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Ignorance Quotes

Updated on August 18, 2010

Ignorance Quotes & Sayings

Here I have collected some of my favorite quotes about ignorance. I liked them and hope you will also like these inspirational quotes.

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

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

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
Benjamin Franklin

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H. L. Mencken

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Thomas Paine

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.
Don Wood

The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.
George Kimble

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

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
Tobias Smollett

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
Blaise Pascal

The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing.
Bruce Sterling

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

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance.
Saul Bellow

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Anatole France

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

My whole career can be summed up with 'Ignorance is bliss.' When you do not know better, you do not really worry about failing.
Jeff Foxworthy

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

Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

But let a man know that there are things to be known, of which he is ignorant, and it is so much carved out of his domain of universal knowledge.
Horace Mann

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Author unknown

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

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

To be ignorant of what happened before you were born... is to live the life of a child for ever.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.
Horace Mann

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Elbert Hubbard

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; the beasts, by nature.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Oscar Wilde.

Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.
Arnold H. Glasow

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      3 years ago

      very nice collection of quotes

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      Danny 6 years ago


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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks AtYourService!

      Probably we can follow Horace Mann's advice to cope with ignorance. He believes that ignorance is caused by lack of knowledge, the full quote is mentioned above in the article.

      Edit: And Martie has also quoted it in her comment.

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      AtYourService 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading these quotes. There are some great things to meditate on here! Ignorance is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in the West as time progresses, and it's something we should all guard against. But I digress. Anyway, great list of quotes!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Martie, thank you for reading this hub of mine and commenting. Horace Mann have discovered a universal truth and summarized it using the most appropriate words!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Great quotes. Thanks! This (great) one I’ve never heard before – “Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.

      Horace Mann”

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Yup, some of them are said in a funny manner BUT they have a lot of meaning and good advice to offer us. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Ah, what a wonderful collection. Most of it make me laugh. Thank you. :D

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      LOL! True!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      A monkey in a silk suit is still a monkey. :)