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Quotes About Ignorance

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Aldous Huxley
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

George Orwell
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
George Orwell, 1984

Walter Cronkite
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
Walter Cronkite

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Eoin Colfer
“Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

John Lennon
“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”
John Lennon

Daniel J. Boorstin
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

Harlan Ellison
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

G.K. Chesterton
“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton
“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”
G.K. Chesterton

Mark Twain
“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

C. JoyBell C.
“There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.”
C. JoyBell C.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works

William Goldman
“I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Pablo Picasso
“It takes a very long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

J.K. Rowling
“Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy—this boy!—knows nothin' abou'—about ANYTHING?"
Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his marks weren't bad.
I know some things," he said. "I can, you know, do math and stuff.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Richard Dawkins
“One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Benjamin Franklin
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

Ernest Hemingway
“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”
Ernest Hemingway

Garth Stein
“That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
Garth Stein

John Marsden
“We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.”
John Marsden, The Dead of Night

John F. Kennedy
“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
John F. Kennedy

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Steve Maraboli
“People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Voltaire
“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Lao Tzu
“To know that you do not know is the best.
To think you know when you do not is a disease.
Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”
Lao Tzu

Winston Churchill
“Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”
Winston Churchill

Isaac Asimov
“Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.”
Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind

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