View Full Version : When & where did Jimi say Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens?
This quote often attributed to Jimi doesn't ever come with a date & place, making it of questionable authenticity, it is obviously a reduction from a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894): "It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen"
Did Jimi actually ever say this?
02-27-09, 05:50 AM
As with the previous quotes so called from Jimi, I have never heard a recording or read an interview where he said this. The 'often cattributed to Jimi' bit makes no sense if you ask me.
I think the phrase expresses what I mean, I wouldn't say it makes no sense. it depends on where you get your definition of attribute from. But, okay, If you want to be grammatically picky, how about 'ascribed to'?
at·tribhttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/prime.gifut·er, at·tribhttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/prime.gifu·tor n.
Synonyms: attribute, ascribe, impute, credit, assign, refer
These verbs mean to consider as resulting from or belonging to a person or thing. Attribute and ascribe, often interchangeable, have the widest application: The historian discovered a new symphony attributed to Mozart. The museum displayed an invention ascribed to the 15th century.
You surely can infer what I meant - people say Jimi said this, but I see no evidence.
02-27-09, 12:12 PM
It makes sense to me, but 'often attributed'? Never heard this one before either. However, the Holmes connection is familiar. thnx.
02-27-09, 05:03 PM
I heard this quote referring to Jimi, many times as well. Here some examples
etc etc etc
Interesting that nothing can proove that he actually said this. I never thought about to check it out.
03-04-09, 02:02 AM
Those sites are just collections of what people enter. Nothing is checked, no citations or references. Just read what you can read, don't believe everything other people tell you what they have read. (And that includes this message from me, of course. :) )
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