Knowledge, simply to say, has originated form the word Know. When anyone starts knowing one thing after another about something, he/she starts his journey to knowledge. Indeed man’s life on the earth is a journey to gain world knowledge.
Then knowledge is the collective form of various learning. We can compare knowledge to a tree and all the branches of the tree are various learning. Each branch is one kind of particular learning for example, one knows how to catch fish. And it is one of the branches of the whole tree. It depends on the person how many learning’s he/she has and thereby builds up his/her knowledge tree.
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Definition of Knowledge / What is Knowledge?
In a word we can say that Knowledge is the information and skills which is acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject or subject matter.
Almighty Allah has given us brain. As we have brain we can have own knowledge. Man is superior to animals due to this knowledge. This wonderful Civilization was created through knowledge only. By his knowledge man started growing crops, making houses, making arms to fight animals and enemies. By his knowledge he invented many things in the field of science and technology.
In the field of science man has invented too many tools for living easily and comfortable by his power of world knowledge. In the field of medicine man has invented so many medicines to control fatal diseases, which were considered incurable in the old days when epidemics spread and claimed so many lives. But by his knowledge man has changed all this. In the development of communication and entertainment which were never thought of in the past are gifted by the knowledge of man. But negative aspects of this knowledge are also there.
So, In a word we can say that knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education.
Plato says about knowledge: “…Knowledge is the food of the soul.”
He also says that….. “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”
“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”- Plato
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” Plato
“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” Plato
According to Socrates “To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ― Socrates
“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.”- Aristotle
According to Albert Einstein knowledge is… “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
He also says that…..
“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”
“Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.”
“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein
According to Simone Weil – “Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.”
According to Jean Piaget – “No single logic is strong enough to support the total construction of human knowledge.”
According to William Hazlitt – “The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.”
According to Alvin Toffler – “Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.”
According to Robert Collier – “You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods; for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.”