Not Knowing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "not-knowing" (showing 1-30 of 51)
Shannon L. Alder
“Time doesn't heal all wounds, only distance can lessen the sting of them.”
Shannon Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“True saddness is when someone still thinks your the same person after all these years. They brand you because of their own ego, fear and lack of spirituality. What's sadder is when they are Christian.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“When dealing with critics always remember this: Critics judge things based on what is outside of their content of understanding.”
Shannon L. Alder

Bessel A. van der Kolk
“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself…The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Criss Jami
“A sign of a lover of wisdom is his delight in not running his mouth about things he doesn't know.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Criss Jami
“Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child's relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don't know as much as we think we know.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“To better understand God we must first shatter our own idea of God - maybe even day after day. Maybe he's too great to stay compressed in the human mind. Maybe he splits it wide open; this is why pretentious intellectualism so often fails to comprehend the concept of God: it is only accepting of what it can explain while in the process finding higher sources offensive. What we may confidently assert is that faith is the opening that allows God, this unpredictable, unseen power, to travel in and out of the mind without all the pains of confusion.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“All knowledge meets an end at the question '...Why?”
Criss Jami, Healology

Alastair Reynolds
“I don't know." That was typical Sajaki; like all the genuinely clever people Sylveste had met he knew better than to feign understanding where none existed.”
Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space

Criss Jami
“To respect a mystery is to make way for the answer.”
Criss Jami, Healology

John Steinbeck
“Oh, we can populate the dark with horrors, even we who think ourselves informed and sure, believing nothing we cannot measure or weigh. I knew beyond all doubt that the dark things crowding in on me either did not exist or were not dangerous to me, and still I was afraid. I thought how terrible the nights must have been in a time when men knew the things were there and were deadly. But no, that's wrong. If I knew they were there, I would have weapons against them, charms, prayers, some kind of alliance with forces equally strong but on my side. Knowing they were not there made me defenseless against them and perhaps more afraid.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Shannon L. Alder
“Have you ever stopped to think that maybe you were wrong? Maybe, you only saw your point of view and you never once put yourself in the other person's shoes. Maybe, walking away from the senseless drama and spiteful criticism isn't the best thing to do. Maybe, for just once in your life you could wear another person's confusion, pain or misunderstanding. Maybe, your future doesn't require explaining yourself or offering an explanation for your indifference, but your character and reputation does. What if one day you find out that you didn't have all the information you thought you did? What if you find out that your presence was needed for healing? What if you only knew half of it and the other half was just your fear and anger translating everything you experienced? What if you were wrong? What if the same thing happened to you?”
Shannon L. Alder

Francesca Zappia
“I don’t know anymore. I don’t know, I don’t know, god, I’m so tired.”
Francesca Zappia, Eliza and Her Monsters

Paula Hawkins
“There can be no greater agony, nothing can be more painful than the not knowing, which will never end.”
Paula Hawkins

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Sometimes a woman is afraid to be without security or without certainty, for even a short time. She has more excuses than dogs have hairs. She must just simply dive in and stand not knowing what will happen next.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Gail Carriger
“I hate missing everything. That's why I want to marry well and be a grand lady. Then I can host all the parties, all the time, and see everything that is going on always. How can you stand not knowing?”
Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny

Aria Beth Sloss
“How little we know the ones we love. How little we know of anyone, in the end.”
Aria Beth Sloss, Autobiography of Us

Tupac Shakur
“Can one come 2 conclusions,
Before the question is conceived?”
Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete

“With respect to the acceptance of dissociative disorders, as with most issues in life, it is counterproductive to spend time trying to convince people of things they don't want to know.”
Warwick Middleton

“Not knowing trauma or experiencing or remembering it in a dissociative way is not a passive shutdown of perception or of memory. Not knowing is rather an active, persistent, violent refusal; an erasure, a destruction of form and of representation. The fundamental essence of the death instinct, the instinct that destroys all psychic structure is apparent in this phenomenon. . . . The death drive is against knowing and against the developing of knowledge and elaborating [it].”
Dori Laub, Listening to Trauma

Dexter Palmer
“I truly do not know, and that unnameable feeling that comes with not knowing: it must be worse than grief. It must.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Matt Padwick
“He was attracted to this edge of unknowing, of hope and fear, he instinctively knew that surfing it was precondition for growth and transformation. And for feeling alive. Waking up and going out into the world not knowing what each day would hold, taking life as it comes, relinquishing any illusion of control. That's fresh, that's a good morning!”
Matt Padwick, Transpose - a self-styled revolution

E.A. Bucchianeri
“If. If. If this all happened! I, F, - he had to hang on to those two little letters, just one tiny two letter word. If. So much hope and dread hung in the balance on those two little blips in the alphabet! A chasm in fact!”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

Ruth Ozeki
“In your diary, you quoted old Jiko saying something about not-knowing, how not-knowing is the most intimate way, or did I just dream that?
Anyway, I've been thinking about this a lot, and I think maybe it's true, even though I don't really like uncertainty. I'd much rather 'know', but then again, not-knowing keeps all the possibilities open. It keeps all the worlds alive.”
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Enock Maregesi
“Mungu anaweza kusamehe kutokujua kwetu kwa sababu hatuwezi kukiamini kile tusichokijua; na hata kama tutaweza kuadhibiwa kwa kile tusichokijua, hatutaweza kuadhibiwa vikali kama ambavyo tutaweza kuadhibiwa kwa kile tunachokijua.”
Enock Maregesi

Joyce Rachelle
“Some of us will never know we'd owned someone's heart for a season.”
Joyce Rachelle

“All abusive systems are facilitated by bystanders, whose awareness of what is disavowed is always partial, resulting in a state of knowing and not-knowing. As dynamics shift, bystanders may behave like victims—passive, helpless, frightened and frozen, or like perpetrators—taking vicarious and voyeuristic pleasure in abuse or actively aiding and abetting the abusers.”
Sylvia Solinski

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Pray and wait like Our Lord in Gethsemane, that's all he could do, but at least Christ knew the hour, he did not. That would be one of the quiet agonies too, waiting for the metaphorical executioners to come, not knowing when the hour would strike and from quarter they would appear.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

“How complete, whole, undivided seeing comes about is a mystery. Any formulation or method we invent will eventually get in our way. It’s as if everything we learn must be instantly left behind.”
Joan Tollifson, Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring, what a year from now is going to be like. Hell, we may end up killing each other over something stupid next week. It’s a possibility. But all I do know is what I feel for you isn’t going anywhere.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx

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