Quotes and proverbs about knowledge and science.

Albert Einstein – Caricature by DonkeyHotey

Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.


Belief means not wanting to know what is true.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition in knowledge you forget something that you knew before.

Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.

A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle

Human knowledge will be erased from the world’s archives before we possess the last word that a gnat has to say to us.

Henri Fabre

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.

Mao Tse-Tung

It isn't knowledge, it's ignorance that – as we've been beautifully told – is bliss.

Victorian Short Stories, Vol. 2
Elizabeth Gaskell

Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.

Early experiences will be very valuable later.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

African proverb

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Jimi Hendrix

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

Carl Sagan

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.

Native American

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.

Stephen Vizinczey

The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge.

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The only stupid question is the question you don’t ask.

The question now is: Can we understand our stupidity? This is a test of intellect, not of character.

John King Fairbank

Too clever is stupid.

Who knows most believes least.


You’re never too old to learn something stupid.