what you don’t know can’t hurt you

what you don’t know can’t hurt you

1576 G. PETTIE Petit Palace 168 Why should I seeke to take him in it?.. So long as I know it not, it hurteth mee not.

1908 E. WALTER Easiest Way III. 66 What a fellow doesn’t know doesn’t hurt him, and he’ll love you just the same.

1979 ‘S. WOODS’ This Fatal Writ 54 ‘No, this is interesting... I didn’t know—’ ‘What you don’t know can’t hurt you,’ said Maitland.

1992 A. LAMBERT Rather English Marriage (1993) vi. 115 Everyone’s entitled to their privacy and what you don’t know can’t hurt you.

2001 Times 23 Nov. 20 A little ignorance can go a long way. But what you don’t know will always hurt you. Cleverness is the saving grace of our humanity.

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