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Ignorant Quotes

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An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

Related topics: Wisdom Government Political

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed
are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
- Epictetus

 

If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world,
that is bad.
But if a learned person is thus attracted,
it is worse.
- Abu Bakr

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't
learn something from him.
- Galileo Galilei

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In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed,
miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant,
miracles are still in vogue.
- Ethan Allen

It is only the young and callow and ignorant that admire rashness.
Think before you speak.
Know your subject.
- Cass Gilbert

Destiny is the prison and chain of the ignorant.
Understand that destiny like the water of the Nile:
Water before the faithful,
blood before the unbeliever.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
- Elizabeth I

Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia
do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor,
the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society.
- Emily Greene Balch

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have
often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it
into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.
- Giacomo Casanova

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker.
That is one of several reasons why it must be given
rein instead of suppressed.
- Anna Quindlen

Humanity has the stars in its future,
and that future is too important to be lost under the
burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
- Isaac Asimov

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
- Thomas Jefferson

Today's younger generation is no worse than my own.
We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are,
but nobody listened to us.
- Al Capp

I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty,
having no experience of it.
- Harriet Tubman

We...
are not really free if we can't control our own government and its policies.
And we will never do that if we remain ignorant.
- Charley Reese

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
- Richard Cecil

If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified.
The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.
- Newt Gingrich

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning,
it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know
it what does the formula teach me?
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart,
but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
- Don Herold

Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant
and chased by the foolish.
- Timothy Zahn

American democracy must be a failure because it places
the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and
most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington

We have copped a lot of ignorant abuse in the past,
but it makes you wonder when a former state coroner
openly attacks Aboriginal families who have been through hell.
- Arthur Murray

A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
- Moliere

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor,
that he was ignorant.
Now every high-school student knows that.
How did it become so easy?
- Allan Bloom

You may observe in all my lessons, that I tell you how the legs go,
and those who are unacquainted with that,
are entirely ignorant and work in the dark.
- William Cavendish

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing,
civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary,
ignorant people.
- Kenneth Clark

I am tolerably ignorant about Judaism,
and much of what I do know about it seems hard to swallow,
because it is so grounded in legalism,
and adherence to rituals.
- Fred Melamed

To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated
men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
- Plutarch

The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Governor, why wouldn't anyone want to say the Pledge of Allegiance,
unless they detested their own country or were ignorant of its greatness?
- Sean Hannity

Men are born ignorant, not stupid.
They are made stupid by education.
- Bertrand Russell

This is our mercury, our lunary, but whosoever thinks
of any other water besides this,
is ignorant and foolish, never attaining to the desired effects.
- George Ripley

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more
ignorant and the crazy crazier.
- H. L. Mencken

While some of us may know than others about certain things,
it is the thinnest slice of all that is,
or could be known.
In that sense, we are all profoundly ignorant.
- Charles Osgood

Men know everything - all of them - all the time -
no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are.
- Andrea Dworkin

God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things,
though they are ignorant that he is so.
- Plotinus

The position of modern science, as far as an ignorant
man of letters can understand it,
seems not a step in advance of that held by Huxley
and Romanes in the last century.
- Albert J. Nock

If you are ignorant, you certainly can get into some interesting arguments.
- Herbert Prochnow

True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant.
- Miguel de Unamuno

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts,
keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make
them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
- Aleister Crowley

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
- Bernard Berenson

I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -
that is all that agnosticism means.
- Clarence Darrow

Violence is a tool of the ignorant.
- Flip Wilson

You seem in England to be entirely ignorant of the temper of our people.
- Peter Oliver

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
- Benjamin Franklin

People whose understanding and taste in literature,
painting, and music are beyond question are,
for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

In order to maintain an untenable position,
you have to be actively ignorant.
One motto on the show is, 'Keep your facts,
I'm going with the truth.'
- Stephen Colbert

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done.
God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant
enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
- G. M. Trevelyan

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness
which the ambitious call,
and the ignorant believe to be liberty.
- Fisher Ames

The person you consider ignorant and insignificant
is the one who came from God,
that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
- Khalil Gibran

The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of,
by all ignorant people, but all learned gentleman considered
it as its greatest excellency.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake,
has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays
to the genius of its time.
- Joseph Lewis

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

If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually
regressive system that will assure you have a highly
knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass.
- John Perry Barlow

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things,
in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
- Sydney Smith

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye,
ear and imagination - everything which can charm and
bewitch the simple and ignorant.
I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
- John Adams

I try to be as ignorant about things as I can.
- Hal Sparks

The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant
of almost everything except his specialty.
- Marshall McLuhan

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of;
what they do not do we are told expressly.
- Jonathan Swift

Like blind hens, we are ignorant of our own self and the depths within us.
- Johannes Tauler

I like blues but it is music I am too ignorant to understand.
- Barry Gibb

People can be ignorant and still have loving,
human qualities.
- Rob Reiner

The learning and knowledge that we have,
is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
- Plato

He that knows himself, knows others;
and he that is ignorant of himself,
could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Robert Louis Stevenson...
I'm focusing on the late short stories that I was ignorant of.
I always thought he was a boys' author,
but he's not at all.
- Jane Birkin

Part of the reason that the government's fear mongering
is succeeding is because so many people are so ignorant,
that it is easier for government to frighten people in submission.
- James Bovard


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