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Sometimes not seeing things can be a blessing.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Dance of Death

Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the deeper we penetrate, the nearer we arrive unto it.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

What we call evil, it seems to me, is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.

HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930

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"

Ignorance isn't bliss, but sometimes ignorance makes it possible for us to sleep at night.

DEAN KOONTZ, Dark Rivers of the Heart

Thing is, while I know better, I like sounding ignorant. Talk like this and people figure you're about as dumb as a fencepost, which suits me fine. Makes it all that much easier to take advantage of 'em.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

It is as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

The unprepared will eventually be destroyed; ignorance is no hiding place.

TONY BALLANTYNE, Recursion

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.

ROBERT BROWNING, The Inn Album

There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., A Testament of Hope

Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug, but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

On entering this world our starting-point is ignorance. None, however, but idiots remain there.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

Losing our ignorance can be dangerous because our ignorance is a shield.

DAN SIMMONS, The Fall of Hyperion

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. Ignorance is the womb of monsters.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Ignorance has been well represented under the similitude of a dungeon, where, though it is full of life, yet darkness and silence reign. But in society the bars and locks have been broken; the dungeon itself is demolished; the prisoners are out; they are in the midst of us. We have no security but to teach and renovate them.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

The more ignorant a man is the more he thinks he ought to govern someone else.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Ignorance is better than knowledge misapplied.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Ignorance is not lack of intelligence, nor knowledge a proof of genius.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

The apparent foolishness of others is but too frequently our own ignorance.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

Be not ashamed to own thy ignorance of some things.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

It is an essential part of the scientific enterprise to admit ignorance, even to exult in ignorance as a challenge to future conquests.

RICHARD DAWKINS, The God Delusion

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance.

T. S. ELIOT, The Rock

Simple ignorance has in its time been complimented by the names of most of the vices, and of all the virtues.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

All you've got to do is own up to your ignorance honestly, and you'll find people who are eager to fill your head with information.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Power Marketing for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

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

SAUL BELLOW, To Jerusalem and Back

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you'll never learn.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

The darkest night is ignorance.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA, The Gospel of Buddha

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

The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance.

GEORGE TAKEI, Facebook post, May 26, 2013

Where ignorance is not bliss, get wise!

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Hard-Up Yeoman", Hand-Made Fables

All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.

ISAAC ASIMOV, The Planet that Wasn't

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