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Richard Whately

He that is not aware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge.

Ignorance | Knowledge | Will | Wisdom |

Henri Frédéric Amiel

If ignorance and passions are foes of popular morality, it must be confessed that moral indifference is the malady of the cultivated classes.

Ignorance | Indifference | Morality |

Bob Edwards, fully Robert Alan "Bob" Edwards

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.

Ignorance | Learning | Little |

Stephen A. Erickson

Could it be that liberation, not knowledge, is the true end purpose of human life and even its meaning? And might this liberation be achieved through non-rational means: power, sexuality, revolution, resignation, creativity, compassion, or solidarity? If this predicament is not so much ignorance (of something) as bondage (to something), what must we be liberated from, and what are we therefore liberated for?

Compassion | Creativity | Ignorance | Knowledge | Life | Life | Meaning | Means | Power | Purpose | Purpose | Resignation | Revolution |

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Much that we hug today as knowledge is ignorance pure and simple… It makes the mind wander and even reduces it to a vacuity.

Ignorance | Knowledge | Mind |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Action | Ignorance | Nothing |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more dangerous than ignorance being practiced.

Ignorance | Nothing |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative [or creation] there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too... Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.

Action | Chance | Grace | Ideas | Ignorance | Initiative | Magic | Power | Providence | Truth | Think |

Patañjali NULL

Man’s life is subject to afflictions from ignorance, desire, aversion, ego, and attachment – ignorance being the root cause of all afflictions.

Cause | Desire | Ego | Ignorance | Life | Life | Man |

Joseph Runzo and Nancy M. Martin

The Buddha, that is now “Awakened One,” diagnosed the human condition in the following way. Life is out of balance and characterized by suffering because all things are impermanent, and yet we desire things as if they were permanent. We each view our own self as if it too were permanent and completely independent from our selves, and so we think of our self as competing for those things with other discrete selves. Everything that we desire will ultimately pass away – we cannot hold on to anything in the end, not even our own bodies and minds – so our inappropriate desires are frustrated and we suffer, only to be reborn again into anew life of desire and suffering. To break the cycle of rebirth (samsara), we must overcome our ignorance about the true nature of things, cut the root of desire, and give up attachment to self, for we are anatman, no-self.

Balance | Desire | Ignorance | Life | Life | Nature | Self | Suffering | Will | Following | Think |

Judith Barad

The act of openly challenging basic beliefs, according to Socrates, can save a society from its ignorance and self-destructive apathy. A society that’s too uncritically apathetic won’t stay vigorous and vital for long.

Apathy | Ignorance | Self | Society | Society |

David B Anthony

The established religious institutions are bastions of ignorance in a world where knowledge has become the most valuable commodity. Well-entrenched, these institutions hold back social progress, dividing people who otherwise have no reason to oppose one another, fanning the flames of militarism and nationalism. Most of all, however, they are promoting ignorance and falsehoods at the expense of truth. How can society advance under such erroneous belief systems?

Belief | Ignorance | Knowledge | People | Progress | Reason | Society | Truth | World | Society |

Enrico Fermi

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

Better | Good | Ignorance | Knowledge |