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Ignorance is bliss definitionNot knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.
Idioms and Phrases
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."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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“As hunger is cured by food, so ignorance is cured by study”. Chinese proverb
The United States faces a debt crisis. Minnesota faced and is facing a debt crisis. The government of Minnesota is shut down. The same thing could happen to the United States government. Please read the article unless it is more comfortable not knowing.
The governor of Minnesota proposed tax increases; the legislators opposed tax increases. Does that sound familiar? Obama proposes tax increases. The House is opposed to tax increases.
The protesters in Greece didn’t want austerity; cuts in spending, privatization, and tax increases. The government passed cuts in spending, privatization, and tax increases. The rioters damaged stores and property. Now, tourism will be harmed. So, some money from tourists will not help the Greek economy. The protesters will lose. What you don’t know won’t hurt you.
There are a significant number of people, who are more comfortable not knowing what is apt to happen in the United States and elsewhere.