„People are supposed to fear the unknown, but ignorance is bliss when the knowledge is so damn frightening.“

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Source: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, The Laughing Corpse (1994)

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„If knowledge is power, ignorance cannot be bliss.“

—  James W. Loewen, book Lies My Teacher Told Me

As quoted in Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong https://books.google.com/books?id=5m2_xeJ4VdwC&dq=%22although+he+may+be+poor+not+a+man%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s (2007), New York: New Press, p. 342
2000s, 2007, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (2007)

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„So we will stick to our word, which means a change of the basis of society; it may frighten people, but it will at least warn them that there is something to be frightened about, which will be no less dangerous for being ignored; and also it may encourage some people, and will mean to them at least not a fear, but a hope.“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896

Signs of Change (1888), How We Live And How We Might Live
Context: The word Revolution, which we Socialists are so often forced to use, has a terrible sound in most people's ears, even when we have explained to them that it does not necessarily mean a change accompanied by riot and all kinds of violence, and cannot mean a change made mechanically and in the teeth of opinion by a group of men who have somehow managed to seize on the executive power for the moment. Even when we explain that we use the word revolution in its etymological sense, and mean by it a change in the basis of society, people are scared at the idea of such a vast change, and beg that you will speak of reform and not revolution. As, however, we Socialists do not at all mean by our word revolution what these worthy people mean by their word reform, I can't help thinking that it would be a mistake to use it, whatever projects we might conceal beneath its harmless envelope. So we will stick to our word, which means a change of the basis of society; it may frighten people, but it will at least warn them that there is something to be frightened about, which will be no less dangerous for being ignored; and also it may encourage some people, and will mean to them at least not a fear, but a hope.

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„I suppose when my unknown elements are found, more people will pay us attention.“

—  Dmitri Mendeleev Russian chemist and inventor 1834 - 1907

An Outline of the System of the Elements

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„Knowledge leads to unity, but Ignorance to diversity.
So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

As quoted in Hindu Psychology : Its Meaning for the West (1946) by Swami Akhilananda, p. 204

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„Ignorance was bliss.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, book Choke

Source: Choke

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„How can people be anything but ignorant when knowledge isn’t saved, isn’t taught?“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018

“The Finder” (p. 67)
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„Ignorance is not bliss — it is oblivion. Determined ignorance is the hastiest kind of oblivion.“

—  Philip Wylie American writer 1902 - 1971

Source: Generation of Vipers (1942), p. 44

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„My father was frightened of his mother. I was frightened of my father and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India 1865 - 1936

Attributed in Randolph Churchill's Lord Derby (1959), but said by Kenneth Rose https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Rose in King George V (1983) to be almost certainly apocryphal.
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„Ignorance is not bliss. Bliss is knowing the full meaning of what you have been given.“

—  David Levithan American author and editor 1972

Source: Two Boys Kissing

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„If ignorance is bliss, then I'm in heaven now.“

—  Josh Homme American musician 1973

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„Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you will also have bliss.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

As quoted in Hindu Psychology : Its Meaning for the West (1946) by Swami Akhilananda, p. 204
Variant translation: Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you also will have bliss. Bliss indeed is eternal, only it is covered and obscured by ignorance. The less your attachment is to the senses, the more will be your love to God.
Saying 806, in Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna (1948) edited by Swami Vireswarananda
Context: Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you will also have bliss. The Bliss indeed is eternal, only it is covered and obscured by ignorance. The less your attachment is towards the senses, the more will be your love towards God.

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„He'll never be frightened. He knows too damn much.“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book The Sun Also Rises

Source: The Sun Also Rises

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