„A writer who knows what he is doing isn't doing very much.“

—  Nelson Algren, Nonfiction works, "he once said", quoted by Richard Flanagan, 2005. (Also quoted as: "Any writer who knows what he's doing isn't doing very much.")
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Nelson Algren
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„True greatness isn't so much what you do as who you are.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
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„An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and it's knowing how to use the information once you get it.“

—  William Feather Publisher, Author 1889 - 1981
As quoted in Telephony, Vol. 150 (1956), p. 23 http://books.google.com/books?id=Wm0jAQAAMAAJ&q=%22being+able+to+differentiate+between+what+you+do+know%22&dq=%22being+able+to+differentiate+between+what+you+do+know%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qYJOU9dAzoXRAYumgcAP&ved=0CMsCEOgBMDQ; the first two sentences of this statement began to be attributed to Anatole France in the 1990s, but without any citations of sources.

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„An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and it's knowing how to use the information once you get it.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
Misattributed, The first two sentences of this statement first appear as attributed to France in the 1990s, but the full statement is earlier attributed to William Feather, as quoted in Telephony, Vol. 150 (1956), p. 23 http://books.google.com/books?id=Wm0jAQAAMAAJ&q=%22being+able+to+differentiate+between+what+you+do+know%22&dq=%22being+able+to+differentiate+between+what+you+do+know%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qYJOU9dAzoXRAYumgcAP&ved=0CMsCEOgBMDQ

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„I know when it’s the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it’s the best I can do.“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
Paris Review Interview (1990), Context: I know when it’s the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it’s the best I can do. I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, No. No, I’m finished. Bye. And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won’t do that.

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„What would Jesus, or any human being who isn't an asshole, do?“

—  Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962

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„An editor is a person who knows more about writing than writers do but who has escaped the terrible desire to write.“

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„Translation: "What we know is not much. What we do not know is immense."“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace French mathematician and astronomer 1749 - 1827
"Ce que nous connaissons est peu de chose, ce que nous ignorons est immense." Allegedly his last words, reported in Joseph Fourier's "Éloge historique de M. le Marquis de Laplace" (1829) with the comment, "This was at least the meaning of his last words, which were articulated with difficulty." Quoted in Augustus De Morgan's Budget of Paradoxes (1866).

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