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The Best Quotes About Ignorance

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A list of the best ignorance quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous ignorance quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic ignorance quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational ignorance quotes from that same writer.

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    The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.

    Wayne Dyer
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    Never forget public ignorance is the government's best friend.

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    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.

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

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

    Benjamin Franklin
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    I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.

    Cicero
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    I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

    Clarence Darrow
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    Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.

    Euripides
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    Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.

    Eric Hoffer
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    Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.

    Oscar Wilde
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    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
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    The reason there's so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it.

    Frank A. Clark
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    I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it.

    Mark Twain
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    There is no darkness, but ignorance.

    William Shakespeare
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    There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.

    Herbert Spencer
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    Ignorance is not bliss -- ignorance is ignorance.

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    What you don't know can't hurt you .

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    It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.

    Arnold H. Glasgow
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    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
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    A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.

    Aldous Huxley
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    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
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    You must not enthrone ignorance just because there is much of it.

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    Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it. Heraclitus