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    Default "Ignorance is bliss"

    I know it has a negative connotation but what exactly does that mean? What kind of context would be necessary to use it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by batmura
    I know it has a negative connotation but what exactly does that mean? What kind of context would be necessary to use it?
    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002.


    "Ignorance is bliss ." - a proverb


    Not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.

    ‡ This proverb resembles “What you don’t know cannot hurt you.” It figures in a passage from “On a Distant Prospect of Eton College,” by the eighteenth-century English poet Thomas Gray: “Where ignorance is bliss, / ‘Tis folly to be wise.’”

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    Quote Originally Posted by batmura
    I know it has a negative connotation but what exactly does that mean? What kind of context would be necessary to use it?
    Hi. I think the it comes from one of Thomas Gray's poems. The last two lines read: "....where Ignorance is bliss. 'Tis folly to be wise." I think it does sound sarcastic. It means it's better for us not to know the truth because the truth is sometimes, for example, too cruel and unacceptable to us.

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    Default Re: "Ignorance is bliss"

    An example would be that you suspect your best friend, who is married, is cheating on her husband. You don't know this for sure, and you don't want to get involved. Everytime she tries to confide in you, you change the subject, stating "ignorance is bliss."

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