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IGNORANCE
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Mr. Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. IV, ch. V)

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
      - Peter F. Drucker

For your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me.
      - John Dryden, The Maiden Queen
         (act I, sc. 2)

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
      - Abba Eban

Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug; but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. II, ch. XIII)

All our ignorance brings us closer to death.
      - T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot)

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
      - Enrico Fermi

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics

Often the cock-loft is empty, in those whom nature hath built many stories high.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Andronicus
         (sec. VI, par. 18, 1)

They most assume, who know the least.
      - John Gay

Did we but compare the miserable scantiness of our capacities with the vast profundity of things, truth and modesty would teach us wary language.
      - Joseph Glanvill

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more terrible than active ignorance.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than an active ignorance.
  [Ger., Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine thatige Unwissenheit.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

And his best riches, ignorance of wealth.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 61)

Where ignorance is bliss,
  'Tis folly to be wise.
      - Thomas Gray,
        On a Distant Prospect of Eton College
         (st. 10)

Ignorance is a dangerous and spiritual poison, which all men ought warily to shun.
      - Gregory I, the Great (Saint Gregory)

A man is never astonished or ashamed that he don't know what another does, but he is surprised at the gross ignorance of the other in not knowing what he does.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

There are two sorts of ignorance: we philosophize to escape ignorance; we start from the one, we repose in the other; they are the goals from which and to which we tend; and the pursuit of knowledge is but a course between two ignorances, as human life is only a traveling from grave to grave.
      - Sir William Hamilton (3)

The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Although it is better to hide our ignorance, this is hard to do when we relax over wine.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
      - Eric Hoffer

Ignorance is the mother of fear.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames


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