Quotes About Ignorance

Quotes tagged as "ignorance" (showing 151-180 of 1,079)
Booker T. Washington
“We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.”
Booker T. Washington, The Story of My Life and Work

Brandon Sanderson
“Ignorance is hardly unusual, Miss Davar. The longer I live, the more I come to realize that it is the natural state of the human mind. There are many who will strive to defend its sanctity and then expect you to be impressed with their efforts.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

George Carlin
“You're just another american who is willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick being shoved up your asshole every day... The owners of this country know the truth... it's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it!”
George Carlin

Mercedes Lackey
“Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.”
Mercedes Lackey, The Black Gryphon

Richard Dawkins
“Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.”
Richard Dawkins

A.R. Bernard
“The ignorance of the oppressed is strength for the oppressor.”
A.R. Bernard

“Ignorance is not bliss. It is the kiss of death.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Haruki Murakami
“Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband's. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn't have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people's standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question "How do I look?”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

R. Scott Bakker
“I remeber asking a wise man, once . . . 'Why do Men fear the dark?' . . . 'Because darkness' he told me, 'is ignorance made visable.' 'And do Men despise ignorance?' I asked. 'No,' he said, 'they prize it above all things--all things!--but only so long as it remains invisible.”
R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye

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

Ashly Lorenzana
“A lot of people who find out about the things I do immediately figure I'm just a pathetic "druggie" with nothing to say that is worth hearing. They talk endless bull shit of "recovery!" They make it sound like some amazing discovery...don't they know I'm far too busy trying to recover me?”
Ashly Lorenzana

Jane Austen
“But Catherine did not know her own advantages - did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Confucius
“he who will not economize will have to agonize”
Confucius

Robert G. Ingersoll
“This century will be called Darwin's century. He was one of the greatest men who ever touched this globe. He has explained more of the phenomena of life than all of the religious teachers. Write the name of Charles Darwin on the one hand and the name of every theologian who ever lived on the other, and from that name has come more light to the world than from all of those. His doctrine of evolution, his doctrine of the survival of the fittest, his doctrine of the origin of species, has removed in every thinking mind the last vestige of orthodox Christianity. He has not only stated, but he has demonstrated, that the inspired writer knew nothing of this world, nothing of the origin of man, nothing of geology, nothing of astronomy, nothing of nature; that the Bible is a book written by ignorance--at the instigation of fear. Think of the men who replied to him. Only a few years ago there was no person too ignorant to successfully answer Charles Darwin, and the more ignorant he was the more cheerfully he undertook the task. He was held up to the ridicule, the scorn and contempt of the Christian world, and yet when he died, England was proud to put his dust with that of her noblest and her grandest. Charles Darwin conquered the intellectual world, and his doctrines are now accepted facts. His light has broken in on some of the clergy, and the greatest man who to-day occupies the pulpit of one of the orthodox churches, Henry Ward Beecher, is a believer in the theories of Charles Darwin--a man of more genius than all the clergy of that entire church put together.

...The church teaches that man was created perfect, and that for six thousand years he has degenerated. Darwin demonstrated the falsity of this dogma. He shows that man has for thousands of ages steadily advanced; that the Garden of Eden is an ignorant myth; that the doctrine of original sin has no foundation in fact; that the atonement is an absurdity; that the serpent did not tempt, and that man did not 'fall.'

Charles Darwin destroyed the foundation of orthodox Christianity. There is nothing left but faith in what we know could not and did not happen
. Religion and science are enemies. One is a superstition; the other is a fact. One rests upon the false, the other upon the true. One is the result of fear and faith, the other of investigation and reason.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Lectures of Col. R.G. Ingersoll: Including His Letters on the Chinese God--Is Suicide a Sin?--The Right to One's Life--Etc. Etc. Etc, Volume 2

Mignon McLaughlin
“It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.”
Mignon McLaughlin, Lucky In Love Greeting Card

Abba Eban
“His ignorance is encyclopedic.”
Abba Eban

Steve Alten
“Ah, how the seeds of cockiness blossom when soiled in ignorance.”
Steve Alten, The Loch

Lewis Thomas
“The greatest of all the accomplishments of 20th century science has been the discovery of human ignorance”
Lewis Thomas

Jack Whyte
“I suspect that much of life is like that. We seldom see what is closest to our eyes.”
Jack Whyte, Uther

“Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I’ve heard the strange madness long growing in your soul. But you are fortunate in your ignorance, in your isolation. You who have suffered, find where love hides. Give, share, lose—lest we die, unbloomed .”
From the film Kill Your Darlings

Jeri Smith-Ready
“Ignorance is the world's most curable affliction.”
Jeri Smith-Ready, Wicked Game

Kelli Jae Baeli
“I will not dumb myself down to make someone else more comfortable with their ignorance.”
Kelli Jae Baeli

Isaac Watts
“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.”
Isaac Watts

Criss Jami
“The truth exposes some people so deeply, their last defense is to front a carefree insanity.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“We must all work in harmony with each other to stand up for what is right, to speak up for what is fair, and to always voice any corrections so that the ignorant become informed and justice is never ignored. Every time a person allows an act of ignorance to happen, they delay our progress for true change. Every person, molecule and thing matters. We become responsible for the actions of others the instant we become conscious of what they are doing wrong and fail to remind them of what is right.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Jean-Yves Leloup
“The compassionate person does not require other people to be stupid, in order to be intelligent. Their intelligence is for everyone, so as to have a world in which there is less ignorance. (118)”
Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

Edmund Burke
“It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions.”
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

“We're walking with our eyes on everyone else, ignoring the screams that come from the people buried alive underneath our feet. Yet we say we're here for each other and say we care. And we hypocritically wonder why everyone is walking passed our own screams as though we don't do the same.”
Caitlyn Paige

Adrian Tchaikovsky
“You're not like other Wasps."
"Aren't I?" Aagen smiled, but it was a painful smile. "No doubt you've killed my kinsmen by the score."
"A few," Salma allowed.
"Well, next time you shed my kinden's blood, think on this: we are but men, no less nor more than other men, and we strive and feel joy and fail as men have always done. We live in the darkness that is the birthright of us all, that of hurt and ignorance, only sometimes... sometimes there comes the sun." He let the bowl fall from his fingers to the floor, watching it spin and settle, unbroken.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Empire in Black and Gold

Louis L'Amour
“Only one who has learned much can fully appreciate his ignorance.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

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