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Hey guys what do reckon 'ignorance' means in Mark Twain's saying?
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and
then Success is sure."
-- Mark Twain

Thanks

PBF
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Mark Twain was writing this with a deep sense of irony. If you try to interpret it as a literal formula for success, you will have difficulties.
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Hi Pdf.

I think the meaning of ignorance in this saying means, to ignore people or things that are unimportant to what you are trying to achieve in your life.Only focus on what is fundamental to your progression. Just use what´s relevant and don´t let traditional values or concepts that society or people have forced upon everyone, influence you, your thoughts or your actions.

I think it means to be different ...the majority of people are afraid of people who are different

Hope that helps

Mr Bojangle
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I think Mark Twain is stating that people who succeed are people that are too "stupid" to know better. Sometimes knowledge makes one too aware ... and focus on the pitfalls of any challenge... once you focus your mind on something... inevitably you get it... To succeed you need to be "ignorant" of the facts(limits) and focus on achieving your goals
I've often been reminded of this quote on seeing certain people, people who are not intellectually curious, people who don't torment themselves with self-doubt, people who do before they think, succeed and climb the ladder -- in my own workplace, and on the world's stage.
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Mr BojangleHi Pdf.

I think the meaning of ignorance in this saying means, to ignore people or things that are unimportant to what you are trying to achieve in your life.Only focus on what is fundamental to your progression. Just use what´s relevant and don´t let traditional values or concepts that society or people have forced upon everyone, influence you, your thoughts or your actions.

I think it means to be different ...the majority of people are afraid of people who are different

Hope that helps

Mr Bojangle

Thats sooo true!
agreed-ignorance is not stupidity, it is not knowing and those people with self-confidence will seek knowledge and succeed
It's amazing how poorly most people understand simple english. The quotation is indeed written to be ironic. He is saying that if you are stupid and overconfident then you will be convinced of your own success.

It was a jab at idiots, not some biblical formula for success or motivational speech.
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It's amazing how poorly most people understand simple english. The quotation is indeed written to be ironic. He is saying that if you are stupid and overconfident then you will be convinced of your own success.

It was a jab at idiots, not some biblical formula for success or motivational speech.



I couldn't disagree more. There is nothing in any of his writings that denotes the arogance that is assumed by this interpretation. I believe he is referencing the "ignorance of fear". That same ignorance a child posseses that leads them to achieve remarkable milestones each and every day. The confidence mirrors that same idea, believing you have the ability to do whatever you attempt. A little humility goes along way. Be careful not to allow your intellect to create tunnel vision that can lead to that "other kind of ignorance".
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