21 thought-provoking quotes about ignorance

To be ignorant, one lacks education and knowledge. Therefore ignorance implies a lack of awareness. Additionally it means that we are unaware of information and facts. Also it means we lack an understanding and/or appreciation of other people and their ways. It can also mean that we deliberately ignore or disregard what’s going on around us and the impact of our actions on other people and society. It can also imply technical ignorance whereby we’re unaware of how some is done or should be done. Here are 21 thought provoking quotes about ignorance to help you reflect on its significance.

Being ignorant reflects badly on us generally and it should never be seen as a ‘badge of honour’. Ignorance goes together with stupidity, and that’s not something of which we can be proud. The cure for ignorance is education and that is a lifelong process. You don’t have to go to college or university but you must educate yourself constantly, to hone your skills and avoid making stupid mistakes through ignorance.

Investing in your own education throughout life will pay the best dividends.

  1. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. ~Enrico Fermi
  2. There is no darkness but ignorance. ~William Shakespeare
  3. Ignorance is the mother of all evils. ~Francois Rabelais
  4. Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. ~Plato
  5. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. ~Confucius
  6. Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. ~William Gaddis
  7. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~Jeff Rich
  8. There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. ~Hippocrates
  9. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~Martin Luther King, Jr
  10. Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. ~George Bernard Shaw
  11. Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. ~W. Clement Stone
  12. Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. ~William Penn
  13. The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, pride and arrogance. ~Samuel Butler
  14. The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance; and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. ~Albert Camus
  15. 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
  16. Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance. ~Robert Quillen
  17. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind. ~Moza bint Nasser
  18. It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t. ~Mignon McLaughlin
  19. You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics. ~will.i.am
  20. Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. ~Dalai Lama
  21. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. ~H.L. Mencken

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15 Quotes by Penny Marshall

Arguably in recent years, there has been a significant improvement in the availability of opportunities for women, particularly in show-business. And that’s how it should be of course. Nevertheless we have to admire those strong and very talented women from previous generations who managed to succeed at their chosen profession, despite a system designed to keep them very much in their place. One such example is the American actress, director and producer Penny Marshall.

She rose to fame in the 1970s for her role in the hit US television sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Playing the role of Laverne DeFazio, she was very funny and she created a character that has proved to be one of the standout comedy characters from the golden age of situation comedy.

Penny Marshall then went on to become a very successful director of films, an area of entertainment still heavily dominated by men to this day.

She’s clearly a very smart lady. So here are 15 quotes by Penny Marshall which reflect her personal philosophy.

  1. I think everyone’s mother is slightly nuts. ~Penny Marshall
  2. My family is well and that’s what’s important. ~Penny Marshall
  3. I want you to laugh and cry. That’s what I do. ~Penny Marshall
  4. I wasn’t like a girly girl. I was a tomboy. ~Penny Marshall
  5. If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life. ~Penny Marshall
  6. I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity. ~Penny Marshall
  7. In my opinion, life’s more important than show business. ~Penny Marshall
  8. When I’m working, I’m obsessively working. ~Penny Marshall
  9. I do feel it’s important to entertain people. I try to. ~Penny Marshall
  10. The truth is that I’m not a frump. I just enjoy being laid back. ~Penny Marshall
  11. I would much rather feel comfortable and feel beautiful, than to feel uncomfortable, but look fantastic. ~Penny Marshall
  12. Once I commit to something, I complete it. If I say ‘No,’ I mean ‘No.’ I just have to learn how to say ‘No’ more. ~Penny Marshall
  13. I’ll try anything. What are they gonna do, kick me out of show business? ~Penny Marshall
  14. Movie stars are insecure like everyone else. That’s why they go into acting! ~Penny Marshall
  15. Look at YouTube, how many talented people there are. It’s a whole new world of how to express yourself. I don’t know how to work that world, but take advantage of it. ~Penny Marshall

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15 Quotes by Mae West

Mae West was one of the most controversial movie stars of her day, making comedy out of the prudish, conventional mores of that time. However Depression-era audiences loved her for it. Born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York in 1893 she was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. Some might dismiss her for her light-hearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence but she knew what she was doing and she was clearly very smart. She was a woman who lived life on her own terms. Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, Mae West replied, “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” Here are another 15 quotes by Mae West, many of which will make you smile.

  1. A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up. ~Mae West
  2. I used to be Snow White but I drifted. ~Mae West
  3. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. ~Mae West
  4. To err is human but it feels divine. ~Mae West
  5. I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. ~Mae West
  6. It is better to be looked over than overlooked. ~Mae West
  7. You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West
  8. Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly. ~Mae West
  9. I never loved another person the way I loved myself. ~Mae West
  10. He who hesitates is a damned fool. ~Mae West
  11. Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office. ~Mae West
  12. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~Mae West
  13. When I’m good, I’m very good but when I’m bad I’m better. ~Mae West
  14. I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. ~Mae West
  15. Marriage is a great institution but I’m not ready for an institution. ~Mae West

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15 Quotes by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, director, producer and writer. She is also an inspiration to women everywhere. Probably best known for her appearances on the US television series Saturday Night Live, she has a reputation for being a woman with the determination to contribute significantly in her own right rather than being content with a decorative, background role supporting leading men. This is a woman who is smart, very talented and who knows where she’s going. We would all do well following her example. Here are 15 quotes by Amy Poehler which reflect her philosophy and her approach to succeeding in a tough profession.

  1. I get a little itchy if I don’t have some control. ~Amy Poehler
  2. I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler. ~Amy Poehler
  3. I believe great people do things before they are ready. ~Amy Poehler
  4. The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be. ~Amy Poehler
  5. I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep. ~Amy Poehler
  6. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ ~Amy Poehler
  7. I’d say any good set or any comedy that I’ve worked on, that’s worked, has been comedians pitching ideas back and forth to each other. A lot of like, ‘What if you say this? What about this?’ ~Amy Poehler
  8. Any actor or actress that tells you that they don’t watch their stuff is lying. ~Amy Poehler
  9. I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do. ~Amy Poehler
  10. You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. ~Amy Poehler
  11. Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier. ~Amy Poehler
  12. It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate. ~Amy Poehler
  13. Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself. ~Amy Poehler
  14. How a person treats their waitress is a great indication of their character. ~Amy Poehler
  15. I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things. ~Amy Poehler

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21 thought-provoking quotes about change

As the old saying goes,Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.” We cannot avoid change because it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Trying to stop it is like trying to hold back the tide. It can’t be done. Change is simply a force of nature. If you hate change, you’re not alone. Most people hate change. Just when we think we have everything under control a significant change happens and suddenly we’re scrambling to get ourselves back to equilibrium. It makes life seem like a giant game of Snakes and Ladders. Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about change to underline the point.

  1. There is nothing permanent except change. ~Heraclitus
  2. Change is the end result of all true learning. ~Leo Buscaglia
  3. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  4. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
  5. Just when I think I’ve learned the way to live, life changes. ~Hugh Prather
  6. To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  7. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ~Oprah Winfrey
  8. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor E. Frankl
  9. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  10. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  11. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~Robin Williams
  12. Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  13. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~Wayne Dyer
  14. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean
  15. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou
  16. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~Barack Obama
  17. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~George Bernard Shaw
  18. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~William Arthur Ward
  19. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~John F. Kennedy
  20. Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. ~William Pollard
  21. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit. ~Christopher McCandless

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15 Quotes by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in show business and she’s also a very smart lady too. Not only is she a comedian but she is also an actress, writer and producer. She’s best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and for creating the acclaimed situation comedy 30 Rock. Here are 15 quotes by Tina Fey to inspire you.

  1. Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards. ~Tina Fey
  2. Confidence is 10% hard work and 90% delusion. ~Tina Fey
  3. It will never be perfect but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring on live TV. ~Tina Fey
  4. Sometimes if you have a difficult decision to make, just stall until the answer presents itself. ~Tina Fey
  5. Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing and don’t care if they like it. ~Tina Fey
  6. Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. ~Tina Fey
  7. Stop calling each other sluts and whores; that makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores. ~Tina Fey
  8. Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity. ~Tina Fey
  9. For my first show at SNL, I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn’t getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realized, ‘Okay, that happened, and I did not die.’ You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it. ~Tina Fey
  10. If you want to be a screenwriter, take an acting class to get a sense of what you’re asking actors to do. Learning other skills will help you communicate with people and respect what they do. ~Tina Fey
  11. Trying to be a leader in a sort of very atypical workplace like Saturday Night Live forces you to realize that no one wants you to be their leader. If you can help them get their thing on TV or whatever, they want that. But no adult is looking for a role model. ~Tina Fey
  12. If you’re an actor and you don’t get cast in stuff a lot, then put together a show or hold play-reading nights at your apartment. Make your own opportunities. ~Tina Fey
  13. After college, I knew I wanted to work in comedy, so the first thing I did was go to where the comedy was. I moved from Charlottesville to Chicago, because that’s where The Second City and Improv Olympics are. You have to go wherever you need to go to study what interests you. ~Tina Fey
  14. It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist. ~Tina Fey
  15. This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. “You’re up for a promotion. If they go for a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.” Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone. ~Tina Fey

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19 Fun Quotes That Will Make You Think

Life is short and the years pass so quickly. One minute you’re 15 and the next you’re 50, or so it seems. Having fun is essential. Every minute of life is to be enjoyed. Yes, life can be challenging and it’s never going to be easy. However we must all find some joy in each and every day of our lives. Treat every day as if it’s your last because one day it will be. Here are 19 fun quotes with an emphasis on why having fun is so important.

  1. If it ain’t fun, it ain’t worth it. ~Dennis Wilson
  2. Just play; have fun; enjoy the game. ~Michael Jordan
  3. I think that success is having fun. ~Bruno Mars
  4. There’s no fear when you’re having fun. ~Will Thomas
  5. Just keep taking chances and having fun. ~Garth Brooks
  6. I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. ~Thomas A. Edison
  7. If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. ~Katharine Hepburn
  8. Follow your dreams. Just make sure to have fun too. ~Chris Brown
  9. Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half. ~Bum Phillips
  10. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~Dale Carnegie
  11. There’s no need to dress like everyone else. It’s much more fun to create your own look. ~Twiggy
  12. We believe in working hard and having fun at the same time. It’s a way of life for me, and I feel tremendous. ~Robert Stigwood
  13. I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls. ~David Bowie
  14. When you start recognising that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. ~Jane Birkin
  15. Fun is one of the most important, and underrated, ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else. ~Richard Branson
  16. Have fun is my message. Be silly. You’re allowed to be silly. There’s nothing wrong with it. ~Jimmy Fallon
  17. Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that. ~Coolio
  18. There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. ~Andrew Jackson
  19. Flying might not be all plain sailing but the fun of it is worth the price. ~Amelia Earhart

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5 Quotes About Death

The death of a friend or close relative always makes us think about our own mortality, particularly as we get older. As I attended a funeral just yesterday I’m in a philosophical frame of mind today, so I’m looking back at quotes about death.

We’re all going to die; the only questions are when and how? The important thing is to make the most of our lives whilst we can. And in relation to our loved ones, we must take every opportunity to enjoy their company whilst it’s still possible. None of us can know what will happen tomorrow. And none of us can know when a loved one will be taken from us, for whatever reason.

We are constantly reminded through News stories about how lives can be cruelly cut short. So many tragedies involving multiple deaths in the United States, in Europe and in wars all around the world. How sad these events can be, particularly for the families and friends of the victims. Lives lost means lives changed irrevocably.

Life is short and the years go by in the blink of an eye. So we must ensure that we’ve got our priorities right. Remember always; we work to live, not live to work. Careers are all very well but they won’t take care of you should you become sick or infirm. Should that happen, you’ll depend on your family and friends.

Here are five quotes about death that will help you reflect on it’s significance and the importance of making the most of your life and the people you love. Live now and have no regrets.

  1. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. ~Steve Jobs
  2. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  3. Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive. ~Brian Clough
  4. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. ~George Eliot
  5. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~Marcus Aurelius

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5 Quotes About Communication

In the field of human relations, effective communication is very important. Yet communication or lack of it is so often the cause of so many of our problems. After all it’s not what we say, it’s what we mean. In this post there are 5 quotes about communication to help you consider this point.

We may think we’ve said something clearly but did the other person understand the meaning of our words in the way they were intended? Did we use the right words to convey our underlying message?

All too often we fail to get our message across clearly. Then we can find ourselves arguing with someone due to a miscommunication when in fact both parties have no underlying disagreement at all.

If you’re the communicator then it is your responsibility to ensure that the receiver of your communication understands its meaning clearly. It is not the receiver’s job to work out what you really meant. And of course it’s not only what you say, it’s the way that you say it.

I can use exactly the same words with a different tone and convey a totally different meaning. For instance if you walk into a room and I say your name warmly and with a smile then it suggests I’m pleased to see you and you will respond accordingly.

Alternatively if I scream your name as you enter that same room then you will conclude that I am not happy with you at all and you will become very defensive.

So think carefully before you speak. If you’re in any role where you are a leader of people then good communication skills are vital if you are to execute your duties successfully.

So learn the art of good communication and remember that your tone is as important as your words.

Treat people with respect and they will respond well. Put them at ease when speaking with them and make sure they clearly understand your message as it was intended. Good communication is essential for effective leadership.

Here are those five quotes about communication:-

  1. To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. ~Tony Robbins
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. ~Buddha
  4. Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~Yehuda Berg
  5. The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ~Peter Drucker

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5 Quotes About Gratitude

However hard life proves to be, being grateful is an essential element to achieving personal happiness. So this post offers you five quotes about gratitude to make you think.

All too often we fret about all the things we lack. And then we fail to appreciate fully all the good things in our lives. So what do we do when we’re feeling negative about our life experiences? We should stop for a second or two and contemplate all things for which we really should be grateful.

It can be as simple as the cup of coffee we’re enjoying or the lunch we have planned with a friend later in the week. If we think hard enough and think positive enough, eventually we’ll see that there are things for which we can be grateful.

However bad we think our life is, if we look around the world and we’ll see that in comparison to others we’re lucky indeed. Yes, of course, there will be people with a bigger slice of life’s cake than we’ve got but so what? Does it really matter?

If we want to be happy it starts with a positive frame of mind and that starts with being grateful for whatever it is we’ve got. So go on, be grateful and be happy. And contemplate these five quotes about gratitude now:-

  1. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy
  2. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. ~Brian Tracy
  3. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie
  4. ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. ~Alice Walker
  5. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

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