Quotations on Ignorance

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My boyhood life in New York City has impressed me with the popular ignorance and also with the great need of something better than local lore and weather proverbs.
- Cleveland Abbe
(Keywords: Life, Ignorance, Popular, Weather)

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Development, Ignorance, Will)

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Education, Facts, Ignorance, Nothing)

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, America, Confusion, Constitution, Credit, Honor, Ignorance, Want)

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Wisdom, Folly, Fool, Ignorance, Man, Mind)

To try to write a grand cosmical drama leads necessarily to myth. To try to let knowledge substitute ignorance in increasingly larger regions of space and time is science.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: Science, Time, Knowledge, Drama, Ignorance, Myth, Space)

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Mother, People, College, Ignorance, School, Understanding)

It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so.
- Edwin Armstrong
(Keywords: People, Causes, Ignorance, Trouble, World)

I could never accept findings based almost exclusively on mathematics. It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so.
- Edwin Armstrong
(Keywords: People, Causes, Ignorance, Mathematics, Trouble, World)

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Knowledge, Control, Ignorance, Learning)

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: God, Ignorance, Surrender, Today)

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Knowledge, Ignorance, Problems)

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Education, Custom, Ignorance, Imitation, Vice)

India saw from the beginning, and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Age, Life, Power, Beginning, Ignorance, Light, Reason)

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
- Richard Bach
(Keywords: Belief, End, Ignorance, Injustice, Tragedy, World)

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Power, Enemy, Ignorance, Justice)

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: First, Ignorance, Interest)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Intelligence, Deep, Ignorance, Illusion)

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance - these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.
- Isaiah Berlin
(Keywords: Men, Goals, Positive, Fighting, Revolution, Ignorance, Injustice, May, Poverty, Reform, Slavery, Variety)

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
- William Beveridge
(Keywords: Democracy, Dictators, Evil, Ignorance, May)

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Knowledge, Ignorance, Name)

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
- Ruben Blades
(Keywords: Society, Ignorance, Risk)

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.
- Helena Petrova Blavatsky
(Keywords: Time, Action, Enthusiasm, Depression, Ignorance, Law, Man, Results, Tides)

In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: History, Ignorance, Perceptions, Sense, Words)

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Keywords: Knowledge, Discovery, Ignorance, Illusion)

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Death, Government, People, Fear, Attention, Democracy, Ignorance, Lying, Politicians, Trying)

There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few.
- Van Wyck Brooks
(Keywords: Knowledge, Authority, Ignorance, Religious, World)

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(Keywords: Greatness, Ignorance, May)

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Arrogance, Ignorance, Pride, Vanity)

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
- John Calvin
(Keywords: God, Freedom, Ignorance, Mercy)

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Evil, Harm, Ignorance, Intentions, May, Understanding, World)

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Growth, Ignorance, Mind)

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Failure, Virtue, Envy, Ignorance, Misery, Philosophy, Sharing, Socialism)

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Truth, End, Ignorance, Malice, May)

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence - reverance for human life and the environment.
- William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
(Keywords: Life, Cause, Environment, Ignorance, Self, Violence)

It is not enough to be well-intentioned; one must strive to put those intentions into action in a capable way. One must consider the effect his actions will have on others. Looked at like this, to persist in ignorance is itself dishonorable.
- Andrew Cohen
(Keywords: Action, Actions, Effect, Ignorance, Intentions, Will)

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
- Cyril Connolly
(Keywords: Wisdom, Darkness, Folly, Ignorance, Infatuation, Passion, Purity)

Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow.
- Frank Dane
(Keywords: Fashion, Ignorance, Style, Today, Tomorrow, Will, Yesterday)

We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual - we spend less money than we take in.
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Money, Fear, Ignorance, Old, Ritual, State, Taxes)

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
(Keywords: Science, Confidence, Ignorance, Will)

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
- Richard Dawkins
(Keywords: Science, Boasts, Ignorance, Incompetence, Literature, Mathematics)

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.
- Guy Debord
(Keywords: Beliefs, Ignorance, Quotations)

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.
- Diogenes
(Keywords: Fact, Ignorance, Nothing)

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Idea, Ignorance, Wrong)

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Love, End, First, Ignorance, Magic)

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
- Frederick Douglass
(Keywords: Society, Class, Ignorance, Justice, Poverty, Property, Will)

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Keywords: Knowledge, Ignorance, Remarkable)

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.
- Theodore Dreiser
(Keywords: Wisdom, Ignorance, Order)

I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.
- Richard Dreyfuss
(Keywords: Certainty, Ignorance, Living)

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant
(Keywords: Education, Discovery, Ignorance, Nothing, Now, Years)



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