41 Quotes About Ignorance and Arrogance

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Arrogance can create barrier and requires transformation and innovative ways to improve the situation for all. Working towards a solution requires an ability to co-create and be open to changes. Here are some great quotes about ignorance and arrogance that captures the characteristics that builds barriers not bridges.

“A solid answer to everything is not necessary. Blurry concepts influence one to focus, but postulated clarity influences arrogance.”

“An exceedingly confident student would in theory make a terrible student. Why would he take school seriously when he feels that he can outwit his teachers?”

“Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses.”

“Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face.”

“Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.”

“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!”

“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”

“Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.”

“Early in my career…I had to choose between an honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry.”

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

“He grinned, and right then it occurred to him that he hadn’t enjoyed himself so much with a woman in a very long time.”

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

“Humility is, in a sense, admitting how egotistical you are.”

“I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator – that’s beyond my conceit.”

“I paid you five thousand instead and promised the balance only if you made the match. As it turns out, this is your lucky day because I’ve decided to write you the full check, whether the match comes from you or from Portia.”

“I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with ‘you’ in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not.”

“In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case.”

“It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.”

“It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.”

“It is unfortunate that when you want to make some people feel like human beings, they begin to take you as an animal.”

“It’s much easier on the emotions when one sees life as an experiment rather than a struggle for popularity.”

“Kindness is strength. Good-nature is often mistaken for virtue, and good health sometimes passes for genius. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.”

“People who worship only themselves get a slick, polished look — like monuments. Too bad they had to go so soon.”

“Simply minding one’s own business is more offensive than being intrusive. Without ever saying a word one can make a person feel less-than.”

“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.”

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

“The hated man is the result of his hater’s pride rather than his hater’s conscience.”

“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”

“There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird.”

“There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you’re wrong and you can’t face it; the other is when you’re right and nobody else can face it.”

“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

“When you claim to be what you’re not, you’re deliberately killing opportunities, because those who would have help will shun you, thinking that you had it all already.”

“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”

“Without humor, we’d all be what we’re laughing at. Without arrogance, we’d be humiliated to admit we already are.”

“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”

“Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance.”

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

“You can’t let the truth bring out the worst and let it get the best of you.”

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.”

“Your arrogance doesn’t cheapen me.”

There are distinct differences between arrogance and just being confident. Being aware of how you are perceived is an important part of making the necessary changes needed to communicate effectively.