— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
„The most ignorant are the most conceited.“
Lectures on Education (1855)
Contesto: The most ignorant are the most conceited. Unless a man knows that there is something more to be known, his inference is, of course, that he knows every thing. Such a man always usurps the throne of universal knowledge, and assumes the right of deciding all possible questions. We all know that a conceited dunce will decide questions extemporaneous which would puzzle a college of philosophers, or a bench of judges. Ignorant and shallow-minded men do not see far enough to see the difficulty. 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. And for all purposes of individual character, as well as of social usefulness, it is quite as important for a man to know the extent of his own ignorance as it is to know any thing else. To know how much there is that we do not know, is one of the most valuable parts of our attainments; for such knowledge becomes both a lesson of humility and a stimulus to exertion.
— Adrian Mitchell British writer 1932 - 2008
Poems (1964), Preface.
— John Locke English philosopher and physician 1632 - 1704
— Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1868 - 1940
Variante: The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
— Fernando Pessoa, libro Libro dell'inquietudine
A literatura é a maneira mais agradável de ignorar a vida.
Variante: To write is to forget. Literature is the pleasantest way of ignoring life.
Origine: The Book of Disquietude, trans. Richard Zenith, text 116
„Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance.“
— Hendrik Willem van Loon Dutch-American historian, journalist and author 1882 - 1944
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
— Dean Koontz, libro Odd Hours
Origine: Odd Hours
„By realizing that we are ignorant of the most important things, we realize at the same time that the most important thing for us, or the one thing needful, is quest for knowledge of the most important things or quest for wisdom.“
— Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973
Origine: Natural Right and History (1953), p. 36
„Anyone must be mainly ignorant or thoughtless, who is surprised at everything he sees; or wonderfully conceited who expects everything to conform to his standard of propriety.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"On Wit and Humour"
Lectures on the English Comic Writers (1819)
— David Lee Roth Rock vocalist; lead singer with Van Halen 1954
Susie Shellenberger (2005) The One Year Devos for Teens 2, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., ISBN 1414301812, p. 357.
„They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise.
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise.
They've been wasting most their time
Glorifying days long gone behind,
They've been wasting most their days
In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise.“
— Stevie Wonder American musician 1950
Song lyrics, Songs In The Key of Life (1976)
„Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant.“
— John Muir, libro Travels in Alaska
Origine: Travels in Alaska
„A constellation of the most pedantic, obstinate ignorance and presumption, mixed with a kind of rustic incivility, which would try the patience of Job.“
— Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
Declaration about the scholars of England, particularly those of Oxford
The Ash Wednesday Supper (1584)
— Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of the Night
Origine: Born of the Night
„School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers.“
— H.L. Mencken, libro The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1908), pg. 217
— Douglas Coupland, libro Shampoo Planet
Shampoo Planet (1992)
„What happens when bosses ignore memos from subordinates? The country is now learning the answer to that question in a most painful way.“
— Richard Behar American journalist
On July 10, 2001, an FBI agent in Phoenix [Arizona] wrote a memo raising serious concerns about Middle Eastern men attending U. S. flight schools. The memo never made its way up the chain of command, and no action was taken. ––Richard Behar, introd. to "FBI's 'Phoenix' memo Unmasked", Fortune [date? ], [date accessed? ]. (See (incomplete) list of Behar's Fortune articles in his section of his Publications http://www.richardbehar.com/articles/fortune/fortune_all.html [some defunct links].)
„It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.“
— James Baldwin, libro No Name in the Street
No Name in the Street (1972)
Contesto: Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected — those, precisely, who need the law's protection most! — and listens to their testimony. Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any black man, any poor person — ask the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice, and then you will know, not whether or not the country is just, but whether or not it has any love for justice, or any concept of it. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.