Top 100 Ignorance Quotes And Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. “Ignorance never settles a question.” – Benjamin Disraeli

26. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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32. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

81. “His ignorance is encyclopedic.” – Abba Eban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

89. “Racism springs from ignorance.” – Mario Balotelli

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

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

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

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

94. “Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.” – Thucydides

95. “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

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

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

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

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

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