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Knowledge

I Taught You Everything I Know and . . .

A boss told his employee, "I taught you everything you know--and you still don't know anything!"
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Ever-learning

"I'm learning more and more about less and less. Now I know everything about nothing." --author unknown


The Know-It-All

A.J. Jacobs is a magazine editor who, in his mid-thirties, decided to read every page of the Encyclopedia Britannica.  That's 32 volumes, 33,000 pages, and 44 million words.  For one year and fifty-five days he read 100 pages per day.  His accomplishment led to an appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. 
 
Unfortunately, all of his studying didn't help.  Jacobs missed the $32,000 question that called for a definition of erythrocyte.  Even though he had read every word of the "E" volume, he couldn't remember it means red blood cell.  He walked away with $1,000 and ended up writing a book about his experience called, The Know-It-All.  --Reader's Digest, October 2004, as cited in In Other Words.


How Much We Do Not Know

"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge . . . it is obvious that we don't understand one millionth of one percent about anything." --Thomas Edison
 
"We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything." --Thomas Edison, quoted in H. Jackson Brown, Jr., A Father's Book of Wisdom. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1988, p.76


Know It All?

"What we know is a drop. What we don't know is an ocean." --Sir Isaac Newton

Cross Reference:

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You are not as smart as you think

God the Mathematician

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