— Aldous Huxley English writer 1894 - 1963
„All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.“
1840s, Essays: First Series (1841)
— Flannery O’Connor American novelist, short story writer 1925 - 1964
Fonte: Collected Works: Wise Blood / A Good Man is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear it Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays and Letters
— Orson Scott Card, livro Children of the Mind
Fonte: Children of the Mind
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
— Douglas Preston, livro Gideon's Sword
Fonte: Gideon's Sword
„Supposing you knew — not by sight or by instinct, but by sheer intellectual knowledge, as I know the truth of a mathematical proposition — that what we call empty space was full, crammed.“
— John Buchan British politician 1875 - 1940
Contexto: Supposing you knew — not by sight or by instinct, but by sheer intellectual knowledge, as I know the truth of a mathematical proposition — that what we call empty space was full, crammed. Not with lumps of what we call matter like hills and houses, but with things as real — as real to the mind.
„Believe it, if you will, or otherwise, believe it not, I care not which of them you do, they are both alike to me. It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you.“
— Francois Rabelais, livro Gargantua and Pantagruel
Fonte: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Third Book (1546), Chapter 52 : How a certain kind of Pantagruelion is of that nature that the fire is not able to consume it
Contexto: I have already related to you great and admirable things; but, if you might be induced to adventure upon the hazard of believing some other divinity of this sacred Pantagruelion, I very willingly would tell it you. Believe it, if you will, or otherwise, believe it not, I care not which of them you do, they are both alike to me. It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you.
„If Benton had had an administration building with pillars it could have carved over the pillars: Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you guilty.“
— Randall Jarrell, livro Pictures from an Institution
Fonte: Pictures from an Institution (1954) [novel], Chapter 5, p. 220
„The moment you know love, you have ceased to love. Love is beyond time; it has no beginning and no end, whereas knowledge has; and when you say, “I know what love is”, you don’t. You know only a sensation, a stimulus. You know the reaction to love, but that reaction is not love.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Vol. XI, p. 288
Posthumous publications, The Collected Works
Contexto: We know only fragmentarily this extraordinary thing called life; we have never looked at sorrow, except through the screen of escapes; we have never seen the beauty, the immensity of death, and we know it only through fear and sadness. There can be understanding of life, and of the significance and beauty of death, only when the mind on the instant perceives “what is”. You know, sirs, although we differentiate them, love, death, and sorrow are all the same; because, surely, love, death, and sorrow are the unknowable. The moment you know love, you have ceased to love. Love is beyond time; it has no beginning and no end, whereas knowledge has; and when you say, “I know what love is”, you don’t. You know only a sensation, a stimulus. You know the reaction to love, but that reaction is not love. In the same way, you don’t know what death is. You know only the reactions to death, and you will discover the full depth and significance of death only when the reactions have ceased.
„“Every creature has fear,” Jared said. “Even the non-conscious ones.”
“No,” Boutin said. “Every creature has a survival instinct. It looks like fear but it’s not the same thing. Fear isn’t the desire to avoid death or pain. Fear is rooted in the knowledge that what you recognize as yourself can cease to exist. Fear is existential.“
— John Scalzi, livro The Ghost Brigades
Fonte: The Ghost Brigades (2006), Chapter 13 (p. 286)
„Belief may be either rational, or assumed on faith. But in either case, it doesn’t matter how convinced you are; belief does not equal knowledge. The difference is that knowledge can always be tested for accuracy where mere beliefs often can not be. No matter how positively you think you know it, if you can’t show it, then you don’t know it, and you shouldn’t say that you do. Nor would you if you really cared about the truth. Knowledge is demonstrable, measurable. But faith is often a matter of pretending to know what you know you really don't know, and that no one even can know, and which you merely believe -often for no good reason at all.“
— Aron Ra Aron Ra is an atheist activist and the host of the Ra-Men Podcast 1962
"4th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80nhqGfN6t8, Youtube (December 25, 2007)
Youtube, Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
„You [a disciple], shall I teach you about knowledge? What you know, you know, what you don't know, you don't know. This is true wisdom.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.
Original: (zh_Hant) 由，誨女知之乎，知之為知之，不知為不知，是知也。
Fonte: The Analects, Chapter II
„Unlike animals, with their instincts to guide them past dangers, we humans have to rely upon our conscious decisions. We do the best we can when it comes to our career path and handling the inevitable setbacks in life. But in the back of our minds we can sense an overall lack of direction, as we are pulled this way and that way by our moods and by the opinions of others. How did we end up in this job, in this place? Such drifting can lead to dead ends. The way to avoid such a fate is to develop a sense of purpose, discovering our calling in life and using such knowledge to guide us in our decisions. We come to know ourselves more deeply—our tastes and inclinations. We trust ourselves, knowing which battles and detours to avoid. Even our moments of doubt, even our failures have a purpose—to toughen us up. With such energy and direction, our actions have unstoppable force.“
— Robert Greene American author 1959
Chap. 13 : Advance with a Sense of Purpose
The Laws of Human Nature (2018)
„You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative“
— William S. Burroughs, livro Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch (1959)
„When we have passed beyond knowings, then we shall have Knowledge. Reason was the helper; Reason is the bar.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Thoughts and Glimpses (1916-17)
Variante: When we have passed beyond enjoyings, then we shall have Bliss. Desire was the helper; Desire is the bar.
— Cinda Williams Chima Novelist 1952
Fonte: The Warrior Heir
„Why do you lie" I ask her.
"To block the truth."
Naomi goes on. "Where did we get it in our heads that we need truth all the time? Sometimes lies are nice, you know? You don't have to know the truth all the time. It's too exhausting.“
— Rachel Cohn American writer 1968
Fonte: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
„Citizens around the world have long declared a desire to be trusted with the formation of their own opinions, and that can only come when they have access to the facts. This is the essence of the information war. Do we trust citizens to communicate freely and come to their own conclusions, or do we believe those in authority have a right to restrict and manipulate what we know? Do we hold to Enlightenment ideals of reason and the pursuit of truth no matter where that takes us, or put our faith in authority to make certain an uncertain world?“
— Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Dispatches From the Information War, 1st Edition