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IGNORANCE
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The more one endeavors to sound the depths of his ignorance the deeper the chasm appears.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Positive in proportion to their ignorance.
      - Hosea Ballou

Man's condition is horrible because, no matter what form his happiness may take, it arises from some species of ignorance.
      - Honore de Balzac

Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. II, st. 30)

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.
      - Bible, Jeremiah (ch. V, v. 21)

The ignorant man marvels at the exceptional; the wise man marvels at the common; the greatest wonder of all is the regularity of nature.
      - George Dana Boardman, the younger

Well-meant ignorance is a grievous calamity in high places.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

Ignorance is a prolonged infancy only deprived of its charm.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

A man is arrogant in proportion to his ignorance. Man's natural tendency is to egotism. Man, in his infancy of knowledge, thinks that all creation was formed for him.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

For "ignorance is the mother of devotion," as all the world knows.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. IV, memb. 1, subsect. 2)

The truest characters of ignorance
  Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras

Whoever is ignorant is vulgar.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

In extraordinary events ignorance of their causes produces astonishment.
  [Lat., Causarum ignoratio in re nova mirationem facit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Divinatione (II, 22)

Through ignorance of what is good and what is bad, the life of men is greatly perplexed.
  [Lat., Ignoratione rerum bonarum et malarum maxime hominum vita vexatur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (I, 13)

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
  [Lat., Non me pudet fateri nescire quod nesciam.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusc. Quoest. (I, 25, 60)

Ignorant men differ from beasts only in their figure.
      - Cleanthes

There is no slight danger from general ignorance; and the only choice which Providence has graciously left to a vicious government is either to fall by the people, if they are suffered to become enlightened, or with them, if they are kept enslaved and ignorant.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Essay (XVI)

Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the deeper we penetrate the nearer we arrive unto it. For what do we truly know, or what can we clearly affirm, of any one of those important things upon which all our reasonings must of necessity be built--time and space, life and death, matter and mind?
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is with nations as with individuals, those who know the least of others think the highest of themselves; for the whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
      - Confucius

I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
      - Clarence Darrow

Ignorance never settles a question.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech in House of Commons


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