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1. Applying knowledge to knowledge in business only really begins when we reflect on the learning and knowledge component of the work itself.

Verna Allee (b.1949) U.S. writer and consultant. The Knowledge Evolution (1997)


2. Strategic advantage lies in the leverage of knowledge.

Robert Buckman (b.1937) U.S. chairman of Buckman Laboratories. Speech (1992)


3. We could have over 520 brains connected in real time across time and space available for any problem.

Robert Buckman (b.1937) U.S. chairman of Buckman Laboratories. Speech (1992)


4. An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.

Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) U.S. academic. Speed (1901)


5. I…understand the importance of maintaining a balance between information, knowledge, and meaning. Remember what Thoreau said about news: “If it’s important enough, it’ll reach you.”

James Champy (b.1942) U.S. business executive. Quoted in Forbes (September 22, 1997)


6. Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments add lustre, and many more people see than weigh.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) English statesman, orator, and letter writer. Letter (1756)


7. The use of knowledge is not easily restricted and bounded.

Diane Coyle, British economist and journalist. The Weightless World (1997)


8. To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.

Quentin Crisp (1908-99) British writer. The Naked Civil Servant (1968)


9. We live in an economy where knowledge, not buildings and machinery, is the chief resource and where knowledge-workers make up the biggest part of the work force. Until well into the 20th century, most workers were manual workers. Today…40% of our total work force, are knowledge-workers.

Peter F. Drucker (b.1909) U.S. management consultant and academic. Discussing the rapid expansion of continuing education generally, and online education in particular. “Putting More Now into the Internet,” (May 15, 2000)


10. I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.

Peter F. Drucker (b.1909) U.S. management consultant and academic. Quoted in “Seeing Things as They Really Are,” Forbes (Robert Lenzner and Stephen S. Johnson; 1987)


11. The single greatest challenge facing managers in the developed countries of the world is to raise the productivity of knowledge and service works.

Peter F. Drucker (b.1909) U.S. management consultant and academic. Harvard Business Review (November/December 1991)


12. This challenge, which will dominate the management agenda for the next several decades, will ultimately determine the competitive performance of companies.

Peter F. Drucker (b.1909) U.S. management consultant and academic. Referring to the management of knowledge. Harvard Business Review (November/December 1991)


13. Knowledge is the only meaningful resource today.

Peter F. Drucker (b.1909) U.S. management consultant and academic. Post-capitalist Society (1993)


14. Proficient is defined with one word: skilled. In order to become skilled you must have more than knowledge, you need to apply that information.

Jac Fitz-Enz (b.1948) U.S. writer. How to Measure Human Resources Management (1995)


15. The conventional wisdom.

  1. K. Galbraith (b.1908) U.S. economist and diplomat. The Affluent Society (1958)


16. And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head could carry all he knew.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74) British playwright, writer, and poet. The Deserted Village (1770)


17. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?

Stephen Hawking (b.1942) British scientist and author. A Brief History of Time (1988)


18. Knowledge is proportionate to being. You know in virtue of what you are.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British novelist and essayist. Time Must Have a Stop (1944)


19. If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) U.S. president. Referring to the U.S. space program. Speech (September 13, 1962)


20. Companies, like people, cannot be skillful at everything. Therefore, core capabilities both advantage and disadvantage a company.

Dorothy Leonard, U.S. academic and business author. Wellsprings of Knowledge (1995)


21. Knowledge building for an organization occurs by combining people’s distinct individualities with a particular set of activities.

Dorothy Leonard, U.S. academic and business author. Wellsprings of Knowledge (1995)


22. I agree completely with my son James when he says “Internet is like electricity. The latter lights up everything, while the former lights up knowledge.” Frankly, I don’t want to be left behind. In fact, I want to be here before the action starts.

Kerry Packer (b.1937) Australian entrepreneur and chairman of Consolidated Press Holdings. “There are More Advantages in India than in China,” Rediff (Neena Haridas; 2000)


23. Real education must ultimately be limited to one who INSISTS on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) U.S. poet, critic, editor and translator. ABC of Reading (1960)


24. The person who knows “how” will always have a job. The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.

Diane Ravitch (b.1938) U.S. educator and academic. Time (June 17, 1985)


25. What our competitive and careerist knowledge industry has produced already hopelessly exceeds our ability to make graceful use of it.

Theodore Roszak (1933-81) U.S. historian, writer and editor. Where the Wasteland Ends (1972)


26. The demands for new knowledge and skills will be constant, no longer a value added element, but the essential factor in determining organizational survival.

Meg Wheatley (b.1941) U.S. academic, management theorist and president of the Berkana Institute. “The Future of Workplace Learning and Performance,” Training and Development (1994)