Burghardt DuBois, the great black educator, sociologist, and historian, upon completion
of studies at Fisk, Harvard and the University of Berlin, was convinced that change in the
condition of the American black could be effected by careful scientific investigations
into the truth about the black in America. So he proceeded. His research was flawless and
his graphs and charts impeccable. After waiting several years and hearing not the
slightest stir of reform, Dr. DuBois had to accept the truth about Truth: Its being
available does not mean it will be appropriated.
Fred B. Craddock, Overhearing the Gospel.
A black preacher introduced a guest speaker with the following: "The man we has
speaking to us is a man who knows the unknowable, can solve the unsolvable and can screw
The sum total of man's knowledge could be represented graphically:
Up to 1845 = 1 inch
1845 to 1945 = 3 inches
1945 to 1976 = the height of the Washington Monument
John McArthur, tape on Ephesians 5:15-17.
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
Rev. Sidney Smith quoted in: Nancy McPhee, The Book of
Insults, Ancient and Modern.
For every man, education should be a process which continues all his life. We have to
abandon, as swiftly as possible, the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth.
How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at
40--and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
Arthur C. Clarke in The View From Serendip.
Knowledge is exploding at such a rate--more than 2000 pages a minute--that even
Einstein couldn't keep up. In fact, if you read 24 hours a day, from age 21 to 70, and
retained all you read, you would be one and a half million years behind when you finished.
Campus Life, February, 1979.