quotes tagged with 'ignorance'
Author: Truman Capote, Source: In Cold Blood
...she had not been spoiled but spared, led to suppose that life was a sequence of agreeable events...
Author: Puritan Cotton Mather, Source: Unknown
Ignorance is the Mother not of Devotion but of HERESY.
Author: Kedar Joshi, Source: http://works.bepress.com/kedar_joshi/17/
I am philosophical Christ; crucified on the cross of ignorance for the sake of divine vanity.
Author: Jagad Guru, Source: http://www.jagadgurusiddhaswarupananda.org/2007_04_01_archive....
The negative social results of a society populated primarily by hedonistic people should be obvious to anyone. A society of self-centered, animalistic people who have no other interest than their own sense enjoyment cannot be at all peaceful or progressive - either materially or spiritually.
A treatise has without doubt an incontestable superiority. But it requires to be read, meditated, and understood. It addresses itself to the select few. Its mission is first to fix attention, and then to enlarge the circle of acquired knowledge.Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: Economic Sophisms, Conclusion, p. 300
A work that undertakes the refutation of vulgar prejudices cannot have so high an aim. It aspires only to clear the way for the steps of Truth; to prepare the minds of men to receive her; to rectify public opinion, and to snatch from unworthy hands dangerous weapons they misuse.
It is above all in social economy that this hand-to-hand struggle, this ever-reviving combat with popular errors, has as true practical utility.
How oft the ignorance of men causes them to spend themselves in sulking instead of seeking.Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: unknown
What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence — moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how ‘democracy’ (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic.’ Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval’s [of the same age] attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when ‘I’m as good as you’ has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers — or should I say nurses? — will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.Author: C. S. Lewis, Source: Screwtape Letters
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. Author: Maya Angelou, Source: unknown
One who knows not what his rights are can never know when they are taken and is unable to defend them. He is like a man who believes he owns a piece of ground which his neighbor also claims, but he doesn’t know its boundaries. The neighbor continues to encroach further and further onto land he suspects is his, but since he is never certain where the boundary is, he cannot check the advance. Until he takes a firm position and says: "this far and no further," there is no line.Author: H. Verlan Andersen, Source: http://inspiredconstitution.org/mbfs/chapter_6.html
...we must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: "Divine Constitution", Generaly Conference, October 1987
Have we read the Federalist papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? Do we know what the prophets have said about the Constitution and the threats to it?
As Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be".
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