. Richard J Needham

Knowledge is only potential power. Napoleon Hill

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

To put more faith in lies and hate than truth and love, is the true atheism. James Russell Lowell

A fool must now and then be right, by chance William Cowper

Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life. Kofi Annan

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. Vincent de Paul

So, I think that's the centerpiece of morality: Don't lie. But to do that, you have to go a step further and find out what the truth is. George Mcgovern

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees. E F Schumacher

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Breault

Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow's world is yours to build. Yuri Kochiyama

Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther

The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it. Andrew Carnegie

Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius

Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said. Mark Twain

We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments. James Madison

One and all We lend an ear-nay, Science takes thereto- Encourages the meanest who has racked Nature until he gains from her some fact, To state what truth is from his point of view, Mere pin-point though it be: since many such Conduce to make a whole, she bids our friend Come forward unabashed and haply lend His little life-experience to our much Of modern knowledge. Robert Browning

Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself. James Mackintosh

I know everything except myself. Francois Villon

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. William Shakespeare

Some of the men and women who will not say in so many words the thing which is not, will deliberately give a false impression. They are not the servants of truth; they are the parasites of truth. Katharine Fullerton Gerould

A man's errors are his portals of discovery. James Joyce

I have repeatedly stressed that we have the knowledge to reduce hunger and poverty. Gro Harlem Brundtland

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. Dalai Lama

God is most glorified in us when our knowledge and experience of Him ignite a forest fire of joy that consumes all competing pleasures and He alone becomes the treasure that we prize. Sam Storms

In humility alone lies true greatness, and knowledge and wisdom are profitable only in so far as our lives are governed by them. Nicholas of Cusa

Cultivated men and women who do not skim the cream of life, and are attached to the duties, yet escape the harsher blows, make acute and balanced observers. George Meredith

Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence. Shakti Gawain

Error has made man so deep, sensitive, and inventive that he has put forth such blossoms as religions and arts. Pure knowledge could not have been capable of it. Friedrich Nietzsche

We need only reflect on what has been prov'd at large, that we are never sensible of any connexion betwixt causes and effects, and that 'tis only by our experience of their constant conjunction, we can arrive at any knowledge of this relation. David Hume

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Borne

The highest of generalizations is the synergetic integration of truth and love. R Buckminster Fuller

After much seeking for truth and knowledge the profoundness of reality came to me with a clarity never before known. Gautama Buddha

The most noble of all pursuits is to be enlightened, to know truth, to have knowledge and yet be beyond even truth and knowledge, to be God. Frederick Lenz

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Albert Einstein



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