„The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.“
πόλλ' οἶδ' ἀλώπηξ, ἐχῖνος δ'ἓν μέγα
— Arquíloco, As quoted in The Hedgehog and the Fox (1953) by Isaiah Berlin Variant translations: The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one great thing. The fox knows many tricks; the hedgehog one good one. The fox knows many tricks; and the hedgehog only one; but that is the best one of all.
— Amy Lee American singer-songwriter and pianist 1981
„The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.“
— Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus: Revelations
— Rainer Maria Rilke Austrian poet and writer 1875 - 1926
„I didn't know what made things tick. I didn't know what made people want to be friends. I didn't know what made people attractive to one another. I didn't know what underlay social interactions.“
— Ted Bundy American serial killer 1946 - 1989
Discussing his high school years. Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 66
— Norman Schwarzkopf United States Army general 1934 - 2012
Quoted in The Daily Book of Positive Quotations (2008) by Linda Picone, p. 326
— Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849
„There's no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.“
— Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
„My wife is a painter, and a very good one... and we’ve been working together for, oh, twelve years now, I guess... and at first I used to help and criticize things she was doing, and then she would help and criticize things I was doing, and we would... pitch in and do all the jiggering for each other and get it as people do... and then, gradually, things begin to sort of, you know, entropy... things began to get shuffled, and pretty soon you didn’t know, sort of, where one started and the other ended, and anything that we’ve looked at or talked about here, you know, I say that I’m doing it, but actually, she’s doing it just as much as I am, only she sort of goes under the same corporate type name...“
— Charles Eames American designer, half of duo the Eames 1907 - 1978
Charles Eames in a 1952 speech to a national assembly of the AIA; As cited in: Ray Eames http://eamesdesigns.com/library-entry/ray-eames/ at eamesdesigns.com, Accessed April 8, 2014; Charles Eames talks about
— E.M.S Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer 1995
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
„It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
Variant translations If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time. Literal translation: Know [the] other, know [the] self, hundred battles without danger; not knowing [the] other but know [the] self, one win one loss; not knowing [the] other, not knowing [the] self, every battle must [be] lost.