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Ignorance is the condition of being uninformed or uneducated; i.e., lacking knowledge or information.

* Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray

* A truly refined mind will seem to be ignorant of the existence of anything that is not perfectly proper, placid, and pleasant.
Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* An ignorant man is always a slave.

* I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face.
Zack de la Rocha

* ... ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* 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

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* Ignorance is the parent of fear.
Herman Melville, Moby Dick, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* "Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!"
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* Man is arrogant in proportion to his ignorance.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

* So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.
Johannes Kepler, Somnium, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* Thought: if you only read one book in your life, I recommend you keep your mouth shut. And listen to me, for I have read nine books! Nine books! Nine bleedin' books! And what's more, I wrote eight of them.
Simon Munnery, Attention Scum, unidentified episode, unidentified date

* There comes a point in life when one should learn to shut up. It is called "birth".
Simon Munnery, Attention Scum, unidentified episode, unidentified date

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

* To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, unidentified edition, unidentified page

* Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, research is the means of all learning, and ignorance is the end.
Michel de Montaigne

* It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, unidentified page

* You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.
Norman Juster

* The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
Mark Twain

* To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of ignorance.
A. Bronson Alcott

* Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein

* Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the cast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
St. Augustine

* I fear ignorance more than I fear death.

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. Ignorance is also the state of being ignorant or uninformed. For example, "Bill lost the debate because he was ignorant of that subject." In such a case the term is not pejorative, and may even be used as a self-descriptive term, as in, "I am ignorant of English history."

Another definition states that ignorance is the choice to not act or behave in accordance with regard to certain information in order to suit ones own needs or beliefs. For example, "I know better but I choose to ignore that and act in a way that behooves me." Ignorance is sometimes misinterpreted as a synonym of stupidity, and is as thus often taken as an insult, when really it is not.

In many if not all cases, ignorance is seen as a pleasant alternative to harsh reality.

Willful ignorance is a bad faith decision to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt.

Ignorance is bliss is a phrase that comes from Thomas Gray's poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (1742): "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."

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