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Ignorance is blissIn dangerous or difficult circumstances, it's often a blessing not to fully understand the situation. Naive people are often happier than knowledgeable ones. It is easier to do something if you don't know how hard it is.
The adage was originated by the English poet Thomas Gray in 1742 (Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College)
To each his sufferings: all are men,
Condemned alike to groan,
The tender for another's pain;
The unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
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