The Many Faces of “Ignorance is Bliss”

Ignorance Is Bliss (album)

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We have all heard the maxim that “Ignorance is bliss”. Whether you believe this philosophical mind twister or not is a personal choice, but I present you with eight different “takes” or opinions on this very subject from brainyquote.com.

1. A pragmatic view and my personal favourite comes from the wisdom of Thomas Gray, who said: “Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.”

2. A comedic view expressed by Kim Hubbard: “Where ignorance is bliss, it’s foolish to borrow your neighbour’s newspaper.”

3. I agree with Adam Pascal. He said “Ignorance is bliss. I wish I still had some.”

4. Poetically, Jackie DeShannon probably sang: “Ignorance is a kind of bliss.”

5. Victoria Principal was being honest when she said: “Ignorance is not bliss, but in my case, (it) was.”

6. Tongue firmly planted in cheek I suspect, Carter Burwell said, “If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.”

7. Julianna Margulies felt that it needed no dressing up, she said simply: “I’m a believer in ‘Ignorance is bliss’.”

8. And my least favourite, but possibly the most true are these words from Philip Wylie: “Ignorance is not bliss – it is oblivion.”

What is your favourite take on the question of ignorance and bliss?