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Quotes About Understanding

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Søren Kierkegaard
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Albert Einstein
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“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 Kübler-Ross

Euripides
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
Euripides, Bacchae

J.K. Rowling
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hayley Williams
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”
Hayley Williams

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

C.G. Jung
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
C.G. Jung

Marie Curie
“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

Orson Scott Card
“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, Ender's Game

Lemony Snicket
“Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Anaïs Nin
“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”
Anaïs Nin, Henry And June

William Shakespeare
“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 Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

John Steinbeck
“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

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

Aristotle
“To perceive is to suffer.”
Aristotle

James Patterson
“The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

Hermann Hesse
“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.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

John O'Donohue
“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

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

A.A. Milne
“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

Joss Whedon
“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.”
Joss Whedon

Aristotle
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
Aristotle

Bob Dylan
“Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.”
Bob Dylan

Douglas Adams
“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.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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

Francis Bacon
“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.”
Francis Bacon, The Essays

Nicholas Sparks
“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, True Believer

Nicholas Sparks
“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

Richard Dawkins
“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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