(Robert Mankoff in "The New Yorker")
A good way for ineffective people to cling to power in an organization
is by creating a monopoly on information.
A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We've
tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.
-Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
A popular Government without popular information, or the means of
acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps
both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to
be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which
All of the books in the world contain no more information than is
broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not
all bits have equal value.
All you've got to do is own up to your ignorance honestly, and you'll
find people who are eager to fill your head with information.
America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has
access to information.
Among all the world's races, some obscure Bedouin tribes possibly apart,
Americans are the most prone to misinformation. This is not the
consequence of any special preference for mendacity, although at the
higher levels of their public administration that tendency is
impressive. It is rather that so much of what they themselves believe is
-John Kenneth Galbraith
An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always
turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading,
fictitious, mendacious- just dead wrong.
Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life
to last him the rest of his days.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has
the best information.
Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing
video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge,
knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of
the other, and we need them all.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is
based on good information.
Don't ever look at local television news again. It's all crap. There's
no news, there's no information. It's negative, negative, negative. You
look at that, and you think the world is coming to an end.
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their
How it is we have so much information, but know so little?
I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by
looking up something and finding something else on the way.
-Franklin P. Adams
If you control the flow of information, you can control the conversation
around important issues. If you can control the conversation, you can
change this country.
If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on
who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock
stars? Because we're morons.
If you're older, you're smarter. I just believe that. If you're in an
argument with someone older than you, you should listen to 'em. Even if
they're wrong, their wrongness is rooted in more information than you
Imagine a school with children that can read and write, but with
teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in
which we live.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information.
The rest is advertising.
In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper,
but we actually banished thought.
Information is money, but data is squat.
Information is the currency of democracy.
Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations
as conversation at a bar.
-Dr. George Lundberg
Information wants to be free, but it also wants to be archived. Time is
no kinder to information than it is to any mythical substance.
Information wants to be free. Perspective wants to be expensive.
Information's pretty thin stuff, unless mixed with experience.
It is in the nature of human beings to bend information in the direction
of desired conclusions.
Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and
-Edward R. Murrow
Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not
information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is
collected and used.
Most people think they need information when they really need knowledge,
and think they need knowledge when they really need wisdom.
Never underestimate your listener's intelligence, or overestimate you
One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live
habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than
you can cope with.
People are like almanacs... you never can find the information you're
looking for, but the casual reading is well worth the trouble.
Secrecy is for losers. For people who do not know how important the
information really is.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Some day, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which
reads, 'Information,' for in most cases, the information is more
valuable than the hardware which processes it.
-Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of
information can drive out knowledge.
-Daniel J. Boorstin
The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they
allow. Bigness means weakness.
The calamity of the information age is that the toxicity of data
increases much faster than its benefits.
-Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The conjuror or con man is a very good provider of information. He
supplies lots of data, by inference or direct statement, but it's false
data. Scientists aren't used to that scenario. An electron or a galaxy
is not capricious, nor deceptive; but a human can be either or both.
The idea of a news broadcast once was to find someone with information
and broadcast it. The idea now is to find someone with ignorance and
spread it around.
The importance of information is directly proportional to its
The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but
information in the hands of many.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that
speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be
-Edward R. Murrow
The surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
There is an infinite amount of information on the Internet, most of it
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.
We have become like the most primitive Palaeolithic man, once more
global wanderers, but information gatherers rather than food gatherers.
From now on the source of food, wealth and life itself will be
We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource
(information) that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running
out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.
What information consumes is rather obvious- it consumes the attention
of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of
World War III is a guerrilla information war, with no division between
military and civilian participation.
(November 6 is also the birthday of Zig Ziglar.)