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Encyclopedia Quotes

We’ve collected the best Encyclopedia Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Demetrious Johnson, Lenny Bruce, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Van Doren, Octavia Spencer. Use them as an inspiration.

You look into an encyclopedia and ask what fighter can do any type of martial art at a high-caliber level, my picture will show up.
Today, I give my daughter what I really didn’t have as a kid: all the silly, dumb, extravagant, frilly, nonfunctional toys I can force on her. She probably wants an encyclopedia.
Lenny Bruce
A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
Because the world is radically new, the ideal encyclopedia should be radical, too.
Charles Van Doren
I’m reading today because of ‘Encyclopedia Brown.’
To create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language – That’s who I am. That’s what I am doing. That’s my life goal.
The hardest thing was learning to write. I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies. It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia.
Tracy Kidder
I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press, a new primer or encyclopedia. This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
I really love rap music. I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s with Public Enemy, N.W.A., LL Cool J – I’m a hip-hop encyclopedia. But I got kind of frustrated with the chauvinistic side of rap music, the one that makes it hard to write songs about love and relationships.
You have a diasporic black world, and the only way to put it back together again is symbolic. It’s like Humpty Dumpty. Whoever could edit the ‘Encyclopedia Africana’ would provide symbolic order to the fragments created over the past 500 years. That is a major contribution.
If you think of the ideas of open source applied to information in an encyclopedia, you get to Wikipedialots and lots of small contributions that bubble up to something that’s meaningful.
I sold a bunch of stuff. I sold Omaha Steaks, vacation packages… the worst, though, was Time Life Books, because no one wants Time Life Books. No one wants an ‘Encyclopedia Brittanica’ showing up at their house.
While Anurag Kashyap is a very chilled out guy and let his actors pitch in with their ideas, Kamal Haasan is an encyclopedia in himself. Merely listening to him enriches one so much.
I just don’t want to stop finding things interesting. I don’t want to ever stop learning. I want to be a weird encyclopedia of bizarre knowledge.
The Umbrella Movement can be described as an encyclopedia. Politicians and student leaders wrote it, and let the masses read it and react passively.
My original concept was to provide a free encyclopedia for every single person in the world.
There’s a vast encyclopedia of fears and phobias, and pretty much any object, experience, situation you can think of, there is someone who has a phobia of it.
When I was 8 years old, I made my own encyclopedia of American biographyJohnny Appleseed, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Charles Lindbergh, my pantheon of favorite heroes. Then I would write my own things and sew them together and try to make my own book.
People take issue with individual aspects of Wikipedia all the time. But it’s kind of hard to hate the general idea of a free encyclopedia. It’s like hating kittens.
People look to ‘Dear White People’ as an encyclopedia of our culture. But it’s also art, and there are characters with different perspectives.
I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
I’m not a walking encyclopedia. I’m not one of those types that knows every single film ever made or can recite every dialog.
I still don’t think I’ve ever read a Nancy Drew book; I probably read three or fourHardy Boys’ books when I was 10, 11, 12, and I didn’t love them at the time. Even then, they felt dated to me, like the word chum – ‘my chum and I.’ However, the ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ books, I read all of them.
I have been collecting recipes and information for over 20 years, but three years ago, my editor said to me, ‘You’re a walking encyclopedia of food, so why don’t you do an encyclopedia?’
My job as a DJ and a producer is just to have a big encyclopedia in my head.
When I was about thirteen, the library was going to get ‘Calculus for the Practical Man.’ By this time I knew, from reading the encyclopedia, that calculus was an important and interesting subject, and I ought to learn it.
Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible.
I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.
When I was a kid, what captivated me about detective fiction were the puzzles more than the detectives or their enemies. And as I’ve gotten older, I see a lot of merit in setting your investigative sights higher than figuring out how someone stole Encyclopedia Brown’s bicycle.
We are always taking a hard look at how life was in the past in coming up with interesting subject matter for our various series, and remembering how much I used to want an encyclopedia as a kid made me realize wanting a set is very unlikely for teens today, and that conversation would be interesting.