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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Albert Einstein


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

Søren Kierkegaard


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.

Elisabeth Kubler Ross


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

Albus Dumbledore , Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

Euripides , The Bacchae


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

Carl Gustav Jung


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.

marie curie


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

Hayley Williams


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.

Orson Scott Card Kathyn Kidd , Ender's Game


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

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.

Herman 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.

William Shakepeare , Much Ado About Nothing


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

Anaïs Nin , Henry & June


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

Carl Sagan Ann Druyan , The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


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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.

John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"


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To perceive is to suffer.

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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.

Frank Herbert , Dune


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.

John O'Donohue , Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom


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

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

Richard Bach


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.

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.

Gwendolyn Brooks


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.

Dean Koontz , The Darkest Evening of the Year


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

Josh Whedon


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

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.

Richard P. Feynman , The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman


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.

Adams Douglas , Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency


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.

Marvin J. Ashton


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.

Bertrand Russell , A History of Western Philosophy


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

Uptown Sinclair , I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked


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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.

George Washington Carver


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.

Sir Francis Bacon , The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon


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

Criss Jami


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

Josh Whedon


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.

Nicholas Sparks


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.

Richard Dawkins , The God Delusion


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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.

Meister Eckhart


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

Dostoievski


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.

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.

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?

أورهان باموق , Snow


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

Madeleine L'Engle


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

Haruki Murakami , 1Q84


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

Robert Frost


Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Joseph Fort Newton


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.

Nancy Werlin , Impossible


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

Dalai Lama XIV


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.

Vera Nazarian , The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration


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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
]

Philip Pullman


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.

Masashi Kishimoto