Any Comments about Ignorance?

On another website, Richard E. Jackson posted a link about the “fabrication” of the story of Jesus Christ. The subsequent discussion prompted me to collect a few pertinent quotes, which I thought you might like to discuss.

Just one reminder: please keep the tone as civil as possible.

  • “A man is responsible for his ignorance.” ― Milan Kundera,
  • “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” — Proverbs
  • “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  • “How long will you fools hate knowledge?” — Proverbs
  • “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always 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
  • “God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone! He is mighty in both power and understanding.” — Job
  • “One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.” ― Richard Dawkins
  • “It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.” ― Stephen Chbosky
  • “To get wisdom is to love oneself; to keep understanding is to prosper.” Proverbs
  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  • “You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore you will not let them triumph.” — Job
  • “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice” — Donny Miller
  • “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” ― Ayn Rand
  • “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” ― Atwood H. Townsend
  • “There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.” — Proverbs
  • “‘The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. —Stephen W. Hawking
  • “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” — George Carlin

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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4 Responses to Any Comments about Ignorance?

  1. noelgoetz says:

    Wisdom builds up. Knowledge puffs up. Love conquers all.


  2. thayes9217 says:

    Ron, one of my favorite quotes is attributed to Louisa May Alcott’s father, Amos B.: “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.”


  3. thayes9217 says:

    Ron, one of my favorites on the subject is attributed to Louisa May Alcott’s father, Amos B.: “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.”


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