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You Know WhatTheySay... “Ignorance is Bliss.”

Ignorance is bliss is an expression that means it is better not to know a fact, that one is happier not being informed about a particular thing.

There are many circumstances where ignorance is bliss. For instance, not knowing the odds against accomplishing something may allow you to give a better performance.

Not knowing about hurtful gossip keeps your self esteem intact. Being ignorant of certain facts in certain situations allows one to make choices or perform better with a minimum of worry, anxiety or doubt. Of course, in many situations, remaining ignorant is dangerous or a detriment. The unknowing described in the phrase ignorance is bliss may be due to being stupid, uninformed, or uneducated, or it may be due to willful ignorance or choosing not to know a specific fact.

The phrase ignorance is bliss was coined by Thomas Gray in his 1742 poem, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College: “Thought would destroy their paradise. / No more; where ignorance is bliss, / ‘Tis folly to be wise.”



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