50 of the Best Wise Sayings and Quotes on Knowledge Sharing

There is no wealth like knowledge,
and no poverty like ignorance.

(c. 400/500 BC, founder of Buddhism)

It is not once nor twice but times without number
that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.

‘On The Heavens’, Manual of Greek Mathematics
(c.384 BC-c.322 BC, Greek philosopher and polymath)

In order to properly understand the big picture,
everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and
obsessed with one small section of truth.

(c.312 BC-c.230 BC, Chinese Confucian philosopher)

In vain have you acquired knowledge
if you have not imparted it to others.

Deuteronomy Rabbah
(c.900, commentary on the Book of Deuteronomy)

It is good to rub,
and polish our brain against that of others.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
(1533-1592, French Renaissance philosopher and writer)

Let’s try it once without the parachute.

Scientia potentia est: Knowledge is Power.
commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon
(1561-1626, English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author)

An investment in knowledge
always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States)

We owe almost all our knowledge
not to those who have agreed,
but to those who have differed.

Charles Caleb Colton
(1780-1832, English cleric, writer and collector)

Unless you try to do something beyond
what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882, American essayist, lecturer and poet)

The more extensive a man’s knowledge
of what has been done,
the greater will be his power
of knowing what to do.

Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881, British Prime Minister)

If you have knowledge,
let others light their candles in it.

Margaret Fuller
(1810-1850, Journalist, Critic and Women’s Rights Activist)

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too)
those who learned to collaborate
and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Charles Darwin
(1809-1882, English naturalist)

C’mon guys, we’ll find someone with the answers.
Just keep looking.

Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point,
pass into qualitative changes.

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1.
(1818-1883, Prussian-German philosopher and revolutionary socialist)

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.

Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900, Irish playwright, poet and writer)

A man can only attain knowledge
with the help of those who possess it.
This must be understood from the very beginning.
One must learn from him who knows.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
(1866-1949, Russian Psychologist, philosopher, and scientist)

A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught,
becomes one with them,
learns more from them than he teaches them.

Mahatma Gandhi
(1869-1948, preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India)

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone,
but upon error also.

Carl Jung
(1875-1961, Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist)

Information is not knowledge.
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955, German-born theoretical physicist)

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
José Ortega y Gasset
(1883-1955, Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist)

As you can see, it is fairly easy to grasp the principles…

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
Father James Keller
(1900-1977, Roman Catholic priest)

The best way to have a good idea is
to have a lot of ideas.

Linus Pauling
(1901-1994, American chemist, peace activist, author and educator)

Knowledge is like money:
to be of value it must circulate,
and in circulating it can increase
in quantity and, hopefully, in value.

Louis L’Amour
(1908-1988, American author)

The basic economic resource – the means of production –
is no longer capital, nor natural resources, nor labor.
It is and will be knowledge.

Peter Drucker
(1909 – 2005, Austrian-born American management consultant, and author)

There’s no such thing as knowledge management;
there are only knowledgeable people.
Information only becomes knowledge in the hands of someone
who knows what to do with it.

Peter Drucker
(1909-2005, Austrian-born American management consultant, and author)

The store of wisdom does not consist
of hard coins which keep their shape
as they pass from hand to hand;
it consists of ideas and doctrines
whose meanings change
with the minds that entertain them.

John Plamenatz
(1912-1975, Montenegrin political philosopher)


The society based on production is
only productive, not creative.

Albert Camus
(1913-1960, French author, journalist and philosopher)

We are communicating better
but we are still not out of the woods.

All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge.
The fun is in making the connections.

Arthur Aufderheide
(Palaeopathologist and expert on dissecting mummies)

Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way
in order to come back a short distance correctly.

Edward Albee
(*1928, American playwright)

We are drowning in information
but starved for knowledge.

John Naisbitt
(*1929, American author and public speaker)

There is no substitute for understanding
what you are doing.

Loren P. Meissner
(Author of Fortran)

Isn’t it strange how much we know
if only we ask ourselves instead of somebody else.

Richard Bach
(*1936, American writer)

Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving.
Mary Catherine Bateson
(*1939, American writer and cultural anthropologist)

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance;
it is the illusion of knowledge.

Stephen Hawking
(*1942, British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author)

In today’s environment,
hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power.
If you know something very important,
the way to get power is by actually sharing it.

Joseph L. Badaracco
(*1948, professor of Business ethics at Harvard Business School)

It could be an expensive repair, or it could be the plug is out.

Often, we are too slow to recognize
how much and in what ways we can assist each other
through sharing expertise and knowledge.

Owen Arthur
(*1949, Barbadian politician)

Knowledge management will never work
until corporations realize it’s not about
how you capture knowledge but
how you create and leverage it.

Etienne Wenger
(*1952, Swiss educational theorist and practitioner)

Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge.
Ana Monnar
(Cuban-born, founder and president of Readers Are Leaders U.S.A.)

Alchemists turned into chemists
when they stopped keeping secrets.

Eric Raymond
(*1957, American computer programmer, and author)

If you aren’t sharing knowledge,
you are no different from the guy
who files false workers’ compensation insurance claims.

Jack Vinson
(American consultant knowledge management)

Knowledge increases by sharing
but not by saving.

Kamari aka Lyrikal
(*1978, Californian YouTube musician)

If I had to use just one word to describe our strategy…

When we know it, you’ll know it…
(U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980)

Sometimes the best advice to take is
the advice you give to others.

Unknown Author

Sharing your knowledge with others
does not make you less important.


Keeping knowledge erodes power.
Sharing is the fuel to your growth engine.


Sharing is caring.

Sharing knowledge can seem like a burden to some
but on the contrary,
it is a reflection of teamwork and leadership.


He who undertakes to be his own teacher
has a fool for a pupil.

German proverb

There is no knowledge without unity.
Irish proverb

In teaching others we teach ourselves.
Traditional proverb

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