Ignorance Quotes

ignorance quotes

The real challenge in reading these ignorance quotes is to think of how they apply to yourself and not others:

The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. -Unknown

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. -Marcus T. Cicero (106-43BC)

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. -Voltaire

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

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. -Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. -Dalai Lama

When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. -Mark Twain (1835-1910)

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. -Warren Buffet

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. -Arnold H. Glasgow

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. -Horace Mann (1796-1859)

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. -Mark Twain

It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance. -St. Jerome (342-420AD)

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

Ignorance never settles a question. -Benjamin Disraeli

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

For “ignorance is the mother of devotion,” as all the world knows. -Robert Burton

The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance. -Samuel Butler

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. -Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity. -James Anthony Froude

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. -Galileo

Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity. -Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

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

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. -Will Durant

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed. -Don Wood

The person who admits ignorance shows it once; the one who tries to hide it shows it often. -Japanese Proverb

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. -Laurence J. Peter

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t. -Mignon McLaughlin

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    • Lee
    • July 23, 2010

    Hello Shawn,

    We are born into a world of no rhyme or reason with our parents or guardians attempting to explain a system they don’t fully understand themselves. If knowledge allows us to find the truth within ourselves, which then allows us to see it in our personal lives and others. Self knowledge is your honing device for truth. We activate this device by questioning everything. We then gauge the answers we receive through filtering them through our personal knowledge regarding human behaviour.

    Take for example the promotion of the drug, Gardasil, has been widespread, the last few years, with the commercial of young girls singing about being ONE LESS, regarding cervical cancer. Not only did the drug company push this commercially, but our government has introduced a national program of injecting girls as young as 12 years with this drug. The truth is this drug only treats some forms of cervical cancer leaving others lethal. This is just my opinion I believe a drug needs to be tested for at least five years before it is deemed as safe. If I had a daughter there is no way I would allow them to inject her with this drug.

    Fact: Rich people often get rich forgetting that the people they cheat in incomes and business are the same folks they count on to buy their product or service which hurts them in the pockets in the long run.

    The new level of ignorance in the world today stems from citizens accepting their ignorance and going with it as though it’s the truth. Often holding to the lie when they have been given the truth.

    Clarity comes from having a desire to know the truth. Questioning the status quo or what everyone claims as true is the first step toward truth. Truth is, too many don’t care about the truth, but their own personal take on life. It’s this ignorance that is running rampant throughout the world.

    I had to question many procedures when diagnosed with cancer, the information I gathered helped me to make the wise one that suited me. It is not for everyone, I chose not to have chemotherapy but use alternative healing. I went against the oncologist advice.

    There is a lot of wisdom in your quotes Shawn, thank-you!

      • Esther
      • July 26, 2010

      Thanks for your quote they are an inspirational to my life.

        • Lee
        • July 27, 2010

        You are very kind, thankyou! Have a lovely day, Lee

    • ferdie
    • July 23, 2010


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      Thanks Ferdie! Good to know. I hope I can continue to find you good material for your meetings. What kind of work do you do?

    • Terri Ann
    • July 23, 2010

    I love these quotes, very informative, i look forward to receiving them.

    • Bryan V
    • July 23, 2010

    Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back.

    • Maverick Austin
    • July 24, 2010

    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.


    Happy Trails

    • Laurie
    • July 24, 2010

    Shawn you found some very wise quotes here. Just loved reading them. One that jumped out at me (and all of them jumped out at me) is the following one:
    He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. -Voltaire

    • Eddie Agwa
    • July 25, 2010

    Lovely quotes Shawn. Lovely quotes

    • Rainelda
    • July 26, 2010

    Hi Shawn…I always look up to the words and wisdom of known and unknown personalities.It serves like a guiding light.thanks.as I aspire to achieve something,I’ve tried and done so many things and found out that, It is better to know little so I can know more than know much and know no more…

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