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IGNORANCE
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Who ne'er knew salt, or heard the billows roar.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 153), (Pope's translation)

It was a childish ignorance,
  But now 'tis little joy
    To know I'm further off from heaven
      Than when I was a boy.
      - Thomas Hood, I Remember, I Remember

Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
      - Bob Hope (Leslie Townes Hope)

Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know.
      - M. King Hubbert

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
      - Thomas Jefferson

No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.
      - Thomas Jefferson

All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He that voluntarily continues in ignorance, is guilty of all the crimes which ignorance produces.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Ignorance cannot always be inferred from inaccuracy; knowledge is not always present.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Ignorance is mere privation by which nothing can be produced: it is a vacuity in which the soul sits motionless and torpid for want of attraction: and, without knowing why, we always rejoice when we learn, and grieve when we forget.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        in reply to lady asking why "pastern" was defined in dictionary as "the knee of a horse"

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.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The man who feels himself ignorant should, at least, be modest.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The living man who does not learn, is dark, dark, like one walking in the night.
      - Ming Lum Paou Keen,
        translated for "Chinese Repository" by Dr. William Milne

An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time.
      - Karl Kraus

Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more.
  [Fr., Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami;
    Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 10)

The law succors the ignorant.
      - Legal Maxim

A man may live long, and die at last in ignorance of many truths, which his mind was capable of knowing, and that with certainty.
      - John Locke (1), Human Understanding
         (bk. I, ch. II)

It is a blind goose that cometh to the fox's sermon.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

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

But let a man know that there are things to be known, of which he is ignorant, and it is so much carved out of his domain of universal knowledge.
      - Horace Mann, Lectures on Education
         (lecture VI)

The know-nothings are, unfortunately, seldom the do-nothings.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

There is nothing more daring than ignorance.
      - Menander

In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
      - Henry Miller

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown,
  The lowest of your throng.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 830)


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