Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

50 Wise & Profound Quotes on Ignorance and Stupidity

Ignorance means lacking knowledge; yet, possessing information alone does not mean having knowledge

People may be aware of a multitude of facts and there may be vast amounts of information available but, if the matter is not properly understood, no knowledge will accrue, and ignorance will remain.

We have collected together 50 of the finest and brightest quotes and sayings on the subject of ignorance and stupidity.

Good luck on your journey through our collection!

Better be
ignorant of a matter
than half know it.

Publilius Syrus

(1st century BC, Latin writer of maxims)

Ignorance Quote: One should commit no stupidity twice - the variety of choice is, in the end, large enough - Jean-Paul Sartre

Real knowledge
is to know
the extent
of one’s ignorance.


(551 – 479 BC, Chinese teacher and philosopher)

Talk sense to a fool
and he calls you foolish.


(c. 480 – 406 BC, tragedian of classical Athens)

I am not ashamed
to confess
I am ignorant
of what I do not know.


(106 – 43 BC, Roman philosopher and statesman)

Not engaging in ignorance
is wisdom.


(c. 5th/6th century, Buddhist monk)

Where ignorance
is our master,
there is no possibility
of real peace.

Dalai Lama

(1357 – 1419, high lama of Tibetan Buddhism)

Ignorance is
the curse of God;
knowledge is the wing
wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare

(1564 – 1616, English poet and playwright)

Acquaint yourself
with your own ignorance.

Isaac Watts

(1674 – 1748, English theologian and logician)

The more often
a stupidity is repeated,
the more it gets
the appearance of wisdom.

François-Marie Arouet

(1694 – 1778, known by his nom de plume Voltaire,
French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher)

The doorstep
to the temple of wisdom
is knowledge
of our own ignorance.

Benjamin Franklin

(1706 – 1790, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States)

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