My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.
Some guy hit my fender the other day, and I said unto him, 'Be fruitful, and multiply'. But not in those words.
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower... I think that she has tamed me..."
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.
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