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Quotes About Willful Ignorance

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Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Plato

Rick Riordan
“Humans see what they want to see.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
Atwood H. Townsend

Thomas A. Edison
“Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
Thomas A. Edison

Terry Goodkind
“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule

Ayn Rand
“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Benjamin Franklin
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
Benjamin Franklin

Søren Kierkegaard
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Stephen Chbosky
“It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Isaac Asimov
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov

Anne Rice
“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.”
Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

Ray Bradbury
“But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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

Richard Dawkins
“More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, 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

John Steinbeck
“Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Brandon Sanderson
“I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and—if you’re not careful—those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.”
Brandon Sanderson

Charles Darwin
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Abraham Lincoln
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
Abraham Lincoln

Richard Dawkins
“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
Richard Dawkins

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

Milan Kundera
“A man is responsible for his ignorance.”
Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

Erin Morgenstern
“Because I do not wish to know,” he says. “I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Stephen Fry
“There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

Aleister Crowley
“The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”
Aleister Crowley, Magick: Liber ABA: Book 4

P.J. O'Rourke
“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”
P.J. O'Rourke

Jodi Picoult
“Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we're the ones who securely tied the knot.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

James A. Michener
“An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.”
James A. Michener

Aldous Huxley
“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
Aldous Huxley

“Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words?”
Martin Freeman

Sheri S. Tepper
“[T]he scripture worshippers put the writings ahead of God. Instead of interpreting God's actions in nature, for example, they interpret nature in the light of the Scripture. Nature says the rock is billions of years old, but the book says different, so even though men wrote the book, and God made the rock and God gave us minds that have found ways to tell how old it is, we still choose to believe the Scripture.”
Sheri S. Tepper, The Fresco

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