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He who knows best... (Quotation)

"The wise know their weakness too well to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows." - Thomas Jefferson, The Proceedings of the Government of the United States, in maintaining The Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi, Adjacent to New-Orleans, Against the Intrustion of Edward Livingston (1812)[1]

Note: This passage is often erroneously quoted as, "He who knows best, knows how little he knows."


  1. Also known as the "Batture Pamphlet." L&B, 17:130. Text also available online from Google Books.


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