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willful ignorance

An intentional obliviousness to something that one knows to be true. I can't believe you're still smoking, despite knowing all the risks! Your willful ignorance just blows me away.
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ignorance is bliss

It is better to remain unaware or ignorant of things that may otherwise cause one stress; if you don't know about something, you don't need to worry about it. The expression comes from a 1742 Thomas Gray poem ("Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"): "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." Sometimes I just decide to ignore the news for a few days. Ignorance is bliss, I tell you. When it comes to what my kids end up eating at their grandparents' house, ignorance is bliss.
See also: bliss, ignorance

Ignorance is bliss.

Prov. Not knowing is better than knowing and worrying. A: I never knew that the kid who mows our lawn has been in trouble with the police. B: Ignorance is bliss!
See also: bliss, ignorance

Ignorance (of the law) is no excuse (for breaking it).

Prov. Even if you do not know that something is against the law, you can still be punished for doing it. (An ancient legal principle.) Police officer: I'm giving you a speeding ticket. Motorist: But I didn't know I was exceeding the speed limit! Police officer: Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. Terry protested that he didn't know it was illegal to break the windows of an abandoned building, but the judge informed him that ignorance of the law was no excuse.
See also: excuse, ignorance, no

keep someone in ignorance (about someone or something)

to prevent someone from learning specific information about someone or something. I think we had better keep them all in ignorance about the money for a while. I don't know about her. I have kept my self in ignorance on purpose.
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Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Prov. If knowing something makes you unhappy, it would be better not to know it. (Also the cliché: ignorance is bliss.) Ellen: The doctor didn't tell Dad that Mom probably won't recover from her illness. Do you think we should tell him? Bill: No. It would only make him unhappy and ruin their last months together. Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
See also: folly, ignorance, wise

ignorance is bliss

What you don't know won't hurt you. For example, She decided not to read the critics' reviews-ignorance is bliss. Although its truth may be dubious at best, this idea has been expressed since ancient times. The actual wording, however, comes from Thomas Gray's poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (1742): "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."
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ignorance is bliss

People say ignorance is bliss to mean that it is pleasant not to know about something because then you do not worry about it. In the morning there were fresh footprints outside my tent but it was one of those occasions when I decided ignorance is bliss. I'm glad I didn't know too much about my eye operation — ignorance is bliss.
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ˌignorance is ˈbliss

(saying) if you do not know about something, you cannot worry about it: Some doctors believe ignorance is bliss and don’t give their patients all the facts.
See also: bliss, ignorance
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