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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.
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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!
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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.
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ignorance is bliss

It sometimes is better not to know one’s fate, or the outcome. Although the idea was stated by the Greek playwright Sophocles (ca. 409 b.c.) and quoted by Erasmus in the early sixteenth century, the precise wording of the cliché comes from the closing lines of Thomas Gray’s poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742): “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” Both it and blissful ignorance became clichés in the nineteenth century, but the latter has died out.
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I know he must have spoken out of ignorance. The law is clear and there is no magic to it.'
When a group of individuals are about to enter into a social contract - assuming that they are obscured by the Veil of Ignorance and therefore unaware of what kind of circumstances they will be born in - they fear that they will be among the most unfortunate (a generation subjected to damage caused by conditions such as global warming and financial collapse).
Issues like climate change give ample evidence to the willful ignorance of many of our leaders.
Or, nous sommes peut-etre berces par son apparente fragilite, comme dans la citation souvent citee d'Oscar Wilde : [beaucoup moins que] L'ignorance est comme un fruit exotique delicat ; touchez-le et la floraison est partie.
In "mapping the geography of ignorance"--the book's stated goal--DeNicola takes himself to be charting a relatively new field of inquiry, where scholarship is still in a germinal stage.
There are two kinds of ignorance: the first can be cured by experience and the second is terminal.
class="MsoNormalCritics must be reminded that our education system was adopted from the colonisers yet, we have sought to improve on it to fight ignorance, poverty and disease mdash the common enemies identified at Independence.
To determine the primary culture and common morality of the people, the veil of ignorance experiment of the American philosopher John Rawls is summoned here.
When people talk about politics, not just in Pakistan but all over the world, they more often than not display strong signs of strategic ignorance. This results in sweeping statements, willful distortion of facts and confirmation bias.
It is though true that its open discourse only became possible after the Kasur incident this year with people wanting to take practical measures to put a stop to it but to say that such cases only increased after it, is not only naivety but also shows one's ignorance about the ills that plague our society.
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The Renaissance Christian humanist and theologian Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64) called this self-centered arrogance "unlearned ignorance," the ignorance of those who trust in their human intelligence and who, through pride and presumptuousness, close themselves off to the path of divine wisdom.
Only Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg made it through a haze of general ignorance.
Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need of the promotion of quality education to end the ignorance and backwardness besides putting the country on the highway to national prosperity and progress.
The menace of quackery, or dishonest claims to being qualified for medical practice, is on the rise in Pakistan especially in slums due to ignorance of the public, shortage of qualified doctors, rude attitude of practitioners with poor people and low governance in the province.