UNDERSTANDING QUOTES

quotations about understanding

Understanding quote

If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.

CHINUA ACHEBE, The Atlantic Online, August 2, 2000

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

LEMONY SNICKET, The Blank Book

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Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Notes on Pacifism

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The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague

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To understand everything is to hate nothing.

ROMAIN ROLLAND, Jean-Christophe

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I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.

SEAMUS HEANEY, This Week Magazine, April 15, 2004

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The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.

NICHOLAS BLACK ELK, The Sacred Pipe

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What you don't understand you can make mean anything.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

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A Jedi gains power through understanding and a Sith gains understanding through power.

PALPATINE, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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What a man does not understand, he does not possess.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

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I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, foreword, Sweet Bird of Youth

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The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

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The circle of our understanding
Is a very restricted area.

T. S. ELIOT, The Family Reunion

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Every man hears only what he understands.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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Wouldn't we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife with a husband, nor a parent a child? Perhaps that's why men have invented God -- a being capable of understanding.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Quiet American

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What makes a subject difficult to understand -- if it is significant, important -- is not that some special instruction about abstruse things is necessary to understand it. Rather it is the contrast between the understanding of the subject and what most people want to see. Because of this the very things that are most obvious can become the most difficult to understand. What has to be overcome is not difficulty of the intellect but of the will.

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN, Philosophical Occasions

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To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life. It is the secret of that sad and melancholy smile on the lips of great men which so few understand.

HENRI-FREDERIC AMIEL, Journal Intime

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The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself: and it requires art and pains to set it at a distance and make it its own object.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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