Famous Quotes

Popular Quotes
Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life, I find.
John F. Kennedy
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
Benjamin Franklin
We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
Henry David Thoreau
Marriage is one long conversation checkered by disputes.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
Winston Churchill
I think and think for months, for years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
Albert Einstein


Knowledge Quotes and Quotations
All men by nature desire to know.
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I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde
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I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.
Robert Benchley
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Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Elbert Hubbard
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Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
Karl Popper
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Pocket all your knowledge with your watch and never pull it out in company unless desired.
Lord Chesterfield
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President Reagan didn’t always know what he knew.
Oliver North
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Ten lands are sooner known than one man.
Old saying
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The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.
Samuel Butler
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There are times I think I am not sure of something which I absolutely know.
Mongkut, King of Siam
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There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout
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There was never an age in which useless knowledge was more important than in our own.
Cyril Joad
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We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.
Rutherford D. Rogers
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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
William Blake
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Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Thomas Fuller
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Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
Will Durant
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Knowledge is of two kinds; we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson
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As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
Albert Schweitzer
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A man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
Samuel Johnson
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Grace is given of God, but knowledge is bought in the market.
Arthur Hugh Clough
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If a little knowledge is dangerous – where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
Thomas Huxley
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We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.
Charles Caleb Colton
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Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Huxley
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The learned is happy, nature to explore, the fool is happy, that he knows no more.
Alexander Pope
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One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.
Robert Lynd
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I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
Clarence Darrow
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A man only understands what is akin to something already existing in himself.
Henri Frederic Amiel
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Everybody gets so much common information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford
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The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
Gloria Steinem
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We should live and learn; but by the time we’ve learned, it’s too late to live.
Carolyn Wells
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The specialist is a man who fears the other subjects.
Martin H. Fisher
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All that men really understand is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know; and motives to study or practise. The rest is affectation and imposture.
William Hazlitt
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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell
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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Huxley
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It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.
Will Rogers
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In all affairs, love, religion, politics or business, it’s a healthy idea, now and then, to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted.
Bertrand Russell
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Knowledge is power.
Francis Bacon
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Man is not weak – knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanics laughs at strength.
Samuel Johnson
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To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Henry David Thoreau
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The simplest questions are the hardest to answer.
Northrop Frye
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They know enough who know how to learn.
Henry Adams
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Strange how much you’ve got to know Before you know how little you know.
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I take all knowledge to be my province.
Sir Francis Bacon
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To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Benjamin Disraeli
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For knowledge, too, is itself a power.
Sir Francis Bacon
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The only good is knowledge, and the only evil ignorance.
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He that increaseth knowledge increascth sorrow.
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Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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One cannot know everything.
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Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson
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He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.
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It ain’t the things you don’t know what gets you into trouble; it’s the things you know for sure what ain’t so.
Negro Saying
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Better know nothing than half-know many things.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
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Then I began to think, that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one-half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.
Francois Rabelais
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare
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And seeing ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare
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Know thyself.
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As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
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Inspiration Quotes and Quotations
No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus.
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
Inspiration and genius – one and the same.
Motivation Quotes and Quotations
What makes life dreary is want of motive.
They never die, who have the future in them.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.
Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants, lives so as to give a meaning and a value to his own life.
The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Talent isn’t enough. You need motivation-and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you’re young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of “I’ll show them.” If you don’t have it, don’t become a writer.
Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.
One man with a dream, at pleasure, Shall go forth and conquer a crown, And three with a new song’s measure, Can trample an empire down.
We can do whatever we wish to do provided our wish is strong enough. … What do you want most to do? That’s what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties.
Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to win is.
If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.
For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
Accurate information is a key part of motivation.
Football linemen are motivated by a more complicated, self-determining series of factors than the simple fear of humiliation in the public gaze, which is the emotion that galvanizes the backs and receivers.
Love makes the wildest spirit tame, and the tamest spirit wild.
I tried to treat them like me, and some of them weren’t.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
I believe in using words, not fists.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
The moment somebody says to me, “This is very risky,” is the moment it becomes attractive to me.
Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
Good humor, like the jaundice, makes every one of its own complexion.
All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street, folks will say, “There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.”
Your distress about life might mean you have been living for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living.
Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.
Love teaches even asses to dance.
There are only two stimulants to one’s best efforts: the fear of punishment, and the hope of reward.
When you get hungry enough, you find yourself speaking Spanish pretty well.
Discontent is the first step in progress. No one knows what is in him till he tries, and many would never try if they were not forced to.
I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.
It is for the superfluous things of life that men sweat.
Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like.
We must each find our separate meaning in the persuasion of our days until we meet in the meaning of the world.
Don’t let other people tell you what you want.
Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
Everyone expects to go further than his father went; everyone expects to be better than he was born and every generation has one big impulse in its heart-to exceed all the other generations of the past in all the things that make life worth living.
To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
To sink a six-foot putt with thirty million people looking over your shoulder, convince yourself that, if you miss it, you will be embarrassed and poor.
I want to do it because I want to do it.
Fear, desire, hope still push us on toward the future.
Money never remains just coins and pieces of paper. Money can be translated into the beauty of living, a support in misfortune, an education, or future security.
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
Lust and force are the source of all our actions; lust causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.
I don’t make deals for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll never need. I do it to do it. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.
Wealth … and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and vicious-ness, and both of discontent.
Anxiety and conscience are a powerful pair of dynamos. Between them, they have ensured that I shall work hard, but they cannot ensure that one shall work at anything worthwhile.
It is the spur of ignorance, the consciousness of not understanding, and the curiosity about that which lies beyond that are essential to our progress.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different, and yet the same.
Love teaches even asses to dance.
Money and women. They’re the two strongest things in the world. There are things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.
It is for the superfluous things of life that men sweat.
It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.
I am not sending messages with my feet. All I ever wanted was not to come up empty. I did it for the dough, and the old applause.
My advice about acting? Speak clearly, don’t bump into people, and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday.
I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace.
It is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft, luscious south wind which lulls them to lotus dreams.
One starts an action simply because one must do something.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.
There’s only one good reason to be a writer-we can’t help it! We’d all like to be successful, rich and famous, but if those are our goals, we’re off on the wrong foot. … I just wanted to earn enough money so I could work at home on my writing.
I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason.
Necessity, who is the mother of our invention.
Urgent necessity prompts many to do things.
I always felt that I hadn’t achieved what I wanted to achieve. I always felt I could get better. That’s the whole incentive.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of further inertia and the irksomeness of action.
I can’t concentrate on golf or bowling. Those bowling pins aren’t going to hurt me. I can concentrate in the ring because someone is trying to kill me.
I happened on the idea of fitting an engine to a bicycle simply because I did not want to ride crowded trains and buses.
Always in a moment of extreme danger things can be done which had previously been thought impossible.
Acting was a way out at first. A way out of not knowing what to do, a way of focusing ambitions. And the ambition wasn’t for fame. The ambition was to do an interesting job.
A loafer never works except when there is a fire; then he will carry out more furniture than anybody.
Hardships, poverty and want are the best incentives, and the best foundation, for the success of man.
Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense.
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
If you’re good to your staff when things are going well, they’ll rally when times go bad.
Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.
I praise loudly; I blame softly.
There are two things that people want more than sex and money- recognition and praise.
To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling.
Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.
There isn’t much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable.
We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.
What you praise you increase.
What men and women need is encouragement. … Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits.
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, “Make me feel important.” Never forget this message when working with people.
We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
Most people would rather be seen through than not seen at all.
When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves; we desire to live an imaginary life in the minds of others, and for this purpose we endeavor to shine.
The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.
If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: “I want to be praised.”
We talk on principle, but we act on interest.
What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.
The virtues and the vices are all put in motion by interest.
It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
You have to know exactly what you want out of your career. If you want to be a star, you don’t bother with other things.
Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.
Men’s actions depend to a great extent upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.
Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.
There are only two forces that unite men-fear and interest.
The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind.
You can’t underestimate the power of fear.
There are only two stimulants to one’s best efforts: the fear of punishment, and the hope of reward.
A man who is afraid will do anything.
Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a permanent loser.
A team that has character doesn’t need stimulation.
Beware of trying to accomplish anything by force.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Because it’s there.
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
When the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet.
No leader can be too far ahead of his followers.
You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.


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