Doublets: Ignorance

atkins bookshelf quotationsWe can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

Falsely attributed to Plato (428-424 BC), the Greek philosopher and founder of the Academy in Athens (Aristotle was his most famous student). Although Plato is credited as the author in articles as early as 1952, there is no evidence that Plato actually wrote it. The quotation does not appear in a search of all Plato’s written body of work. A variation of that quote is also falsely attributed to Plato: “Too many children are afraid of the dark, and too many adults are afraid of the night.”

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.

Benjamin Franklin (1785-1788), Poor Richard’s Almanack (1755 edition).  Franklin is best known for being a Founding Father of the U.S.; he was remarkably talented as an author, publisher, inventor, scientist, statesman, and printer.

Read related posts: Doublets: Love
Doublets: Genius
Doublets: Youth and Maturity
Doublets: You Cannot Run Away From Yourself
Doublets: The Lessons of History
Doublets: Reading a Great Book
Doublets: Tolerance
Doublets: The Role of Religion
Doublets: Things Left Unsaid

For further reading: http://www.mesacc.edu/~davpy35701/text/plato-things-not-said.html
http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/we_forgive_a_child_afraid_of_the_dark_the_real_tragedy_is_when_men_are_afra

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