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"The universe is not a fixed sum, in which the amount you know subtracts from the amount you don't.”
Pico Iyer, New York Times 3/21/2014

“The more we think we know, the greater we find is our ignorance.”
Gardiner G. Hubbard, National Geographic Society 1888

A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick.
Witter Bynner, The Way of Life (1944).

"The general policy of the past has been to drive, but the era of force must give way to that of knowledge, and the policy of the future will be to teach and to lead, to the advantage of all concerned."

Henry Gantt (1910) Work, Wages, and Profits: Their Influence on the Cost of Living, p.112.

"If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

Ben Franklin, as quoted in Exercises in English Grammar (1909) by M. A. Morse

"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."

Bertrand Russell (1925) What I Believe

"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."

Nelson Mandela


There are gems of wondrous brightness
Ofttimes lying at our feet,
And we pass them, walking thoughtless,
Down the busy, crowded street.
If we knew, our pace would slacken,
We would step more oft with care,
Lest our careless feet be treading
To the earth some jewel rare.

Rudyard Kipling If We Only Understood. Attributed to him in Masonic Standard (May 16, 1908). Not found. Claimed for Bessie Smith. Quote reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 419-23