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Ignorance is the condition of being uninformed or uneducated; i.e., lacking knowledge or information.


  • Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
  • If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
  • Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education & free discussion are the antidotes of both.
  • To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
  • Ignorance is death. A closed mind is a catafalque.
    • Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life, (New York: Ballantine Books, 1998), p. 69.
  • If one neglects the laws of learning, a sentence is imposed that he is forever chained to his ignorance.
  • There are three degrees of comparison: stupido, stupidissimo, and tenore.
    • Pietro Mascagni, in Scott Beach, Musicdotes, (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1977), p. 94.
  • To be ignorant of one's own ignorance is to be in an unprogressive, uninspired state of existence.
  • If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face.
    • Zack de la Rocha, "Settle for nothing now", Rage Against the Machine (album), 1992
  • Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
    • Thomas Gray, repr. In Poetical Works, ed. J. Rogers (1953). Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, l. 99-100 (written 1742, published 1747). [[1]]


  • A truly refined mind will seem to be ignorant of the existence of anything that is not perfectly proper, placid, and pleasant.
  • An ignorant man is always a slave.
  • I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
    • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, unidentified edition, unidentified page
  • I fear ignorance more than I fear death.
  • ... ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
    • George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, unidentified edition, unidentified page
    • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, unidentified edition, unidentified page
  • Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  • It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
    • Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, unidentified page
  • "Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!"
    • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, unidentified edition, unidentified page
  • Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the cast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
  • Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
  • So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.
  • The most violent element in society is ignorance.
  • The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
  • There comes a point in life when one should learn to shut up. It is called "birth".
    • Simon Munnery, Attention Scum, unidentified episode, unidentified date
  • Thought: if you only read one book in your life, I recommend you keep your mouth shut. And listen to me, for I have read nine books! Nine books! Nine bleedin' books! And what's more, I wrote eight of them.
    • Simon Munnery, Attention Scum, unidentified episode, unidentified date
  • You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.
  • Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, research is the means of all learning, and ignorance is the end.
  • An ignorant person will always overdo a thing or neglect it totally.
    • ali, a hundred sayings

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