Understanding Oneself And Others Quotes

Quotes tagged as "understanding-oneself-and-others" (showing 1-30 of 92)
John Green
“I'm starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, & so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.”
John Green, Paper Towns

Neal Stephenson
“She's a woman, you're a dude. You're not supposed to understand her. That's not what she's after.... She doesn't want you to understand her. She knows that's impossible. She just wants you to understand yourself. Everything else is negotiable.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Erich Fromm
“The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one's narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one's desires and fears.”
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

Theodore Roethke
“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.”
Theodore Roethke

T.H. White
“But there was a time when each of us stood naked before the world, confronting life as a serious problem with which we were intimately and passionately concerned. There was a time when it was of vital interest to us to find out whether there was a God or not. Obviously the existence or otherwise of a future life must be of the very first importance to somebody who is going to live her present one, because her manner of living it must hinge on the problem. There was a time when Free Love versus Catholic Morality was a question of as much importance to our hot bodies as if a pistol had been clapped to our heads.

Further back, there were times when we wondered with all our souls what the world was, what love was, what we were ourselves.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Henry James
“There were several ways of understanding her: there was what she said, and there was what she meant, and there was something between the two, that was neither.”
Henry James, The Europeans

Orson Scott Card
“What a laugh, though. To think that one human being could ever really know another. You could get used to each other, get so habituated that you could speak their words right along with them, but you never know why other people said what they said or did what they did, because they never even know themselves. Nobody understands anybody.”
Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Hegemon

Mary McCarthy
“I really tried, or so I thought, to avoid lying, but it seemed to me that they forced it on me by the difference in their vision of things, so that I was always transposing reality for them into something they could understand.”
Mary McCarthy, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

Clarice Lispector
“Não entendo. Isso é tão vasto que ultrapassa qualquer entender. Entender é sempre limitado. Mas não entender pode não ter fronteiras. Sinto que sou muito mais completa quando não entendo. Não entender, do modo como falo, é um dom. Não entender, mas não como um simples de espírito. O bom é ser inteligente e não entender. É uma benção estranha, como ter loucura sem ser doida. É um desinteresse manso, é uma doçura de burrice. Só que de vez em quando vem a inquietação: quero entender um pouco. Não demais: mas pelo menos entender que não entendo.”
Clarice Lispector

Jonathan Anthony Burkett
“I understand we all have our differences. But while learning about history I've read about white people coming together, Jews coming together, Spanish coming together, different cultures and religions understanding and coming together despite their differences. Slavery was never something that shocked me. What shocks me is how black people have not yet overcome the odds and we're such strong smart people. Why we can't just stand together?”
Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Anne Bogel
“Understanding our personalities makes it significantly easier to change the things within our grasp. This is whole point of studying various frameworks! Some people resist personality frameworks because they say such frameworks put them in a box. I’ve found that understanding my personality helps me step out of the box I’m trapped in. When I understand myself, I can get out of my own way.”
Anne Bogel, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

Jennifer Egan
“And then I notice the music flooding out of every part of the apartment at once — the couch, the walls, even the floor — and I know Bennies alone in Lou’s studio, pouring music down around us. A minute ago it was “Don’t Let Me Down”. Then it was Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. Now it’s Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”. Listening, I think, You will never know how much I understand you.”
Jennifer Egan

Bree Lenehan
“To be different is to be irreplaceable.”
Bree Lenehan, Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove

“SENSES, APPEARANCE, ESSENCE and EXISTENCE
The world we see with our senses is very different than the world we see through our essence. Our senses perceive the world of appearance. Our essence perceives the deeper layers of existence. The first step of perceiving the world of essence is to have no goal other than to understand. "Understanding" has to be the ultimate goal. Only then, can we solve the problems.”
Petek Kabakci

“I don’t hate my relatives or those whose names fill my address book. But I do not want to have lunch with any of them. It is not personal. I am not angry. Nor is this about being afraid. I am not shy. I do not have terrible manners.

Do birds hate lips? Do Fijians detest snowplows? Being a loner is not about hate, but need: We need what others dread. We dread what others need.”
Anneli Rufus, Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto

Anne Bogel
“My personality traits don’t determine my destiny, they inform it.”
Anne Bogel, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

“There is a quiet subtlety about keeping some things personal and not everyone will understand, and that is fine - but it is important to have a bit of yourself that just stays inside….”
debbie lynn - 360 degrees full circle

Carlos Wallace
“Just because I understand does not mean I agree.”
Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“If you had not answered the call, it wouldn't have become a conversation”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“SENSES, APPEARANCE, ESSENCE and EXISTENCE
The world we see with our senses are very different than the world we see through our essence. Our senses perceive the world of appearance. Our essence perceive the deeper layers of existence. The first step of perceiving the world of essence is not to have any goal other than to understand. "Understanding" has to be the ultimate goal. Then, we can solve the problems.”
Petek Kabakci

Christopher Paolini
“Understanding breeds empathy.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest

“Once you tell somebody a story, you are all in the same world and you can all speak to each other about the same things and understand the same things.”
Bilal Tanweer, The Scatter Here Is Too Great

“Reasons were invented, and stories were reasons that allowed us to connect ourselves to the world, to compose ourselves in ways that others could read. Fragments were true but we needed stories greater than fragments. We needed stories in order to imagine the mad world we lived in.”
Bilal Tanweer, The Scatter Here Is Too Great

Byron Sogie-Thomas
“It was a non-verbal password which unlocked a conversation: they spoke, but did not need words!”
Byron Sogie-Thomas, Razor Bumps and Stretch Marks

Roy Wagner
“It is worthwhile studying other peoples, because every understanding of another culture is an experiment with our own.”
Roy Wagner, The Invention of Culture

“So many people have understanding, but in reality, they don’t really understand understanding! When you really understand understanding, you get a real understanding!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Roxane Gay
“We need to get to a place where we discuss privilege by way of observation and acknowledgment rather than accusation. We need to be able to argue beyond the threat of privilege. We need to stop playing Privilege or Oppression Olympics because we’ll never get anywhere until we find more effective ways of talking through difference. We should be able to say, “This is my truth,” and have that truth stand without a hundred clamoring voices shouting, giving the impression that multiple truths cannot coexist. Because at some point, doesn’t privilege become beside the point?”
Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

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