quotations about ignorance
The darkest night is ignorance.
GAUTAMA BUDDHA, The Gospel of Buddha
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
JESUS, Luke 23:34
Where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
THOMAS GRAY, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
Sometimes not seeing things can be a blessing.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Dance of Death
When did ignorance become a point of view?
SCOTT ADAMS, Stick to Drawing Comics
Ignorance is no argument.
BARUCH SPINOZA, Ethica ordine geometrico demonstrata et in quinque parses distincta
O thou monster, Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Love's Labour's Lost
What we call evil, it seems to me, is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.
HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have got so much more of it.
MARK TWAIN, letter to William Dean Howells, Feb. 10, 1875
Bits of ignorance are like viruses that are copied and spread by interaction.
SETH LLOYD, Programming the Universe
Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel
Living is easy with eyes closed,
misunderstanding all you see.
JOHN LENNON, "Strawberry Fields Forever"
There is a preschool ignorance that precedes knowledge and a postgraduate ignorance that follows it.
MONTAIGNE, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816
Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the deeper we penetrate, the nearer we arrive unto it.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Ignorance is often the blindness of the soul.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
The blind see what they want to see.
DAN BROWN, The Da Vinci Code
It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day's dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavour to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up all the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
The ignorant ever shun and dread the gifted and enlightened.
FRANCIS A. DURIVAGE, "The Three Brides"