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"Among the innumerable mortifications which waylay human arrogance on every side may well be reckoned our ignorance of the most common objects and effects, a defect of which we become more sensible by every attempt to supply it. Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things when they are shown their form or told their use; but the speculatist, who is not content with superficial views, harasses himself with fruitless curiosity, and still, as he inquires more, perceives only that he knows less."
Dr. Samuel Johnson (more quotes by Dr. Samuel Johnson or books by/about Dr. Samuel Johnson)
(1709-1784) English author, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer
THE DYNAMICS OF HUMAN POWER
by Frederick Mann
Education, Experimentation, Ignorance, Knowledge, Nature, Peace, Reason, Truth, Virtue