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IGNORANCE
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What ignorance there is in human minds.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

What is hid is unknown: for what is unknown there is no desire.
  [Lat., Quod latet ignotum est; ignoti nulla cupido.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (III, 397)

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
      - Thomas Paine

Do not take the yardstick of your ignorance to measure what the ancients knew, and call everything which you do not know lies. Do not call things untrue because they are marvelous, but give them a fair consideration.
      - Wendell Phillips

It is better to be unborn than untaught: for ignorance is the root of misfortune.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Know not what you know, and see not what you see.
  [Lat., Etiam illud quod scies nesciveris;
    Ne videris quod videris.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Miles Gloriosus (II, 6, 89)

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
      - Karl Popper

From ignorance our comfort flows,
  The only wretched are the wise.
      - Matthew Prior,
        To the Hon. Charles Montague

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
  [Lat., Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Thy ignorance in unrevealed mysteries is the mother of a saving faith, and thy understanding in revealed truths is the mother of a sacred knowledge; understand not therefore that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand; understanding is the wages of a lively faith and faith is the reward of an humble ignorance.
      - Francis Quarles

There is no calamity like ignorance.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.
      - Will Rogers

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
      - Will Rogers

We are all ignorant. We are just ignorant about different things.
      - Will Rogers

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.
      - Will Rogers

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
      - Will Rogers

A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant has been compared by the sages to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Ignorance is degrading only when found in company with great riches.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Death presses heavily on that man, who, being but too well known to others, dies in ignorance of himself.
  [Lat., Illi mors gravis incubat qui notus nimis omnibus ignotus moritur sibi.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (CCCCI)

It is thus that we walk through the world like the blind, not knowing whither we are going, regarding as bad what is good, regarding as good what is bad, and ever in entire ignorance.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Dull, unfeeling, barren ignorance.
      - William Shakespeare

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
      - William Shakespeare

In friendship, as in love, we are often happier through our ignorance than our knowledge.
      - William Shakespeare

The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.
      - William Shakespeare

There is no darkness but ignorance.
      - William Shakespeare


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