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It is proper that noble spirits, equipped with truth and enlightened with the Divine intelligence, should arm themselves against dense ignorance by climbing up to the high rock and tower of contemplation.
Scientists habitually moan that the public doesn't understand them. But they complain too much: public ignorance isn't peculiar to science. It's sad if some citizens can't tell a proton from a protein. But it's equally sad if they're ignorant of their nation's history, can't speak a second language, or can't find Venezuela or Syria on a map.
A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
Gian Carlo Menotti
It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so.
Situational unawareness in the private marketplace or on the battlefield will cost you your livelihood or your life. In the Age of Obama, however, such willful ignorance is a job prerequisite. The less you know the better.
A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good or evil poured into them by so many learned generations? Ignorance cannot be learned.
Gerard De Nerval
Ah! destructive Ignorance, what shall be done to chase thee out of the World!
This self-congratulatory notion Americans have that their country is Number One is borne of ignorance and bad manners.
Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation.
Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
The little I know I owe to my ignorance.
I'm a believer in 'Ignorance is bliss.'
The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most of all, in the training of interns, is the irresistible drive to do something, anything. It is expected by patients and too often agreed to by their doctors, in the face of ignorance.
My boyhood life in New York City has impressed me with the popular ignorance and also with the great need of something better than local lore and weather proverbs.
The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art.
Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
Ignorance is a menace to peace.
The average man has a carefully cultivated ignorance about household matters - from what to do with the crumbs to the grocer's telephone number - a sort of cheerful inefficiency which protects him.
Much of the impotence of American churches is tied to a profound ignorance and apathy about justification. Our people live in a fog of guilt. Or just as bad, they think being a better person is all God requires.
Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain!
I have a concept of Naples that is not so much of a city, per se, but rather an ingredient of the human spirit that I detect in everyone, Neapolitan or not. The idea that 'Neapolitanism' and mass ignorance are somehow indissolubly linked is one that I am prepared to fight with all the strength I have.
Luciano De Crescenzo
There are about 15 million Muslims in the EU. They face ignorance, insult and even persecution. They cannot be wished away. To impose Enlightenment freedoms is self-defeating. Anyway, the Muslims have their own enlightenment.
Here's what the right-wing has in, there's no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes.
Americans like to get rich fast. That this means we go broke fast, too, is something that we have become very good at forgetting. Our ignorance of history is matched only by our unfailing optimism; it's actually part of our optimism.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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