Understanding Quotes


Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

The Bacchae

Euripides

The Bacchae

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand

Falling    Knowing    Lesson on living    Life    Paramore    Singer    Stand    Success    Truth    Understanding

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game
Enemy    Epiphany    Hate    Love    Understanding

Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.

The Blank Book

Lemony Snicket

The Blank Book

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

Demian

Hermann Hesse

Demian

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
Forgiveness    Happy    Ladies    Men    Sadness    Understanding

Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

Henry & June

Anaïs Nin

Henry & June

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.

To perceive is to suffer.

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

Dune

Frank Herbert

Dune

Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.

One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.

Winnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.

Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.

Death    God    Loss    Purpose    Understanding

Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.

The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.

The Angel Experiment

James Patterson

The Angel Experiment

I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.

Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.

Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.

Best    Build    Find    Forgiveness    Forgiving    Heart    Love    Nurture    People    Understand    Understanding

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.

So, why do you write these strong female characters?
Because you’re still asking me that question."
[
Equality Now
speech, May 15, 2006]

I think it happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you've known forever don't see things the way you do. And so you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.

More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

If other people do not understand our behavior—so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us. If this is being "asocial" or "irrational" in their eyes, so be it. Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves. We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them. How many lives have been ruined by this need to "explain," which usually implies that the explanation be "understood," i.e. approved. Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself—to his reason and his conscience—and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.

The Art of Being

Erich Fromm

The Art of Being

And when I came in with tears in my eyes, you always knew whether I needed you to hold me or just let me be. I don't know how you knew, but you did, and you made it easier for me.

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known?

Snow

Ohran Pamuk

Snow

Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.

If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.

1Q84

Haruki Murakami

1Q84

How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

It is absolutely okay with me if you need to keep some secrets. I've been thinking about this and I decided that a best friend is someone who, when they don't understand, they still understand.

Impossible

Nancy Werlin

Impossible

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:
1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation
Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.
Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?
So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.

I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'
[
Interview, The New Yorker, Dec. 26, 2005
]

The pain of being alone is completely out of this world, isn't it? I don't know why, but I understand your feelings so much, it actually hurts.

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