What You Know For Sure

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – What You Know For Sure

Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room. ~ William Hazlitt

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. ~ Thomas Szasz

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them. ~ Pierre Beaumarchais

I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later. ~ Mitch Hedberg

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. ~ Paul Valery

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. ~ Ronald Reagan

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. ~ Robert Heinlein

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. ~ H. L. Mencken

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there. ~ Albert Einstein

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. ~ Anais Nin

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination. ~ e. e. cummings

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. ~ Charles Darwin

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. ~ Aldous Huxley

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. ~ Bertrand Russell

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. ~ Samuel Johnson

Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise. ~ Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility. ~ Robin Morgan

Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since. ~ Abigail Adams

Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. ~ George Santayana

There’s a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. ~ Pearl Bailey

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about. ~ Eric Hoffer

The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection. ~ Jeremy Bentham

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. ~ Bertrand Russell

Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns. ~ Albert Szent-Györgyi

Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates. ~ Abbott Lawrence Lowell

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. ~ Maurice Maeterlinck

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? ~ Thomas Henry Huxley

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well. ~ Robert Benchley

President Reagan didn’t always know what he knew. ~ Oliver North

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be. ~ Walter Bagehot

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