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Understanding Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Understanding

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Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

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Peace cannot be achieved through violence,
it can only be attained through understanding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Understanding is a two-way street.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

 

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

Understanding does not cure evil,
but it is a definite help,
inasmuch as one can cope
with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung

The power of intuitive understanding
will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
- Lao Tzu

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
- Khalil Gibran

Peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.
- Albert Einstein

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We are composed of self-contradictions.
Each of us is loving in some moments - hateful in others.
Patient and calm sometimes - harried by urgency at others.
Understanding - and self-absorbed.
Reassuring - and sarcastic.
Generous - and greedy.
Trusting - and jealous.
Comforting - and snappish.
Original - and stuck in a rut.
Thankful - and needy.
Forgiving - and vengeful.
Nurturing ourself - and stuffing ourself with fast food.
Honoring our bodies - and overstressing.
Being Joyful - and Suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
- Khalil Gibran

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In my own deepening understanding of myself
I find my capacity to serve others is deepened as well.
The better I am at self-care
the more genuinely nurturing of others I am able to be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The world is a better place because I am here;
the energy that I radiate into this world
is a gift beyond my own understanding.
Through ME, an all encompassing Love enters this world;
and I am profoundly grateful that the Powers of Light
have chosen ME to be a conduit for Infinite Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

The loving energy that I radiate into this world
is a gift beyond my own understanding.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams,
but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit,
compassion, love, and understanding.
- Louis Gerstner

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding.
I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
- Helen Keller

Any woman who understands the problems of running a
home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- Margaret Thatcher

We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive
predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars,
adding machines, and other artifacts,
but nothing is proved by such attributions.
- John Searle

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and
disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

Shallow understanding from people of good will
is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding
from people of ill will.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family,
together, all of us laughing and talking,
loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.
- LaToya Jackson

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that
we are immune to their operations.
- David Gerrold

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of
understanding and misunderstanding.
- Diane Arbus

In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding
equals ten dollars' worth of medical science.
- Martin H. Fischer

Having family responsibilities and concerns just has
to make you a more understanding person.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Data is not information, information is not knowledge,
knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.
- Clifford Stoll

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of
a society can be understood without understanding both.
- C. Wright Mills

They have come up with a perfect understanding.
He won't try to run her life,
and he won't try to run his, either.
- Anonymous

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

I owe much to mother.
She had an expert's understanding, but also approached art emotionally.
- David Rockefeller

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love,
of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
- Mother Teresa

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

We've been very bad at understanding why the right-wing does things.
- Kathy Acker

A wrong concept misleads the understanding;
a wrong deed degrades the whole man,
and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.
- Muhammed Iqbal

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection
or regard of the understanding.
- John Locke

I want to block some common misunderstandings about "understanding":
In many of these discussions one finds a lot of fancy
footwork about the word "understanding."
- John Searle

Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding
as to think their own way the best.
- Mary Astell

Courage is just fear, plus prayers, plus understanding.
- Edward Albert

I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers;
rather,
compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides.
- Kyan Douglas

The world changes materially.
Science makes advances in technology and understanding.
But the world of humanity doesn't change.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Many injuries and deaths can be prevented through an
understanding of the dangers of power lines,
electrical appliances, extension cords,
and lightning.
- Richard Neal

Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench,
underscoring the importance of appointing judges who
have a proper understanding of their constitutional role.
- Paul Weyrich

The human crisis is always a crisis of understanding:
what we genuinely understand we can do.
- Raymond Williams

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience
and the understanding unfurnished and void.
- Michel de Montaigne

The white people of the South are the greatest minority in this nation.
They deserve consideration and understanding instead
of the persecution of twisted propaganda.
- Strom Thurmond

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding
of where he was in the history of where he came from
doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting.
- Jodie Foster

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond
of offering criticism from on high instead of studying
and understanding things from within.
- Edmund Husserl

Our understanding of the world around us is constantly
being redefined and expanded,
and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about
seeking for truth than knowing it.
- Bryant H. McGill

Everything depends therefore on encountering thought at its source.
Such thought is the reality of man's being,
which achieved consciousness and understanding of itself through it.
- Karl Jaspers

In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and
tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order.
- Kamisese Mara

It's understanding the intention of a composer that
allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
- Michael Bolton

Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court,
but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

You grow up a lot in terms of your understanding of
the industry and how to deal with the corporate things.
- Dougray Scott

It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
- Upton Sinclair

The economic and political roots of the conflicts are
too strong for us to pretend to create a lasting state
of harmonious understanding between men.
- Alva Myrdal

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied
with not understanding the world.
- Richard Dawkins

In my solitude, many miles from men and houses,
I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind,
which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you.
- Knut Hamsun


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