Understanding Quotes

20 of the best book quotes about understanding
  1. #1
    “Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?”
  2. #2
    “As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.”
  3. #3
    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
  4. #4
    “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
  5. #5
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
  6. #6
    “Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it’s nonsense.”
  7. #7
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
  8. #8
    “It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.”
  9. #9
    “Science has its place in man’s search for understanding, but science and the imagination have tended to bifurcate in the modern world; only the true poetic intellect can end this long-established dualism.”
  10. #10
  11. #11
    “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
  12. #12
    “I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”
  13. #13
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
  14. #14
    “I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if anyone will ever overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good, plain fun.”
  15. #15
    “I do not know everything; still many things I understand.”
  16. #16
    “And understanding begets empathy and compassion, even for the meanest beggar . . . ”
  17. #17
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  18. #18
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  19. #19
    “My heart is heavy with the things that I do not understand.”
  20. #20
    “Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding.”
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