quotations about understanding
If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.
CHINUA ACHEBE, The Atlantic Online, August 2, 2000
The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become.
MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly
Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.
LEMONY SNICKET, The Blank Book
To understand everything is to hate nothing.
ROMAIN ROLLAND, Jean-Christophe
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, A History of Western Philosophy
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, Notes on Pacifism
Seek to understand the root. It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.
BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
CARL SAGAN, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
MARIE CURIE, attributed, Our Precarious Habitat
A journey toward tolerance and understanding often starts with inconvenient truths about ourselves.
PETER G. SZILAGYI, "The Road to Tolerance and Understanding", AAP News, May 3, 2017
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague
I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.
SEAMUS HEANEY, This Week Magazine, April 15, 2004
The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.
NICHOLAS BLACK ELK, The Sacred Pipe
What you don't understand you can make mean anything.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary
A Jedi gains power through understanding and a Sith gains understanding through power.
PALPATINE, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
What a man does not understand, he does not possess.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke
I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, foreword, Sweet Bird of Youth
It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life