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His ignorance is encyclopedic. ...
by Abba Eban

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
only after they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority,
the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities,
whoever they might be.
- Abba Eban

 

A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively
what no one believes individually.
- Abba Eban

I think that this is the first war in history that
on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished
called for unconditional surrender.
- Abba Eban

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today -
and longed for them tomorrow.
- Abba Eban

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Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
- Abba Eban

Better to be disliked than pitied.
- Abba Eban

If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the
earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it,
it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
- Abba Eban

Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do
not believe as individuals.
- Abba Eban

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted
all the other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile
world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism
and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.
- Abba Eban

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to
the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
- Abba Eban

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

The truth is incontrovertible,
malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end; there it is.
- Winston Churchill

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The greater our knowledge increases
the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy

Ignorance and bungling with love
are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Fear always springs from ignorance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

True friendship can afford true knowledge.
It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
- Henry David Thoreau

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
- Jeremy Bentham

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;
and a people who mean to be their own governors must
arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- James Madison

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -
it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
- Addison Mizner

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated,
journalism keeps us in touch
with the ignorance of the community.
- Oscar Wilde

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

Truth is by nature self-evident.
As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance
that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
- Ambrose Bierce

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence;
then success is sure.
- Mark Twain

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
- Elbert Hubbard

Is it ignorance or apathy?
Hey, I don't know and I don't care.
- Jimmy Buffett

True, a little learning is a dangerous thing,
but it still beats total ignorance.
- Abigail Van Buren

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount
of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams

Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.
- Irene Peter

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and
unchangeable color to every object;
beware of this stumbling block.
- Paul Gauguin

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning,
not the result of ignorance or accident,
its children will become the foundation of a new race.
- Margaret Sanger

The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.
- John Rawls

The truth is that our race survived ignorance;
it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
- Stephen Vizinczey

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion,
and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
- Baltasar Gracian

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

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

Most criticism of advertising is written in ignorance
of what actually happens inside these agencies.
- Michael Schudson

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature,
and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov

True wisdom is less presuming than folly.
The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind;
the fool is obstinate,
and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
- Akhenaton

Ignorance is the mother of devotion.
- Dean Henry Cole

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency,
is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
- Baruch Spinoza

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify
we give the name of knowledge.
- Ambrose Bierce

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and
the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
- Francois Rabelais

When you combine ignorance and leverage,
you get some pretty interesting results.
- Warren Buffett

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes,
but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
- William Beveridge


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