Ignorance Quotes

Quotes tagged as "ignorance" (showing 151-180 of 1,936)
Anthony de Mello
“Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.”
Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

علي مصطفى مشرفة
“الناس لا يكلفون انفسهم عناءاً كبيراً في تصوير الحياة وتخيلها، وهم يبدون استعداداً مدهشاً لتصديق ما لا يجوز تصديقه، وتصور مالا ينبغي تصوره، وكأنما آلو على أنفسهم ألا يبذلوا جهداً، وألا يحملوا أنفسهم مشقة أو عناء، والكثرة العظمى من الناس في جهل مطبق بحقائق الحياة، ومع ذلك فهم راضون عن أنفسهم مدافعون عن جهالاتهم وأوهامهم، وإن بعضهم ليتحمس للحياة ويضحي بنفسه في سبيلها، وآية ذلك إن جهالة الجاهل جزء من شخصيته، فهو يجد في الدفاع عنها دفاعاً عن نفسه وعن حياته.”
علي مصطفى مشرفة, العلم والحياة

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

Anthony de Mello
“When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today.”
Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

Michael   Lewis
“The men on the trading floor may not have been to school, but they have Ph.D.’s in man’s ignorance.”
Michael Lewis, Liar's Poker

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

Aldo Leopold
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?”
Aldo Leopold

Jonathan Stroud
“If anyone else asked that question, O He Who Is Terrible and Great, I would have said they were an ignorant fool; in you it is a sign of the disarming simplicity which is the fount of all virtue.”
Jonathan Stroud, The Amulet of Samarkand

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

“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

Paul Henri Thiry d'Holbach
“If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.”
Paul Henri Thiry d'Holbach, System of Nature

Jonathan Hennessey
“Ignorance is ultimately the worst enemy of a people who want to be free.”
Jonathan Hennessey, The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

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

Thomas Jefferson
“no people can be both ignorant and free.”
Thomas Jefferson

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

Richard Paul Evans
“What a culture we live in, we are swimming in an ocean of information, and drowning in ignorance.”
Richard Paul Evans, A Step of Faith

علي بن أبي طالب
“The moment you start arguing with an ignorant fool, you have already lost.”
علي بن أبي طالب

Milan Kundera
“Memory cannot be understood, either, without a mathematical approach. The fundamental given is the ratio between the amount of time in the lived life and the amount of time from that life that is stored in memory. No one has ever tried to calculate this ratio, and in fact there exists no technique for doing so; yet without much risk of error I could assume that the memory retains no more than a millionth, a hundred-millionth, in short an utterly infinitesimal bit of the lived life. That fact too is part of the essence of man. If someone could retain in his memory everything he had experienced, if he could at any time call up any fragment of his past, he would be nothing like human beings: neither his loves nor his friendships nor his angers nor his capacity to forgive or avenge would resemble ours.

We will never cease our critique of those persons who distort the past, rewrite it, falsify it, who exaggerate the importance of one event and fail to mention some other; such a critique is proper (it cannot fail to be), but it doesn't count for much unless a more basic critique precedes it: a critique of human memory as such. For after all, what can memory actually do, the poor thing? It is only capable of retaining a paltry little scrap of the past, and no one knows why just this scrap and not some other one, since in each of us the choice occurs mysteriously, outside our will or our interests. We won't understand a thing about human life if we persist in avoiding the most obvious fact: that a reality no longer is what it was when it was; it cannot be reconstructed.”
Milan Kundera

Neil Gaiman
“And, too ignorant to be scared, too young to be awed, Tristan Thorn traveled beyond the fields we know...”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.”
Reuben Blades

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

“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

Robert G. Ingersoll
“If the people of Europe had known as much of astronomy and geology when the bible was introduced among them, as they do now, there never could have been one believer in the doctrine of inspiration. If the writers of the various parts of the bible had known as much about the sciences as is now known by every intelligent man, the book never could have been written. It was produced by ignorance, and has been believed and defended by its author. It has lost power in the proportion that man has gained knowledge. A few years ago, this book was appealed to in the settlement of all scientific questions; but now, even the clergy confess that in such matters, it has ceased to speak with the voice of authority. For the establishment of facts, the word of man is now considered far better than the word of God. In the world of science, Jehovah was superseded by Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. All that God told Moses, admitting the entire account to be true, is dust and ashes compared to the discoveries of Descartes, Laplace, and Humboldt. In matters of fact, the bible has ceased to be regarded as a standard. Science has succeeded in breaking the chains of theology. A few years ago, Science endeavored to show that it was not inconsistent with the bible. The tables have been turned, and now, Religion is endeavoring to prove that the bible is not inconsistent with Science. The standard has been changed.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

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

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

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

Tinnekke Bebout
“Fear of the unknown and the other is the root of almost all hate. It is born of ignorance and fed by those who would keep us divided.”
Tinnekke Bebout

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

“Empathy nurtures wisdom. Apathy cultivates ignorance.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Sam   Harris
“I'm the Ted Bundy of string theory.”
Sam Harris

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