"Exclusively oral cultures are unencumbered by dead knowledge, dead facts. Libraries, on the other hand, are full of them."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Huston Smith on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Huston Smith on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Huston Smith on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Huston Smith on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Huston Smith on William Shakespeare
"The faith I was born into formed me."
"I've spent the last 50 years or so steeping myself in the world's religions, and I've done my homework. I've gone to each of the world's eight great religions and sought out the most profound scholars I could find, and I've apprenticed myself to them and actually practiced each faith."
"Whether things turn out for the better depends on what we do. We ought not spend our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching orders: to do the best we can for history and the planet."
"Human intelligence is a reflection of the intelligence that produces everything. In knowing, we are simply extending the intelligence that comes to and constitutes us. We mimic the mind of God, so to speak. Or better, we continue and extend it."
"Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet."