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How to choose?

I collect quotes, so I anticipated selecting a single favorite might be more difficult than it turned out to be. In order to narrow the range of initial possibilities from my spreadsheet, I wanted to select a quote that applied to a broad range of circumstances. As soon as I set that one criteria in my mind…I knew immediately what my quote was.

Ignorance is voluntary misfortune.

Ignorance is voluntary misfortune.

Short and sweet.

Misfortune is defined as simply being bad luck,  and why should we suffer unnecessary misfortune as a result of self imposed ignorance?  This quote reminds us that through our own efforts to become more informed, we can avoid, or at least mitigate bad things from happening.

The implication is that we have a choice.  Ignorance or understanding.  Through education (not to be confused with schooling, but that’s another post) we can turn what may have been voluntary misfortune into opportunity.  Or, as Seneca the Younger put it:

The important distinction is that we have a choice. Ignorance or understanding. Through education (not to be confused with schooling, but that’s another post) we can turn what may have been voluntary misfortune into opportunity. Or, as Seneca the Younger put it:

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

This is my favorite quote because it reminds me of how important being informed is. Ignorance may be bliss for a while, but it can also end in misfortune.

What is your favorite quote?  Please share it in the comments.