Ignorance Quotes

I don’t even know where to start in terms of people having such an issue about color, especially being dark. I just think on different levels it’s ignorance it’s no belief, no confidence, it’s insecurity, so you want to inflict it on somebody else.

— Alek Wek

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

— Albert Camus

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.

— Anatole France

When we’re dealing with the people in our family – no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs – we give from the deepest parts of ourselves.

— Anne Lamott

It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast between lead work in the United States under conditions of neglect and ignorance, and comparable work in England and Germany, under intelligent control.

— Alice Hamilton

People have said, ‘Let’s build bridges,’ and frankly, I want to do more than that. I would like break to the walls of ignorance between East and West.

— Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.

— Baltasar Gracian

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one’s self.

— Baruch Spinoza

He was distinguished for ignorance for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.

— Benjamin Disraeli

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.

— Blaise Pascal

Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone’s illiterate, but you wouldn’t really call that privacy. That’s ignorance.

— Bruce Sterling

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

— Bruce Sterling

And capital punishment, however ineffective it may be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to, is a strictly defensive act, – at least in theory.

— Benjamin Tucker

We are quite at ease in this no man’s land of ignorance and doubt and dispute, absorbed in the ambiguities of trying to reach truth by mixing fact with invention.

— Barry Unsworth

The three most powerful and most apparent means used by Rome to retain her power over the minds of her votaries are Ignorance, Superstition, and Persecution.

— Charles Spurgeon

I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.

— Christopher Marlowe

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

If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.

— Carter Burwell

You know when you’re young, you have this unbelievable stupidity and arrogance and ignorance all mixed in?

— Christopher Guest

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.

— Cyril Connolly

Ah! destructive Ignorance, what shall be done to chase thee out of the World!

— Cotton Mather

We are all dwellers on this one small earth we live one life, die one death we have the same difficulties to contend with we ought in common to fight the foes of ignorance and wrong.

— Charles Glover Barkla

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

— Dalai Lama

Given the unprecedented ignorance of the Bible in contemporary America, it is likely that more young Americans will only know the Noah of ‘Noah.’ We can only hope that the film offers even a fraction of the wisdom of the original.

— Dennis Prager

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance.

— Diogenes

Indeed, the most important product of knowledge is ignorance.

— David Gross

Ah, to be a conservative climate change denier. While real scientists must do all the research and engage in heated debates about just how bad things are going to be, the deniers can rest easy in the bliss of willful ignorance.

— David Horsey

In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.

— David Horowitz

Four hundred or so people lived in Knockemstiff in 1957, nearly all of them connected by blood through one godforsaken calamity or another, be it lust or necessity or just plain ignorance.

— Donald Ray Pollock

I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It’s quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S.

— Eduardo Galeano

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When you’re fighting for social justice, one of my biggest pet peeves is speaking out of ignorance.

— Eva Longoria

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

A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.

— Eliezer Yudkowsky

Your first book is kind of a labor of ignorance. You don’t realize the difficulty of it. Your second book is sort of a labor of fear. Then you sort of either hit a stride, or you don’t.

— Ethan Canin

I perceive two things in Scotland of the most fearful omen: ignorance of theological truth, and a readiness to pride themselves in and boast of it.

— Edward Irving

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

The prime goal of censorship is to promote ignorance, whether it is done via lying and bowdlerized school texts or by attacking individual books.

— Felice Picano

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

— Francis of Assisi

France is no longer herself when she is folded in on herself, tormented by ignorance and intolerance. The country would plunge into decline if it refused to be itself, if it was afraid of the future, afraid of the world.

— Francois Hollande

Why should we, however, in economics, have to plead ignorance of the sort of facts on which, in the case of a physical theory, a scientist would certainly be expected to give precise information?

— Friedrich August von Hayek

Ignorance is bliss, or so we’re told. Personally, I find ignorance is also destiny.

— Gayle Lynds

Our only solace as writers is in the work itself, and perhaps also in a penchant for blissful ignorance that allows us to gamble, to risk, to keep going where others would tote up the odds and stop.

— Gayle Lynds

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.

— George Bancroft

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a boy, though it seemed an unlikely outcome since I showed no real talent. But I persevered and eventually found my own row to hoe. Ignorance of other writers’ work keeps me from discouragement and I am less well-read than the average bus driver.

— Garrison Keillor

First, unreliability is not the sole preserve of fictional narrators. Second, the pleasure of patting oneself on the back for seizing on instances of unreliability and ignorance is, as the late Frank Kermode may or may not have pointed out, considerable.

— Geoff Dyer

Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.

— Guru Nanak

There is no sinfulness in the will and affections without some error in the understanding. All lusts which a natural man lives in, are lusts of ignorance.

— George Gillespie

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.

— H. P. Lovecraft

In the soil of ignorance, fear can easily be sown.

— Heather Brooke

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

— Henry Rollins

There is not anything that can so suddenly flood the mind with shame as the conviction of ignorance, yet we are all ignorant of nearly everything there is to be known.

— Hilaire Belloc

Extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger, intimidation and cowardice.

— Hillary Clinton

Sometimes it’s best to speak from ignorance: that way, you can see the wood without being distracted by the trees.

— Howard Jacobson

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.

— Harry Lorayne

Before I started writing, I’d never read much fiction. I was more interested in non-fiction. I’m taking the same approach to theatre: I can operate from a position of ignorance and make up my own rules instead of being bound by customs and practice.

— Irvine Welsh

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

— Isaac Asimov

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

— James A. Baldwin

Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.

— Jimmy Buffett

The question of whether or not there is a God or truth or reality or whatever you like to call it, can never be answered by books, by priests, philosopher’s or saviours. Nobody and nothing can answer the question but you yourself, and that is why you must know yourself – Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us – as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.

— John Calvin

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil’s policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

— Jeff Rich

Ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states.

— Jane Smiley

Here’s what the right-wing has in, there’s no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes.

— Janeane Garofalo

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not.

— Jeremy Taylor

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

— John Archibald Wheeler

I do not believe ‘Newsweek’ is the only catcher in the rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we’re one of them, and I don’t think there are that many on the edge of that cliff.

— Jon Meacham

Trump’s characterization of undocumented immigrants is, of course, absurd. Not only do the facts, well, trump his assertions, but his prejudiced views demonstrate a deep ignorance about Mexican immigrants in the United States.

— Jorge Ramos

When actresses jump on the anti-Iraq bandwagon, they often combine down-home momism with an ignorance of Islamist intent which is truly awesome.

— Julie Burchill

To avoid ignorance and bullying, I’ve had to hide the fact that I’m a troll. You have no idea how much time and money I’ve spent on electrolysis and hair dye and reconstructive surgery so I can look like this.

— Jon Cryer

Until as recently as November of 1966, I had complete faith in the Warren Report. Of course, my faith in the Report was grounded in ignorance, since I had never read it.

— Jim Garrison

The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.

— Julian Assange

The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance. Most people just don’t know that such things are happening, and often, if they have a vague idea they are happening, there is a feeling that there is nothing that can be done to stop these crimes.

— John Prendergast

In the scattered settlements of this Diocese, schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number, and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance.

— John Strachan

Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe.

— James Beattie

Without feeling abashed by my ignorance, I confess that I am absolutely unable to say. In the absence of an appearance of learning, my answer has at least one merit, that of perfect sincerity.

— Jean Henri Fabre

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.

— Jean Vanier

If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

— Leo Buscaglia

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

— Leonardo da Vinci

I have a concept of Naples that is not so much of a city, per se, but rather an ingredient of the human spirit that I detect in everyone, Neapolitan or not. The idea that ‘Neapolitanism’ and mass ignorance are somehow indissolubly linked is one that I am prepared to fight with all the strength I have.

— Luciano De Crescenzo

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

— Luis Gutierrez

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian – ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.

— Lytton Strachey

Seventy percent of the fish we eat is black market, fished in violation of international laws. Our ignorance makes us unwilling partners in crime. Rogue economics is turning the global market into our worst nightmare.

— Loretta Napoleoni

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

— Karl Popper

The problem with people who live in a world of speeches and books and theories is they don’t know how to fix things in the real world when they go wrong. They feign ignorance, blame others, and make another eloquent speech.

— Kathleen Troia McFarland

How many times do you read about ‘the Cinderella story,’ the story of the underdog, the story of the ordinary human being, often subjected to cruelty and ignorance and neglect, who somehow triumphs?

— Kenneth Branagh

Much of the impotence of American churches is tied to a profound ignorance and apathy about justification. Our people live in a fog of guilt. Or just as bad, they think being a better person is all God requires.

— Kevin DeYoung

Ignorance of the facts of life gave me my beloved son, Dickon, but at what cost to both him and me, I cannot hazard a guess.

— Kate O’Mara

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 Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I think it is the height of ignorance to believe that the sexual act is an independent function necessary like sleeping or eating. Seeing, therefore, that I did not desire more children, I began to strive after self-control. There was endless difficulty in the task.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody’s ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the ‘n’ word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren’t pretty or they weren’t rich or they weren’t clever.

— Maya Angelou

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.

— Maya Angelou

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.

— Mignon McLaughlin

As people’s opportunities to succumb to confirmation bias increases online – only seeking out information that confirms their prejudices – ignorance, extremism and close-mindedness have continued to rise unabated.

— Maajid Nawaz

All this misjudgment that we have of each other is based on ignorance. The second you get to travel, you see that human beings, no matter where they come from, they are the same.

— Marjane Satrapi

There is a profound hypocrisy – and deep historical ignorance – when Europeans complain about the problems posed by the ethnic and religious minorities in their midst, for that is exactly what European colonial rule meant for peoples around the world.

— Martin Jacques

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.

— Mary Astell

There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.

— Mary Wortley Montagu

My top most priority is to deal with India’s massive social and economic problems, so that chronic poverty, ignorance and disease can be conquered in a reasonably short period of time.

— Manmohan Singh

I really wish there was some big brother conspiracy theory. I just think it’s the ignorance of trying to make a dollar. That’s what the networks have done and will continue to do. If anyone doesn’t think that this is about making money, then they’re crazy.

— Montel Williams

So far as I know, there were no pains taken to preserve secrecy on this subject that is, I saw no attempt made to keep any of the inmates of the Convent in ignorance of the murder of children.

— Maria Monk

The Age of Information, Has turned out to be the Age of Ignorance.

— Mark Crispin Miller

Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature.

— Masanobu Fukuoka

Even when I do roles that are really profoundly abusive, like, I would say, in ‘Deadwood’ – there’s a guy who’s a breeding ground for ignorance and hurtful behavior – the fact that people are so taken aback by that is a good thing because they’re looking at themselves, and there’s a part of me in there, too.

— Michael Harney

In North America, the greatest threat to the Jewish people is not the external force of antisemitism, but the internal forces of apathy, inertia and ignorance of our own heritage.

— Michael Steinhardt

Think what evil creeps liberals would be if their plans to enfeeble the individual, exhaust the economy, impede the rule of law, and cripple national defense were guided by a coherent ideology instead of smug ignorance.

— P. J. O’Rourke

To attempt to superimpose its views through the exercise of force, is seldom the part of intelligence it is frequently the part of ignorance.

— Paul Harris

When an individual, a sect, a clique or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, he or they simply do not know the objects of their hatred. Ignorance is at the bottom of it.

— Paul Harris

In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence, ignorance is generally the aggressor.

— Paul Harris

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’

— Patton Oswalt

Nyasaland was the perfect country for a volunteer. It was friendly and destitute it was small and out-of-the-way. It had all of Africa’s problems – poverty, ignorance, disease.

— Paul Theroux

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

— Plato

Ignorance is the failure to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent, the pure and the impure, bliss and suffering, the Self and the non-Self.

— Patanjali

We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance, and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference.

— Paul Elmer More

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

— Oscar Wilde

Texting has reduced the number of waste words, but it has also exposed a black hole of ignorance about traditional – what a cranky guy would call correct – grammar.

— Richard Corliss

I’ve always been cast in authority roles I think because I have that presence… Comedically, I can play against that pretty well. I enjoy playing that arrogant ignorance. That’s one of my favorite games to play in comedy.

— Rob Riggle

Now, ignorance is one thing, ignorance can be cured. But many of the Republican leaders opposing this research know better.

— Ron Reagan

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 the butterfly.

— Richard Bach

I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I’m ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education.

— Richard Dawkins

Internet outrage can seem mindless, but it rarely is. To make that assumption is dismissive. There’s something beneath the outrage – an unwillingness to be silent in the face of ignorance, hatred or injustice. Outrage may not always be productive, but it is far better than silence.

— Roxane Gay

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

Firing insults anonymously behind the keys of a message board, slandering other people’s beliefs or opinions, this happens on a daily basis in my comment section or on my feed. Cyber-bullying and, further, online social ignorance, is a very real problem, typically without any real consequence.

— Ryan McCartan

The only barrier to human development is ignorance, and this is not insurmountable.

— Robert H. Goddard

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people’s, if we are always criticizing trivial actions – which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.

— Saint Teresa of Avila

If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God’s goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her.

— Saint Teresa of Avila

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

— Saadi

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

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Poverty and ignorance, which beget terror, are not eradicated by firing artillery shells. Borders do not stop rockets, and barbed wire does not prevent terror.

— Shimon Peres

I’m a natural blonde. But when I started acting, I would go to auditions and they didn’t know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent, but I had blonde hair. It was ignorance: they thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek.

— Sofia Vergara

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

— Sylvia Earle

A lot of my friends are gay, and certainly I have no tolerance for anyone who has any sort of ignorance or restriction on people’s lives or love lives.

— Sasha Roiz

Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.

— Sidney Hook

Where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.

— Thomas Gray

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

— Terry Pratchett

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

Racism is a sign of ignorance, in my opinion. It’s people who haven’t been anywhere, haven’t seen the world.

— Tyson Fury

Mystery is but another name for ignorance if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain!

— Tryon Edwards

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

— W. Clement Stone

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.

— Warren Buffett

All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.

— Will Rogers

Human creatures, living in the circle of their intimates and friends, are too apt to remain in ignorance of the comments and instructions which may be made of what they say and do in the world at large. I entertain a great horror of this ignorance.

— William Godwin

Government, as it was forced upon mankind by their vices, so has it commonly been the creature of their ignorance and mistake.

— William Godwin

My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.

— William S. Burroughs

Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn’t hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.

— Willie Nelson

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

— Winston Churchill

I consider nothing low but ignorance, vice, and meanness, characteristics generally found where the animal propensities predominate over the higher sentiments.

— William John Wills

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

— William Beveridge

We keep, in science, getting a more and more sophisticated view of our essential ignorance.

— Warren Weaver

Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.

— Vanna Bonta

Ignorance is not bliss, but in my case, that was.

— Victoria Principal

Ignorance breeds antipathy. Until I got to know how computers worked, I didn’t want anything to do with them. I said, ‘Well, why do I need them? I write letters.’ Which I still do.

— Viggo Mortensen
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