Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Power of Ignorance

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


It is a common sentence that knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day's dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burned souls of many generations.

~ George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, 1876

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