Socrates,Confuius and thomas hobbes were all right in a sense. Socrates-pursuit of knowledge even in the face of opposition. Confusius-"Learn as if you were running and cannot catch up, though you were frighted of losing. Thomas Hobbes-"knowledge is power" If one was running (in a race) they will have opposition, one will learn therefore attaining knowledge. One will not run the race unless it gives some sort of power, hence knowledge is power.