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Elective ignorance was a great survival skill, perhaps the greatest.

The Corrections
Even the idiot may have a message for us.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
Only a blind man can easily define what light is. When you do not know, you are bold. Ignorance is always bold; knowledge hesitates. And the more you know, the more you feel that the ground underneath is dissolving. The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.

The Book of Secrets
A man is responsible for his ignorance.

Laughable Loves
An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action
The more one endeavors to sound the depths of his ignorance the deeper the chasm appears
To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."