what (someone) doesn't know won't hurt them

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what (someone) doesn't know won't hurt them

Remaining ignorant or uninformed about something will allow someone to not have to worry about, feel responsible for, or get upset by it. A: "Where are you going?" B: "It's better that you stay in the dark about this. What you don't know won't hurt you." A: "Mom will freak out if she finds out that you took the car without asking!" B: "Of course she will. But what Mom doesn't know won't hurt her."
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what one doesn't know won't hurt one

Cliché Unknown facts cannot worry or upset a person. Don't tell me that I have made a mistake. What I don't know won't hurt me. Don't tell him the truth about his missing dog. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.
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What you don't know won't hurt you.

 and What you don't know can't hurt you.
Prov. If you do not know about a problem or a misdeed, you will not be able to make yourself unhappy by worrying about it. (Often used to justify not telling someone about a problem or misdeed.) Ellen: What a beautiful diamond necklace! Thank you! But how on earth did you get the money to pay for it? Fred: What you don't know won't hurt you.
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But it seems women often use the patented "what they don't know won't hurt them" approach.
What they don't know won't hurt them and even if they are related - which seems very unlikely to me - where's the harm?
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