Archive for the ‘knowledge’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkein, on fantasy

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2016

James Madison, on knowledge

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2016

Bill Gates, on learning

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 2

November 2, 2016

Sir Isaac Newton, on knowledge

“To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.”

Quote of the day, May 2

May 2, 2016

Václav Havel, on the truth

“Keep the company of those who seek the truth; run from those who have found it.”

Quote of the day, April 29

April 29, 2016

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“In man, before the brain is an instrument for action, it has to be an instrument of preparation.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2016

Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Quote of the day, March 28

March 27, 2016

Socrates, on knowledge

“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”

Quote of the day, March 24

March 24, 2016

Sydney Smith, on mathematics (1835)

“What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?”

Quote of the day, March 8

March 8, 2016

Charles Proteus Steinmetz, on knowledge

“We don’t know the why of anything. On that matter we are no further advanced than was the cavedweller. The scientist is contented if he can contribute something toward the knowledge of what is and how it is.”