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Quotes from Vedas on Knowledge

The Vedas, ancient texts of Hinduism, contain numerous passages on knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment. Here are a few quotes from the Vedas that emphasize the importance of knowledge:

A person who does not have knowledge cannot be considered truly alive. - Rig Veda 1.25.7

Knowledge is that which liberates. - Atharva Veda 11.5.1

Knowledge is the greatest treasure; it cannot be stolen, nor can it be consumed by fire. - Atharva Veda 10.1.20

Knowledge is the light which illuminates the darkness of ignorance. - Yajur Veda 40.17

The one who has attained true knowledge sees the same divinity in all beings. - Rig Veda 10.191.4

Lead me from unreal to real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Those who know, they see; they who see, they know. - Rigveda

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul. - Atharvaveda

Let noble thoughts come to us from every side. - Rigveda

He who knows the Vedas but does not know the Atman, knows nothing. - Atharva Veda

The wise man who knows the truth about the Self knows all things. - Katha Upanishad

Ignorance is the greatest sin. - Atharva Veda

He who sees all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, hates none. - Isha Upanishad

By the light of knowledge, the soul alone becomes great and magnified. - Atharva Veda

Knowledge is immortal, and its acquisition is one's duty. - Rig Veda

When a person does not revere his old age, the gods ignore him, and he who ignores the gods is ignored by them. - Atharvaveda

He who knows the Vedas but does not know the true Self is in darkness. - Atharvaveda

Knowledge is the foundation of all forms of prosperity. - Atharvaveda

The Self-existent made the senses turn outward. Thus, one sees the outside world and not the inner Self. - Katha Upanishad

The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly. - Bhagavad Gita

He who does not rouse himself when it is time to rise, who, though young and strong, is full of sloth, whose will and thoughts are weak, that lazy and idle man will never find the way to knowledge. - Katha Upanishad

The wise man beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings; for that reason, he does not hate anyone. - Isha Upanishad

Knowledge makes one immortal. - Atharvaveda

To acquire knowledge is the duty of every individual. - Rigveda

He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman. - Mundaka Upanishad

The wise man speaks little, but what he says is filled with knowledge. - Atharvaveda

That man who is free from desire, and is wise and undistracted, and has subdued his senses, approaches the Supreme. - Katha Upanishad

The knower of the Self overcomes grief. - Katha Upanishad

Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. - Rigveda

Knowledge is the supreme goal of life. - Atharvaveda

As one acts and conducts himself, so does he become. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Knowledge is the foundation of happiness. - Atharvaveda

Knowledge illumines one's path. - Atharvaveda

Ignorance leads to bondage, while knowledge leads to liberation. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

The ultimate knowledge is the realization of the Self. - Atharvaveda

These quotes reflect the profound reverence for knowledge found in the Vedas, viewing it as essential for spiritual growth, liberation, and understanding of the universe.


Let the knower discriminate the knowledge and the Ignorance, the straight open levels and the crooked that shut in mortals. (Rig Veda 4.2.11)

Interpretation: He who would know the Truth should constantly discriminate between the real and the unreal, between oneness and division, between what leads to the Truth and what pushes away from it. When one so discriminates and follows only the way of Knowledge, the path is straight, wide, open and free. But if one were to choose the ways of ignorance, his path becomes crooked, devious, narrow and imprisoning.

To increase one’s consciousness is to grow in knowledge; to persist in unconsciousness and sink into it is to wallow in ignorance. One is the royal road to liberation; the other is the way to stay in captivity.

(Source: ‘Wisdom of Veda’ by Sri Aurobindo Kapali Shastry Institute of Vedic Culture)