Why do people think they're wise by saying they know nothing?
I know it's a quote... But surely even people who don't know much, know something.
- roderick_youngLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
When someone says they know nothing, they really are saying that they know practically nothing. If they are saying that in earnest, then it's the beginning of wisdom. Someone who thinks they know a lot is going to be resistant to admitting they're wrong, learning new things, and improving themselves.
On the other hand, if you are asking whether it is wise to be modest, I would tend to agree.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Wisdom is knowing when when to say nothing.
- geezerLv 72 months ago
Being wise is not about 'knowing something' ..
Being wise has just as much to do with knowing what it is that you don't know
than it is about knowing what it is that you do know.
- 2 months ago
Ever heard of an intellectual superiority complex? It's basically when a stupid or average person thinks they are smart but ends up causing more trouble in the world and in society because of their lack of intelligence. Even very intelligent people make mistakes, the quote you're refering to is a guide to humility.
It's important to know your own limits, including your own intelligence, in order to succeed in life and find your place in society.