— Justine Larbalestier Australian young-adult fiction author 1967
Source: Zombies Vs. Unicorns
„Truly there is no cause for you to be miserable and unhappy. You yourself impose limitations on your true nature of infinite Being and then weep that you are but a finite creature. Then you take up this or that sadhana to transcend the nonexistent limitations. But if your sadhana itself assumes the existence of the limitations, how can it help you to transcend them? Hence I say know that you are really the infinite, pure Being, the Self Absolute. You are always that Self and nothing but that Self. Therefore, you can never be really ignorant of the Self; your ignorance is merely a formal ignorance… Know then that true Knowledge does not create a new Being for you; it only removes your "ignorant ignorance." Bliss is not added to your nature; it is merely revealed as your true and natural state, eternal and imperishable. The only way to be rid of your grief is to know and be the Self.“
— Ramana Maharshi Indian religious leader 1879 - 1950
Abide as the Self
Stone Tables (1997)
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
65 : Ignorance Personified, p. 111.
The Everything and the Nothing (1963)
Context: When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self.
Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning. But when men speakthese words as their own, the words become meaningless.
„The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. When ignorance is destroyed the Self which does not admit of any multiplicity truly reveals itself by itself: like the Sun when the clouds pass away.“
— Adi Shankara Hindu philosopher monk of 8th century 788 - 820
Source: Atma Bodha (1987), p. 7: Quote nr. 4.
„There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human knowing and thinking. Wisdom is fortified, not destroyed, by understanding its limitations. Ignorance does not make a fool as surely as self-deception.“
— Mortimer J. Adler American philosopher and educator 1902 - 2001
Source: How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information
— Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
A variant of the above misquote, sometimes also attributed to Lenin. This gained popularity during the glasnost era when black market activity was at its most visible in the USSR; meant to show the profit motive was human nature and cannot be eradicated.
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„Extreme pride or dejection indicates extreme ignorance of self.“
Maxima superbia vel abjectio est maxima sui ignorantia.
Part IV, Prop. LV
— Susie Bright American writer and feminist 1958
— John Constable English Romantic painter 1776 - 1837
Quoted in The Quarterly Review vol. 119 (1866), p. 292.
„The attitude of foreign to English musicians is unsympathetic, self-opinionated and pedantic. They believe that their tradition is the only one (this is specially true of the Viennese) and that anything that is not in accordance with that tradition is "wrong" and arises from insular ignorance.“
— Ralph Vaughan Williams English composer 1872 - 1958
Letter to Lord Kennet, 1941; cited from Ursula Vaughan Williams RVW (1964) p. 243.
„Truth is harder to bear than ignorance, and so ignorance is valued more— also because the status quo depends on it; but love depends on self-knowledge and self-knowledge depends on being able to bear the truth.“
Source: Intercourse (1987), Chapter 4
— Stevie Ray Vaughan American guitarist, songwriter and recording artist 1954 - 1990
"Tightrope", In Step
Source: To Live Forever (1956), Chapter XVI, section 3
„Instinct reveals itself as self-concentrating, self-edifying it is limitation. Intuition produces self-denial, self-destruction； it is expansion. Culture can develop both. If it develops instinct, animal nature appears. Then culture destroys the intuitive capacity which men have even found in a primitive state.“
— Piet Mondrian Peintre Néerlandais 1872 - 1944
Source: 1940's, A New Realism', 1943-1945, p. 17