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Ignorance Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Ignorance

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Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

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Ignorance and bungling with love
are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau

Fear always springs from ignorance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth is incontrovertible,
malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end; there it is.
- Winston Churchill

 

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

The greater our knowledge increases
the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy

Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
- Ambrose Bierce

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount
of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams

It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
- Elbert Hubbard

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning,
not the result of ignorance or accident,
its children will become the foundation of a new race.
- Margaret Sanger

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

True, a little learning is a dangerous thing,
but it still beats total ignorance.
- Abigail Van Buren

Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.
- Irene Peter

True friendship can afford true knowledge.
It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truth is by nature self-evident.
As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance
that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -
it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
- Jeremy Bentham

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and
unchangeable color to every object;
beware of this stumbling block.
- Paul Gauguin

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;
and a people who mean to be their own governors must
arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- James Madison

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
- Addison Mizner

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.
- George Kimble

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

And capital punishment, however ineffective it may
be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to,
is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory.
- Benjamin Tucker

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.
- Isaac Watts

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

In the scattered settlements of this Diocese,
schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number,
and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance.
- John Strachan

In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase
the horizon of ignorance.
- Henry Miller

There are few earthly things more beautiful than a
university a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know,
where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.
- John Masefield

What I love about the East End is that there's a great perseverance,
determination and courage.
What I dislike about it is that there is sometimes
a celebration of ignorance.
- Eddie Marsan

Ignorance is not bliss, but in my case,
that was.
- Victoria Principal

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance.
- Morris Kline

If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make
a fortune out of what they don't know about economics.
- Luther H. Hodges

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance,
for it requires knowledge to perceive it;
and,
therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not.
- Jeremy Taylor

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation
from the rocks of ignorance.
- Petrarch

To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence.
- Ann Plato

If you think education is expensive,
try ignorance.
- Derek Bok

The little I know I owe to my ignorance.
- Sacha Guitry

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through
ignorance that we can solve them.
- Isaac Asimov

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride
and ignorance in costly attire.
- William Penn

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
- Terry Pratchett

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing;
education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes.
Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
- Anthony Hope

Oh, the ignorance of us upon whom Providence did not
sufficiently smile to permit us to be born in New England.
- Horace Porter

I consider nothing low but ignorance,
vice, and meanness, characteristics generally found
where the animal propensities predominate over the higher sentiments.
- William John Wills

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.
- Bodhidharma

My family and I held no hatred for those people because
we realized they were victims of their own ignorance.
- Ryan White

I think we risk becoming the best informed society
that has ever died of ignorance.
- Ruben Blades

I have to plead basic ignorance of most new jazz artists here.
- Gary Lucas

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- George Santayana

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
- Plato

Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?
- Bill Watterson


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