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Understanding Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Understanding

Please enjoy these Understanding Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

Understanding is a two-way street.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working
and functions of his machine,
man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he
will always remain a slave.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

An understanding of the natural world and what's in
it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.
- David Attenborough

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may,
by culture, care, attention, and labor,
make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
- Lord Chesterfield

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious
encroachment by men of zeal,
well meaning but without understanding.
- Louis D. Brandeis

But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction.
It is an endeavor toward better understanding.
- Marc Bloch

What we really need to be understanding is that all
of these things matter and they all stem from the fact
that certain people live with power and authority and
they want to maintain it.
- Anita Hill

I always say that it's about breaking the rules.
But the secret of breaking rules in a way that works
is understanding what the rules are in the first place.
- Rick Wakeman

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

As we rise higher in the understanding of ourselves,
the national and racial dissonances will be forgotten
in the universal rhythms of Truth and Love.
- Ruth St.
Denis

I believe that we are here for each other,
not against each other.
Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life -
whoever you are,
whatever our differences.
- John Denver

Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies,
in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
- Lord Chesterfield

I never desired to please the rabble.
What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew
was far removed from their understanding.
- Epicurus

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited.
Genius coming from reason and imagination,
rarely.
- Marcus Aurelius

I was trying to find out what it was that everybody
else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
- David Antin

This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think and engages
them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth.
- William Glasser

Biological engineering is not necessarily understanding systems but rather,
I want to be able to design and build biological systems
to perform particular applications.
- Drew Endy

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

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

I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions,
their insecurities, people's distress,
and their hopes and dreams.
- Princess Diana

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether
or not anyone says a word.
She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.
- Richard Russo

We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.
- Robert Hall

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman,
the understanding; a pure one, the soul.
- Minna Antrim

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds,
as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding,
and as it strengthens virtue.
- David Hume

Large skepticism leads to large understanding.
Small skepticism leads to small understanding.
No skepticism leads to no understanding.
- Xi Zhi

A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.
- Douglas MacArthur

If you take my performance or my understanding of the
role and my appreciation for story and then dress it in CGI,
that I guess becomes an action film.
- Vin Diesel

There would be no society if living together depended
upon understanding each other.
- Eric Hoffer


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