I Taught You Everything I Know and . . .
A boss told his employee, "I taught you everything you know--and you still don't know anything!"
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"I'm learning more and more about less and less. Now I know everything about nothing." --author unknown
A.J. Jacobs is a magazine editor who, in his mid-thirties, decided to read every page of the Encyclopedia Britannica. That's 32 volumes, 33,000 pages, and 44 million words. For one year and fifty-five days he read 100 pages per day. His accomplishment led to an appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Unfortunately, all of his studying didn't help. Jacobs missed the $32,000 question that called for a definition of erythrocyte. Even though he had read every word of the "E" volume, he couldn't remember it means red blood cell. He walked away with $1,000 and ended up writing a book about his experience called, The Know-It-All. --Reader's Digest, October 2004, as cited in In Other Words.
How Much We Do Not Know
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge . . . it is obvious that we don't understand one millionth of one percent about anything." --Thomas Edison
"We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything." --Thomas Edison, quoted in H. Jackson Brown, Jr., A Father's Book of Wisdom. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1988, p.76
Know It All?"What we know is a drop. What we don't know is an ocean." --Sir Isaac Newton