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IGNORANCE
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O thou monster Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Holofernes at IV, ii)

Madman, thou errest. I say there is no darkness but ignorance, in which thou art more puzzled than the Egyptians in their fog.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Clown at IV, ii)

Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The more we study, we the more discover our ignorance.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Scenes from the Magico Prodigioso of Calderon
         (sc. 1)

I know nothing except of my ignorance.
      - Socrates

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.
      - Herbert Spencer

Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

Without knowledge there can be no sure progress. Vice and barbarism are the inseparable companions of ignorance. Nor is it too much to say that, except in rare instances, the highest virtue is attained only through intelligence.
      - Charles Sumner

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Everything unknown is magnified.
  [Lat., Omne ignotum pro magnifico est.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Agricola (XXX)

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

. . . Where blind and naked Ignorance
  Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed,
    On all things all day long.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 662)

Nothing can be more unjust than the ignorant man, who thinks that nothing is well done by himself.
  [Lat., Homine imperito nunquam quidquid injustius,
    Qui nisi quod ipse facit nihil rectum putat.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (I, 2, 18)

As God loves me, I know not where I am.
  [Lat., Ita me dii ament, ast ubi sim nescio.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        Heauton timoroumenos (II, 3, 67)

It is consummate ignorance to kick against the prinks.
  [Lat., Namque inscitia est,
    Adversum stimulum calces.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, 2, 27)

Ignorance is bold, and knowledge reserved.
      - Thucydides

Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.
      - John Tillotson

So long as thou art ignorant, be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities; and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.
      - Izaak Walton

Detraction is the sworn friend to ignorance.
      - John Webster

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

I do not approve of anything which tampers with natural ignorance.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing--saving their own ignorance.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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