Ignorance Sayings and Quotes

They say ignorance is bliss, but is it really? While not knowing or being unaware can be enjoyable for a time, it could prove to be harmful. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful ignorance quotes, proverbs, and sayings.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Horace Mann

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

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 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

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

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

Samuel Butler

Ignorance is never better than knowledge.     

Enrico Fermi

Ignorance never settles a question.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.     

Will Rogers

To be concious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step toward knowledge.     

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Mark Twain

The little I know, I own to ignorance.     

Sacha Guity

By ignorance the truth is known.     

Heinrich Suso

It may be that the ignorant man, alone, has any chance to mate his life with life.     

Wallace Stevens

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.     

Socrates

The most violent element in society is ignorance.     

Emma Goldman

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

Benjamin Franklin

Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.     

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Teach the ignorant as much as you can.     

Victor Hugo

Ignorance is still better than martyrdom.     

Ira N. Barin

Isn't it funny how ignorance is the source of strength of so many?     

Lionel Suggs

Ignorance is an underrated virtue, my lord.     

Andrew Levkoff

Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity.     

Victoria Schwab

Read it wisely, Little One, for the power of ignorance is great.     

Stephen Fry

Is it not ignorance that we share? A lie takes two. The truth we find alone.     

Anthony Marais

Ignorance must be prosecuted when arrested. The only way for its arrest is by information and the only way for prosecution is through reading and learning of new things.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Even one voice in a wilderness of ignorance is a voice that is heard by someone.     

Kristen Ashley

Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science.     

James Clerk Maxwell

Ignorance is not a capital crime. It is a correctable condition.     

Laura Knight-Jadczyk

To turn down knowledge is to resign to ignorance.     

Kyle Schmalenberg

To know you are ignorant is the beginning of wisdom.     

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Ignorance must be a fun place to live; my parents seem to vacation there year-round.     

Nenia Campbell

The ignorance we’re ignorant of is the ignorance most difficult to remedy.     

Leah Hager Cohen

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance.     

Saul Bellow

The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.     

Aldous Huxley

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.     

Alfred North Whitehead

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

A. Bronson Alcott

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.     

Anatole France

Ignorance is right!      

Christopher Andrea

You can still be sincere and still be stupid.     

Charles F. Kettering

The mist of ignorance, esteems untrue. Rejecting whatsoever is a wonder.     

Ludovico Ariosto

It is when within the darkness of ignorance when you shout do you shine.     

William Andrews

In guiltless ignorance, in ignorant guilt.     

Stephen Crane

For ignorance, its growth and its protection.     

Ezra Pound

Through ignorance, all troubles did surmount.     

Anne Bradstreet

Pain and ignorance lead to great joy and knowledge because the Supreme Being has created nothing vain under the sun.     

Khalil Gibran

All ignorance toboggans into know and trudges up to ignorance again.     

Edward Estlin Cummings

Ignorance is bliss.     

Robert William Service