Ignorance Quotes


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Fact    Ignorance    Truth

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

1984

George Orwell

1984

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.

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.

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.

It takes a very long time to become young.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a
sense
of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.

Backwards    Brilliance    Change    Contests    Data    Facts    Forget    Government    Happiness    Ignorance    Information    Motion    Peace    Philosophy    Politics    Popular    Questioning    Taxation    Thinking    War    Worry

People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.

Action    Diet    Emotional    Fear    Fuel    Ignorance    Inspiration    Life    Mind    Motivation    Negativity    People    Positivity    Soul    Spiritual    Success

I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Princess Bride
Codes    Devotion    Ignorance    Love

That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

-Garth Stein "The Art of Racing in the Rain."

The Art of Racing in the Rain

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

Major Barbara

George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara

More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy—this boy!—knows nothin' abou'—about ANYTHING?"
Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his marks weren't bad.
"I know some things," he said. "I can, you know, do math and stuff.

Chapterhouse: Dune

J.K. Rowling

Chapterhouse: Dune

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.

The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

The Descent of Man

We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.

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.

To know that you do not know is the best.
To think you know when you do not is a disease.
Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.

There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line - no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.

If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.

Beware the man of a single book.

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

... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.

I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.
From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.
We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Ignorance is the parent of fear.

It's a fact—
everyone
is ignorant in some way or another.
Ignorance is our deepest secret.
And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it.
Here is a quick test:
If you have
never
changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never
questioned
the basics, and if you have
no wish
to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who,
in your opinion
, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.
It will do
both
of you good.

Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.

A man is responsible for his ignorance.

Laughable Loves

Milan Kundera

Laughable Loves

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

Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don't want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.

Dead Beat

Jim Butcher

Dead Beat

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

Notes on Democracy

H.L. Mencken

Notes on Democracy

How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.

Der blinde Mörder

Margaret Atwood

Der blinde Mörder
Carelessness    Despair    Ignorance    Insight    Loneliness    Love    Sorrow    Wisdom

Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.

Everyone has a sense of humor. If you don't laugh at jokes, you probably laugh at opinions.

You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

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