„Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.“

— Martin Luther King Junior, Ch. 4 : Love in action, Sct. 3
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— Jawaharlal Nehru Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister of India 1889 - 1964

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„Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.“

— Sheri S. Tepper, The Visitor
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„Nothing is more frightful than to see ignorance in action.“

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Maxim 542, trans. Stopp Variant translation by Saunders: Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action. (231)

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„There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.“

—  Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter 1974

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„Nothing matters if we aren't safe... The world has never been more dangerous than it is today.“

— Marco Rubio U.S. Senator from state of Florida, United States; politician 1971
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„Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.“

— Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695
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„Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination, and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers.“

— David Hume Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian 1711 - 1776
Context: This deficiency in our ideas is not, indeed, perceived in common life, nor are we sensible, that in the most usual conjunctions of cause and effect we are as ignorant of the ultimate principle, which binds them together, as in the most unusual and extraordinary. But this proceeds merely from an illusion of the imagination; and the question is, how far we ought to yield to these illusions. This question is very difficult, and reduces us to a very dangerous dilemma, whichever way we answer it. For if we assent to every trivial suggestion of the fancy; beside that these suggestions are often contrary to each other; they lead us into such errors, absurdities, and obscurities, that we must at last become asham'd of our credulity. Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination, and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers. Men of bright fancies may in this respect be compar'd to those angels, whom the scripture represents as covering their eyes with their wings. This has already appear'd in so many instances, that we may spare ourselves the trouble of enlarging upon it any farther. Part 4, Section 7

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„There is nothing more dangerous than to leap a chasm in two jumps.“

— David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945
As quoted in Design for Power : The Struggle for the World (1941) by Frederick Lewis Schuman, p. 200; This is the earliest citation yet found for this or similar statements which have been attributed to David Lloyd George, as well as to Benjamin Disraeli, Winston Churchill, Vaclav Havel, Jeffrey Sachs, Rashi Fein, Walter Bagehot and Philip Noel-Baker. It has been described as a Greek, African, Chinese, Russian and American proverb, and as "an old Chassidic injunction". Variants: Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.

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„There is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed.“

— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
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