The Quote Garden

 I dig old books.

 Est. 1998

Home      About      Contact      Terms      Privacy

Quotations about
Ignorance & Stupidity

Admit your Ignorance, and few will blame you;
Pretend to Knowledge, and the World will shame you.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Pretence," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

I admit my ignorance, as the best of men will, and the port hole through which we look is narrowed with the best of us when we compare the known to the unknown. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870

...there is no darkness but ignorance...
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, c.1599  [IV, 2, Feste]

Just as darkness is the absence of light, ignorance is the absence of knowledge, and should not be mistaken for a point of view. ~Robert Brault, 2017,

So Nature, Wit, and Sense must blasted fall,
Whilst blooming Ignorance prevails o'er all.
~James Miller (1706–1744), Harlequin-Horace: Or, The Art of Modern Poetry, 1731

Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to buy an encyclopaedia on the installment plan. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

A little learning is dangerous, but downright ignorance is even more disastrous. ~The Galveston Daily News, 1894

It is only the ignorant who despise education. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

We're never so stupid as when we're trying to prove somebody else stupid. ~The Conners, "When Sisters Collide and the Return of the Grifters," 2024, written by Cory Caplan  [S6, E5, Darlene]

Only ignorance is afraid to ask questions. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

It is hard to respond to ignorance, since it rarely has any questions. ~Robert Brault,

Whenever people attack not the idea — but its source — you know they've hit the brick wall of their intellectual limitations. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,
      [Dr. Dreimer's poetic version:
      "Ad hominem attacks
      Betray an absence of facts."

What misery comes from the womb of Ignorance! Disordered imaginations, the changing and inclement skies of superstition, entail distress and wretchedness upon human nature. ~Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910), The Fountain, 1870

The older we grow the greater becomes our wonder at how much ignorance one can contain without bursting one's clothes. ~Mark Twain

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance, hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization. By its servility it is the prey of tyranny, and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is the Bible Worth Reading and Other Essays, 1911

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. ~P. J. O'Rourke, Give War a Chance, 1992

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)

Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects. ~Will Rogers

Innocence and ignorance are sisters. ~Proverb

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, ©Thomas Paine McLaughlin

That life is most pleasant which is passed in ignorance. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

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

Oh, my dear sir... Bless your heart and hide, you are ignorant of the very A B C of meanness! ignorant as the unborn babe! ignorant as unborn twins. You don't know anything about it! It is pitiable to see you, sir... making such an enormous pow-wow here about a subject concerning which your ignorance is perfectly ghastly! ~Mark Twain

Whatever tends to prolong the existence of ignorance or to prevent the recognition of knowledge is dangerous to the well-being of the human race. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is the Bible Worth Reading and Other Essays, 1911

What are men the readiest to dub stupid? The cleverness which they cannot understand. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

[A] man who scarcely ever allows a thought to work his brain, has no right to stand up with an air of importance and authority and try to strangle my little work. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870

Life teaches us that we are never happy except at the price of some ignorance. ~Anatole France, translated by A. W. Evans

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

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ~Isaac Asimov, in Newsweek, 1980

Knowledge leads us progressively to the summits of immensity — to the mounts of truth; ignorance leads into the vales of superstition — into the deepest pandemonium of doubt and gloom! ~Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910), The Present Age and Inner Life, 1853

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people? ~Author unknown

If ignorance were bliss the world would be a fool's paradise. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. ~Bertrand Russell

If there is one tree that man needs to eat of, it is the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and if any knowledge will keep him alive and make him happy and perfect, it is just this knowledge which God forbid him to acquire. We are dying to-day from ignorance, not from knowledge... ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is the Bible Worth Reading and Other Essays, 1911

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

You can't talk sense to people who oppose it on principle. ~Robert Brault,

All morons hate it when you call them a moron. ~J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951

...the most violent element in society is ignorance... ~Emma Goldman, Anarchism: What It Really Stands For ⁂ ⁂, 1911

But don't you know, there are some things that can beat smartness and foresight? Awkwardness and stupidity can. The best swordsman in the world doesn't need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn't do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn't prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do: and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot. Well, how could I, with all my gifts, make any valuable preparation against a near-sighted, cross-eyed, pudding-headed clown who would aim himself at the wrong tree and hit the right one? ~Mark Twain

Dopeler effect:  the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. ~Greg Oetjen, The Washington Post word contest, 1998

Light travels faster than sound.  That's why most people seem bright until you hear them speak.  ~Author unknown

God save me from him who studies but one book. ~Italian proverb

We live in an age when ignorance is presented as a point of view, an alternative school of thought. We must not fall for that charade. Ignorance is a blindness, an absence of knowledge, just as darkness is the absence of light, not an alternative form of illumination. ~Robert Brault,

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. ~Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)

Every time you think we’ve touched bottom in the abyss of human stupidity, another deep crevasse seems – as if by magic — to appear. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart? ~Author unknown

Home      About      Contact      Terms      Privacy
Last saved 2024 May 12 Sun 19:09 CDT