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On Knowledge and Learning

   The many-sided mind is ripe for every prize. 

                                                      M. Tupper

   Many a teacher, lacking judgment, hindereth his own lessons. 

                                                        M. Tupper

   Conscience or affection give strange keenness to the mind. 

                                                        M. Tupper

   Learning is a sceptre to some, a bauble to others.

   Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing 
   an exact man. 
                                                        Lord Bacon

   Never yet was mind exhausted, nor one heart dug out. 

                                                      M. Tupper

   Knowledge humbleth the great man, astonisheth the common man, 
   and puffeth up the little man.

   A little mind is boastful and incredulous, for he fancieth all 
   knowledge is his own.                                        
                                               M. Tupper

   Thinking is very far from knowing.

   A good education is the best dowry.

   A man knows no more to any purpose than he practices.

   Learning passes for wisdom among those who want both.

                                             Sir W. Temple

   The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge 
   to love him, and to imitate him. 

   Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and 
   excellent things in the world in skillful hands; in unskillful 
   hands, the most mischievious. 

   He who has no inclination to learn more will be very apt to 
   think he knows enough. 

   Learning, if rightly applied, makes a young man thinking, 
   attentive, industrious, confident and wary;  and an old man 
   cheerful and useful.  It is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge 
   in adversity, an entertainment at all times;  it cheers in 
   solitude, and gives moderation and wisdom in all circumstances.

   How empty is learning, how vain is art, but as it mends the 
   life and guides the heart. 

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

   That learning is most indespensible which unlearns evil.


   To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.

                                              Jeremy Taylor

   Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor 
   excessive, nor yet the greatest of all;  but great cleverness 
   and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, 
   are a much greater misfortune. 

   He who learns, and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of 
   burden with a load of books.  -- Does the ass comprehend 
   whether he carries on his back a library or a bundle of 

   Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three 
   pillars of learning.

   Learning makes young men temperate, is the comfort of old age; 
   stands for wealth with poverty, and serves as an ornament to 

   A little learning is a dangerous thing!  drink deep or taste 
   not the Pierian spring; there shallow draughts intoxicate the 
   brain, and drinking largely sobers us again. 

   He might have been a very clever man by nature, but he had laid 
   so many books on his head that his brain could not move.
                                                      Robert Hall

   All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science 
   of honesty and good nature. 

   The knowledge and learning that we have, is, at most, but 
   little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

   Learning teaches to carry things in suspense, without 
   prejudice, till you resolve. 

   It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men 
   conclude hastily.  -- Experience and humility teach modesty and 

                                             Jeremy Taylor

   Learning is a dangerous weapon, and apt to wound its master if 
   it be wielded by a feeble hand, or by one not well acquainted 
   with its use. 


   Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket. -- Do 
   not pull it out merely to show that you have one. -- If asked 
   what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and 
   unasked, like the watchman. 

   Some will never learn anything because they understand 
   everything too soon. 

   Till a man can judge whether they be truths or no, his 
   understanding is but little improved; and thus men of much 
   reading, though greatly learned, may be little knowing. 


   The true order of learning should be: first , what is 
   necessary;  second, what is useful; and third, what is 
   ornamental.  To reverse this arrangement is like beginning to 
   build at the top of the edifice. 

                                               Lydia H. Sigourney

   Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly 
   void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to 
   make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness.


   No man is wiser for his learning: it may administer matter to 
   work in, or objects to work upon;  but wit and wisdom are born 
   with a man.

   Better be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of 

   He that does not know those things which are of use and 
   necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he 
   may know besides.

   To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of ignorance.

                                         Amos Bronson Alcott

   It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for 
   it requires knowledge to perceive it, and he that can perceive 
   it hath it not.
                                                Jeremy Taylor

   By ignorance is pride increased; those most assume who know the 

   Ignorance is the mother of impudence.

   Ignorance shuts its eyes and swears that it sees.

   Wonder is the daughter of ignorance.

   He who knows nothing is confident of everything.

   Ignorance is less hateful than conceitedness.

   The ignorant have an eagles's wings and an owl's eyes.

                                                George Herbert

   A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant has been 
   compared to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men.


   A man is never astonished or ashamed that he does not know what 
   another does; but he is surprised at the gross ignorance of the 
   other in not knowing what he knows.

   It is not wisdom but ignorance that teaches men presumption.  
   -- Genius may sometimes be arrogant, but nothing is so diffident 
   as knowledge.

   Nothing is so haughty and assuming as ignorance where self-
   conceit sets up to be infallible.

   Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the 
   deeper we penetrate the nearer we come to it. -- For what do we 
   truly know, or what can we clearly affirm of any one of those 
   important things upon which all our reasonings must of 
   necessity be built --- time and space, life and death, matter 
   and mind.


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