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"What's encouraging about meditation is that, even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance." - Pema Chodron

"Ignorance is brought about by assumption." - T D Jakes

"Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge..." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Science begets knowledge; opinion, ignorance." - Hippocrates

"The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance" - Karl Popper

"Nothing is worse than active ignorance." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Ignorance is the cause of fear." - Seneca the Younger

"Behind every argument is someone's ignorance." - Louis D Brandeis

"Ignorance is temporary. Stupidity, unfortunately, is permanent." - Patricia King

"There is natural ignorance and there is artificial ignorance. I should say at the present moment the artificial ignorance is about eighty-five per cent." - Ezra Pound

"Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves." - Carl Sagan

"Mediation and reconciliation work is about a profound quest for justice and social transformation. But at the same time, they are about service, solidarity, about exploring and rediscovering the human spirit that has been lost or shattered through human conflict, cruelty, ignorance and greed..." - Hizkias Assefa

"Toddlers ask many questions, and so do school children - until about grade three. By that time, many of them have learned an unfortunate fact, that in school, it can be more important for self-protection to hide one's ignorance about a subject than to learn more about it, regardless of one's curiosity." - Jan Hunt

"Ignorance is not not knowin' - Ignorance is knowin' what ain't so." - Mark Twain

"What is gained through ignorance is bound to be lost through ignorance" - Siddharth Katragadda

"Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance." - Samuel Johnson

"Remain alert about your blindness, about your fear, about your ignorance, and just your alertness will dispel the whole darkness of blindness, of fear, of ignorance." - Rajneesh

"The only solid piece of scientific truth about which I feel totally confident is that we are profoundly ignorant about nature... It is this sudden confrontation with the depth and scope of ignorance that represents the most significant contribution of twentieth-century science to the human intellect." - Lewis Thomas

"All science is full of statements where you put your best face on your ignorance, where you say: ... we know awfully little about this, but more or less irrespective of the stuff we don't know about, we can make certain useful deductions." - Hermann Bondi

"In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees." - Thomas Sowell

"In Buddhist teaching, ignorance is considered the fundamental cause of violence - ignorance... about the separation of self and other... about the consequences of our actions." - Sharon Salzberg

"Ignorance is not bliss - ignorance is ignorance." - Anonymous

"The source of man's unhappiness is his ignorance of Nature." - Baron d'Holbach

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." - Charles Darwin

"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science." - Edward Gibbon

"All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance and ferocity." - Baron d'Holbach

"The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system." - Thomas Paine

"Where there is no knowledge ignorance calls itself science." - George Bernard Shaw

"Ignorance might be bliss, but it's irresponsible and dangerous too." - Robyn Carr

"Unbecoming forwardness oftener proceeds from ignorance than impudence." - Sir Fulke Greville

"The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about, yet refuse to investigate." - Wayne Dyer

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

"Often, the greater our ignorance about something, the greater our resistance to change." - Marc Bekoff

"Our posterity will wonder about our ignorance of things so plain." - Seneca the Younger

"The length of sky is just about the size of my ignorance. Pure and wide." - Louise Erdrich

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

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

"I plead total ignorance to Led Zeppelin. I am totally in the dark about them." - Karen O

"To confess ignorance is often wiser than to beat about the bush with a hypothetical diagnosis." - William Osler

"If you think the cost of education is high, think about ignorance." - Derek Bok

"Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It's only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful." - Orson Welles

"I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them." - Voltaire

"Knowledge is not happiness, and science But an exchange of ignorance for that Which is another kind of ignorance." - Lord Byron

"Ignorance is a self-generating state of mind; one of its characteristics is that it doesn't recognize itself as ignorance." - Jane Smiley

"Credentialed ignorance is still ignorance." - Thomas Sowell

"Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it's about becoming more fully human. . . . It is the end of ignorance." - Surya Das

"Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation." - Luis Gutierrez

"There's a lot of ignorance about how long it takes to write a novel. There's a lot of ignorance about how long a novel is in your head before you start to write it." - John Irving

"If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make a fortune out of what they don't know about economics." - Luther H. Hodges

"I was going to talk about Nicholas Parsons' ignorance, but 18 seconds would be a wholly insufficient time." - Clement Freud

"To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous." - Plato

"Since fear is mostly about ignorance, the best part is that it's as temporary as you choose." - Christine Comaford-Lynch

"Though the familiar use of things about us take off our wonder, yet it cures not our ignorance." - John Locke

"Fretting about a dearth of randomness seems like worrying that humanity might use up its last reserves of ignorance." - Brian Hayes

"Ignorance breeds fear; the more you learn about your subject, the less fear it holds for you." - Brian Tracy

"Most books are about aspects of human knowledge - Few people write books about human ignorance, despite the fact that there would be much more to write about" - Piero Scaruffi

"I think there's something about being a neophyte that's refreshing and hard to duplicate; it brings about real innovation. Innovation usually comes about through blind ignorance." - Sylvester Stallone

"The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance." - Hendrik Willem Van Loon

"Ignorance Protects itself, And protected, Ignorance grows." - Octavia Butler

"Is political discourse still just shouting opinions about subjective, hot-button issues based on poor understanding and outright ignorance about which agreements can never be reached?" - Jeffrey Rowland

"At least for me, it takes more knowledge to write fiction than nonfiction. At least about someplace that I begin with a lot of ignorance about." - William T Vollmann

"He who is not aware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge." - Richard Whately

"Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance." - Indira Gandhi

"If ignorance goes to forty dollars a barrel, I want drilling rights to George Bush's head." - Jim Hightower

"A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere." - Charles Kettering

"True science teaches us to doubt and, in ignorance, to refrain." - Claude Bernard

"A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance." - Henry David Thoreau

"There are in fact two things, science and opinion. The former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance." - Hippocrates

"The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice." - William Hazlitt

"Religious leaders will always avail themselves of public ignorance for their own purpose." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence." - James Russell Lowell

"Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify." - Ambrose Bierce

"His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there's scarcely a hole in it anywhere." - Mark Twain

"Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry the progress, ignorance the end." - Michel De Montaigne

"The valuable attributes of research men are conscious ignorance and active curiosity." - Willis R. Whitney

"Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind." - Joseph Addison

"A few drops of science will often disinfect an entire barrel full of ignorance and prejudice." - Hendrik Willem Van Loon

"Ignorance worships mystery; reason explains it; the one grovels, the other soars." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Fear paints pictures of ghosts and hangs them in the gallery of ignorance." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Ignorance fears diversity as an invading enemy, while wisdom welcomes diversity in an alliance of friendship." - Wes Fesler

"There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance." - Socrates

"Ignorance of true pleasure more frequently than temptation to that which is false, leads to vice." - Ann Radcliffe

"If ignorance is indeed bliss, it is a very low grade of the article." - Tehyi Hsieh

"Only ignorance excuses stupidity" - Nalini Singh

"Stupidity,-unconscious ignorance." - Josh Billings

"Ignorance is not innocence." - Christina, Queen of Sweden

"Prejudice is ignorance." - Michael Jackson

"Schools teach ignorance." - Eduardo Galeano

"Education is imposed ignorance." - Noam Chomsky

"Prudery is ignorance." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Ignorance is...voluntary... (Paraphrased)" - Nicholas Ling

"Ignorance is constricted awareness...." - Deepak Chopra

"Envy is ignorance." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I fear my ignorance." - Isaac Asimov

"Ignorance is fatal." - Ray Bradbury

"Racism springs from ignorance." - Mario Balotelli

"His ignorance is encyclopedic." - Abba Eban

"Innocence is ignorance." - Lynne Reid Banks

"Ignorance breeds fear." - Mike Wilson

"I'm against ignorance." - Herman Kahn

"My ignorance is widespread." - P J Orourke

"Only ignorance! only ignorance! how can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness? - and which does the most mischief heaven only knows. If people can say, `Oh! I did not know, I did not mean any harm,' they think it is all right." - Anna Sewell

"These are the only two situations possible, and you are in the sad situation. Everybody may know about you - who you are - but you yourself are completely oblivious of your transcendence, of your real nature, of your authentic being. This is the only sadness in life. You can find many excuses, but the real sadness is this: you don't know who you are. How can a person be happy not knowing who he is, not knowing from where he comes, not knowing where he is going? A thousand and one problems arise because of this basic self-ignorance." - Rajneesh

"We have a greater responsibility to act than those who live in ignorance. Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it." - Ron Paul

"Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things." - Blaise Pascal

"[How to train your dragon] is beautiful to look at and, again, those values that it contains about relationships, friendships, and bonding in the face of ignorance." - Gerard Butler

"The worst thing you can do is invest in companies you know nothing about. Unfortunately, buying stocks on ignorance is still a popular American pastime." - Peter Lynch

"Actions have consequences. Ignorance about the nature of those actions does not free a person from responsibility for the consequences. (28)" - Stephen Dobyns

"One way in which fools succeed where wise men fail is that through ignorance of the danger they sometimes go coolly about a hazardous business." - Richard Whately

"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

"My ignorance of science is such that if anyone mentioned copper nitrate I should think he was talking about policemen's overtime." - Donald Coggan

"Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire." - J I Packer

"When someone says something dunderheaded to me about the material, it's usually a big neon sign revealing their own damage or ignorance, so my compassion kicks in." - Lidia Yuknavitch

"Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that." - Sylvia Earle

"Information can bring you choices and choices bring power - educate yourself about your options and choices. Never remain in the dark of ignorance." - Joy Page

"Ignorance and arrogance are a lethal combination. Nowhere do we see that more clearly among writers and performers who pontificate as historians when they know nothing about history." - Victor Davis Hanson

"Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth." - Cornel West

"Liberals sit from this lofty perch of pomposity, but they are the champions of ignorance. They don't know what they're talking about." - Rush Limbaugh

"The key point some Christians miss is that scientific ignorance about the beginning of life, or any of life's processes, is not evidence of a god." - Guy P. Harrison

"I attribute all my success to ignorance. If you don't ever think about not getting where you want to be, I think it helps you out." - Billy Bob Thornton

"People talk about revelation, and say it has ceased; but what ignorance it bespeaks, when man knows not the least thing on earth without revelation." - Elias Hicks

"Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. And ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance." - Jim Rohn

"People who know nothing about advertising, nothing about pharmaceuticals, and nothing about economics have been loudly proclaiming that the drug companies spend too much on advertising - and demanding that the government pass laws based on their ignorance." - Thomas Sowell

"It is a virtue to admit ignorance when you don't know, but not to wallow in ignorance as an end in itself. People say if we don't believe god is watching over us, we abandon morality. Are they right?" - Richard Dawkins

"Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge." - Ramakrishna

"Ignorance is not bad faith. But persistence in ignorance is." - Joanna Russ

"Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." - St Jerome

"Conclusions are ignorance arrested on the path to less ignorance." - Laozi

"Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance." - Bennett Cerf

"Our coming-to-be is as mysterious as our ceasing-to-be at death. Can we therefore not derive hope because our ignorance about our origin matches our ignorance about our destiny? Cannot life be lived as a challenging and wonderful adventure that has meaning yet to be discovered?" - John Carew Eccles

"After long experience of politics, I have never found that there is any inhibition caused by ignorance as regards criticism." - Harold Macmillan

"If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them." - Baron d'Holbach

"Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature." - Oscar Wilde

"preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people." - Thomas Jefferson

"Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand... prejudice, fear and ignorance walk hand-in-hand." - Neil Peart

"I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it." - Mark Twain

"Pride is not the heritage of man; humility should dwell with frailty, and atone for ignorance, error, and imperfection." - Albert Pike

"Right conduct can never, except by some rare accident, be promoted by ignorance or hindered by knowledge." - Bertrand Russell

"Remove the Ego and Avidya (Ignorance) is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains." - Ramana Maharshi

"It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance." - Elizabeth Taylor

"It was a reaction from the old idea of "protoplasm", a name which was a mere repository of ignorance." - John B S Haldane

"How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?" - Henry David Thoreau

"bigotry is ever the child of ignorance, and the cultivation of the understanding is the only radical cure for it ..." - Mary Hays

"In the Bible the ignorant may learn all requisite knowledge, and the most knowing may learn to discern their ignorance." - Robert Boyle

"From the Zen view all beings are in the grip of the three poisons, greed, anger and delusion (ignorance)." - Brenda Shoshanna

"Ignorance breeds fear and hatred." - P C Cast

"Never underestimate your own ignorance." - Albert Einstein

"Mutual ignorance breeds mutual distrust." - Andrew Carnegie

"The darkest night is ignorance." - Gautama Buddha



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