Desire For Knowledge Quotes

Desire For Knowledge Quotes by Ernst Mach, Moderata Fonte, William Hazlitt, Marcel Proust, Henry David Thoreau, Aristotle and many others.

The presentations and conceptions of the average man of

The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
Ernst Mach
[I]t was with a good end in mind – that of acquiring the knowledge of good and evil – that Eve allowed herself to be carried away and eat the forbidden fruit. But Adam was not moved by this desire for knowledge, but simply by greed: he ate it because he heard Eve say it tasted good.
Moderata Fonte
[Science is] the desire to know causes.
William Hazlitt
The tiny, initial clue … by allowing us to imagine what we do not know, stimulates a desire for knowledge.
Marcel Proust
My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to commune with the spirit of the universe, to be intoxicated with the fumes, call it, of that divine nectar, to bear my head through atmospheres and over heights unknown to my feet, is perennial and constant.
Henry David Thoreau
All men by nature desire knowledge.
I think a part of evolution is the desire to know yourself, and know the world you live in, and discover everything you can about the world you live in. That world can be the microcosm of your own emotions, or a society, or the cosmos. There’s this constant desire for knowledge.
Audra McDonald
Humanities deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for continuing our quest. and our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.
Stephen Hawking
Exploration is the physical expression of the Intellectual Passion. And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore…. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Napoleon Hill
My father… never required me to study anything, but he knew how to inspire in me a great desire for knowledge. Before learning to read, my greatest pleasure was to listen to passages from Buffon’s natural history. I constantly requested him to read me the history of animals and birds.
Andre-Marie Ampere
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
Will Durant
Man seeks to learn, and man kills himself because of the loss of cohesion in his religious society; he does not kill himself because of his learning. It is certainly not the learning he acquires that disorganizes religion; but the desire for knowledge wakens because religion becomes disorganized.
Emile Durkheim
The desire for knowledge shapes a man.
Patrick Rothfuss
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
Laurence Sterne
Wonder is defined by Thomas [Aquinas] in the Summa Theologiae [I-II, Q. 32, a. 8], as the desiderium sciendi, the desire for knowledge, active longing to know.
Josef Pieper
If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work.
Richard Livingstone