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135 Best Quotes About Ignorance

We have collected together 135 of the best quotes and sayings about ignorance and stupidity. May these quotes inspire you to acquire knowledge so you may significantly improve your cognitive performance.

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

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

3.) “So Nature, Wit, and Sense must blasted fall, whilst blooming Ignorance prevails o’er all.” – James Miller (1706–1744)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13.) “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell

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

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

16.) “Genuine ignorance is… profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas.” – John Dewey

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

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

19.) “Ignorance never settles a question.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

23.) “Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.”

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

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

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

27.) “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

28.) “The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” – Mark Twain

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

30.) “You can be sincere and still be stupid.” – Charles F. Kettering

31.) “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

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

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

34.) “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of ignorance.” – A. Bronson Alcott

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

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

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

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

39.) “The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.” – Samuel Butler

40.) “I admit my ignorance, as the best of men will, and the port hole through which we look is narrowed with the best of us when we compare the known to the unknown.” – James Gillingham (1838–1924)

41.) “Ignorance is not innocence, but sin.” – Robert Browning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

52.) “Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.” – Thucydides

53.) “It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” – William G. McAdoo

54.) “Whenever people attack not the idea — but its source — you know they’ve hit the brick wall of their intellectual limitations.” – Dr. Idel Dreimer

Ignorance is bliss quotes

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

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

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

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

59.) “A little learning is dangerous, but downright ignorance is even more disastrous.”

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

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

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

63.) “The trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so.” – Josh Billings

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

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

66.) “We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart?”

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

68.) “You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.” – Norman Juster

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

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

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

72.) “Just as darkness is the absence of light, ignorance is the absence of knowledge, and should not be mistaken for a point of view.” – Robert Brault

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

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

75.) “The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.” – Aldous Huxley

76.) “Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” – P.J. O’Rourke

77.) “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

78.) “A man who scarcely ever allows a thought to work his brain, has no right to stand up with an air of importance and authority and try to strangle my little work.” – James Gillingham (1838–1924)

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

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

81.) “Ignorance is a right! Education is eroding one of the few democratic freedoms remaining to us.” – Christopher Andrea

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

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

84.) “What are men the readiest to dub stupid? The cleverness which they cannot understand.” – Marie Dubsky

85.) “A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.” – Anatole France

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

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

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

89.) “Two things are infinite, as far as we kno.” – the universe and human stupidity.” – Albert Einstein

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

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

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

93.) “History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance, hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization. By its servility it is the prey of tyranny, and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment.” – Lemuel K. Washburn

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

95.) “Your ignorance cramps my conversation.” – Anthony Hope

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

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

98.) “Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.” – Frank Zappa

99.) “Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.”

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

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

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

103.) “Light travels faster than sound. That’s why most people seem bright until you hear them speak.”

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

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

106.) “Racism springs from ignorance.” – Mario Balotelli

107.) “Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” – Will Rogers

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

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

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

111.) “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato

112.) “The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.” – William Osler

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

114.) “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

115.) “Before we work on artificial intelligence why don’t we do something about natural stupidity.” – Steve Polyak

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

117.) “Innocence and ignorance are sisters.” – Proverb

118.) “Ignorance deprives people of freedom because they do not know what alternatives there are. It is impossible to choose to do what one has never heard of.” – Ralph B. Perry

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

120.) “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

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

123.) “Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.” – Tobias Smollett

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

125.) “His ignorance is encyclopedic.” – Abba Eban

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

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

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

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

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

131.) “God save me from him who studies but one book.” – Italian Proverb

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

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

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

135.) “Ignorance can be improved; willful ignorance and inaction are inexcusable.” – David Brock

Ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge and information.

Ignorance can appear in three different types:
Ignorance factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact);
objectual ignorance (unacquaintance with some object);
Technical ignorance (lack of understanding of how to do something).

Ignorance can be a dangerous thing that is greatly hindering the social, psychological, mental, and emotional development of an individual. Eradicating ignorance from an individual’s life is an impossible task, but reducing the gap can genuinely benefit the individual in the long term. Which of these ignorance quotes was your favorite?

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