Ignorance Quotes

Most popular ignorance quotes

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

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There is one thing to be said for ignorance — it sure causes a lot of interesting arguments.

arguments

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance. - Louis Brandeis quote.
Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

arguments

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. - Will Rogers quote.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. - Socrates quote.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

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Fear always springs from ignorance. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Fear always springs from ignorance.

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Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. - Confucius quote.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. - John F. Kennedy quote.
The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.

knowledge

Blithering ignorance can be found wherever you choose to live. - Maya Angelou quote.
Blithering ignorance can be found wherever you choose to live.
Don't be a prisoner of ignorance. The world is larger, far more complicated, and far more wonderful than ignorance allows. - Maya Angelou quote.
Don't be a prisoner of ignorance. The world is larger, far more complicated, and far more wonderful than ignorance allows.
Ignorance is not bliss—it is oblivion. - Philip Wylie quote.
Ignorance is not bliss—it is oblivion.
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin quote.
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.

knowledge

Ignorance is bold, and knowledge reserved. - Thucydides quote.
Ignorance is bold, and knowledge reserved.

knowledge

The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so. - Josh Billings quote.
The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so.

knowledge

Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.
Nothing will divide this nation more than ignorance, and nothing can bring us together better than an educated population. - John Sculley quote.
Nothing will divide this nation more than ignorance, and nothing can bring us together better than an educated population.

education

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. - Mary Browne quote.
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

wisdom beliefs

Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance.

curiosity

Probably the most honest "self-made man" ever was the one we heard say: "I got to the top the hard way—fighting my own laziness and ignorance every step of the way."

hard work

No human folly can suppress the conceit of ignorance. - C. V. Raman quote.
No human folly can suppress the conceit of ignorance.
The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. - Jean Toomer quote.
The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing.
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it. - Mark Twain quote.
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it.

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Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. - Eric Hoffer quote.
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
From ignorance our comfort flows. The only wretched are the wise.
Ignorance is the womb of monsters. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Ignorance is the womb of monsters.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
Ignorance is not bliss — it is oblivion.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain quote.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

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Art hath an enemy called Ignorance. - Ben Jonson quote.
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.

art

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look—historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
Larry McMurtry Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846–1890

America history

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov quote.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

intellectualism

The great pleasure of ignorance is, after all, the pleasure of asking questions.  The man who has lost this pleasure or exchanged it for the pleasure of dogma, which is the pleasure of answering, is already beginning to stiffen. - Robert Lynd quote.
The great pleasure of ignorance is, after all, the pleasure of asking questions.  The man who has lost this pleasure or exchanged it for the pleasure of dogma, which is the pleasure of answering, is already beginning to stiffen.

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Ignorance is always afraid of change.  It fears the unknown and sticks to its rut, however miserable it may be there.  In its blindness it stumbles on anyhow. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.  It fears the unknown and sticks to its rut, however miserable it may be there.  In its blindness it stumbles on anyhow.
Jawaharlal Nehru Glimpses of World History: Being Further Letters to his Daughter, Written in Prison, and Containing a Rambling Account of History for Young People

change

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.

innocence

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. - William Beveridge, quote.
Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.

democracy dictatorship

Profound ignorance makes a man dogmatic. - Jean de La Bruyère quote.
Profound ignorance makes a man dogmatic.

dogma

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. - William Osler quote.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

dogma

If you think education is expensive—try ignorance.

education

Envy is ignorance. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Envy is ignorance.

envy

Where ignorance is bliss
'Tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

folly

The voice of the intelligence is soft and weak, said Freud.  It is drowned out by the roar of fear.

hate intelligence

When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View? - Scott Adams quote.
When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View?
To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. - A. Bronson Alcott quote.
To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
— Life
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin quote.
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

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Too many of our countrymen rejoice in stupidity, look upon ignorance as a badge of honor. They condemn everything they don't understand. - Tallulah Bankhead quote.
Too many of our countrymen rejoice in stupidity, look upon ignorance as a badge of honor. They condemn everything they don't understand.

stupidity

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is great. - Saul Bellow quote.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is great.
Saul Bellow To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account

illusion

Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice. - Josh Billings quote.
Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice.
The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin quote.
The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
Ignorance is not innocence but sin. - Robert Browning quote.
Ignorance is not innocence but sin.
Ignorance is the only unpardonable sin. - Luther Burbank quote.
Ignorance is the only unpardonable sin.
The truest characters of ignorance
Are vanity, and pride, and arrogance. - Samuel Butler quote.
The truest characters of ignorance
Are vanity, and pride, and arrogance.
Samuel Butler The Genuine Poetical Remains of Samuel Butler
Gross ignorance—144 times worse than ordinary ignorance. - Bennett Cerf quote.
Gross ignorance—144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. - William Ellery Channing quote.
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.

mind

The whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other. - C. C. Colton quote.
The whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other.
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Charles Darwin quote.
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance. - Charles Darwin quote.
The more one thinks, the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man's ignorance.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. - Benjamin Disraeli quote.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. - Wayne Dyer quote.
The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.
It was as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog. - George Eliot quote.
It was as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog.
It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance?  Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. - George Eliot quote.
It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance?  Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.

knowledge and ignorance

Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities. - George Eliot quote.
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
Life teaches us that we are never happy except at the price of some ignorance. - Anatole France quote.
Life teaches us that we are never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Stupidity's the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.

stupidity

People are ignorant of the things that affect their actions, yet they rarely feel ignorant.  We need to accept our ignorance and say "I don't know" more often. - Malcolm Gladwell quote.
People are ignorant of the things that affect their actions, yet they rarely feel ignorant.  We need to accept our ignorance and say "I don't know" more often.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

proverbs

Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.  Indeed, it is ignorance with wings. - Sam Harris quote.
Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.  Indeed, it is ignorance with wings.

theology

A man's ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote.
A man's ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible.
Contrary to popular superstition, ignorance is not bliss.  Ignorance is impotence; it is fear; it is cruelty; it is all the things that make for unhappiness. - Winifred Holtby quote.
Contrary to popular superstition, ignorance is not bliss.  Ignorance is impotence; it is fear; it is cruelty; it is all the things that make for unhappiness.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge. - Aldous Huxley quote.
The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.
Reality cannot be ignored except at a price; and the longer the ignorance is persisted in, the higher and the more terrible becomes the price that must be paid. - Aldous Huxley quote.
Reality cannot be ignored except at a price; and the longer the ignorance is persisted in, the higher and the more terrible becomes the price that must be paid.

reality

Only the very ignorant are perfectly satisfied that they know. - Robert Ingersoll quote.
Only the very ignorant are perfectly satisfied that they know.
Ignorance, when it is voluntary, is criminal. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Ignorance, when it is voluntary, is criminal.
Ignorance is not a simple lack of knowledge but an active aversion to knowledge, the refusal to know, issuing from cowardice, pride, or laziness of mind. - Ryszard Kapuscinski quote.
Ignorance is not a simple lack of knowledge but an active aversion to knowledge, the refusal to know, issuing from cowardice, pride, or laziness of mind.
Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child rearing. You don't put kids under surveillance: it might frighten you. - Garrison Keillor quote.
Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child rearing. You don't put kids under surveillance: it might frighten you.
So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things. - J. Kepler quote.
So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.
We find that in research a certain amount of intelligent ignorance is essential to progress; for, if you know too much, you won't try the thing. - Charles F. Kettering quote.
We find that in research a certain amount of intelligent ignorance is essential to progress; for, if you know too much, you won't try the thing.

research

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up all the vacuities of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. - Horace Mann quote.
Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up all the vacuities of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.
I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance. - Christopher Marlowe quote.
I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

religion

Ignorance is the parent of fear. - Herman Melville quote.
Ignorance is the parent of fear.
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. - Thomas Paine quote.
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
It is the duty of scientists to dispel ignorance. - Linus Pauling quote.
It is the duty of scientists to dispel ignorance.

scientists

Ignorance, like intelligence, should be measured on a sliding scale.
There is no darkness but ignorance. - William Shakespeare quote.
There is no darkness but ignorance.
Ignorance is a self-generating state of mind; one of its characteristics is that it doesn't recognize itself as ignorance. - Jane Smiley quote.
Ignorance is a self-generating state of mind; one of its characteristics is that it doesn't recognize itself as ignorance.
Jane Smiley Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
There is nothing more powerful than ignorance, not even intelligence.
There is only one good, knowledge, and only one evil, ignorance. - Socrates quote.
There is only one good, knowledge, and only one evil, ignorance.
Socrates Lives of Eminent Philosophers

knowledge and ignorance

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance. - Herbert Spencer quote.
Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.
Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.
Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain. - Euripides quote.
Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.

misfortune

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

stupidity sincerity

Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin quote.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

justice

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. - William Shakespeare quote.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

knowledge

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Charles Darwin quote.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Ignorance is a great deal more eager to instruct wisdom than wisdom is to instruct ignorance.