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  • Do not make the mistake of the ignorant who think that an individualist is a man who says: “I’ll do as I please at everybody else’s expense.” An individualist is a man who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man—his own and those of others.

    Respect   Mistake   Men  
    Ayn Rand (1988). “The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z”, p.231, Penguin
  • White people’s number one freedom, in the United States of America, is the freedom to be totally ignorant of those who are other than white. We don’t have to learn about those who are other than white. And our number two freedom is the freedom to deny that we’re ignorant.

  • I like to think I don't make music for ignorant people.

  • A learned person among ignorant people, is like a live person among the dead.

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

    FaceBook post by Andy Borowitz from Jul 06, 2012
  • "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before," Bokonon tells us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way."

    Fear   Hate   Hard Work  
    "Cat's Cradle". Book by Kurt Vonnegut (Chapter 124), 1963.
  • WHEN reading my present treatise, bear in mind that by "faith" we do not understand merely that which is uttered with the lips, but also that which is apprehended by the soul, the conviction that the object [of belief] is exactly as it is apprehended. If, as regards real or supposed truths, you content yourself with giving utterance to them in words, without apprehending them or believing in them, especially if you do not seek real truth, you have a very easy task as, in fact, you will find many ignorant people professing articles of faith without connecting any idea with them.

    Real   Reading   Believe  
    Moses Maimonides, Aeterna Press (1948). “The Guide for the Perplexed”, p.159, Aeterna Press
  • The exercise of magical power is the exercise of natural powers, but superior to the ordinary functions of Nature. A miracle is not a violation of the laws of Nature, except for ignorant people. Magic is but a science, a profound knowledge of the Occult forces in Nature, and of the laws governing the visible or the invisible world. Spiritualism in the hands of an adept becomes Magic, for he is learned in the art of blending together the laws of the Universe, without breaking any of them and thereby violating Nature.

    Art   Exercise   Hands  
  • When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

    Mark Twain (2012). “Mark Twain at Your Fingertips: A Book of Quotations”, p.121, Courier Corporation
  • I want everybody to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.

    Smart   People   Ignorant  
  • Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.

    Garfield, James A. (1882). “The works of James Abram Garfield. Volume 2”, p.486, Best Books on
  • Under the freest constitution ignorant people are still slaves.

  • History teaches us that whenever a weak and ignorant people possess a thing which a strong and enlightened people want, it must be yielded up peaceably.

    Strong   People   History  
    Mark Twain (1961). “Twain: Wit and Wisecracks”
  • Nobody wants to intervene in Russian affairs. Russia is a very large country, a very old country, a very disagreeable country inhabited by immense numbers of ignorant people largely possessed of lethal weapons and in a state of extreme disorder. Also Russia is a long way off.

  • It is ourselves alone that make our days lucky or unlucky. Away, then, with a vain prejudice, the invention of the priesthood, which has been transmitted by our ancestors to an ignorant people.

    People   Ignorant   Luck  
  • Thousands are the children of poor foreigners, who have permitted them to grow up without school, education, or religion. All the neglect and bad education and evil example of a poor class tend to form others, who, as they mature, swell the ranks of ruffians and criminals. So, at length, a great multitude of ignorant, untrained, passionate, irreligious boys and young men are formed, who become the "dangerous class" of our city.

    "The Dangerous Classes of New York and Twenty Years' Work Among Them".
  • What is true, just, and beautiful is not determined by popular vote. The masses everywhere are ignorant, short-sighted, motivated by envy, and easy to fool. Democratic politicians must appeal to these masses in order to be elected. Whoever is the best demagogue will win. Almost by necessity, then, democracy will lead to the perversion of truth, justice and beauty.

  • Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.

  • For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.

    Bible   Faith   Dream  
    God and the Astronomers ch. 9 (1978)
  • If I remained silent and you remained silent, then who will teach the ignorant?

  • An ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction.

    People   Ignorant   Blind  
    Simón Bolívar, Frederick H. Fornoff, David Bushnell (2003). “El Libertador: Writings of Simón Bolívar”, p.34, Oxford University Press, USA
  • Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.

    Funny   Cat   Fighting  
    Mark Twain (2015). “A Tramp Abroad: Mark Twain's Collections”, p.9, 谷月社
  • You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

  • The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    Emma Goldman (2015). “Anarchism and Other Essays”, p.33, Sheba Blake Publishing
  • 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 (2007). “Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer”, p.110, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.

  • There are ignorant priests and ignorant people, who are all too ready to cry sorcery if a woman is only a little wiser than they are!

  • Ignorant people always suppose that popular writers are wonderfully well-paid - and must be making rapid fortunes - because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags - at least in America.

    Eliza Leslie (1839). “Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book: A Guide and Manual for Ladies as Regards Their Conversation; Manners; Dress; with Full Instructions and Advice in Letter Writing [[]; Receiving Presents; Incorrect Words”, p.259
  • Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes.

    Oil   Clothes   America  
  • Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

    Charles Darwin (2015). “Delphi Complete Works of Charles Darwin (Illustrated)”, p.6343, Delphi Classics
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