155+ Best Ignorance Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Inspirational ignorance quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Ignorance Quotes

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

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The reason there’s so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it. – Frank A. Clark

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell

Ignorance deprives people of freedom because they do not know what alternatives there are. It is impossible to choose to do what one has never heard of. – Ralph B. Perry

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. – Socrates

I didn’t know what you couldn’t do. I didn’t deliberately set out to invent anything. It just seemed to me, ‘Why not?’ There is a great gift that ignorance has to bring to anything, you know. That was the gift I brought to Citizen Kane, ignorance. – Orson Welles

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance. – Robert Quillen

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

Education is a system of imposed ignorance. – Noam Chomsky

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. – Charles Kettering

Ignorance is always afraid of change. – Jawaharlal Nehru

To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence. – Ann Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. – Plato

Ignorance is the mother of all evils. – Francois Rabelais

The most violent element in society is ignorance. – Emma Goldman

If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people. – Victor Cousin

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it. – Publilius Syrus

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. – Wayne Dyer

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 am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. – Cicero

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. – Dalai Lama

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. – Wayne Dyer

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention. – Aldous Huxley

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

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

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. – Horace Mann

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. – Elbert Hubbard

Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know. – Aldous Huxley

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. – Thomas Jefferson

Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know. – Aldous Huxley

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. – Confucius

Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone. – Oscar Wilde

Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow. – Frank Dane

Ignorance speaks loudly, so as to be heard; but its volume proves reason to doubt every word. – Wes Fessler

I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. – Cicero

The man who realizes his ignorance has taken the first step toward knowledge. – Max Heindel

Ignorance is not innocence, but sin. – Robert Browning

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. – Confucius

Ignorance speaks loudly, so as to be heard; but its volume proves reason to doubt every word. – Wes Fessler

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity. – James Anthony Froude

Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations. – Richard Dawkins

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. – Horace Mann

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 recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. – Elbert Hubbard

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity. – James Anthony Froude

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

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel J. Boorstin

Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone. – Oscar Wilde

The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance. – Samuel Butler

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. – Enrico Fermi

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. – Dalai Lama

It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile. – Sting

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Ignorance never settles a question. – Benjamin Disraeli

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

Ignorance never settles a question. – Benjamin Disraeli

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. – Thomas Jefferson

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it. – Publilius Syrus

Indeed, the most important product of knowledge is ignorance. – David Gross

Ignorance is the mother of admiration. – George Chapman

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

Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, hate, drama or negativity stop you from being the best person you can be. – Anonymous

To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. – Amos Bronson Alcott

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance. – John Ruskin

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. – John F. Kennedy

Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow. – Frank Dane

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. – Herodotus

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. – Robert Staughton Lynd

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. – Plato

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance. – Jeremy Taylor

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. – Arthur Conan Doyle

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance. – Theodore Dreiser

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. – Terry Pratchett

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. – Jeff Rich

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. – William Shakespeare

There is no slavery but ignorance. – Robert Green Ingersoll

One’s ignorance is one’s chief asset. – Wallace Stevens

Ignorance is my least favorite thing. I really think it’s at the core of all our problems. – Naomi Judd

To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence. – Ann Plato

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. – Michel de Montaigne

Living is easy with eyes closed. – John Lennon

Most people are drowning in their delusional ignorance without knowing that their suffering was created by themselves. – Jakusho Kwong Roshi

War is peace, freedom is slavery, and Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell

Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain. – Euripides

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge. – Alfred North Whitehead

Ignorance is not innocence but sin. – Robert Browning

Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other. – James F. Cooper

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. – Arnold H. Glasow

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. – William Gaddis

Ignorance can be improved; willful ignorance and inaction is inexcusable. – David Brock

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. – William Osler

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. – Karl Popper

I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is no sin but ignorance. – Christopher Marlowe

It’s indifference and ignorance that stops people from doing the right thing. – Diego Luna

Ignorance is always afraid of change. – Jawaharlal Nehru

Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

I say there is no darkness but ignorance. – William Shakespeare

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance. – Isaac Watts

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it. – Addison Mizner

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance. – Benjamin Franklin

There is no darkness but ignorance. – William Shakespeare

If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. – Leo Buscaglia

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t. – Mignon McLaughlin

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw

Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance. – Louis D. Brandeis

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. – Benjamin Franklin

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. – Will Durant

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. – Enrico Fermi

Ignorance is the failure to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent, the pure and the impure, bliss and suffering, the self and the non-self. – Patanjali

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. – Plato

To succeed in life, you need two things ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know. – Aldous Huxley

Until you can ignore ignorance, neglect negativity, and disregard disrespect, you’re not ready for the next level. Success isn’t for the weak. – Anonymous

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put them. The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, is to confess your ignorance. – Confucius

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – Francis of Assisi

Ignorance is a menace to peace. – Paul Harris

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. – Isaac Asimov

Paranoia is just another word for ignorance. – Hunter S. Thompson

The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. – Jean Toomer

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous? – Bill Watterson

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. – Bill Richardson

His ignorance is encyclopedic. – Abba Eban

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. – Molly Ivins

Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind. – John Tillotson

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. – Winston Churchill

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. – Samuel Butler

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. – Saul Bellow

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. – George Bernard Shaw

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds. – Will Rogers

Racism springs from ignorance. – Mario Balotelli

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. – Bertrand Russell

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. – W. Clement Stone

Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune. – Anonymous

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. – Derek Bok

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. It all stems from ignorance. – Jim Rohn

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end. – Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. – H. L. Mencken

Ignorance is bliss, or so we’re told. Personally, I find ignorance is also destiny. – Gayle Lynds

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. – John F. Kennedy

Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved. – Thucydides

If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people. – Victor Cousin

Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. – Arnold H. Glasow

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel J. Boorstin

A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty. – Charles B. Rangel

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