Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts


"All men by nature desire knowledge." -- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Metaphysics

"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." -- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." -- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

"Convinced myself, I seek not to convince." -- Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

"It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge." -- Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954)

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand." -- Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)

"If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." -- Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

"His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof." -- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

"If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain." -- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 1952

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it." -- Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

"There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." -- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

"Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there." -- Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something." -- Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

"When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge." -- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it." -- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

"Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it." -- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

"Knowledge is power." -- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." -- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

"Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial." -- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)

"Knowledge is knowing a fact. Wisdom is knowing what to do with that fact." -- B.J. Palmer

"Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice." -- Greg Olsen

"A mind is like a parachute. It works best when open." -- Unknown

"To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Be wiser than others, if you can, but do not tell them so." -- Lord Chesterfield

"People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge." -- Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

"The wonderful truth about skills and knowedge: they don't wear out with use." -- Tom Hopkins

"Mental is to physical what four is to one." -- Lloyd Carr, Head Football Coach, Michigan

"We'd like to help you learn to help yourself." Simon & Garfunkle -- "Mrs. Robinson"

"Life is tough. It's tougher when you're stupid." -- John Wayne

"Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else." -- Unknown

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." -- Unknown

"People don't care about how much you know, until they know how much you care." -- Linden Wood

"Sometimes people forget how much they don't know." -- Van Orden

"Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge." -- Unknown

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." -- Proverbs 15:1,2

"You can't use what you don't know." -- Harold Huff

"Half of knowledge is knowing where to find it." -- Unknown