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Cely asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

What is meant by "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing"?

In your opinion, what is meant by the phrase in Alexander Pope's famous poem....which quotes: "A learning is a dang'rous Thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring: There shallow Draughts intoxicate the Brain, And drinking largely sobers us again."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When people get a little smart, they do not handle it our use it wisely and they get in trouble for it

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  • 1 decade ago

    Somethings are better left unsaid or unknown.

    Knowing only what we need to keeps us informed but not overinformed. To overstudy something can create a whole different meaning.

    Example:

    You love steak, you know the nutritional facts and the good things about beef, but get into the whole process of beef from beginning to end and you may no longer love it.

    It goes the same with anything in life, learning or stretching to learn more can create the opposite effects than what we intended.

    Children love life because they take it for what it is.... but as they become adults they "learn" more and the loves we had are no longer true enjoyments.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because when some people have a basic knowledge of something, they think they know everything about that subject...

    See annoyingcoworker.com... Really funny quotes and letters to send to those types of people!!! :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    The thing I've found to be truest about that statement is health. When you're a kid, you don't get sick as much because you don't know why. As you turn into an adult, you start to figure out why and get paranoid about it, and it's the brains natural reaction to give you what you're worried about. Say you're thinking that you have the bird flu, the brain will create symptoms to go along with that just because that's what it does, it gives you reason to worry. That's what I think is meant by that statement.

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  • 4 years ago

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    Not enough knowledge is a dangerous thing! Look at the idiot president of the United States. Alexander Pope was a drunk!

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  • 1 decade ago

    A little knowledge is dangerous because you know just enough to get in trouble, but not enough to either correctly complete whatever it is you are doing or to know when to get assistance.

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  • Edgar
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    4 years ago

    meant knowledge dangerous

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you learn a little bit about something, then stop, then act like you know everything about it, you will get yourself in trouble.

    Become an expert in one subject - then you will have full credibility.

    Source(s): Those idiot atheists in R&S section that read parts of the Bible and think they are experts that can disprove the existence of God because they don't understand His compassion and mercy.
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  • 5 years ago

    a little knowledge is dangerous

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