Quotations The Best Quotes About Understanding  

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No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy. Thomas Carlyle

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We are slaves to whatever we don't understand Vernon Howard

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The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others. John Locke

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Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Stephen Covey

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The key to understanding others is to first understand yourself

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No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be. Norman Vincent Peale

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If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not. G. K. Chesterton

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UNDERSTANDING does not necessarily mean AGREEMENT.

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If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. Carl Jung

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

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Understanding is a two-way street. Eleanor Roosevelt

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So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To understand one woman is not necessarily to understand any other woman. John Stuart Mill

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There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. Charles F. Kettering

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The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit. Wayne Dyer

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Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Folks never understand the folks they hate. James Russell Lowell

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A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them. Vernon Howard

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A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. Franz Kafka

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

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I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence. Jean Rostand

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"There must be love, and understanding, to betray. Most men haven't the wit or the honor for betrayal: not to know it when they see it; not the stomach to apprehend it as they do it. Most men, blind and dumb in their self-centeredness, don't betray: they merely disappoint." Janet Morris

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Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.

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'Tis better to understand, than to be understood.

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Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy

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We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile! Henry David Thoreau

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Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath. Jonathan Swift

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We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. Adlai Stevenson I

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The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. Baruch Spinoza

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I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. Baruch Spinoza

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If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

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The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilized men. Bertrand Russell

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Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding? Philip Roth

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Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. Samuel Johnson

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A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals. Henry James

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If I am to care for people in hospital I really must know every aspect of their treatment and to understand their suffering. Diana, Princess of Wales

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I understand people's suffering, people's pain, more than you will every know yourself. Diana, Princess of Wales

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

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

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Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known. Leonardo da Vinci

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People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains. G. K. Chesterton

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If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. Pearl S. Buck

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Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten. André Breton

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The world only goes round by misunderstanding. Charles Baudelaire

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We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. J. M. Barrie

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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Augustine of Hippo

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In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine. J. William Fulbright

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Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech. Thomas Hobbes

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Man know much more than he understands. Alfred Adler