Truth, Knowledge and Learning Quotations

11-understand The Quippery

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
– Mark Twain –

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
– Donald Rumsfeld, while serving as George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense –

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you please.
– Mark Twain –

I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.
– Author Unknown –

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
– Mark Twain –

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
– Robert McCloskey –

I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a ‘learning experience.’ Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a ‘learning experience.’ It makes me feel less stupid.
– P.J. O’Rourke –

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
– James Thurber –

Ideas don’t stay in some minds very long because they don’t like solitary confinement.
– Unknown

If there’s something going on out there that I don’t know about, I think I’d know about it.
– William Shatner, TekWar –

Just when you think you’ve got all the answers, they change the questions.
– Author Unknown –

Logic is a large drawer, containing some useful instruments, and many more that are superfluous. A wise man will look into it for two purposes, to avail himself of those instruments that are really useful, and to admire the ingenuity with which those that are not so, are assorted and arranged.
– Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon –

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
– Winston S. Churchill –

No one now dies of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them.
– Nietzsche’s Human, all too Human –

…nobody really likes capers no matter what you do with them. Some people pretend to like capers, but the truth is that any dish that tastes good with capers in it, tastes even better with capers not in it.
– Nora Ephron –

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.
– Doug Larson –

On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over.”
– Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant As Leader –

Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives that we need to make a large discount from their statements before we can come at their real meaning.
– Tryon Edwards –

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.
– Farmers Almanac, 1997, Volume 180 –

The little girl had the making of a poet in her, who, being told to be sure of her meaning before she spoke, said, “How can I know what I think till I see what I say?”
– Graham Wallas –

The researches of many commentators have already thrown much darkness on this subject, and it is probable that, if they continue, we shall soon know nothing at all about it.
– Mark Twain –

The truth is out there? Anyone know the URL?

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
– ANAÏS NIN, diary, Fall 1943 –

Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do.
– Robert K. Mueller –

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
-Leo Tolstoy –

We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.