Every person on earth deals with information. They take it in, they process it, they categorize it, they utilize it or discard it. And they do all that without even thinking about it. It’s just how we work as human beings. But those of us in the Data and Information Management fields think about it all the time. We know how complex, how vital, and how beautiful information can be.
These quotes discuss that wonderful beast information, which bombards us every second of every day.
All information looks like noise until you break the code.
– Hiro in Neal Stephenson’s ‘Snow Crash’ (1992)
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.
– Clifford Stoll
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
– Gertrude Stein
Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a firehose.
– Mitchell Kapor
If a magic fairy instantly gave you absolutely all the information resources the company would ever need, do you think people would instantly know what to do with it and how to use it well?
– Peter G.W. Keen
Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.
– Peter Sondergaard
Information wants to be free.
– Stewart Brand
Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
– Clarence Day
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
– John Naisbitt
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
– Oscar Wilde
It’s amazing how much data is out there. The question is how do we put it in a form that’s usable?
– Bill Ford Jr.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
– Kofi Annan
The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.
– Carly Fiorina, former executive, Hewlett-Packard Co.
The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
– Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987)
We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.
– Rutherford D. Rogers
Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?
– T. S. Eliot
You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.
– Daniel Keys Moran
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