A Quote by Tryon Edwards on ignorance and mystery

Mystery is another name for our ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain.

Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Titus Livy on fear and ignorance

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.

Titus Livy (59 BC - 17 AD)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on blindness, existence, feeling, happiness, ignorance, mercy, passion, and time

That's what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another. Now you know - that's the happy existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town, 1938, act III

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A Quote by Thomas Vernor Smith on anxiety, army, belief, bitterness, chance, day, death, disaster, dreams, endurance, foolishness, freedom, friendship, glory, government, heart, hope, ignorance, laughter, life, losing, patience, peace, people, pity, powe

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Foolish he was, they said, in losing his youthful heart to a grave and living his life on married patience; foolish in pitting his homely ignorance against Douglas, brilliant, courtly, and urbane; foolish in setting himself to do the right in a world where the day goes mostly to the strong; foolish in dreaming of freedom for a long-suffering folk whom the North is as anxious to keep out as the South was to keep down; foolish in choosing the silent Grant to lead to victory the hesitant armies of the North; foolish, finally, in presuming that government for the people must be government of the people and by the people. Foolish many said; foolish many, many believed. This Lincoln, whom so many living friends and foes alike deemed foolish, hid his bitterness in laughter; fed his sympathy on solitude; and met recurring disaster with whimsicality to muffle the murmur of a bleeding heart. Out of the tragic sense of life he pitied where others blamed; bowed his own shoulders with the woes of the weak; endured humanely his little day of chance power; and won through death what life disdains to bestow upon such simple souls - lasting peace and everlasting glory.

Thomas Vernor Smith

Source: Illinois Senate, Feb 12,’35, Lincoln's 126th birthday —Smith, Lincoln, Living Legend, pp. 3-5

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A Quote by Thomas Paine on ignorance and reason

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

Source: Rights of Man, Conclusion

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ignorance

Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on belief, errors, ignorance, and truth

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 (1743 - 1826)

Source: Notes on the State of Virginia

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on children, consequences, correction, education, future, good, ignorance, life, and vices

If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Hood on darkness, heaven, ignorance, and joy

I remember, I remember The fir-trees dark and high; I used to think their slender tops Were close against the sky; It was a childish ignorance, But now 't is little joy To know I'm farther off from heaven Than when I was a boy.

Thomas Hood (1798 - 1845)

Source: I remember, I remember.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on bliss, destruction, fate, happiness, ignorance, men, pain, paradise, sorrow, and thought

To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan,- The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise. No more; where ignorance is bliss, 'T is folly to be wise.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Stanza 10.

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