Understanding Quotes

Best selected understanding quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about understanding will motivate and inspire you and will make you much wiser about the subject.

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. Franz Kafka
Understanding brings control. Bonewitz
Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding? Philip Roth
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second. Beca Lewis Allen
The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture. William Hazlitt
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed -- That can make life a garden. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
To understand one woman is not necessarily to understand any other woman. John Stuart Mill
There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. Charles F. Kettering
I don't understand you. You don't understand me. What else do we have in common? Ashleigh Brilliant
Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known. Leonardo Da Vinci
I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams. Princess of Wales Diana
I understand people's suffering, people's pain, more than you will every know yourself. Princess of Wales Diana
Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath. Jonathan Swift
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. Emma Goldman
Understanding is a two-way street. Eleanor Roosevelt
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin
If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not. Gilbert K. Chesterton
When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely -- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand. Veda Upanishads
The man of understanding finds everything laughable. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox. Soren Kierkegaard
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. Leonardo Da Vinci
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. Lao-Tzu
Folks never understand the folks they hate. James Russell Lowell
Understanding does not necessarily mean agreement. Anonymous
Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Stephen R. Covey
Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request. Anonymous
A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide. Samuel Butler
The key to understanding others is to first understand yourself. Anonymous
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot. Anonymous
What we do not understand, we cannot control. Charles Reich
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. Elbert Hubbard
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding. H. H. Williams
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be. Norman Vincent Peale
People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The key to why things change is the key to everything. James E. Burke
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
And, most important, we have to shift our understanding of ourselves as separate individuals, each seeking our own welfare, to an understanding of how we fit into social, biological, and physical environments. Robert E. Ornstein
I started out with nothing. I still have most of it. Michael Davis
I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence. Jean Rostand
When a man begins to understand himself he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men. Norvin Mcgranahan
You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. Guy Finley
'Tis better to understand, than to be understood. Anonymous
There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women. Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
In youth we learn; in age we understand. Marie E. Eschenbach
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. Adlai E. Stevenson
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. Baruch Benedict de Spinoza
The guru, if he is gifted, reads the story as any bilingual person might. He does not translate-he understands. Sheldon Kopp
We are slaves to whatever we don't understand. Vernon Howard
It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything. Rene Coty
The world only goes round by misunderstanding. Charles Baudelaire
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will. Martin Luther King Jr.
It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot. Anatole France
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. St. Augustine
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Harper Lee
If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. Zen Saying
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. Sir James M. Barrie
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
When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. Baruch Benedict de Spinoza
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
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. Pearl S. Buck
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. Andre Breton
No one is going to turn down a good meal because he does not understand the digestive mechanism. V. I. Klassen
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. Samuel Johnson
No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy. Thomas Carlyle
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
Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech. Thomas Hobbes
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be --not understood, but divined. Remy De Gourmont
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another. Emma Goldman
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. Carl Jung
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else. Nikki Giovanni
Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Count Leo Tolstoy
To understand is to perceive patterns. Sir Isaiah Berlin
A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals. Henry James
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. Albert Einstein
Man know much more than he understands. Alfred Adler
Return to the root and you will find the meaning. Sengstan
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand. Homer Simpson
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. Upton Sinclair
In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine. J. William Fulbright
If I am to care for people in hospital I really must know every aspect of their treatment and to understand their suffering. Princess of Wales Diana
A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them. Vernon Howard

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