Archive for the ‘Knowledge’ Category

We shall see but little if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding.

— Henry David Thoreau (by Benjamin D. Maxham; Public Domain)

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Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.

—Sir Francis Bacon (Public Domain)

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I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.

—John Locke (1696, by Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

There is a wealth of knowledge out there, just waiting to be shared with the person who dares ask. You can almost always glean excellent information from others if you simply ask the right questions, and are receptive to the answers.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Aristotle on Education

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

—Aristotle (Public Domain)

And what an incredible time in which we live, from the standpoint of education. For most of our human existence, even the most basic of teachings—like learning to read and write—were limited to a small and elite percentage of the population. While this has certainly changed over the course of the past several centuries, until this past generation our education was still restrictive, limited to the classroom, the library, periodicals, and newspapers. Now, with the advent of the internet, we can literally gain an education on any topic in the world, from science and mathematics to history and psychology. Not only can we “attend” college online, we can tap into powerful platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Lynda, and KhanAcademy for an incredibly low price. We can keep our minds young or create a new income stream by learning to code at CodeAcademy. Think of what so many throughout history would have given to have these “magical” tools at their fingertips! What a great time to be alive.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.


—Epictetus, 55AD-135AD

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The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

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—Isaac Asimov

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We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where a great number of things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 – and a great number of things he knows at 40 hadn’t been discovered when he was 20?


—Arthur C. Clarke

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