On Knowledge and Wisdom, Fools and Geniuses…


“A love affair with knowledge and wisdom will never end in heartbreak.” Michael Garrett Marino


“Knowledge is often mistaken for intelligence. This is like mistaking a cup of milk for a cow.” Unknown


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


“Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.” Albert Einstein 


“Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.” Earl of Chesterfield


“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” Albert Einstein 


“Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.” Konrad Lorenz 


“I only know that I know nothing.” Socrates


“I know” is knowledge. “I know that I don’t know” is wisdom.”


“Know thyself.” Linnaeus


Self-knowledge is the supreme knowledge and the greatest wisdom is in realizing It. 


Common sense in an uncommon degree is wisdom.


“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” William James 


“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Abraham Lincoln


“Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.” Lord Chesterfield 


“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” William Butler Yeats


“If you want to be wise,

Learn to question reasonably,

to listen carefully,

to respond calmly,

and shut when you have nothing to say.” 


“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein


“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” Frank Leahy


“Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.” George Bernard Shaw


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell


 “We are all either fools or undiscovered geniuses.” Bonnie Lin


“Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.” Leonardo da Vinci


“There’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” Oscar Levant


“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” Carl Sagan


“In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.” Robert G. Ingersoll


“When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.” Johnathan Swift

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