What are some quotes from Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley) that show knowledge is dangerous?

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The quest for Forbidden Knowledge is a main theme which runs through Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Not only is knowledge important to Victor, knowledge is also important to both Walton and the creature.


Victor's quest for knowledge is obsessive and oppressive in nature. Not only does he fail to care for himself during the many years it takes to reanimate life ("I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation."), his obsession forced him to ignore his family and friends. Quotes which show the danger of knowledge for Victor are as follows.

You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much...

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