Ignorance Quotes

Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Eoin Colfer

Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.

Garth Stein

Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.

Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Winston S. Churchill

Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.

Lloyd Alexander

...Writings can be stolen, or changed, or used for evil purposes. But isn't the risk worth taking? The more people who share knowledge, the greater safeguard for it. Isn't there more danger in ignorance than knowledge?

Robert G. Ingersoll

Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!

Michael Bassey Johnson

There's no shame compared to being beautiful with nothing in your brain, an ugly devil with
There's no shame compared to being beautiful with nothing in your brain, an ugly devil with wits is much better that the former.

Enrico Fermi

Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge.

Amit Kalantri

In spite of being complicated people choose superstitions over common sense.

Johnathan Jena

True, lasting peace comes not through stamping out the ignorance of others, but through cultivating acceptance with ourselves.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual
Death people who are still alive at this hour, must resurrect and ascend to the intellectual heaven where there is no ignorance.

Kurt Vonnegut

Vanity rather than wisdom determines how the world is run.

Michael Bassey Johnson

When you start listening to side talks, you begin to behave like a child, and you must kill the child to sustain the man, the man is always overlooking and philosophical.

Josh Stern

If bliss are a type of potato, then ignorance can be french-fried

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

you are trained for job but you are born to work.Exert then your energy in the right proportion on the most vital matters

Thomas Mann

Innate in nearly every artistic nature is a wanton, treacherous penchant for accepting injustice when it creates beauty and showing sympathy for and paying homage to aristocratic privilege.

Dean Koontz

It's immeasurably easier to live in a world that's all surfaces, that means nothing and demands
It's immeasurably easier to live in a world that's all surfaces, that means nothing and demands nothing of you.

William Goldman

I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.

Daniel Handler

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.

John Lennon

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.. John Lennon
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Becca Fitzpatrick

Anything was better than nothing. Half-full was better than empty. Ignorance was the lowest form of humiliation and suffering.

Paulo Coelho

When we set out on the path, we always have a fairly clear idea of what we hope to find. Women are generally seeking their Soul Mate, and men looking for Power. Neither party is really interested in learning. They simply want to reach the thing they have set as their goal.


Timendi causa est nescire -
Ignorance is the cause of fear.

George Orwell

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

Joe Abercrombie

The truth is like salt. Men want to taste a little, but too much makes everyone sick.

W.E.B. Du Bois

Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, - all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, - who is good? not that men are ignorant, - what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.

Jane Austen

But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible.

Colin Thompson

I died last night. Seventy years too young.

David Gemmell

The truth. Men will blind themselves with hot irons, rather than face it.

Ron Rash

It’s ever been the way of the man of science or philosophy. Most folks stay in the dark and then complain they can’t see nothing.” – Snipes (185)

Gregory Maguire

Staring at a world too horrible to comprehend, believing - by dint of ignorance and innocence - that beneath this unbearable contract of guilt and blame there is always an older contract that may bind and release in a more salutary way.

Kedar Joshi

I am philosophical Christ; crucified on the cross of ignorance for the sake of
divine vanity.

R. N. Prasher

What is knowledge but a lucid enunciation of ignorance of yesterday. If there is no darkness to dispel, there can be no light.

Pablo Picasso

It takes a very long time to become young.

Isaac Newton

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.

Joe Abercrombie

Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.

Nalini Singh

Only ignorance excuses stupidity

Robert Burns

There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated
He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.

Anthony De Mello

When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today.

George Eliot

It is a common sentence that knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what ignorance in an hour pulls down.

Anthony De Mello

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.

Brandon Sanderson

Ignorance is hardly unusual, Miss Davar. The longer I live, the more I come to realize that it is the natural state of the human mind. There are many who will strive to defend its sanctity and then expect you to be impressed with their efforts.


he who will not economize will have to agonize

Jean-Yves Leloup

The compassionate person does not require other people to be stupid, in order to be intelligent. Their intelligence is for everyone, so as to have a world in which there is less ignorance. (118)

G.K. Chesterton

Humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle.

William Shakespeare

A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear.

William James

we have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood

Abraham Lincoln

in times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.

Susan Sontag

The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.

Helen Simonson

We are all small-minded people, creeping about the earth grubbing for our own advantage and making the very mistakes for which we want to humiliate our neighbors.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

all appears to change when we change

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.

Phyllis McGinley

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy

Carson McCullers

There are those who know and those who don't know. And for every ten thousand who don't know there's only one who knows. That's the miracle of all time-the fact that these millions know so much but don't know this.

Leo Tolstoy

truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

Adedayo Kingjerry

A fool can easily be known(identified) by what proceeds from his or her mouth.

Terry Pratchett

Anyone with half a mind could see that," said Tiffany.
Miss Tick sighed. "Yes. But sometimes it's so hard to find half a mind when you need one.

Dan Brown

There comes a moment in history when ignorance is no longer a forgivable offense... a moment when only wisdom has the power to absolve. - Bertrand Zobrist

Joseph Boyden

The world is a different place in this new century, [...]. And we are a different people. My visions still come but no one listens any longer to what they tell us, what they warn us. I knew even as a young woman that destruction bred on the horizon. [...] War touches everyone, and windigos spring from the earth.

Graham Greene

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either extreme egotism, selfishness,
Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either extreme egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.

W.H. Auden

Happy the hare at morning, for she cannot read
The hunter's waking thoughts.

Suzy Kassem

Ignorance is not bliss. It is the kiss of death.

Ambrose Bierce

Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.


Just above our terror, the stars painted this story
in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often
abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.

J.K. Rowling

I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books, Dursely.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules; and history records that whenever science and orthodoxy have been fairly opposed, the latter has been forced to retire from the lists, bleeding and crushed if not annihilated; scotched, if not slain.

Daniel J. Boorstin

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

Charles Darwin

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.

Lao Tzu

To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you
To know that you do not know is the best.
To think you know when you do not is a disease.
Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.

Clarence Darrow

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.


There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.

Michel De Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.


People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don't have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it's divine. And so it is with everything in the universe

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.

Randy Pausch

I was hugely impressed... was the ultimate example of a man who knew what he didn't know, was perfectly willing to admit it, and didn't want to leave until he understood. That's heroic to me.

I wish every grad student had that attitude.

John Calvin

It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"!
(Institutio III.2.3)

Paul Henry Thiry D'Holbach

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.

Richard Dawkins

Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.


Only a blind man can easily define what light is. When you do not know, you are bold. Ignorance is always bold; knowledge hesitates. And the more you know, the more you feel that the ground underneath is dissolving. The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.

Carl Sagan

Those at too great a distance may, I am well are, mistake ignorance for perspective.

John Archibald Wheeler

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

Jane Austen

Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left.

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.

Horace Mann

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

Thomas Gray

[...] where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.

Edwin Arnold

Shall any gazer see with mortal eyes,
Or any searcher know by mortal mind,
Veil after veil will lift-but there must be
Veil upon veil behind.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Aujourd'hui, on cherche partout à répandre le savoir; qui sait si, dans quelques siècles, il n'y aura pas des universités pour rétablir l'ancienne ignorance?

A.J. Darkholme

Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn.

Toba Beta

Ignorance is a knowledge illiteracy.

Samuel Johnson

Ignorance, when voluntary, is criminal, and a man may be properly charged with that evil which he neglected or refused to learn how to prevent.

Marty Rubin

Information is what you put in empty heads to keep them empty.

Francis S. Collins

There were long stretches of DNA in between genes that didn't seem to be doing very much; some even referred to these as "junk DNA," though a certain amount of hubris was required for anyone to call any part of the genome "junk," given our level of ignorance.

Kedar Joshi

Certainty is the most vivid condition of ignorance and the most necessary
condition for knowledge.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

What you have in hand may be of less essence to knowing and using what you have in hand

Marty Rubin

We don't know why anything happens or why anything is.

Martin Guevara Urbina

Reflective learning provokes critical thinking, enabling us to pose relevant questions, revealing the profound oceans of ignorance that surround even the most learned scholars in our fields of modern knowledge, invoking us to be active participants in the crusade for equality, representation, and social justice.

Chris Matakas

The knowledge you acquire in an area of study is accompanied by an incalculable ignorance. The farther we get into anything, we learn that we have even farther to go.


You can't discuss the ocean with a well frog - he's limited by the space he lives in. You can't discuss ice with a summer insect - he's bound to a single season.


In the world everyone knows enough to pursue what he does not know, but no one knows enough to pursue what he already knows. Everyone knows enough to condemn what he takes to be no good, but no one knows enough to condemn what he has already taken to be good.

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