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Thursday, April 12, 2012

ig·no·rance (gnr-ns)
The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
ignorance [ˈɪgnərəns]
lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


1. The fault unknown is as a thought unacted —William Shakespeare
2. Ignorance is a form of incompetence —Natsume Söseki
3. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone —Oscar Wilde
4. Ignorance like a fire does burn —Bayard Taylor

Modernized from “Like a fire doth burn.”
5. Ignorant as dirt —Karl Shapiro
6. A man’s ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
7. A man with little learning is like the frog who thinks its puddle a great sea —Burmese proverb
8. There are a great multitude of individuals who are like blind mules, anxious enough to kick, but can’t tell where —Josh Billings

Here are the words as they appear in Billing’s phonetic dialect: “a grate multitude … but kant tell whare.”