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"To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads."
Charles Caleb Colton
"The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance."
"The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance."
"Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant."
"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion."
"To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?"
Logan Pearsall Smith
"Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change."
"A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age."
Henry David Thoreau
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."