An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


There's a sucker born every minute.


P.T. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.


Ernest Bevin (1881-1951, British statesman)


The sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.


Derek Bok (1930-, American academic)


Ignorance is not innocence, but sin.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Ignorance is the mother of admiration.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


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


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The reason there's so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it.


Frank A. Clark


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


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


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


I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.


Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer)


To be conscience that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.


Arnold H. Glasgow


Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.


Thomas Gray (1716-1771, British poet)


There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


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 (1894-1963, British author)


Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


The fact is that we all seem capable of living, because at some time or other we have taken refuge in a lie, in blindness, in enthusiasm, in optimism, in some conviction, in pessimism or something of the sort. He has never taken refuge in anything. He is absolutely incapable of lying. He has nothing to take refuge in, no shelter. It's as if he were naked and everyone else had clothes on.


Milena Jesenska


Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


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


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Ignorance is like the itch -- the less you have of it the better off you are.


Harry Mendelson (1855-1937, American financier, philanthropist, statesman)


The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.


Irene Peter


You must not enthrone ignorance just because there is much of it.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


The person who admits ignorance shows it once; the one who tries to hide it shows it often.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Everybody is ignorant -- only on different subjects.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


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


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


There is no darkness, but ignorance.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


There is one principle that can keep a man in everlasting ignorance.  That is contempt prior to investigation.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.


St. Jerome (c.342-420, Croatian Christian ascetic, scholar)


Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.


Thucydides (BC 460-400, Greek historian of Athens)


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


John Tillotson (1630-1694, British theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury)


I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant.


Author Unknown


If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people jumping up and down for joy.


Author Unknown


Ignorance is not bliss -- ignorance is ignorance.


Author Unknown


In the battle for survival the ignorant man has a considerable advantage.


Author Unknown


Never forget public ignorance is the government's best friend.


Author Unknown


The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.


Author Unknown


What you don't know can't hurt you .


Author Unknown


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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