The Ignorance Of Wisdom – Quote Collection

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.”
~ Samuel Butler

“Ignorance is strength.”
~ George Orwell

“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.”
~ Alfred North Whitehead

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”
~ Plato

“It is better to confess ignorance than provide it.”
~ Homer Hickam

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.”
~ John Tillotson

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
~ James A. Baldwin

“True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.”
~ Akhenaten

“Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.”
~ Hugo De Groot

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.”
~ Jeremy Taylor

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”
~ Mark Twain

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“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.”
~ Maya Angelou

“It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin

“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”
~ Plato

“Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.”
~ Publilius Syrus

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.”
~ Saadi

“It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.”
~ Saint Jerome

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
~ Socrates

“Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.”
~ Sophocles

“You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”
~ Will Rogers

“Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.”
~ William Blake

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”
~ William G. McAdoo

Blind Oceanographer Sets Sail With Downloaded Books

(NewsUSA) – Once or twice a year, oceanographer Amy Bower of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution puts on her sea legs and leads a research expedition to track ocean currents around the globe. In addition to a glittering array of highly technical moors, buoys, sensors, trackers and the like, Bower packs a digital audio player filled with books downloaded from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Library of Congress.

“When I go on my research cruises, I’ll take five to ten books and magazines,” says Bower, who lost her sight in 1993 because of macular degeneration. Even if she is in water too deep to anchor or nowhere near a harbor, her books are always within reach.

NLS provides audio and braille books and magazines free of charge to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad who are blind, have low vision, or cannot hold a book because of a physical disability. NLS also loans the portable playback equipment needed to read its audiobooks.

Bower prefers to download books through the NLS online service, but eligible readers can also receive books through the mail on digital cartridges or in braille.

The NLS collection includes fiction by popular contemporary authors, such as Clive Cussler, Patricia Cornwell and Toni Morrison, and timeless favorites such as Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain and James Joyce. It also has thousands of nonfiction titles on a variety of subjects — science, foreign policy, biographies and much more. Two of Bower’s favorite writers are well-represented in the collection: novelist, essayist and poet Barbara Kingsolver (“The Poisonwood Bible”) and historian and novelist Wallace Stegner (“Angle of Repose”).

NLS audiobooks are professionally narrated, and that’s one thing Bower appreciates about the service. “Real voices add drama and depth to the story, like theater,” she says.

If Bower isn’t poring over data or spending time with her family, she’s probably inspiring visually impaired students with her passion and fervor. But anyone can tell she relishes being at sea. Compared to her Cape Cod home, where her husband and 10-year-old daughter occasionally leave things on the floor that Bower can’t see, “Sometimes it’s actually safer on ship!” she says with a laugh.

To learn more about how the NLS program can help you, a loved one, or a friend, go online to or call 1-888-NLS-READ.