300+ Understanding Quotes – Quotes About Understanding

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Understanding is necessary for social interaction. This generates understanding, appreciation, and cooperation. Lack of communication can lead to broken relationships and missed opportunities. Many people use quotes to guide their personal and professional decisions. Famous statements can help convey understanding, perspective-taking, and open-mindedness.

This post will review some of the most meaningful and timeless understanding quotes to help us become better listeners, communicators, and problem solvers. Quotes may help anyone improve their relationships, leadership, or viewpoint. Hence, let’s explore some of the most influential and thought-provoking understanding quotes that will inspire you to be more kind and more understanding.

Best Understanding Quotes

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Philo


Know love and you’ll know who loves! Know perfect love and you’ll know who loves and who does not love! – Joshua Aaron Guillory


Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. – Albert Einstein


I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – Oscar Wilde


Gossip is the most deadly microbe. It has neither legs nor wings. It is composed entirely of tales, and most of them have stings. – Morris


A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot. – Albert Einstein


What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman. – Lord Byron


Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. -Marian Anderson


People relate to things, objects… The important thing is to create something that relates to people. -Mark Adams


Any fool can know. The point is to understand. – Albert Einstein


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


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa


Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. – Albert Einstein


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


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Gustav Jung


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius


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


People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live. – Robert Riskin


Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. – Dalai Lama


If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all. – CHINUA ACHEBE


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. – Dale Carnegie


Know thyself?’ If I knew myself, I’d run away. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. – Joanne Kathleen Rowling


Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck. – Joss Whedon


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


Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards. ― Søren Kierkegaard


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


Understanding is a two-way street. – Eleanor Roosevelt


Be careful to understand, not to respond when listening to others. – Ahmed Mayouf


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. – Og Mandino


If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. – Carl Jung


Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men. – Albert Einstein


Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason, each is against the others. – Simone de Beauvoir


True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, & the world around us. – Socrates


I am not interested in the landscape in the topographical sense. I am only interested in painting one’s feelings, strong feelings, passionate feelings. One paints in order to try to understand a bit about life and about oneself.  – Norman Adams


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. – Euripides


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


Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit. – Kahil Gibran


I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. – Eartha Kitt


Listening is not understanding the words of the question asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place. — Simon Sinek


He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. – Elbert Hubbard


If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. – Lyndon Johnson


To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. –  Tony Robbins


Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.  – John D. Rockefeller


Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach. – Aristotle


Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so. – LEMONY SNICKET


Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done. – Aaron Burr


A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. – George Moore


The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people. – Maria Montessori


Maturity is not when we start speaking about big things. It is when we start understanding small things. – Anonymous


What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. – Alice Walker


Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. – Van Gogh


Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. – Martin Luther King Jr.


Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald


Learn the rules of the game and play to conquer without fear. – Malika E Nura


I write to understand as much as to be understood. – Elie Wiesel


Women are made to be loved, not understood. – Oscar Wilde


Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton


Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of eighteen. – Albert Einstein


I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He’s just incapable of it. – Barbara Jordan


Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. – Marge Piercy


Understanding, and action proceeding from understanding and guided by it, is one weapon against the world’s bombardment.  – James Agee


Do not seek the because – in love, there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. -Anaïs Nin


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


Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend: and inside a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx


A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.  – Gian Carlo Menotti


To not know math is a severe limitation in understanding the world. — Richard P. Feynman


Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. – Chinese Proverb


The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. – Francis Bacon


You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. – Guy Finley


A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.  – Isadora James


When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries. – Paulo Coelho


The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become. – MUHAMMAD ALI


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei


All the wonders you seek are within yourself. – Sir Thomas Browne


I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences. – John Denver


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


If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. – Criss Jami


Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn’t taken the time adequately to understand. – Robert R. Brown


Without understanding yourself, what is the use of trying to understand the world? – Ramana Maharshi


Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand. ― Hayley Williams


In my own deepening understanding of myself, I find my capacity to serve others is deepened as well. The better I am at self-care the more genuinely nurturing of others I am able to be. – Mary Anne Radmacher


Communication succeeds when you make others understand you clearly, and they make you understand them clearly. – Nabil N Jamal


Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. – Stephen Hawking


What I do is the truest mirror of who I am. – Craig D. Lounsbrough


A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. – Albert Einstein


Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. – Charlotte Whitton


Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. – Carl Sagan


Order is a necessary condition for anything the human mind is to understand. – Rudolf Arnheim


Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever,-One foot in sea and one onshore, To one thing constant never. – William Shakespeare


I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. – Abraham Lincoln


So long as there is a little real friendship and a desire to help each other that is sufficient. – Nathan Bisrizki


Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. – Isaac Asimov


Stop. Take 3 deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body, observing what’s happening in your body. Proceed now with kindness and understanding. — Deepak Chopra


It is a common fault never to be satisfied with our fortune, nor dissatisfied with our understanding. – La Rochefoucauld


Everyone hears only what he understands. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. – Douglas MacArthur


Big sisters are the crabgrass in the lawn of life.  – Charles M. Schulz


The world has a soul and whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of many things. – Paulo Coelho


To understand everything is to hate nothing. – ROMAIN ROLLAND


To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. – Kahlil Gibran


I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want. – Mark Twain


My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. – Maya Angelou


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. – Khalil Gibran


In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it. – Mitch Albom


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


If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened. – Martin Luther King Jr.


Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort. ― Roy T. Bennett


Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy. To see the world with new eyes – open eyes – loving eyes. To choose compassion and understanding – for ourselves, our family, our friends, our community, for the whole world. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. -(Proverbs 4:7 KJV) Bible


To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. – Marcus Aurelius


What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Words that do not match deeds are not important. – Che Guevara


If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. – Albert Einstein


Women who acquire power are more likely to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it. – Carolyn Heilbrun


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


What you don’t understand, you can make mean anything.  – Jay Asher


Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. – John Steinbeck


The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl Rogers


The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. – Pierre Corneille


Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. If you put water in a cup it becomes the cup, if you put into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.  – Bruce Lee


The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. — Carl Sagan


Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child. – Cicero


If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. -Thich Nhat Hanh


Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. –  Lakhdar Brahimi


I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision. – Eleanor Roosevelt


If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  – Linda Sunshine


Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. – Marvin J. Ashton


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


Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is the limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly. – Richard Bach


We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith. – Barack Obama


We are all unique. Don’t judge, understand instead. – Roy T. Bennett


I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. – Hermann Hesse


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. – Henri Bergson


My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. – Stephen Hawking


Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ― Frank Herbert


Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. – Stephen R. Covey


A mind must be opened to understanding itself before correcting another. – Eric S Nelson


Understanding brings control. – Isaac Bonewits


I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. – Richard Dawkins


Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. – Buddha


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein


Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn’t have what it takes. They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes. – Clare Boothe Luce


We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. –Talmud


Postmodernism does not help us understand good art. It encourages art that can be easily understood and throws in something catchy to cover the loss of mystery. – Darby Bannard


Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years. – Richard Bach


Furious activity is no substitute for understanding. –  H.H. Williams


The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones. – Wendell Wilkie


What does mysticism mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.  – Elie Wiesel


I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning. — Muhammad Ali


To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. – Disraeli


Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. – Neil Armstrong


Speak to your heart. If they don’t understand, the message was never meant for them anyway. – Yasmin Mogahed


A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves. – Toni Morrison


Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding. – Steve Maraboli


A journey toward tolerance and understanding often starts with inconvenient truths about ourselves. -PETER G. SZILAGYI


You do not understand even life. How can you understand death? – Confucius


If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoing a transformation. – Jiddu Krishnamurti


Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers


Understanding your past can help you create a better future. – Robert Tew


We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. – Gwendolyn Brooks


To teach is to understand. To learn is wisdom. To learn together is understanding wisdom. – Sid Mendenhall


Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. The money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given. – Mother Teresa


The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective. ― James Patterson


And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me. – NICHOLAS BLACK ELK


Admit when you don’t know the answer. Don’t try to fake your level of knowledge or skill by making up an answer when you don’t know one. Admit if you don’t know something. – Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha


Understanding arises through making. – Giambattista Vico


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela


When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. – Donald Miller


Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love. – Albert Einstein


Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy. – Bill Cosby


Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? – Henry David Thoreau


Every one of us sees ‘green’ differently. So everything is an approximation of understanding.  – Nick Bantock


To perceive is to suffer. – Aristotle


Be still and move into higher levels of understanding and joy. Start with yourself. –  Jo-Ann Downey


The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett


Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself. — Jiddu Krishnamurti


The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins. – Oliver Wendell Holmes


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


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


A man’s mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.  – Rudyard Kipling


I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. – Helen Keller


The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and understanding. – NICHOLAS BLACK ELK


A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us. – Friedrich Nietzsche


To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom. – Socrates


Self-questioning and a desire to gain self-understanding is the fêted act of humankind. – Kilroy J. Oldster


Be patient and understanding. – Phillips Brooks


I call him religious who understands the suffering of others. – Mahatma Gandhi


Man knows much more than he understands. – Alfred Adler


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


Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean. ― Bob Dylan


Let us CHOOSE to bless ALL those around us, not with an EXPECTATION that they should be more evolved, but with UNDERSTANDING, and with our INTENTION for a magnificent future for all humans. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Overlook faults, understand, don’t be selfish and above all don’t compare yourself to another……love will definitely remain within you. – Hermann J Steinherr


Understanding why is never enough. – Lucy Freeman


It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. – Upton Sinclair


No road is long with good company. — Turkish Proverb


There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein


Good-looking girls break hearts, and goodhearted girls mend them. – Mignon McLaughlin


Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people’s behavior, it would all make sense. -Sigmund Freud


It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.  – Charles Baudelaire


Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good on. – Dean Koontz


Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.  – Oscar Wilde


I still believe in peace, love, and understanding. — John Lennon


If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. – Kurt Lewin


You cannot put the same shoe on every foot. – Publilius Syrus


It is understanding that gives us the ability to have peace. – Harry S. Truman


So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money? – Ayn Rand


He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it. –  Pittacus Lore


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


Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau


The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. – Julien Green


Use whatever has come to awaken patience, understanding, and love. – Jack Kornfield


I know you despise me; allow me to say, it is because you do not understand me. – Elizabeth Gaskell


The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line. – Joanna Field


We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life. – John Cage


How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you? ― Robert Frost


The loving energy that I radiate into this world is a gift beyond my own understanding. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Love should be based on understanding, trust and faith which are the building blocks of a happy and harmonious relationship. – Anurag Prakash Ray


Understanding is the beginning of approving. – Andre Gide


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


If you want understanding try giving some. – Malcolm Forbes


The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas. – Albert Einstein


Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. – Samuel Johnson


Understanding is not absolutely final. What’s now right could be wrong later. – Toba Beta


I think it happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. And so you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on. – Nicholas Sparks


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. – Alfred Lord Tennyson


Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. — Epictetus


Of all men’s miseries, the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. -Herodotus


The heart has reasons which the reason cannot understand. – Blaise Pascal


If you would judge, understand. – Seneca


A woman should be pink and cuddly for a man.  – Jayne Mansfield


Not being understood may be taken as a sign that there is much in one to understand. – Alain de Botton


There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. – Benjamin Franklin


I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding. – TENNESSEE WILLIAMS


The man that wars with and judges others are eternally lost. The man that wars with and judges himself are eternally found. – Jason Versey


No one is perfect, that is why understanding is so important. – Anonymous


If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation. – Haruki Murakami


The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit. – Confucius


We had great faith that with patience, understanding, and education, that my family and I could be helpful in changing their minds and attitudes around. – Ryan White


If you know why you can live anyhow. ― Friedrich Nietzsche


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


No one but you is stopping you from achieving what you want to accomplish. Its time to identify the areas in which you doubt yourself and remove those barriers. – Vinayak Sable


Understanding and connection can transcend conflict. – Marshall B. Rosenberg


Life is too short to learn German. – Oscar Wilde


If you wish to please people, you must begin by understanding them. – Charles Reade


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein


Beauty is the first present Nature gives to women, and the first it takes away. – Fay Weldon


Your mind is your servant, your body is your vehicle and your soul is your residence. – Yogi Bhajan


More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding. – Richard Dawkins


Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  – Nathaniel Hawthorne


The electron is a theory we use; it is so useful in understanding the way nature works that we can almost call it real. — Richard P. Feynman


We do not know one-millionth of one percent about anything. – Thomas A. Edison


Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. – Emma Goldman


When your mind is simply trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. – Joseph Campbell


I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand’ something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country. – Eleanor Roosevelt


To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. – Lao Tzu


It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand. – LEONARDO DA VINCI


There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. -Aldous Huxley


Understanding is a kind of ecstasy. – Carl Fagan


Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist. – Madeleine L’Engle


No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. – Plato


We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise! -Maya Angelou


We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them. ― ram dass


Understand the difference between failing, which each of us does often, and being a failure, which is a state of mind no one should ever allow themself to fall into. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Understanding is the wages of faith. – Saint Augustine


How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words. – David Foster Wallace


Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. — Swedish Proverb


No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein


Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend. – Marcel Achard


Once you understand everything is a metaphor, you live a quickened life. – Carole Ann Borges


And when I came in with tears in my eyes, you always knew whether I needed you to hold me or just let me be. I don’t know how you knew, but you did, and you made it easier for me. – Nicholas Sparks


Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain


The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding. — Miyamoto Musashi


We are slaves to whatever we don’t understand. – Vernon Howard


Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.  – Jean Paul


Sometimes you can only understand why things happen when you see them in the rearview mirror. – Ron Hall


If the right path of human understanding is followed, then we will have heaven on earth. – EMANUEL SCHIKANEDER


You may never live long enough to discover who you are, but by the time you reach middle age, you will hopefully realize who you are not. – James Rozoff


Treat people with understanding when you can and fake it when you can’t until you do understand. – Kim Harrison


Seek understanding before you lead. – Imam Shafi’i


Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life, you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver


The way we’re going to get to understanding is for each man to open his heart and open his mind and look in himself as he looks at his neighbor. – Pearl Bailey


Aptitude found in understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. – Marcus Aurelius


Why should things be easy to understand? ― Thomas Pynchon


It is necessary for us to understand that the only Active Principle is Spirit. – Ernest Holmes


Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings. – Haruki Murakami


Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein


Between men and women, there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. – Oscar Wilde


To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself. – Georges Braque


The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. – Meister Eckhart


There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. – Roald Amundsen


Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love. — Jane Goodall


For the writer, there is nothing quite like having someone say that he or she understands, that you have reached them and affected them with what you have written. – Virginia Hamilton


There is a joy in sorrow that none but a mourner can know.  – Jean Paul


God is the name we give to the science we don’t understand. Science is the name we give to God we don’t understand. – Steve Maraboli


The purpose is understanding why you do what you do. – Billy Cox

Understanding is a key part of getting along with other people, and the right words can help us do that. These quotes about understanding show how important empathy, patience, and an open mind are for getting to know ourselves and others better. By following these rules, we can make our relationships stronger, bridge the gaps between cultures, and find common ground despite our differences. So let us always strive for greater understanding and remember the wisdom of these understanding quotes as we navigate the complexities of the world around us.

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