Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Josh Billings (181885)
The trouble with people is not that they dont know but that they know so much that aint so.
Attributed to JOSH BILLINGS (Henry Wheeler Shaw) by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 3d ed., p. 491 (1979). Not verified in his writings, although some similar ideas are found in Everybodys Friend, or Josh Billings Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor (1874). Original spelling is corrected:
What little I do know I hope I am certain of (p. 502).
Wisdom dont consist in knowing more that is new, but in knowing less that is false (p. 430).
I honestly believe it is better to know nothing than to know what aint so (p. 286).
Walter Mondale echoed the words above in his first debate with President Ronald Reagan, October 7, 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky: Im reminded a little bit of what Will Rogers once said of Hoover. He said its not what he doesnt know that bothers me, its what he knows for sure just aint so.Transcript, The New York Times, October 8, 1984, p. B4. This has not been found in Rogerss work.