Best Quotes About Ignorance

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

Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance. -Sydney J. Harris

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

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

All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance. -Will Rogers

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance. -Baltasar Gracian

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

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

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. -Oscar Wilde

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. -Saul Bellow

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

Most criticism of advertising is written in ignorance of what actually happens inside these agencies. -Michael Schudson

His ignorance is encyclopedic. -Abba Eban

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. -Maya Angelou

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

Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. -Arnold H. Glasow

The most violent element in society is ignorance. -Emma Goldman

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. -P. J. O'Rourke

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

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. -Anatole France

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge. -Alfred North Whitehead

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

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. -Marguerite Gardiner

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. -William Hazlitt

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

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

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. -Aldous Huxley

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. -Harold MacMillan

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance. -Gian Carlo Menotti

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance. -Karl A. Menninger

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. -Christian Nestell Bovee

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. -Herodotus

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

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. -William Ellery Channing

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

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge. -Ambrose Bierce

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. -Thomas Carlyle

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance. -Benjamin Franklin

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. -John F. Kennedy

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. -James Baldwin

There is no slavery but ignorance. -Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. -Mark Twain

Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care. -Jimmy Buffett

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. -Karl Popper

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. -W. Clement Stone

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. -H. L. Mencken

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

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous. -Charles Dudley Warner

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance. -Robert Quillen

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

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

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

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

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care. -William Safire

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

There is no darkness but ignorance. -William Shakespeare

I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S. -Eduardo Galeano

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

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

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

Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance. -Hippocrates

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. -Maya Angelou

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

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. -Amos Bronson Alcott

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art. -Khalil Gibran

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. -Isaac Asimov

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

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance. -George Eliot

Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain! -Tryon Edwards

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. -Leo Buscaglia

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise. -Thomas Gray

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

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil – or else an absolute ignorance. -Graham Greene

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. -Richard P. Feynman

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. -Gustave Flaubert

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. -Charles Kettering

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future. -John Maynard Keynes

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong. -Benjamin Disraeli

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs. -Guy Debord

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. -John Dalberg-Acton

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. -Saadi

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self. -Baruch Spinoza

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance. -Herbert Spencer

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

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure. -William Ellery Channing

The reason there's so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it. -Frank A. Clark

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

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

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. -Blaise Pascal

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

True, a little learning is a dangerous thing, but it still beats total ignorance. -Pauline Phillips

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

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

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence. -Elbert Hubbard

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. -Thomas Paine

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

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. -Benjamin Franklin

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. -Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

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

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. -Carl Sagan

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human. -Desiderius Erasmus

In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy. -David Horowitz

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won. -Bryant H. McGill

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

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance. -William Wirt

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

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance. -Harry Lorayne

Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe. -James Beattie

'God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil. -Mary Daly

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

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

The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance. -John Rawls

It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile. -Sting

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

We keep, in science, getting a more and more sophisticated view of our essential ignorance. -Warren Weaver

It is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals who inhabit the earth with him, and consequently no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil. -James Smithson

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance. -bell hooks

Chance is a name for our ignorance. -Leslie Stephen

Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance. -Morris Kline

Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd. -David Lynch

No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God. -Saint Patrick

The average man has a carefully cultivated ignorance about household matters – from what to do with the crumbs to the grocer's telephone number – a sort of cheerful inefficiency which protects him. -Crystal Eastman

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters. -Bill Gates

We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology. -Ron Reagan

Now, ignorance is one thing, ignorance can be cured. But many of the Republican leaders opposing this research know better. -Ron Reagan

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

Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness. -Sidney Hook

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

Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self. -Guru Nanak

There is no sinfulness in the will and affections without some error in the understanding. All lusts which a natural man lives in, are lusts of ignorance. -George Gillespie

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. -John Archibald Wheeler

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

In a World where people are surrounded by darkness, ignorance and fear, it is a sign of hope to be celebrating Islam's message of peace and light, and the last great Messenger, born and chosen to deliver them to all mankind. -Cat Stevens

Information can bring you choices and choices bring power – educate yourself about your options and choices. Never remain in the dark of ignorance. -Joy Page

Why should we, however, in economics, have to plead ignorance of the sort of facts on which, in the case of a physical theory, a scientist would certainly be expected to give precise information? -Friedrich August von Hayek

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions – which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives. -Saint Teresa of Avila

I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance. -Richard Dreyfuss

My top most priority is to deal with India's massive social and economic problems, so that chronic poverty, ignorance and disease can be conquered in a reasonably short period of time. -Manmohan Singh

Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate. -Edward Albert

I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity to those people who are locked out. -Russell Simmons

All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire. -Donald Kagan

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

I'm against ignorance. -Herman Kahn

It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast between lead work in the United States under conditions of neglect and ignorance, and comparable work in England and Germany, under intelligent control. -Alice Hamilton

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 the clashes between ignorance and intelligence, ignorance is generally the aggressor. -Paul P. Harris

To attempt to superimpose its views through the exercise of force, is seldom the part of intelligence; it is frequently the part of ignorance. -Paul P. Harris

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

It is hardly fair to accuse us of ignorance when it was made a crime under the former order of things to learn enough about letters to even read the Word of God. -George H. White

Consciousness of myself, combined with complete ignorance of everything that does not fall within my sphere of thinking, is the most telling proof of my substantiality outside God, of my original existence. -Moses Mendelssohn

I really wish there was some big brother conspiracy theory. I just think it's the ignorance of trying to make a dollar. That's what the networks have done and will continue to do. If anyone doesn't think that this is about making money, then they're crazy. -Montel Williams

Until as recently as November of 1966, I had complete faith in the Warren Report. Of course, my faith in the Report was grounded in ignorance, since I had never read it. -Jim Garrison

Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate, but you wouldn't really call that privacy. That's ignorance. -Bruce Sterling

The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing. -Bruce Sterling

You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the rabbit's foot of their particular religion. You don't really have any kind of spiritual law, just a kind of a rabid mental illness. The songs are a little slice of life. -Joni Mitchell

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. -Bodhidharma

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

People talk about revelation, and say it has ceased; but what ignorance it bespeaks, when man knows not the least thing on earth without revelation. -Elias Hicks

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

It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so. -Edwin Armstrong

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

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

I don't think you can ever regain your ignorance. -Carla Bley

I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance. -Hideki Tojo

I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his future can only be triumphant? -Eugenio Montale

But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist so to the scientific man is ignorance. -Frederick Soddy

On our plane knowledge and ignorance are the immemorial adversaries. -Frederick Soddy

Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation. -Frederick Soddy

The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies. -Bela Lugosi

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

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

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little; yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance, and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference. -Paul Elmer More

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. -Bob Edwards

All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my own ignorance and sinfulness; that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge, and an advance in religion; and I felt something like indecision. -Maria Monk

So far as I know, there were no pains taken to preserve secrecy on this subject; that is, I saw no attempt made to keep any of the inmates of the Convent in ignorance of the murder of children. -Maria Monk

Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation. -Luis Gutierrez

If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun. -Carter Burwell

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

I perceive two things in Scotland of the most fearful omen: ignorance of theological truth, and a readiness to pride themselves in and boast of it. -Edward Irving

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

People's ignorance really pisses me off. Stupidity is when you can't help it -ignorance is when you choose not to understand something. -Sarah McLachlan

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. -Thomas Sowell

The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art. -Thom Mayne

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

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance. -Diogenes

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance. -Isaac Watts

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds. -Will Rogers

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance. -Theodore Dreiser

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance. -Jeremy Taylor

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance. -Herbert Spencer

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -Jeff Rich

There is no sin but ignorance. -Christopher Marlowe

I will not expose the ignorance of the faculty. -Nancy Cartwright

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. -Plato

Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value. -Jean de La Fontaine

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

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. -Dalai Lama

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance. -Will Durant

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. -Samuel Butler

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! -Leonardo da Vinci

Where ignorance is bliss it's foolish to borrow your neighbor's newspaper. -Kin Hubbard

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance. -Christopher Marlowe

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

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

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about. -Wayne Dyer

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. -Hippocrates

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. -Elbert Hubbard

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. -William Gaddis

The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. -Jean Toomer

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance. -Bennett Cerf

If they exert it not for good, they will for evil; if they advance not knowledge, they will perpetuate ignorance. -Frances Wright

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

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

Without feeling abashed by my ignorance, I confess that I am absolutely unable to say. In the absence of an appearance of learning, my answer has at least one merit, that of perfect sincerity. -Jean Henri Fabre

There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life. -Mary Wortley Montagu

The hope that poverty and ignorance may gradually be extinguished, derives indeed much support from the steady progress of the working classes during the nineteenth century. -Alfred Marshall

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

If we bring not the good courage of minds covetous of truth, and truth only, prepared to hear all things, and decide upon all things, according to evidence, we should do more wisely to sit down contented in ignorance, than to bestir ourselves only to reap disappointment. -Frances Wright

There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive. -Jessamyn West

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

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

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance. -John Ruskin

Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion. -Gustave Flaubert

I say there is no darkness but ignorance. -William Shakespeare

One's ignorance is one's chief asset. -Wallace Stevens

Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance. -Victor Hugo

We receive the truths of science by compulsion. Nothing but ignorance is able to resist them. -Chauncey Wright

Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics. -Jose Bergamin

The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance. -Lyndon B. Johnson

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. -Arthur Conan Doyle

Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it. -Heraclitus

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all. -Blaise Pascal

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian – ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. -Lytton Strachey

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. -Plato

Of all the wastes of human ignorance perhaps the most extravagant and costly to human growth has been the waste of the distinctive powers of womanhood after the child-bearing age. -Anna Garlin Spencer

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. -Blaise Pascal

The truth is that our race survived ignorance; it is our scientific genius that will do us in. -Stephen Vizinczey

Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence. -Robert Andrews Millikan

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. -Molly Ivins

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look – historical ignorance remains a national characteristic. -Larry McMurtry

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. -Robert Staughton Lynd

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

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. -Bertrand Russell

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. -Warren Buffett

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

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

Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth. -Cornel West

I'm a natural blonde. But when I started acting, I would go to auditions and they didn't know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent, but I had blonde hair. It was ignorance: they thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek. -Sofia Vergara

I pretty much operate on adrenaline and ignorance. -Johnny Knoxville

Situational unawareness in the private marketplace or on the battlefield will cost you your livelihood or your life. In the Age of Obama, however, such willful ignorance is a job prerequisite. The less you know the better. -Michelle Malkin

I happen to have worked with male directors who don't understand women at all. Not at all. I'm flabbergasted by their ignorance. -Catherine McCormack

We are quite at ease in this no man's land of ignorance and doubt and dispute, absorbed in the ambiguities of trying to reach truth by mixing fact with invention. -Barry Unsworth

You can only maintain your interest if you're travelling more in ignorance than knowledge. -Chris Morris

I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance. -Richard Dawkins

I think what a life in science really teaches you is the vastness of our ignorance. -David Eagleman

It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us. -William J. Clinton

To avoid ignorance and bullying, I've had to hide the fact that I'm a troll. You have no idea how much time and money I've spent on electrolysis and hair dye and reconstructive surgery so I can look like this. -Jon Cryer

I do not believe 'Newsweek' is the only catcher in the rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we're one of them, and I don't think there are that many on the edge of that cliff. -Jon Meacham

When we're dealing with the people in our family – no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs – we give from the deepest parts of ourselves. -Anne Lamott

My whole thing is to agree to disagree and to have respect because nothing can really be changed and you wouldn't want to ruin their happiness – even if that happiness is ignorance. -Katy Perry

There are about 15 million Muslims in the EU. They face ignorance, insult and even persecution. They cannot be wished away. To impose Enlightenment freedoms is self-defeating. Anyway, the Muslims have their own enlightenment. -James Buchan

I do believe states' rights was a sound doctrine that got hijacked by some unsavory customers for a while – like, 150 years or so. I'm professionally obliged to believe that knowledge is better than ignorance, but some kinds of forgetting are OK with me. -John Shelton Reed

The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most of all, in the training of interns, is the irresistible drive to do something, anything. It is expected by patients and too often agreed to by their doctors, in the face of ignorance. -Lewis Thomas

I am not a great theologian. I know there is a theological concept called invincible ignorance in which a strong enough faith binds you to any facts to the contrary. -Barney Frank

Here's what the right-wing has in, there's no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes. -Janeane Garofalo

It's the time of year when the literati give advice on what we should be reading on our summer holidays. These terrifying lists often leave me appalled at my own ignorance, but also suspicious about the pretension of their advocates. -Arthur Smith

It's almost like, when someone plays poker for the first time, they might be a professional poker player out of ignorance, just accidentally winning. That was how it felt in my first stand-up appearance. -Jonah Hill

Stubbornness and ignorance and determination are a very fine line from each other. I'm a very stubborn person, but not so stubborn that I can't learn new things and meet new people, but I have a one-track mind. -Joe Nichols

This self-congratulatory notion Americans have that their country is Number One is borne of ignorance and bad manners. -Bryan Cranston

Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning. -Vera Farmiga

I plead total ignorance to Led Zeppelin. I am totally in the dark about them. -Karen O

If novels and stories are bulletins from the progressive states of ignorance a writer passes through over the years, observations and opinions about horses are all the more so, since horses are more mysterious than life and harder to understand. -Jane Smiley

Is there anything science should not try to explain? Science is knowledge and knowledge is power – power to do good or evil. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. -Paul Davies

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.' -Patton Oswalt

I think there's a level of ignorance, when, in the callowness of youth, you imagine that you are inventing the world for the first time. You imagine that your parents don't know what it feels like to fall in love. -Mira Nair

When actresses jump on the anti-Iraq bandwagon, they often combine down-home momism with an ignorance of Islamist intent which is truly awesome. -Julie Burchill

No one knows 'men' as such, any more than anyone knows 'women,' and if they do generalise they're probably trying to hide their own ignorance. You might know one 'man,' yes, or even lots of individual 'men'. -Julie Burchill

You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics. -will.i.am

As Commander of the Faithful, it is out of the question that I fight Islam. We need to fight violence and ignorance. It is true, when one strolls out, one sees women with scarves and men with beards. This has always been the case in Morocco. Morocco is built on tolerance. -Mohammed VI of Morocco

I don't think ignorance is a way that you gain distance on something. -Alice Sebold

I never considered I might make a career out of writing as I was going to school, so when I did turn my attentions that way, I was very ill prepared, having only what I read as a guide, and no formal training whatsoever. I credit that very ignorance with a great deal of my success. -Kim Harrison

Innocence is ignorance. -Lynne Reid Banks

Mental illnesses are so frightening and there's so much ignorance about them that I think it comforts people to think, 'Oh, well, it happens to these people because they deserve it.' -Pete Earley

Our great struggle in medicine these days is not just with ignorance and uncertainty. It's also with complexity: how much you have to make sure you have in your head and think about. There are a thousand ways things can go wrong. -Atul Gawande

In Buddhist teaching, ignorance is considered the fundamental cause of violence – ignorance… about the separation of self and other… about the consequences of our actions. -Sharon Salzberg

We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on. -Sharon Salzberg

There's no commodity we can take with us. There is only our lives, whether we live them wisely or whether we live them in ignorance. And this is everything. -Sharon Salzberg

Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare. They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

The great majority of Americans do not know much about Islam but nonetheless fear it as violent, expansionist and alien to their society. The problem to overcome is not hatred, but ignorance. -Tariq Ramadan

Conflict grows out of ignorance and suspicion. -Gordon B. Hinckley

Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that. -Sylvia Earle

We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us. -Haile Selassie

Respectfully, 'Awkward Black Girl' was never meant to be politically correct. We poke fun at ignorance. -Issa Rae

It's appropriate that the word 'ignorance' is an extension of the word 'ignore.' We ignore so much and so we become ignore-ant. -David Icke

In North America, the greatest threat to the Jewish people is not the external force of antisemitism, but the internal forces of apathy, inertia and ignorance of our own heritage. -Michael Steinhardt

It's no surprise that the Bush administration's bullying swagger and blithe ignorance have caused much of the Muslim world to hold the U.S. in rock-bottom regard. -Graydon Carter

Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it's a lethal cocktail. -Graydon Carter

When you're fighting for social justice, one of my biggest pet peeves is speaking out of ignorance. -Eva Longoria

People have said, 'Let's build bridges,' and frankly, I want to do more than that. I would like break to the walls of ignorance between East and West. -Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

It is fairly well-known what has been behind that climate change denial in America: vast sums pumped into an ignorance industry by the oil and gas lobbies. -Naomi Wolf

All this misjudgment that we have of each other is based on ignorance. The second you get to travel, you see that human beings, no matter where they come from, they are the same. -Marjane Satrapi

In the soil of ignorance, fear can easily be sown. -Heather Brooke

Seventy percent of the fish we eat is black market, fished in violation of international laws. Our ignorance makes us unwilling partners in crime. Rogue economics is turning the global market into our worst nightmare. -Loretta Napoleoni

Scientists habitually moan that the public doesn't understand them. But they complain too much: public ignorance isn't peculiar to science. It's sad if some citizens can't tell a proton from a protein. But it's equally sad if they're ignorant of their nation's history, can't speak a second language, or can't find Venezuela or Syria on a map. -Martin Rees

I have a concept of Naples that is not so much of a city, per se, but rather an ingredient of the human spirit that I detect in everyone, Neapolitan or not. The idea that 'Neapolitanism' and mass ignorance are somehow indissolubly linked is one that I am prepared to fight with all the strength I have. -Luciano De Crescenzo

Unsurprisingly, the poll-takers don't talk a lot in public about the ignorance of the electorate on political and public policy matters. And the politicians are not going to disclose the, let's say, limited body of knowledge in their constituencies. You don't get elected calling your voters airheads. -Jack Germond

Racism springs from ignorance. -Mario Balotelli

We're all caught up in circumstances, and we're all good and evil. When you're really hungry, for instance, you'll do anything to survive. I think the most evil thing – well, maybe that's too strong – but certainly a very evil thing is judgment, the sin of ignorance. -Anthony Hopkins

It's good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers. -Maya Angelou

My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance. -William S. Burroughs

I despise people who revel in the ignorance of not being able to play their instrument. -Robert Smith

Much of the impotence of American churches is tied to a profound ignorance and apathy about justification. Our people live in a fog of guilt. Or just as bad, they think being a better person is all God requires. -Kevin DeYoung

If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God's goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her. -Saint Teresa of Avila

Paranoia is just another word for ignorance. -Hunter S. Thompson

Mostly I make lists for projects. This can be daunting. Breaking something big into its constituent parts will help you organize your thoughts, but it can also force you to confront the depth of your ignorance and the hugeness of the task. That's OK. The project may be the lion, but the list is your whip. -Adam Savage

Political ignorance helps explain Americans' perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events. -George Will

The real power of the Buddha was that he had so much love. He saw people trapped in their notions of small separate self, feeling guilty or proud of that self, and he offered revolutionary teachings that resounded like a lion's roar, like a great rising tide, helping people to wake up and break free from the prison of ignorance. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Liberals sit from this lofty perch of pomposity, but they are the champions of ignorance. They don't know what they're talking about. -Rush Limbaugh

A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance. -Eliezer Yudkowsky

I come armed with a really good ignorance. I don't strive toward ignorance. I come by it naturally. -Alan Alda

Nyasaland was the perfect country for a volunteer. It was friendly and destitute; it was small and out-of-the-way. It had all of Africa's problems – poverty, ignorance, disease. -Paul Theroux

Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn't hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out. -Willie Nelson

There's a lot of ignorance about how long it takes to write a novel. There's a lot of ignorance about how long a novel is in your head before you start to write it. -John Irving

The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance. -Julian Assange

I feel there's a lot of anti-Israel sentiment in the world and a lot of ignorance about what Israel is and does. But it's not for me to speak on Israel's behalf. -Matisyahu

The humblest person in this world is the astrophysicist. Because we are face to face with our ignorance every single day. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor. -Henry Rollins

The idea of a news broadcast once was to find someone with information and broadcast it. The idea now is to find someone with ignorance and spread it around. -P. J. O'Rourke

My ignorance is widespread. -P. J. O'Rourke

Think what evil creeps liberals would be if their plans to enfeeble the individual, exhaust the economy, impede the rule of law, and cripple national defense were guided by a coherent ideology instead of smug ignorance. -P. J. O'Rourke

Only thanks to blissful ignorance, and the inspiration of my grandparents' story, did I actually believe tackling a novel would be an easy task. I've since learned otherwise. -Kristina McMorris

A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty. -Charles B. Rangel

I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I'm ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education. -Richard Dawkins

Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations. -Richard Dawkins

Things can change only through strong personalities. I am not very good at supporting ignorance and mediocrity, so maybe this leads to arrogant gestures and arrogant responses. So, nobody's perfect. -Edi Rama

It is proper that noble spirits, equipped with truth and enlightened with the Divine intelligence, should arm themselves against dense ignorance by climbing up to the high rock and tower of contemplation. -Giordano Bruno

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest. -Bill Maher

There is a profound hypocrisy – and deep historical ignorance – when Europeans complain about the problems posed by the ethnic and religious minorities in their midst, for that is exactly what European colonial rule meant for peoples around the world. -Martin Jacques

Four hundred or so people lived in Knockemstiff in 1957, nearly all of them connected by blood through one godforsaken calamity or another, be it lust or necessity or just plain ignorance. -Donald Ray Pollock

I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody's ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the 'n' word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren't pretty or they weren't rich or they weren't clever. -Maya Angelou

Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation. -Vanna Bonta

The knowledge from an enlightened person breaks on the hard rocks of ignorance. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

At least for me, it takes more knowledge to write fiction than nonfiction. At least about someplace that I begin with a lot of ignorance about. -William T. Vollmann

It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. There's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. -Tom Smothers

The problem with people who live in a world of speeches and books and theories is they don't know how to fix things in the real world when they go wrong. They feign ignorance, blame others, and make another eloquent speech. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

I hate the idea of sheltering kids from challenging books. It's just another form of conservative fear that promotes ignorance more than anything else. -Adam Rapp

John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as running mate is the towering example of his poor judgment. Palin's ignorance of public affairs is monumental. -Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

Given the unprecedented ignorance of the Bible in contemporary America, it is likely that more young Americans will only know the Noah of 'Noah.' We can only hope that the film offers even a fraction of the wisdom of the original. -Dennis Prager

Americans like to get rich fast. That this means we go broke fast, too, is something that we have become very good at forgetting. Our ignorance of history is matched only by our unfailing optimism; it's actually part of our optimism. -Jill Lepore

We need to fight violence and ignorance. It is true: when one strolls out, one sees women with scarves and men with beards. This has always been the case in Morocco. Morocco is built on tolerance. -Mohammed VI of Morocco

To pine for the days before public education became a practical reality is to pine for an America held back by mass ignorance and mass illiteracy. -Timothy Noah

A lot of my friends are gay, and certainly I have no tolerance for anyone who has any sort of ignorance or restriction on people's lives or love lives. -Sasha Roiz

The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance. Most people just don't know that such things are happening, and often, if they have a vague idea they are happening, there is a feeling that there is nothing that can be done to stop these crimes. -John Prendergast

Extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger, intimidation and cowardice. -Hillary Clinton

I don't like greed, I don't like ignorance. I really don't like anger. But I love love. -David Crosby

Africa should not again face isolation or stigmatisation based on ignorance and unrepresentative imagery. -Mo Ibrahim

The prime goal of censorship is to promote ignorance, whether it is done via lying and bowdlerized school texts or by attacking individual books. -Felice Picano

We are all dwellers on this one small earth; we live one life, die one death; we have the same difficulties to contend with; we ought in common to fight the foes of ignorance and wrong. -Charles Glover Barkla

The man who realizes his ignorance has taken the first step toward knowledge. -Max Heindel

There are many causes why a people politically ignorant cannot be roused to action. Perfect political ignorance must be accompanied by indifference to the general interests of society, and thus one of the most powerful motives which can act on the human mind is totally destroyed. -Benjamin Robbins Curtis

Of those beings who live in ignorance, shut up and confined, as it were, in an egg, I have first broken the eggshell of ignorance and alone in the universe obtained the most exalted, universal Buddhahood. -Buddha

Even when I do roles that are really profoundly abusive, like, I would say, in 'Deadwood' – there's a guy who's a breeding ground for ignorance and hurtful behavior – the fact that people are so taken aback by that is a good thing because they're looking at themselves, and there's a part of me in there, too. -Michael Harney

Internet outrage can seem mindless, but it rarely is. To make that assumption is dismissive. There's something beneath the outrage – an unwillingness to be silent in the face of ignorance, hatred or injustice. Outrage may not always be productive, but it is far better than silence. -Roxane Gay

Indeed, the most important product of knowledge is ignorance. -David Gross

I think it is the height of ignorance to believe that the sexual act is an independent function necessary like sleeping or eating. Seeing, therefore, that I did not desire more children, I began to strive after self-control. There was endless difficulty in the task. -Mahatma Gandhi

What the police in their ignorance have not figured out is that they have lost all credibility since World War II. They are sort of parasites on the fringe of society and do no particular good for anyone except possibly themselves. -Gore Vidal

My dominant feeling every day is one of great ignorance. -Pankaj Mishra

I think there is no reason for us to bring to Islamism or political Islam the fear and ignorance of Western commentators and their hysterical vocabulary. -Pankaj Mishra

Shallowness and ignorance have been our lot in the mass consumer societies we inhabit, where we were too distracted to act politically, apart from periodically deputing political elites to take life-and-death decisions on our behalf. -Pankaj Mishra

There are many reasons why vulnerable young people join militant groups, but among them are poverty and ignorance. Indeed Boko Haram – which translates in English, roughly, as 'Western Education Is Sinful' – preys on the perverted belief that the opportunities that education brings are sinful. -Muhammadu Buhari

One of the big weaknesses of the Conservative Party is not just their ignorance of and lack of effective response to the cost-of-living crisis but a more fundamental error about what makes for success in the 21st century. -Douglas Alexander

Ah, to be a conservative climate change denier. While real scientists must do all the research and engage in heated debates about just how bad things are going to be, the deniers can rest easy in the bliss of willful ignorance. -David Horsey

How many times do you read about 'the Cinderella story,' the story of the underdog, the story of the ordinary human being, often subjected to cruelty and ignorance and neglect, who somehow triumphs? -Kenneth Branagh

Of course the 19th century remained in blissful ignorance of post-modern irony, and the dime novels were made without end. -Clive Sinclair

The only barrier to human development is ignorance, and this is not insurmountable. -Robert H. Goddard

Freedom believes in education – the salvation of slavery is ignorance. -Robert Green Ingersoll

As people's opportunities to succumb to confirmation bias increases online – only seeking out information that confirms their prejudices – ignorance, extremism and close-mindedness have continued to rise unabated. -Maajid Nawaz

Reared in rural southern Alabama, we enjoyed an idyllic Huck Finn boyhood. But education there was casual at best. Our mother and father were high school teachers and challenged the pervasive easy-going ignorance. -Gregory Benford

The gifts given to us by God must not be relinquished to those who speak ill of them and who are moved by envy or ignorance. -Filippo Brunelleschi

Ignorance is bliss, or so we're told. Personally, I find ignorance is also destiny. -Gayle Lynds

Our only solace as writers is in the work itself, and perhaps also in a penchant for blissful ignorance that allows us to gamble, to risk, to keep going where others would tote up the odds and stop. -Gayle Lynds

Racism is a sign of ignorance, in my opinion. It's people who haven't been anywhere, haven't seen the world. -Tyson Fury

God's truth is helped by no man's ignorance. -Sabine Baring-Gould

Texting has reduced the number of waste words, but it has also exposed a black hole of ignorance about traditional – what a cranky guy would call correct – grammar. -Richard Corliss

The ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should be the greatest good of all, but no human group has ever reached this ideal because of ignorance and selfishness. -W. E. B. Du Bois

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. -H. P. Lovecraft

We live in a culture where everyone's opinion, view, and assessment of situations and people spill across social media, a lot of it anonymously, much of it shaped by mindless meanness and ignorance. -Mike Barnicle

The question of whether or not there is a God or truth or reality or whatever you like to call it, can never be answered by books, by priests, philosopher's or saviours. Nobody and nothing can answer the question but you yourself, and that is why you must know yourself – Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom. -Maimonides

Expression without culture is flat. Many artists come out of art school and start doing things that don't last. They are audacious because of ignorance. They are irresponsible. -Fernando Botero

France is no longer herself when she is folded in on herself, tormented by ignorance and intolerance. The country would plunge into decline if it refused to be itself, if it was afraid of the future, afraid of the world. -Francois Hollande

Republicans today have given the country conservatism in the spirit of Sarah Palin, whose ignorance about the world, contempt for expertise, and raw appeals to white identity politics presaged Trump's incendiary campaign. -George Packer

Trump's characterization of undocumented immigrants is, of course, absurd. Not only do the facts, well, trump his assertions, but his prejudiced views demonstrate a deep ignorance about Mexican immigrants in the United States. -Jorge Ramos

It's ignorance, and it's upsetting. Look at the young; they have no idea how great this country is because they never have been outside of it. -Marcus Luttrell

First, unreliability is not the sole preserve of fictional narrators. Second, the pleasure of patting oneself on the back for seizing on instances of unreliability and ignorance is, as the late Frank Kermode may or may not have pointed out, considerable. -Geoff Dyer

Being a depressive should not imply danger any more than being a man or even a human should. Mental illness isn't a them/us issue; we are all on the scale somewhere. So we must be very careful to resist ignorance and combat the stigma that leads to dangerous silence. -Matt Haig

I can probably earn more in an hour of writing or even teaching than I could save in a whole week of cooking. Specialization is undeniably a powerful social and economic force. And yet it is also debilitating. It breeds helplessness, dependence, and ignorance and, eventually, it undermines any sense of responsibility. -Michael Pollan

We should not underestimate that: the Chinese people's ignorance. Thousands of years of despotism had been such a poison that their understanding of modern politics is even inferior to that of the black slaves and other immigrants. -Sun Yat-sen

Human creatures, living in the circle of their intimates and friends, are too apt to remain in ignorance of the comments and instructions which may be made of what they say and do in the world at large. I entertain a great horror of this ignorance. -William Godwin

Government, as it was forced upon mankind by their vices, so has it commonly been the creature of their ignorance and mistake. -William Godwin

No one can deny that Russia fired some big rockets and placed satellites into orbit. But there's been a deluge of poppycock about 'miraculous' scientific advances that enabled them to do it. Much of this analysis reflects ignorance about rocketry. -Willy Ley

I don't even know where to start in terms of people having such an issue about color, especially being dark. I just think on different levels it's ignorance; it's no belief, no confidence, it's insecurity, so you want to inflict it on somebody else. -Alek Wek

Before I started writing, I'd never read much fiction. I was more interested in non-fiction. I'm taking the same approach to theatre: I can operate from a position of ignorance and make up my own rules instead of being bound by customs and practice. -Irvine Welsh

Poverty and ignorance, which beget terror, are not eradicated by firing artillery shells. Borders do not stop rockets, and barbed wire does not prevent terror. -Shimon Peres

We have to stand together against terror and the reasons for terrorism, which are poverty and ignorance. -Shimon Peres

I've always been cast in authority roles; I think because I have that presence… Comedically, I can play against that pretty well. I enjoy playing that arrogant ignorance. That's one of my favorite games to play in comedy. -Rob Riggle

Firing insults anonymously behind the keys of a message board, slandering other people's beliefs or opinions, this happens on a daily basis in my comment section or on my feed. Cyber-bullying and, further, online social ignorance, is a very real problem, typically without any real consequence. -Ryan McCartan

In my family, there was no celebration of ignorance. They'd come and see Chekhov or Shakespeare. I've got a sister who got a first in her degree. We don't sit around watching TV all the time. -Eddie Marsan

Your first book is kind of a labor of ignorance. You don't realize the difficulty of it. Your second book is sort of a labor of fear. Then you sort of either hit a stride, or you don't. -Ethan Canin

Sometimes it's best to speak from ignorance: that way, you can see the wood without being distracted by the trees. -Howard Jacobson

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

There is not anything that can so suddenly flood the mind with shame as the conviction of ignorance, yet we are all ignorant of nearly everything there is to be known. -Hilaire Belloc

Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance. -Molly Ivins

Ignorance can be improved; willful ignorance and inaction is inexcusable. -David Brock

You know when you're young, you have this unbelievable stupidity and arrogance and ignorance all mixed in? -Christopher Guest

In general, while Trump has been a master of Twitter, he has shown an aversion to, and ignorance of, technology itself. -Walt Mossberg

Because of ignorance, I wasn't a big fan of Marvel. I hadn't read the magazines. They were not as big in Europe as they are in the United States. They're more a part of modern American mythology. I know more about the original Thor than the Marvel Thor. -Stellan Skarsgard

Exposing your ignorance is how you get somebody to embrace you. -Larry Wilcox

Only if you were lucky to be born in the right class, the one Donald Trump was born in, then of course you have a beautiful view of the world. You find that everybody else is an imbecile, because he doesn't think like you, he doesn't dress like you, he doesn't have the same girl as you, etc. But I call that ignorance. -Raoul Peck

We are in the middle of a big swamp of ignorance that is taught by a lot of nonsense, propaganda, absurdity, amalgams. I have a hard time listening to any speech. You feel like you want to stop the TV every two seconds to rephrase them, because it's lie after lie, turning stuff upside down, and you can't follow that. That's the trap. -Raoul Peck

The question people ask me all the time is, 'How was it playing a gay character? How was it pretending to love a man?' And I don't mean to be abrasive, but that's just the stupidest question in the world to me. To assume there is a difference is ignorance. You're born a certain way. I was born loving women. I could have been born loving men. -Trevante Rhodes

You grow up and recognise that in an educated, secular society, there's no excuse for ignorance. You have to recognise in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society. -Hozier

You grow up and recognize that in any educated secular society, there's no excuse for ignorance. You have to recognize in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society. -Hozier

The Islamic tradition does show some areas of apparent incompatibility with the goals of women in the West, and Muslims have a long way to go in their attitudes towards women. But blaming the religion is again to express an ignorance both of the religion and of the historical struggle for equality of women in Muslim societies. -Hamza Yusuf

Understanding how the media actually works is critical. Because editors depend on ignorance and media illiteracy to ply their trade. The fact that many readers expect fact checking, editorial oversight, and ethics actually makes it easier for the media to be lazy. -Ryan Holiday

I never thought black people would say I wasn't black enough. It didn't turn me into a bully – it just put me on the defensive. I had to watch my back. It made me stronger because I learned how to deal with ignorance. -Tionne Watkins

Out of ignorance and fear comes judgment and division. -David Furnish

Fear and ignorance fuel so much homophobia. -David Furnish

The unfortunate thing about this planet is that we are in no shortage of ignorance. -Ne-Yo

For all of his bravado, obnoxiousness, hatred, and vitriol, the scariest thing about Trump, to me, is his unique combination of ignorance about the world, convolved with ignorance about himself. -Lawrence M. Krauss

There is a danger, increasingly, that we're in a post-fact society where it seems my ignorance is as good as your facts. -Nick Sagan

I say every slur on the planet – racial, homosexual, everything to do with every ethnic group on the planet – and guess what? I will never apologize for that because I know why I do it, and it is to make a valid point about ignorance in this society. -Lisa Lampanelli

Onstage was where I felt the most confident and in control and free, and as I've gotten older, it's gotten more and more daunting. And I think that's also part of my desire to keep confronting that and pushing through to find that childlike or youthful ignorance against fear and keep at it. -Ari Graynor

This paradox of vision – the genius of youthful ignorance – is nothing new. Had Bill Gates not been in diapers in the early days of computer software, he might have understood that there could never be a market for consumer software – but the 19-year-old Gates went ahead and cofounded Microsoft. -Steven Levy

Creating a poem is a continual process of re-creating your ignorance, in the sense of not knowing what's coming next. -Derek Walcott

It's indifference and ignorance that stops people from doing the right thing. -Diego Luna

I always wrote with some kind of angle of ignorance. I didn't know what was right or wrong. -Tyler Joseph

Italy during Shakespeare's time had citizens of all cultures and colors. To pretend that it did not is ignorance. And I don't waste my time on ignorance. -Shonda Rhimes

The more Scott Walker campaigns, the more he proves he is not intellectually fit for the office he's seeking. He asserts innocent ignorance on matters he should by now know something about – a way of masking his apparent bigotry. -Richard Cohen

The only news most people ever hear about the inner city comes from grim headlines; the only residents they can name are characters on 'The Wire.' Of course, ignorance of a community doesn't stop outsiders from having opinions about it or passing laws that govern it. -James Forman, Jr.

I'm really not a big rereader – I'm too aware of my own ignorance. -Nick Hornby

I know how messy things can get when adults overstep their boundaries and insert themselves – their politics, their fears, their prejudices, their ignorance – into the lives of young people. -Janet Mock

I am used to being places where I don't speak the language. What I am not used to is being in a part of a country where few people speak my language. Call it ignorance, arrogance, or what have you, but most places I have visited, I was lucky enough to be able to get by with English. -Lauren Gibbs

There's something on Wall Street called PIG – panic, ignorance, and greed. Those are the big sins. I'm not greedy, I knew I was ignorant, and I didn't panic. -Melvin Van Peebles

Young people have a right to optimism, and rightly so; human beings have grown and developed and accomplished wonderful feats in the world. But what mires me in pessimism is the fact that so much of life is pain and sorrow and willful ignorance and violence, and pushing back against that tide takes so much effort, so much steady fight. It's tiring. -Jesmyn Ward

As a society, we must not allow human rights abuses to go unnoticed and undocumented; it is a vital mission to fight ignorance of these tragic events. -Andy Dunn

The failure of the U.S.'s foreign adventures often seems to have its roots in the U.S.'s total ignorance of things on the ground, of the countries that they fiddle with. -Peter Carey

I surely don't think ignorance is bliss. But like everything else that has survived thousands of years of human evolution, ignorance – like denial, self-delusion, and magical thinking – seems to have its uses. -Scott Spencer

I think it is important to speak your mind. Tolerance of the ignorance sends the wrong message to kids. -Marley Dias

'Push back' is the word; that's what we gotta do against ignorance. I see so much of it, and it's dangerous. -Fantastic Negrito

I've always thought that when they say ignorance is bliss, the converse to that is that knowledge is hell. The more you know, the bleaker things can get. -Terence Winter

Racism exists, but it is far less rampant than ignorance, and ignorance can be cured through experience. -Candace Owens

Many times, I have been shocked and frightened by human beings. I have experienced delight and revulsion. I have sometimes wanted to forget what I heard, to return to a time when I lived in ignorance. More than once, however, I have seen the sublime in people and wanted to cry. -Svetlana Alexievich

To act like everyone has had the same access to share their funny is willful ignorance at its best – and just a good ol' fashioned front at its truth. -Amanda Seales

If a novelist had concocted a villain like Trump – a larger-than-life, over-the-top avatar of narcissism, mendacity, ignorance, prejudice, boorishness, demagoguery, and tyrannical impulses, she or he would likely be accused of extreme contrivance and implausibility. -Michiko Kakutani

In a spiral galaxy, the ratio of dark-to-light matter is about a factor of ten. That's probably a good number for the ratio of our ignorance to knowledge. We're out of kindergarten, but only in about third grade. -Vera Rubin

Bohemia isn't somewhere an artist runs to escape society. It's a place where like-minded artists gather to plot the downfall of dogma and ignorance. -Donovan

I think humility – which I think is a very good value to adopt – is basically an extension of understanding your own ignorance. -Mark Manson

Politics runs on power and money and on ignorance. -Ry Cooder

If you're taught to hate and fear a people or a country, and it works, it's because of your ignorance of that country. You have no contact with it, nor do you know what you're hating and fearing. -Ry Cooder

When someone has that combination of arrogance and ignorance – that drives me crazy. -Susan Lucci

Maybe you don't know how to do something at work. Instead of asking the boss or seeking someone as a mentor, you might not want to show them your ignorance. So, you're depriving yourself of this learning and mentorship. All of these ways are ways that a fixed mindset will hold you back. -Carol S. Dweck

As a reader with next to no knowledge of classical mythology, I approached 'The Aeneid' just as I would a contemporary poem or novel – and, despite my ignorance, I was rewarded with a rich and affecting portrait of, among other things, the memorably doomed love affair between Aeneas and Dido. -Sally Rooney

'Belief' means something that you do not know. You want to assume and bring a certainty to something that you do not know. That means you are concretising your ignorance. There is no need to believe anything. -Jaggi Vasudev

Imagine: I got patent rights to the only machine in the world to make low-cost sanitary napkins – a hot-cake product. Anyone with an MBA would immediately accumulate the maximum money. But I did not want to. Why? Because from childhood, I know no human being died because of poverty – everything happens because of ignorance. -Arunachalam Muruganantham

I like the fact that the weather forecast is always wrong. In a world of BlackBerry insta-connection, Google research, and Hadron Colliders, it is a daily reminder of the ultimate ignorance of man. It is a signpost towards all the enormous things we cannot understand. -Victoria Coren Mitchell

After Chuck Berry died, it seemed web sites popped up like mushrooms to show where he'd taken the guitar introduction to 'Johnny B. Goode' from to prove that his music was nothing new, that it was only ignorance, or vanity, that led his listeners to think that not only was the music different – they might be, too. -Greil Marcus

Millions of ordinary Americans may suffer from a toxic combination of ignorance and amnesia, but the victims of U.S. coups, invasions, and bombing campaigns across the globe tend not to. Ask the Iraqis or the Iranians, ask the Cubans or the Chileans. And, yes, ask the North Koreans. -Mehdi Hasan

There's a general ignorance about how Muslims live and what Muslims believe. -Mehdi Hasan

Talk to your enemies; sometimes ignorance comes from a lack of understanding. -Jessie Reyez

Economic inequality is systemic, and one of the most effective barriers is ignorance about how money works beyond the basics. -Stacey Abrams

Saying we should scrap drones shows an irresponsible and nonsensical ignorance of the way we protect our country. It lets down our servicemen and servicewomen fighting terrorists who want to harm us. -Amber Rudd

We will fight ignorance and a lack of information with information. -Indya Moore

What I've created comedically owes a lot to my ignorance of comedy and love of making theatre stuff. -Tim Minchin

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