| Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe.|
BeattieThe Minstrel. Bk. II. St. 30.
| For ignorance is the mother of devotion, as all the world knows.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sec. IV. Memb. 1. Subsect. 2. Phrase used by Dr. ColeDisputation with the Papists at Westminster, March 31, 1559. Quoted from Cole by Bishop JewelWorks. Vol. III. Pt. II. P. 1202. Quoted as a Popish maxim by Thos. VincentExplicatory Catechism. Epistle to the Reader. about 1622. Said by Jeremy TaylorTo a person newly converted to the Church of England. (1657). Same found in New Custome. I. I. A Morality printed 1573. (True devotion.)
|The truest characters of ignorance|
Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.
|Causarum ignoratio in re nova mirationem facit.|
In extraordinary events ignorance of their causes produces astonishment.
CiceroDe Divinatione. II. 22.
| Ignoratione rerum bonarum et malarum maxime hominum vita vexatur.|
Through ignorance of what is good and what is bad, the life of men is greatly perplexed.
CiceroDe Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. I. 13.
|Non me pudet fateri nescire quod nesciam.|
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
CiceroTusc. Quæst. I. 25. 60.
| Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight.|
|Ignorance never settles a question.|
Benj. DisraeliSpeech in House of Commons, May 14, 1866.
| Mr. Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.|
Benj. DisraeliSybil. Bk. IV. Ch. V.
| For your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me.|
DrydenThe Maiden Queen. Act I. Sc. 2.
|Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.|
George EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. II. Ch. XIII.
|Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Party Politics.
| Often the cock-loft is empty, in those whom nature hath built many stories high.|
FullerAndronicus. Sec. VI. Par. 18. 1.
| Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine thätige Unwissenheit.|
There is nothing more frightful than an active ignorance.
GoetheSprüche in Prosa. III.
|And his best riches, ignorance of wealth.|
GoldsmithDeserted Village. L. 61.
|Where ignorance is bliss,|
Tis folly to be wise.
GrayOn a Distant Prospect of Eton College. St. 10. Same idea in EuripidesFragment. Antip. XIII.
|Who neer knew salt, or heard the billows roar.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XI. L. 153. Popes trans.
|It was a childish ignorance,|
But now tis little joy
To know Im further off from heaven
Than when I was a boy.
HoodI Remember, I Remember.
|Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.|
Samuel Johnson, in reply to the lady who asked why pastern was defined in the dictionary as the knee of the horse. BoswellsLife. (1755).
|Rien nest si dangereux quun ignorant ami:|
Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more.
La FontaineFables. VIII. 10.
| A man may live long, and die at last in ignorance of many truths, which his mind was capable of knowing, and that with certainty.|
LockeHuman Understanding. Bk. I. Ch. II.
| But let a man know that there are things to be known, of which he is ignorant, and it is so much carved out of his domain of universal knowledge.|
Horace MannLectures on Education. Lecture VI.
|Not to know me argues yourselves unknown,|
The lowest of your throng.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 830.
| The living man who does not learn, is dark, dark, like one walking in the night.|
Ming Lum Paou Keën. Trans. for Chinese Repository by Dr. Wm. Milne.
|Quod latet ignotum est; ignoti nulla cupido.|
What is hid is unknown: for what is unknown there is no desire.
OvidArs Amatoria. III. 397.
| It is better to be unborn than untaught: for ignorance is the root of misfortune.|
| Etiam illud quod scies nesciveris;|
Ne videris quod videris.
Know not what you know, and see not what you see.
PlautusMiles Gloriosus. II. 6. 89.
|From ignorance our comfort flows,|
The only wretched are the wise.
PriorTo the Hon. Chas. Montague. (1692).
| Illi mors gravis incubat qui notus nimis omnibus ignotus moritur sibi.|
Death presses heavily on that man, who, being but too well known to others, dies in ignorance of himself.
| O thou monster, Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!|
Loves Labours Lost. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 21.
| Madam, thou errest: I say, there is no darkness, but ignorance; in which thou art more puzzled, than the Egyptians in their fog.|
Twelfth Night. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 44.
| The more we study, we the more discover our ignorance.|
ShelleyScenes from the Magico Prodigioso of Calderon. Sc. 1.
|Omne ignotum pro magnifico est.|
Everything unknown is magnified.
TacitusAgricola. XXX. Quoting Galgacus, the British leader, to his subjects before the battle of the Grampian Hills. Ritter says the sentence may be a marginal gloss and brackets it. Anticipated by ThucydidesSpeech of Nicias. VI. 11. 4.
|* * * Where blind and naked Ignorance|
Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed,
On all things all day long.
TennysonIdylls of the King. Vivien. L. 515.
|Homine imperito nunquam quidquid injustius,|
Qui nisi quod ipse facit nihil rectum putat.
Nothing can be more unjust than the ignorant man, who thinks that nothing is well done by himself.
TerenceAdelphi. I. 2. 18.
|Ita me dii ament, ast ubi sim nescio.|
As God loves me, I know not where I am.
TerenceHeauton timoroumenos. II. 3. 67.
| Namque inscitia est,|
Adversum stimulum calces.
It is consummate ignorance to kick against the pricks.
TerencePhormio. I. 2. 27.