Quotes That I Have Gathered – K

Knowledge

In considering the history of ideas, I maintain that the notion of ‘mere knowledge’ is a high abstraction which we should dismiss from our minds. Knowledge is always accompanied with accessories of emotion and purpose.

Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

When we know some fragments of reality we want to complete them in such a way that they “make sense” in a systematic way. Yet by the very nature of the limitations of man we always have only “fragmentary” knowledge, and never complete knowledge. What we tend to do then is to manufacture some additional pieces which we add to the fragments to make of them a whole, a system. Frequently the awareness of the qualitative difference between the “fragment” and “the additions” is missing because of the intensity of the wish for certainty.

Erich Fromm, You Shall Be as Gods

One aim of the physical sciences has been to give an exact picture of the material world. One achievement of physics in the twentieth century has been to prove that the aim is unattainable. . . . There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy. All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility. That is the human condition; and that is what quantum physics says. I mean that literally.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

How find and how exact is the detail we can see with the best instruments in the world? . . . We seem to be running after a goal which lurches away from us to infinity every time we come within the sight of it. . . [This is] the crucial paradox of knowledge.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, condemned the “aristocracy of intellect.” That is a belief which can only destroy the civilization that we know. If we are anything we must be a democracy of the intellect. We must not perish by the distance between people and government, between people and power, by which Babylon and Egypt and Rome failed.

Knowledge is not a loose‑leaf notebook of facts. Above all, it is a responsibility for the integrity of what we are, primarily of what we are as ethical creatures.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex. Knowledge is our destiny. Self‑knowledge, at last bringing together the experience of the arts and the explanation of science, waits ahead of us.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

Knowledge and Will

The ultimate questions of our life transcend knowledge. One riddle after another surrounds us. But the final question of our being has but one concern, and it decides our fate. Again and again we are thrown back to it. What will become of our own will? How does it find itself in the will of God? The highest insight man can attain is the yearning for peace, for the union of his will with an infinite will, his human will with God’s will. Such a will does not cut itself off and live in isolation like a puddle that is bound to dry up when the heat of summer comes. No, it is like a mountain stream, relentlessly splashing its way to the river, there to be swept on to the limitless ocean.

Albert Schweitzer

Knowledge, of the right

It is strange that I am never quite clear about the motives that underlie my decisions. Is that a sign of vagueness, or intellectual dishonesty, or a sign that we are led on beyond what we can discern, or is it both?

Bonhoeffer on declining $5000 for new work from Leiper of the Federal Council of Churches, p. 557

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