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1. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

Tags : Darkness Dishonesty Fear Light Willful Ignorance
Author : Plato

2. “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”

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Source : East of Eden

3. “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.”

Tags : Anti Intellectualism Cult Culture Democracy Ignorance Intellectual Political Politics United States Willful Ignorance
Author : Isaac Asimov

4. “Humans see what they want to see.”

Tags : Humanity Humans Mankind Perception Self Delusion Willful Ignorance
Author : Rick Riordan
Source : The Lightning Thief

5. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

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6. “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.”

Tags : Blindness Fools Self Deception Truth Willful Blindness Willful Ignorance

7. “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”

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8. “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

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9. “People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”

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Source : Wizard's First Rule

10. “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”

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Author : Ayn Rand
Source : The Fountainhead

11. “It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”

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Source : The Perks of Being a Wallflower

12. “But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”

Tags : Lies Lying Truth Willful Ignorance
Author : Ray Bradbury
Source : Fahrenheit 451

13. “Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.”

Tags : Aliteracy Bibliophiles Book Lovers Willful Ignorance Zealotry
Author : Anne Rice
Source : The Witching Hour

14. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

Tags : Close Mindedness Ignorance Willful Ignorance

15. “More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.”

Tags : Ignorance Satisfaction Understanding Willful Ignorance
Source : The God Delusion

16. “I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and—if you’re not careful—those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.”

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17. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

Tags : Certainty Ignorance Knowledge Open Mindedness Science Willful Ignorance
Source : The Descent of Man

18. “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”

Tags : Stubbornness Willful Ignorance

19. “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

Tags : Religion Willful Ignorance

20. “A man is responsible for his ignorance.”

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Author : Milan Kundera
Source : Laughable Loves

21. “To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

22. “Because I do not wish to know,” he says. “I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”

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Source : The Night Circus

23. “The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”

Tags : Liber Librae Thelema Willful Ignorance
Source : Magick: Liber ABA: Book 4

24. “There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”

Tags : Curiosity Willful Ignorance
Author : Stephen Fry
Source : The Fry Chronicles

25. “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.”

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Author : P.J. O'Rourke

26. “Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we're the ones who securely tied the knot.”

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Author : Jodi Picoult
Source : Vanishing Acts

27. “The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”

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Author : Aldous Huxley

28. “An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.”

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29. “[T]he scripture worshippers put the writings ahead of God. Instead of interpreting God's actions in nature, for example, they interpret nature in the light of the Scripture. Nature says the rock is billions of years old, but the book says different, so even though men wrote the book, and God made the rock and God gave us minds that have found ways to tell how old it is, we still choose to believe the Scripture.”

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Source : The Fresco

30. “Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words?”

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31. “A very, in a sense, terrifying aspect of our society, and other societies, is the equanimity and the detachment with which sane, reasonable, sensible people can observe [war]. I think that's more terrifying than the occasional Hitler or LeMay or other that crops up. These people would not be able to operate were it not for this apathy and equanimity...and therefore I think that it's, in some sense, the sane and reasonable and tolerant people who share a very serious burden of guilt that they very easily throw on the shoulders of others who seem more extreme and violent.”

Tags : Ignorance Noam Chomsky Political Commentary War Willful Ignorance
Author : Noam Chomsky

32. “(both circumvented the handicap of deafness by answering only those questions they believed had been asked & accepting only those answers they believed had been uttered - a stratagem embraced by many an American advocate)”

Tags : Rewriting History Selective Hearing Willful Ignorance
Source : Cloud Atlas

33. “Willfully polluting the ground with AC electricity is just another aspect of how the electrical utility companies will be remembered by the next generation.”

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Author : Steven Magee
Source : Electrical Forensics

34. “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance.”

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35. “Don't tell me what I'm doing; I don't want to know.”

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36. “The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. 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.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Isms Privilege Race Relations Racism The Oj Simpson Trial Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

37. “When all this is over, people will try to blame the Germans alone, and the Germans will try to blame the Nazis alone, and the Nazis will try to blame Hitler alone. They will make him bear the sins of the world. But it's not true. You suspected what was happening, and so did I. It was already too late over a year ago. I caused a reporter to lose his job because you told me to. He was deported. The day I did that I made my little contribution to civilization, the only one that matters.”

Tags : Blame Civilization Cowardice Denunciation Deportation Evil Genocide Guilt Hitler Knowledge Nazis Personal Responsibility Responsibility Willful Ignorance
Author : Iain Pears
Source : The Dream of Scipio

38. “...After all, acknowledging unfairness then calls decent people forth to correct those injustices. And since most persons are at their core, decent folks, the need to ignore evidence of injustice is powerful: To do otherwise would force whites to either push for change (which they would perceive as against their interests) or live consciously as hypocrites who speak of freedom and opportunity but perpetuate a system of inequality.The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. 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.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Privilege Race Relations Racism Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

39. “The more you can escape from how horrible things really are, the less it's going to bother you...and then, the worse things get.”

Tags : Government Corruption Ignorance Politics Willful Ignorance
Author : Frank Zappa

40. “. . . there is a wish in the heart of mankind to be distracted and confused. Truth is but one attraction, and not always the most powerful.”

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41. “It't hard to be wrongfully accused, but it's worse when the people looking down on you are clods who have never read a book or traveled more than twenty miles from the place they were born.”

Tags : Bigotry Elitism Small Mindedness Willful Ignorance
Source : The Name of the Wind

42. “If it's a choice between a difficult truth and a simple lie, people will take the lie every time. Even if it kills them.”

Tags : Cynicism Willful Ignorance
Author : Paul Murray

43. “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.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Privilege Race Relations Racism The Oj Simpson Trial Verdict Trayvon Martin White People White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

44. “This is why she hates Alabaster: not because he is more powerful, not even because he is crazy, but because he refuses to allow her any of the polite fictions and unspoken truths that have kept her comfortable, and safe, for years.”

Tags : Comfort Lies Defensiveness Ignorance Is Bliss Willful Ignorance
Author : N.K. Jemisin
Source : The Fifth Season

45. “A poet is a musician that can't sing. Words have to find a man's mind before they can touch his heart, and some men's minds are woeful small targets. Music touches their hearts directly no matter how small or stubborn the mind of the man who listens.”

Tags : Music Poets Small Mindedness Willful Ignorance
Source : The Name of the Wind

46. “He didn’t believe that, surely.” “Of course not! But he had to pretend he did, as otherwise he would have had no choice but to be insulted. And since there would be nothing he could do about that, being insulted would only lead to humiliation. And since he didn’t want that, the simplest path to follow was to believe what I said.”

Tags : Getting Along With Others Willful Ignorance
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation's Edge

47. “Only a blind man could have lived through these last years without seeing what was bearing down upon us; so I made myself blind as I could manage. I wanted to believe the worst was behind me, and I found an easy way to make it so. I simply turned my back on what was coming.”

Tags : History Ignorance War Willful Ignorance
Author : John Wray

48. “I think that the root of Willful Ignorance, is Fear. We'll return to that in a minute. But the root of Fear, is Simple Ignorance, at least I think that our original Fear is rooted in simply not understanding the World around us: not knowing.”

Tags : Fear Ignorance Willful Ignorance
Author : Steve Bivans
Source : Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living

49. “The moral complexity of the situation had grown past his ability to process it, so he just relaxed in the warm glow of victory instead.”

Tags : Guilty Pleasure Willful Ignorance
Source : Leviathan Wakes