125 Willful Ignorance Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of willful ignorance quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about signs of ignorance.

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Top 10 Willful Ignorance Quotes (BEST)

  1. Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. — Mark Twain
  2. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. — Soren Kierkegaard
  3. If I remained silent and you remained silent, then who will teach the ignorant? — Ibn Taymiyyah
  4. When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing. — Ali ibn Abi Talib
  5. Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. — William Arthur Ward
  6. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. — James Madison
  7. Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War... — Louis Pasteur
  8. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. — Thomas Jefferson
  9. Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. — W. Clement Stone
  10. If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass. — John Perry Barlow

Short Willful Ignorance Quotes

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  • The unbeaten brat will remain unlearned. — R.K. Narayan
  • The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato
  • The only competition you will ever face is with your own ignorance. — Bob Proctor
  • Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress. — Nikola Tesla
  • Show me a manager who ignores the power of praise, and I will show you a lousy manager. — Michael Abrashoff
  • Parental Discretion is advised, but will be completely f*n, ignored — Triple H
  • Fear requires belief that you will be harmed, and it is easily manipulated by rhetoric. — Martha C. Nussbaum
  • You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. — Confucius
  • If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it. — Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Those who pretend to know what they don't, will be thought ignorant of even what they know. — Thiruvalluvar

Willful Ignorance Image Quotes

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Willful ignorance quote by Louis Pasteur

Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War... — Louis Pasteur

Willful ignorance quote Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.

What Is Willful Ignorance Quotes

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I desire not to desire, for my will is without value, since I am ignorant in any case. Therefore choose Thou for me what thou knowest to be best and do not put my perdition in what my autonomy and free choice prefer. — Bayazid Bastami

I desire not to desire, for my will is without value, since I am ignorant in any case. Therefore choose Thou for me what thou knowest to be best and do not put my perdition in what my autonomy and free choice prefer. — Bayazid AlBistami

Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Willful ignorance quote Be willing to walk alone. Many who started with you won't finish with you.
Be willing to walk alone. Many who started with you won't finish with you.

Any scientist who tells you they know that GMOs are safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long-term effect will be. — David Suzuki

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored -- the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. — Austin Kleon

Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. — Marcus Aurelius

Willful ignorance quote You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one
You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one waiting for you.

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor. — Henry Rollins

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one ever was truly harmed. Harmed is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance. — Marcus Aurelius

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance — Thomas Jefferson

You can bet the rent money that whatever politicians do will end up harming consumers. ... Economic ignorance is to politicians what idle hands are to the devil. Both provide the workshop for the creation of evil. — Walter E. Williams

Signs Of Ignorance Quotes

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Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. — Dalai Lama

A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury. — Alexander von Humboldt

Willful ignorance quote If you're not willing to do the work, don't complain about the result.
If you're not willing to do the work, don't complain about the result.

Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character. — James Bridie

Every man should study conciseness in speaking; it is a sign of ignorance not to know that long speeches, though they may please the speaker, are the torture of the hearer. — Owen Feltham

It has been, after all, 11 years, more than a decade now, of defiance of U.N. resolutions by Saddam Hussein. Every obligation that he signed onto after the Gulf War, so that he would not be a threat to peace and security, he has ignored and flaunted. — Condoleezza Rice

Willful ignorance quote Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.

Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America. — Tim Wise

In a World where people are surrounded by darkness, ignorance and fear, it is a sign of hope to be celebrating Islam's message of peace and light, and the last great Messenger, born and chosen to deliver them to all mankind. — Cat Stevens

Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite. — Jean Vanier

An eagerness and zeal for dispute on every subject, and with every one, shows great self-sufficiency, that never-failing sign of great self-ignorance. — William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

Political Ignorance Quotes

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Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. — Jonathan Gruber

It is unthinkable that a national government which represents women should ignore the issue of the right of all women to political freedom. — Lucy Burns

Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country. — David Ben-Gurion

Willful ignorance quote If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.
If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.

I do not want to see the Republican party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny-fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear. — Margaret Chase Smith

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance. — Murray Rothbard

As we go from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to Mitt Romney, I now understand why the Republicans don't believe in evolution. — Andy Borowitz

Willful ignorance quote Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.
Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-and possibly teh bogey man. — Pat Paulsen

School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards – wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity – come from ignoring others and improving ourselves. — Naval Ravikant

Social media is natural to me, and it's a very immediate way of saying something. It's the way politics are done these days. In modern politics, you can't ignore that even if you wanted to. I can't imagine doing politics without it. — Nicola Sturgeon

Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong is also very effective in making his point. — Mark Twain

Blissful Ignorance Quotes

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

Either grant me the bliss of the ignorant or give me the strength to bear the knowledge. — Elif Safak

You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy. — Joan Baez

Willful ignorance quote Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscienti
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Be ever questioning. Ignorance is not bliss. It is oblivion. You don't go to heaven if you die dumb. Become better informed. Lean from others' mistakes. You could not live long enough to make them all yourself. — Hyman Rickover

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. And ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance. — Jim Rohn

Ignorance is bliss. — English Proverbs

Willful ignorance quote The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. — Donald James

Ignorance is bliss. I wish I still had some. — Adam Pascal

All anybody needs to know about prizes is that Mozart never won one. — Henry Mitchell

I think more people would be alive today if there were a death penalty. — Nancy Reagan

Too Much Ignorance Quotes

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You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things. — Walt Whitman

Women have suffered too much from the Conspiracy of Silence to allow that conspiracy to last one minute longer. It has been an established and admitted rule in the medical profession to keep a wife in ignorance of the fact that she has become the victim of venereal disease. — Christabel Pankhurst

Without knowledge there can be no sure progress. Vice and barbarism are the inseparable companions of ignorance. Nor is it too much to say that, except in rare instances, the highest virtue is attained only through intelligence. — Charles Sumner

Willful ignorance quote The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is impossible to treat a child too well. Children are spoiled by being ignored too much or by harshness, not by kindness. — Sloan Wilson

I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend. — Helen Reddy

The prophet who misses it occasionally in his prophecies may be ignorant, immature, or presumptuous, or he may be ministering with too much zeal and too little wisdom and anointing. But this does not prove him a false prophet. It is certainly possible for a true prophet to be inaccurate. — Bill Hamon

Willful ignorance quote Family is not about blood. It's about who is willing to hold your hand when you
Family is not about blood. It's about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most.

I remember telling a neurosurgeon, "Don't give me too much information, because at the moment my ignorance is my best asset." — Christopher Reeve

Laugh not too much; the witty man laughs least: For wit is news only to ignorance. Lesse at thine own things laugh; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the conceit advance. — George Herbert

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant — Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who know nothing about advertising, nothing about pharmaceuticals, and nothing about economics have been loudly proclaiming that the drug companies spend too much on advertising - and demanding that the government pass laws based on their ignorance. — Thomas Sowell

Ignorance Is Not Bliss Quotes

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If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy? — Thomas Jefferson

Being #‎ IGNORANT is not so much a SHAME, as being UNWILLING to LEARN to do things THE #‎ RIGHT WAY. — Shiv Khera

Ignorance is not bliss -- ignorance is ignorance. — Unknown

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world? — Stephen Fry

My whole career can be summed up with 'Ignorance is bliss.' When you do not know better, you do not really worry about failing. — Jeff Foxworthy

Ignorance may be bliss, but it certainly is not freedom, except in the minds of those who prefer darkness to light and chains to liberty. The more true information we can acquire, the better for our enfranchisement. — Robert Hugh Benson

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is brutal. The brutality of ignorance is such that it will make you dead while alive. — Jaggi Vasudev

Ignorance is not bliss — it is oblivion. Determined ignorance is the hastiest kind of oblivion. — Philip Wylie

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them. — Anna Quindlen

Where ignorance is not bliss, get wise! — George Ade

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More Willful Ignorance Quotes

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The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. — Frederick Douglass

God's Word never fails. He will always heal you if you dare to believe Him. Men are searching everywhere today for things with which they can heal themselves, and they ignore the fact that the Balm of Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22) is within easy reach. — Smith Wigglesworth

The complete emancipation of women from the ties which held them back in the past, during the ages of despotism and ignorance, is a basic aim of the Party and the Revolution. Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated. — Saddam Hussein

Today I see more clearly than yesterday that the back of the problem of race and color lies a greater problem which both obscures and implements it: and that is the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance, and disease of the majority of their fellow men. — W. E. B. Du Bois

For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they easily be subdued, where Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue preservd . On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight, without the Aid of foreign Invaders. — Samuel Adams

In our universe there is God and there are people and things. We were made so that we should worship God, love people and use things. However if we worship ourselves, we will ignore God, start loving things and begin to use people. — Warren W. Wiersbe

Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole. — Ernest Holmes

If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other. — Ulysses S. Grant

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated. — Kofi Annan

Obsessive use of meditative disciplines or perennial study of scripture and philosophy will never bring forth this wonderful realization, this truth which is natural to awareness, because the mind that desperately desires to reach another realm or level of experience inadvertently ignores the basic light that constitutes all experience. — Tilopa

We will become a global advocate for rainforest preservation and marine restoration. We will rethink development policies that promised economic growth while ignoring ecological sustainability, and ended up delivering neither. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. — Blaise Pascal

Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or hard-done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane. — Eckhart Tolle

It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made. — Masaaki Imai

Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness. — Victor Hugo

There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it. — Judith McNaught

God maintains a delicate balance between keeping his existence sufficiently evident so people will know he's there and yet hiding his presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free. — J.P. Moreland

Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you're focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don't have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited. My way was to work, make my short... make my documentary... make my small films... use my own money... raise money myself... and stay shooting and focused on each project. — Ava DuVernay

You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant. — Booker T. Washington

If you're someone in the business of verifying transactions on a proprietary network, the invention of Bitcoin cannot be safely ignored. It will change or disrupt the providers of most proprietary payment networks in the coming years. — Brian Armstrong

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.... The subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations, not only in the same proportion as their equality, but in the same proportion as their ignorance. — Alexis de Tocqueville

God loves you simply because He has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don't feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you always. No matter what! — Max Lucado

There is a deep human need for beauty and if you ignore that need in architecture your buildings will not last — Roger Scruton

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. — Sa'di

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. — Saadi Shirazi

The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen. — Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you — Orson Scott Card

If you do not know where your competitor is, or overconfident and snobbish about your competitor, or are unable to comprehend how yourcompetitor became a real threat, you will surely fall behind him. Don't be the "they" in this idiom: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. — Jack Ma

The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization. — John G. Kemeny

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