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Understanding Quotes

30 of the best book quotes about understanding
  1. #1
    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
  2. #2
    “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?”
  3. #3
    “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
  4. #4
    “As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.”
  5. #5
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
  6. #6
    “His ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.”
  1. #9
    “Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it’s nonsense.”
  2. #10
    “Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other.”
  3. #11
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
  4. #12
    As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations.
  5. #13
    “To understand is to forgive.”
  6. #14
    “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
  7. #15
  8. #16
    “She said nothing, and Sir Andrew too was silent, yet those two young people understood one another, as young people have a way of doing all the world over, and have done since the world began.”
  1. #17
    “Love. Why I don’t like the word is that it means too much to me, far more than you can understand,” and she glanced into his face. ‘Au revoir!‘”
  2. #18
    “The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”
  3. #19
    “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.”
  4. #20
    “I do not know everything; still many things I understand.”
  5. #21
    “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.”
  6. #22
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
  7. #23
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  8. #24
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  1. #25
    “My heart is heavy with the things that I do not understand.”
  2. #26
    “Their greatest comfort was a simple one: they were no longer alone. To know that you were with the one who cared for you, and who understood every fiber of your being, and who would not abandon you even in the most desperate of circumstances, that was the most precious relationship a person could have, and they both cherished it.”
  3. #27
    “Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know -or think they know- some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”
  4. #28
    “And understanding begets empathy and compassion, even for the meanest beggar . . . ”
  5. #29
    ″[Y]ou must strive to be calm, even if a hundred ravening enemies are snapping at your heels. Empty your mind and allow it to become like a tranquil pool that reflects everything around it and yet remains untouched by its surroundings. Understanding will come to you in that emptiness, when you are free of irrational fears about victory and defeat, life and death.”
  6. #30
    “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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