• "It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways."
  • "Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other."
  • "Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads."
  • "Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself."
  • "Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten."
  • "The university's business is the conservation of useless knowledge; and what the university itself apparently fails to see is that this enterprise is not only noble but indispensable as well, that society can not exist unless it goes on."
  • "Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion."
  • "Life has obliged him to remember so much useful knowledge that he has lost not only his history, but his whole original cargo of useless knowledge; history, languages, literatures, the higher mathematics, or what you will - are all gone."
  • "Perhaps the prevalence of pedantry may be largely accounted for by the common error of thinking that, because useful knowledge should be remembered, any kind of knowledge that is at all worth learning should be remembered too."
  • "The business of a scientific school is the dissemination of useful knowledge, and this is a noble enterprise and indispensable withal; society can not exist unless it goes on."