Knowledge is power

Posted by ESC on January 19, 2002 at

In Reply to: Phrase posted by Ann on January 19, 2002

: Does anyone know where or who first used the phrase 'Knowledge is Power'?

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - "Knowledge is a tool that can be used to control and change the world. The idea is found in the Old Testament. (A man of knowledge increaseth strength. Proverbs 24:5, King James Version.) Many authorities attribute this aphorism to British philosopher Francis Bacon : Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est. However, a similar phrase was used by Shakespeare in 'Henry VI' . First attested in the United States in 1806. The proverb takes varying forms: Knowledge brings power; Knowledge itself is power." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).