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Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it proverbial saying, early 15th century, perhaps reflecting the legal maxim ‘ignorantia iuris neminem excusat [ignorance of the law excuses nobody].’

where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise proverbial saying, mid 18th century, now frequently abbreviated to ignorance is bliss. The saying comes from Thomas Gray's Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742), ‘Thought would destroy their paradise. No more; where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.’

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