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The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
Albert Camus - The Plague
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I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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Ignorance is the mother of all evils.”
François Rabelais
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The only way to avoid error is ignorance.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile, or On Education
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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
Mark Twain
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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”
Plato
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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”
Confucius
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Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.”
Karl Popper
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So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.”
Johannes Kepler
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This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.”
Baruch Spinoza
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Freedom begins where it ends ignorance.”
Victor Hugo
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Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.”
Henry David Thoreau
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True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.”
Henry David Thoreau
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Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.”
Bertrand Russell
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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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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.”
Gérard de Nerval
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Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.”
Jean de La Fontaine
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Beware of false knowledge it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
George Bernard Shaw
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Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
Benjamin Franklin
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Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.”
Gustave Flaubert
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