Quotes and Reminders

Selected quotes as reminders

On knowledge:

“All the knowledge of men, is like a drop of water in the ocean”

Sofyan Sahrom. This quote is derived or based on the following quote:

“And the knowledge of all the companions of Muhammad, (s) when compared to Ali’s knowledge is just like a drop in the seven oceans.”

– Ibn Abbas

“Knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance”

Sergey Brin

“Knowledge Shine” and “Knowledge, the torch of life”

– school mottos that have clearly influenced me.

“….and this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption.

Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration. Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others. While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world….”
Carly Fiorina

On Ignorance:

“Ignorance, the root and stem of all EVIL.”

– Plato

“Ignorance is the mother of all EVILS”

– Francois Rabelais


On Specialisation:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Robert A. Heinlein


So final quotes/point:

Knowledge is NOT defined by academic degrees or position.

Ignorance does NOT mean simply not knowing.


To Singaporeans: Having an academic degree does NOT mean you have knowledge and are not free of the curse of ignorance.