"the wise men of the kingdom condensed all of the
encyclopedia's knowledge into a single sentence, 'this too shall
That's not a bad moral. If you want a single sentence
you could do worse. What is my sentence?........Frankly, I'm
not sure what my sentence is....Maybe it'd be better to try a
few sentences, and see what sticks. Here goes:
I know that everything is connected like a worldwide version
of the six-degrees-of-separation game.
I know that history is simultaneously a bloody mess and a
collection of feats so inspiring and amazing they make you
proud to share the same DNA structure with the rest of
I know you'd better focus on the good stuff or you're
I know that the race does not always go to the swift, nor the
bread to the wise, so you should soak up what enjoyment
I know not to take cinnamon for granted.
I know that morality lies in even the smallest decisions,
like whether to pick up and throw away a napkin.
I know first hand the oceanic volume of information in the
I know I know very little of that information.
I know I've contradicted myself a hundred times over the
last year, and that history has contradicted itself
thousands of times.
I know you should always say yes to adventures or you
will lead a very dull life.
I know that knowledge and intelligence are not the
same thing- but they live in the same neighborhood.
I know, once again, firsthand, the joy of learning...."
-A. J. Jacobs, taken from The Know It All: One Man's
Quest to Become the Smartest Man in the World