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


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


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“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell


97

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” – Socrates


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“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance.” – Robert Quillen


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


94

“Ignorance is the mother of all evils.” – Francois Rabelais


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“The most violent element in society is ignorance.” – Emma Goldman


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“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer


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“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin


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

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“Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” – Aldous Huxley


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“Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.” – Confucius


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“Ignorance speaks loudly, so as to be heard; but its volume proves reason to doubt every word.” – Wes Fessler


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“I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.” – Cicero


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


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“Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.” – James Anthony Froude


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“Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations.” – Richard Dawkins


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“Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.” – Horace Mann


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“Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.” – Oscar Wilde

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“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” – Dalai Lama


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“It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.” – Sting


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“The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


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“Ignorance never settles a question.” – Benjamin Disraeli


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“Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.” – Thomas Jefferson


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“Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.” – Publilius Syrus


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“Indeed, the most important product of knowledge is ignorance.” – David Gross


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“Ignorance is the mother of admiration.” – George Chapman


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“To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.” – John Ruskin


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“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – John F. Kennedy

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“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


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“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” – Herodotus


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


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“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.” – Plato


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“To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.” – Jeremy Taylor


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“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.” – Arthur Conan Doyle


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“In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.” – Theodore Dreiser


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


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“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Jeff Rich


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“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” – William Shakespeare

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“There is no slavery but ignorance.” – Robert Green Ingersoll


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“One’s ignorance is one’s chief asset.” – Wallace Stevens


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“Ignorance is my least favorite thing. I really think it’s at the core of all our problems.” – Naomi Judd


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“To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence.” – Ann Plato


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“Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.” – Michel de Montaigne


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“Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.” – Euripides


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“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.” – Alfred North Whitehead


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“Ignorance is not innocence but sin.” – Robert Browning


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“Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.” – James F. Cooper


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“It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.” – Arnold H. Glasow

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49

“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.” – William Gaddis


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“Ignorance can be improved; willful ignorance and inaction is inexcusable.” – David Brock


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“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.” – William Osler


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


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


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“There is no sin but ignorance.” – Christopher Marlowe


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“It’s indifference and ignorance that stops people from doing the right thing.” – Diego Luna


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“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” – William Shakespeare


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“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.” – Isaac Watts


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“Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.” – Addison Mizner

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“Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.” – Benjamin Franklin


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“There is no darkness but ignorance.” – William Shakespeare


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“If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.” – Leo Buscaglia


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“It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.” – Mignon McLaughlin


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“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw


34

“Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance.” – Louis D. Brandeis


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


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“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant


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“Ignorance is never better than knowledge.” – Enrico Fermi


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“Ignorance is the failure to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent, the pure and the impure, bliss and suffering, the self and the non-self.” – Patanjali

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“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato


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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.” – Francis of Assisi


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“Ignorance is a menace to peace.” – Paul Harris


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


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“Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.” – Hunter S. Thompson


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“The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing.” – Jean Toomer


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“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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“Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?” – Bill Watterson


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“Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free.” – Bill Richardson


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“His ignorance is encyclopedic.” – Abba Eban

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


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“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.” – John Tillotson


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


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“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.” – Samuel Butler


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


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“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” – George Bernard Shaw


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“When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.” – Will Rogers


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“Racism springs from ignorance.” – Mario Balotelli


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


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

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“Ignorance is bliss, or so we’re told. Personally, I find ignorance is also destiny.” – Gayle Lynds


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


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“Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.” – Thucydides


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“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” – Charles Darwin


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“Ignorance is always afraid of change.” – Jawaharlal Nehru


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“If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” – Victor Cousin


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“Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.” – Arnold H. Glasow


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


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