Ignorance Quotes

How honorable is knowledge, that the one who does not have it, says he does. How dishonorable is ignorance, that the one who has it says he does not.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

John Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton

Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.

CHARLES TREMPER

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.

Bertrand Russell

Ignorance of what real learning is, and a consequent suspicion of it; materialism, and a consequent intellectual laxity, both of these have done destructive work in the colleges.

Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Ignorance, intolerance, egotism, self-assertion, opaque perception, dense and pitiful chuckle headedness - and an almost pathetic unconsciousness of it all, that is what I was at nineteen and twenty.

Mark Twain

If the history of science teaches us anything, it is that what conquers our ignorance is research, not giving up and attributing our ignorance to the miraculous work of a creator.

Jerry Coyne

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

Akhenaton

Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

But it is better to be destroyed on strange frontiers than to live in a prison of ignorance and fear.

Edmund Cooper

To change one's mind is rather a sign of prudence than ignorance.

Spanish Proverb

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

Stephen Hawking

Art hath an enemy called ignorance

Ben Jonson

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please

Oliver Goldsmith

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.

William Beveridge

As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

There is nothing more fearful than ignorance in action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

William Shakespeare

Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts.

Richard Feynman

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free.

Bill Richardson

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.

Henry David Thoreau
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