Quotes and Sayings about Understanding



"I think you also understand that one of the key things that's got to be done in Iraq is to build a mentality of understanding that the military needs to be subordinate to civilian control and respectful of its own people."
- John Abizaid
(Related: People, Control, Iraq, Key, Military, Needs, Understanding)

"We've been very bad at understanding why the right-wing does things."
- Kathy Acker
(Related: Right, Understanding)

"Now being in such grace and favor by reason I learned him some points of geometry and understanding of the art of mathematics with other things, I pleased him so that what I said he would not contrary."
- Will Adams
(Related: Art, Being, Geometry, Grace, Mathematics, Now, Reason, Understanding)

"At which time came to us many boats and we suffered them to come aboard, being not able to resist them, which people did us no harm, neither of us understanding the one the other."
- Will Adams
(Related: Time, People, Being, Boats, Harm, Understanding)

"The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Nature, Peace, Science, Soul, Goal, Being, Human nature, Mind, Understanding)

"In the strange heat all litigation brings to bear on things, the very process of litigation fosters the most profound misunderstandings in the world."
- Renata Adler
(Related: World)

"Courage is just fear, plus prayers, plus understanding."
- Edward Albert
(Related: Fear, Courage, Understanding)

"On a level of simple personal survival, understanding and forgiveness are crucial... whether in an intimate personal relationship or on a global level."
- Edward Albert
(Related: Forgiveness, Survival, Understanding)

"It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding, that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last phrase as objects of contemplation, the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Act, Contemplation, Enjoyment, May)

"Among our own people also the church sorely needs clergy in close touch with the ordinary life of the laity, living the life of ordinary men, sharing their difficulties and understanding their trials by close personal experience."
- Roland Allen
(Related: Experience, Life, Men, People, Church, Difficulties, Living, Needs, Sharing, Trials, Understanding)

"I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world."
- Ted Allen
(Related: Idea, Cooking, Curiosity, Guest, Understanding, World)

"Many Americans don't have an understanding of the freedoms they regularly enjoy."
- Dave Anderson
(Related: Americans, Understanding)

"I don't know the taxpayer has perhaps much of an understanding of just how much wealth has been and is being and can be created that flows through the economy and just how many jobs depend upon it."
- John Anderson
(Related: Wealth, Being, Economy, Jobs, Understanding)

"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it."
- Marian Anderson
(Related: Leadership, Needs, Understanding)

"There's never going to be a great misunderstanding of me. I think I'm a little whacked."
- Pamela Anderson
"It's almost a responsibility for all the people of the United Kingdom, regardless of race, color or creed, and an understanding that you have an individual connection with each and every one."
- Prince Andrew
(Related: People, Connection, Race, Responsibility, Understanding, United)

"In reality I have said very little things; I didn't point out many things to Geoffrey, I trusted very much not only his understanding of what I was doing, or what I wanted to do, in that moment."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Reality, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Mother, People, College, Ignorance, School, Understanding)

"We define ourselves, in part, by the discriminations we make. The value of what we love is enriched by our understanding of what we dislike."
- David Ansen
(Related: Love, Understanding, Value)

"I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding."
- David Antin
(Related: Giving, Trying, Understanding)

"A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Soul, Eye, Understanding, Woman)

"No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes."
- Avi Arad
(Related: Life, Being, Books, Literature, Metaphors, Reading, Understanding)

"Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding."
- Diane Arbus
(Related: Love, Understanding)

"I don't think the news department will have to lie down and play dead like it has in the past. By and large the network has been understanding, but then so have I."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: Lie, Network, News, Past, Play, Understanding, Will)

"Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding as to think their own way the best."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Body, Opinion, Understanding)

"An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment."
- David Attenborough
(Related: Curiosity, Fulfillment, Understanding, World)

"Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Imagination, Genius, Reason, Understanding)

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Eyes, Understanding)

"The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Nature, Senses, Understanding)

"It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story."
- James Baldwin
(Related: Music, America, Americans, Limits, Sentimentality, Understanding)

"We want you to sit down and leave your egos at home and let's get an understanding as to where all this is foolishness coming from. There are others who are putting things out there or throwing a stick and hiding their hand and keeping things built up in the media."
- Afrika Bambaataa
(Related: Home, Foolishness, Media, Understanding, Want)

"It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways."
- Dennis Banks
(Related: Spirit, Understanding, Will)

"Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is."
- Amiri Baraka
(Related: Art, Thought, Existence, Understanding)

"I think the American people are very smart in understanding our country is very trustworthy with nuclear weapons. We've had them from the beginning. But they have also been critical for keeping the world more at peace than it would have been if it hadn't been for the American nuclear umbrella."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Peace, People, American, Beginning, Country, Understanding, Weapons, World)

"Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them."
- John Barton
(Related: Poems, Understanding, Victims)

"The family is changing, not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it, look for the new metaphors."
- Mary Catherine Bateson
(Related: Family, Metaphors, Understanding)

"It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: People, Luck)

"The world only goes round by misunderstanding."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: World)

"Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings."
- Vicki Baum
(Related: Art, Marriage, Insincerity, Understanding)

"The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Love, Cause, Sense, Sexes, Word)

"Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There's no understanding of it."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Success, Failure, Sweetness, Understanding)

"Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age."
- Michael Behe
(Related: Age, History, Key, Understanding)

"Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

"It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Community, Interest, Talk, Understanding)

"It is very hard to separate one's self from a character. Sometimes the people closest to me have to be very understanding."
- Halle Berry
(Related: People, Character, Self, Understanding)

"So basically the understanding on these so-called reissues is that they were done behind my back, without my permission, and the band informed me that I would no longer be paid on them at all."
- Jello Biafra
(Related: Understanding)

"Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Art, Limitations, Thinking)

"Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Education, Understanding)

"High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa'ida organization that was attacking this country."
- Dennis C. Blair
(Related: Country, Information, Understanding, Value)

"There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must."
- Tony Blair
(Related: Defeat, Meeting, Terror, Understanding)

"But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding."
- Marc Bloch
(Related: History, Understanding)

"Being a good television screenwriter requires an understanding of the way film accelerates the communication of words."
- Steven Bochco
(Related: Being, Communication, Film, Television, Understanding, Words)

"To see nothing is to perceive the Way, and to understand nothing is to know the Dharma, because seeing is neither seeing nor not seeing and because understanding is neither understanding nor not understanding."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Nothing, Understanding)

"It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Intention, Moments, Understanding)

"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Mother, Compassion, Judgment, Understanding)

"At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations."
- Amar Bose
(Related: Body, Expectations, Fortune, Network, Theory, Understanding, Years)

"I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding."
- James Boswell
(Related: Argument, Understanding)

"What we can do now is contribute to a clearer understanding of what happened that day on Everest in the hope that the lessons to be learned will reduce the risk for others who, like us, take on the challenge of the mountains."
- Anatoli Boukreev
(Related: Hope, Challenge, Day, Mountains, Now, Risk, Understanding, Will)

"More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding."
- Paul D. Boyer
(Related: Love, Father, Discipline, Honesty, Compassion, Example, Understanding, Word)

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Men, Liberty, Meaning, Understanding, Zeal)

"I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it."
- Richard Branson
(Related: Old, School, Tests, Understanding, Years)

"We here in the North have for many years had a natural tendency to feel that when our representatives come together at an international meeting, we embark on the quest of mutual understanding and support."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Meeting, Quest, Support, Understanding, Years)

"The moment I saw the model and heard about the complementing base pairs I realized that it was the key to understanding all the problems in biology we had found intractable - it was the birth of molecular biology."
- Sydney Brenner
(Related: Key, Problems, Understanding)

"Well, just that there would be somebody in the office and the voters - it was more or less an understanding in the entire community, as long as that person was doing a good job on the merits, nobody was going to run against him."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Community, Job, Office, Understanding)

"Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Nature, Science, Force, Magic, Man, Understanding)

"Power is the by-product of understanding."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Power, Understanding)

"We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Nature, Control, Gain, Laws, Understanding)

"Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious."
- Phillips Brooks
(Related: Life, Understanding)

"Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer, physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time."
- David R. Brower
(Related: Love, Time, Cancer, Man, Physics, Understanding, Will)

"I can't talk about anything or write about anything if I don't understand it. So a lot of the stuff that I go through and a lot of the time that I spend is understanding."
- Alton Brown
(Related: Time, Talk, Understanding)

"To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding."
- Anatole Broyard
(Related: Peace, Possibility, Punishment, Writer)

"More than ever before, there is a global understanding that long-term social, economic, and environmental development would be impossible without healthy families, communities, and countries."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Environmental, Development, Countries, Understanding)

"To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity."
- Steven Brust
(Related: Trust, Fear, Action, Conformity, Danger, Eccentricity, Fashion, Understanding)

"I have friends who have a CD mastering plant in Hollywood and they are very sceptical about European record labels' understanding of digital technology."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Technology, Friends, Hollywood, Understanding)

"They may then be willing to cast principled votes based on an educated understanding of the public interest in the face of polls suggesting that the public itself may have quite a different understanding of where its interest lies."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Interest, Lies, May, Public, Understanding)

"But let there be no misunderstanding. The war against terror is every bit as important as our fight against fascism in World War II. Or our struggle against the spread of Communism during the Cold War."
- Jim Bunning
(Related: War, Communism, Fascism, Fight, Struggle, Terror, World, World war)

"With European powers no new subjects of difficulty have arisen, and those which were under discussion, although not terminated, do not present a more unfavorable aspect for the future preservation of that good understanding which it has ever been our desire to cultivate."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Desire, Difficulty, Future, Present, Understanding)

"I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Business, Understanding)

"We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?"
- Ken Burns
(Related: Time, Jazz, Understanding)

"I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America you have to know about the Civil War."
- Ken Burns
(Related: War, America, Country, states, Understanding, United, Want)

"I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words."
- Tim Burton
(Related: People, Meaning, Understanding, Words)

"If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability."
- Vannevar Bush
(Related: Arithmetic, Mathematics, Poker, Understanding, World)

"We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life."
- John Cage
(Related: Business, Life, Understanding)

"From where I am sitting much of the country now sees the President the way I have seen him since the campaign. He is an ambitious leftist, with little understanding of economics, and with far-reaching goals to create significant and irreversible growth of government and redistribution of wealth through dramatic changes in tax, regulatory, and spending policies."
- Charles W. Calomiris
(Related: Government, Goals, Growth, Wealth, Country, Economics, Tax, Now, President, Understanding)

"These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime."
- Giraldus Cambrensis
(Related: People, Being, Cunning, Intellect, Quick, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Evil, Harm, Ignorance, Intentions, May, Understanding, World)

"Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time."
- Karel Capek
(Related: Nature, Time, Work, Progress, Childhood, Glory, Nonsense, Understanding, Waste)

"My understanding is that what was provided was general order of battle information, not operational intelligence. I certainly have no knowledge of US participation in preparing battle and strike packages and doubt strongly that that occurred."
- Frank Carlucci
(Related: Intelligence, Knowledge, Battle, Doubt, Information, Order, Participation, Understanding)

"Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Imagination, Company, Poor, Understanding)

"When I last went to Italy, over two years ago, I had a lot more trouble understanding the language than I used to when I lived there for a year. I used to speak very little but I could understand very well."
- Marcel Carne
(Related: Italy, Language, Trouble, Understanding, Years)

"And though I might have learnt more wit and advanced my understanding by living in a Court, yet being dull, fearful and bashful, I neither heeded what was said or practised, but just what belonged to my loyal duty and my own honest reputation."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Being, Court, Duty, Living, Reputation, Understanding, Wit)

"To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is."
- Dick Cavett
"For anyone to open their heart, they need the right atmosphere, and something to prompt them. For my mother it was her trip abroad: she was in a very relaxed, understanding environment. I was very sympathetic towards her."
- Jung Chang
(Related: Mother, Heart, Environment, Open, Right, Understanding)

"My understanding is that Olivia had no idea what was going on."
- Crystal Chappell
(Related: Idea, Understanding)

"I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Attention, Care, Culture, Labor, Man, May, Understanding)

"Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Men, Women)

"Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Affectation, Dress, Mind, Understanding)

"Prior to the PATRIOT Act, the ability of government agencies to share information with each other was limited, which kept investigators from fully understanding what terrorists might be planning and to prevent their attacks."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Government, Ability, Act, Information, Planning, Understanding)

"A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others."
- Chin-Ning Chu
(Related: Dreams, Life, Successful, Understanding)

"There is a state that is able to understand the demand in the economy. That state should use prices as an instrument for implementation of this understanding."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Economy, State, Understanding)

"But I deal with this meditating and by understanding I've been put on the planet to serve humanity. I have to remind myself to live simply and not to overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Battle, Humanity, Understanding, World)

"Some things are only capable of being done in space. Examples of that are looking at our Earth from that far away, and understanding the entire processes of storms and weather patterns, and oceans, and coastlines."
- Laurel Clark
(Related: Being, Earth, Oceans, Space, Storms, Understanding, Weather)

"Maybe our telling of the story wasn't as clear as it should have been, but I don't think that's true. In terms of understanding the story, it comes across."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Understanding)

"Take the decision in early March to arrest Muqtada al-Sadr. It was made apparently without knowledge or understanding of the nature of his movement or how widespread it is."
- Juan Cole
(Related: Nature, Knowledge, Decision, March, Understanding)

"Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Imagination, Talent, Genius, Action, Being, Lying, Reason, Understanding)

"Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Ignorance, Understanding, Writer)

"May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ages, increasing friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Humanity, Joy, May, Nations, Understanding)

"Worrying that banning flag desecration would inhibit free speech reveals a misunderstanding of the flag's fundamental nature."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Nature, Free speech)

"I finally realized that yeah I did want to be an actor and it wasn't out of habit, but I needed to grow up for myself and then kind of re-enter the industry with a sound understanding of what my sensibilities and my values are as a relatively formed human being."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Habit, Values, Actor, Being, Sound, Understanding, Want)

"We obviously need more love in the world. And we obviously need more compassion and understanding. Our leaders need to really address these issues properly now."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Love, Compassion, Leaders, Now, Understanding, World)

"Sport and life is about losing. It's about understanding how to lose."
- Lynn Davies
(Related: Life, Losing, Understanding)

"Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Poetry, Understanding)

"Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Poetry, Reason, Understanding, World)

"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, Understanding, World)

"The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Language, Understanding)

"Second, the resolution contains the blatantly false assertion that negotiating a timeline for bringing U.S. troops home with the Iraqi government undermines U.S. national security. Such a statement shows a misunderstanding of the enemy we face in Iraq."
- Peter DeFazio
(Related: Government, Home, Enemy, Iraq, National security, Resolution, Troops)

"Our understanding is correlative to our perception."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Perception, Understanding)

"As we rise higher in the understanding of ourselves, the national and racial dissonances will be forgotten in the universal rhythms of Truth and Love."
- Ruth St. Denis
(Related: Love, Truth, Understanding, Will)

"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
(Related: Life, Understanding)

"I knew you had to go in and audition and maybe they'd hire you, and that's where you start. I had a good understanding about press: that it's the actor's responsibility to publicize his or her films."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Actor, Responsibility, Understanding)

"The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge."
- Rene Descartes
(Related: Knowledge, Intuition, Understanding)

"I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams."
- Princess Diana
(Related: Dreams, People, Boys, Emotions, Understanding, Want)

"Acting is something different to everybody. I just know that if you watch an actor or actress getting better and better, I think that's them just understanding themselves better and better."
- Cameron Diaz
(Related: Acting, Actor, Understanding)

"If you take my performance or my understanding of the role and my appreciation for story and then dress it in CGI, that I guess becomes an action film."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Action, Performance, Appreciation, Dress, Film, Understanding)

"If there were a science of human beings it would be anthropology that aims at understanding the totality of experience through structural context."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Experience, Science, Anthropology, Understanding)

"I came literally to the table with a wealth of knowledge by simply understanding how food should taste."
- Rocco DiSpirito
(Related: Food, Knowledge, Wealth, Taste, Understanding)

"The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding."
- Willie Dixon
(Related: Life, Inspiration, Facts, Feeling, Song, Understanding, Words)

"For infants and toddlers learning and living are the same thing. If they feel secure, treasured, loved, their own energy and curiosity will bring them new understanding and new skills."
- Amy Laura Dombro
(Related: Curiosity, Energy, Learning, Living, Understanding, Will)

"The truth is, when I got started in this business, it wasn't because I had a full understanding of the importance of the business, but because I thought it was fun. I found it exciting. It fulfilled me, whatever it was that I was looking for."
- Sam Donaldson
(Related: Business, Truth, Thought, Fun, Importance, Understanding)

"I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers; rather, compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides."
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Love, Fear, Compassion, Shame, Teachers, Understanding)

"Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits."
- Elizabeth Drew
(Related: Democracy, Limits, Understanding)

"In thinking about nanotechnology today, what's most important is understanding where it leads, what nanotechnology will look like after we reach the assembler breakthrough."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Thinking, Today, Understanding, Will)

"An international race in the relevant technologies is getting under way at this point, not necessarily with an understanding of where that race leads in the long run, but strongly motivated by the short-term payoffs."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Race, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Fact, Understanding)

"A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Mistake)

"The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical matrix."
- Lawrence Eagleburger
(Related: Business, American, Community, Question, Understanding)

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
- Amelia Earhart
(Related: Home, Love, Appreciation, Companionship, May, Understanding)

"This is indeed not only relevant to Documentary but is evident is most type of film making. The film often mirrors the experience, understanding and politics of the director."
- Ben Edwards
(Related: Politics, Experience, Film, Understanding)

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Peace, Force, Understanding)

"I think that's one of the things that has always put me in kind of an odd niche. It's that all of my understanding of orchestral music is via film, not via classical music like it's supposed to be. To me it's the same, it doesn't make any difference."
- Danny Elfman
(Related: Music, Difference, Film, Understanding)

"I can't say I can foresee the future and tell the stars, you know. But I do have an understanding for my own reality, just elements and things that I've learned from."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: Future, Reality, Stars, Understanding)

"And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me."
- Black Elk
(Related: Colors, Understanding)

"It's just about going out and getting the shot, so I have a great understanding of how to execute it, so that really helps me, and also having a good understanding of all the action that I'm shooting, it helps me in determining how I'm going to capture it."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Action, Understanding)

"The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life."
- Ralph Ellison
(Related: Art, Life, Knowledge, Humanity, Understanding)

"Briefly, to program it requires an absolute understanding of how all 65,536 processors are interconnected."
- Philip Emeagwali
(Related: Understanding)

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Peace, Understanding, Violence)

"Biological engineering is not necessarily understanding systems but rather, I want to be able to design and build biological systems to perform particular applications."
- Drew Endy
(Related: Design, Engineering, Understanding, Want)

"I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding."
- Epicurus
(Related: Understanding)

"Next to coming to a good understanding with a new mistress, I love a quarrel with an old one."
- George Etherege
(Related: Love, Old, Quarrel, Understanding)

"I definitely feel we're moving forward. There's a lot more understanding... there's less fear and we're working on there being less hatred."
- Melissa Etheridge
(Related: Fear, Being, Hatred, Understanding)

"Understanding that yes, we are committing more resources than we thought we might be in protecting our homeland and prosecuting a war and so it's understandable that we would be going through a period of deficits."
- Donald Evans
(Related: War, Thought, Understanding)

"Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding."
- Harold Evans
(Related: Actions, Paradox, Understanding)

"As a whole, the managers today are different in temperament. Most have very good communication skills and are more understanding of the umpire's job. That doesn't mean they are better managers. It just means that I perceive today's managers a bit differently."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Communication, Job, Managers, Temperament, Today, Umpire, Understanding)

"Everything that I'm attempting to do is based on my understanding of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and what he wanted for his people."
- Louis Farrakhan
(Related: People, Understanding)

"Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental. All important advances are sudden intuitions, new principles, new ways of seeing."
- Marilyn Ferguson
(Related: Nature, Progress, Principles, Understanding)

"In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Medical, Science, Understanding, Worth)

"People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater."
- Minnie Maddern Fiske
(Related: Art, Music, People, Literature, Painting, Question, Taste, Theater, Understanding)

"In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Education, Faith, Trust, Discipline, Compassion, Ideals, Schools, Understanding)

"It states, History should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future. It also suggests that this celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States."
- Mark Foley
(Related: History, End, Future, Past, Slavery, states, Understanding, United)

"I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Hope, Understanding)

"Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Art, Politics, Life, People, Hope, Living, Understanding)

"Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: History, Appreciation, Hurt, Painting, Understanding)

"All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Life, Work, Constitution, Laws, Semantics, Tools, Understanding, Words)

"Never be possessive. If a female friend lets on that she is going out with another man, be kind and understanding. If she says she would like to go out with the Dallas Cowboys, including the coaching staff, the same rule applies."
- Bruce Jay Friedman
(Related: Friend, Coaching, Cowboys, Man, Understanding)

"Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for athletes."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, Values, Athletes, Entertainment, Students, Understanding)

"Between our birth and death we may touch understanding, As a moth brushes a window with its wing."
- Christopher Fry
(Related: Death, May, Understanding)

"Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object."
- Northrop Frye
(Related: Religion, Culture, Present, Service, Understanding, Worship)

"I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?"
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
(Related: Man, Understanding, Want)

"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Anger, Enemies, Intolerance, Understanding)

"User-centered design means understanding what your users need, how they think, and how they behave - and incorporating that understanding into every aspect of your process."
- Jesse James Garrett
(Related: Design, Understanding)

"And my interest in history was, and remains, very strong: what I wanted was to understand certain things better by understanding them psychoanalytically."
- Peter Gay
(Related: History, Interest, Understanding)

"It's like you asked me about the depression thing: you grope towards an understanding of whatever it is your going through, and it's not personal, there are forces in play around you, and you seek to understand them and that way you can go on."
- Bob Geldof
(Related: Depression, Play, Understanding)

"Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations."
- David Gerrold
(Related: Nature, Laws, Understanding)

"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."
- Louis Gerstner
(Related: Computers, Dreams, Love, Compassion, Machine, Spirit, Tools, Understanding)

"Either your understanding of the meaning of music is there from the beginning or it is not."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Beginning, Meaning, Understanding)

"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Genius, Conversation, School, Solitude, Understanding)

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Pain, Understanding)

"Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding."
- Andre Gide
(Related: Quarrels)

"There is no sinfulness in the will and affections without some error in the understanding. All lusts which a natural man lives in, are lusts of ignorance."
- George Gillespie
(Related: Error, Ignorance, Man, Understanding, Will)

"This is at the heart of all good education, where the teacher asks students to think and engages them in encouraging dialogues, constantly checking for understanding and growth."
- William Glasser
(Related: Education, Heart, Encouraging, Growth, Students, Understanding)

"I think Shakespeare had a lot to contribute with his understanding of the human condition."
- Sharon Gless
(Related: Shakespeare, Understanding)

"Vocal study before age 20 is likely to be injurious, though some survive it in the hands of very careful and understanding teachers."
- Alma Gluck
(Related: Age, Study, Teachers, Understanding)

"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."
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Related: Time, Understanding)

"My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Art, Nature, Time, Growth, Appearance, Understanding, Want, Wood)

"I believe that nothing is more important to our ability to effectively address our present than understanding the lessons learned from those who have come before us."
- Charlie Gonzalez
(Related: Ability, Nothing, Present, Understanding)

"We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction."
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Related: Accidents, Complexity, Principles, Results, Understanding)

"They have an understanding regime; they work hard and get results, they are a happy team."
- David Gower
(Related: Work, Results, Understanding)

"An understanding is perhaps better than an alliance, which may stereotype arrangements which cannot be regarded as permanent in view of the changing circumstances from day to day."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Alliance, Circumstances, Day, May, Understanding)

"It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding."
- Bede Griffiths
(Related: Faith, Christian, Being, Question, Understanding)

"For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Life, Certainty, Culture, Key, Meaning, Study, Understanding)

"Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, End, Existence, Research, Understanding)

"The tax laws are written by men with considerable net worth, and with little understanding of what wage-earners must do to make ends meet."
- Martin L. Gross
(Related: Men, Tax, Laws, Understanding, Wage, Worth)

"In 1916 I was discharged from military service, or rather, given a sort of leave of absence on the understanding that I might be recalled within a few months. And so I was a free man, at least for a while."
- George Grosz
(Related: Absence, Man, Military, Months, Service, Understanding)

"The one thing I seek above all else is understanding. Sometimes I'm so frustrated and I don't get it. But I'm lucky to have a good management team and people around me who explain things and answer my questions."
- Justin Guarini
(Related: People, Management, Questions, Understanding)

"Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave."
- G. I. Gurdjieff
(Related: Knowledge, Machine, Man, Self, Self knowledge, Understanding, Will)

"Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person's point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people."
- Arlo Guthrie
(Related: People, Challenge, Responsibility, Understanding)

"So I set out to study the oxidation system in the potato, which, if damaged, causes the plant to turn brown. I did this in the hope of discovering, through these studies, the key to the understanding of adrenal function."
- Albert Szent Gyorgyi
(Related: Hope, Causes, Key, Study, Understanding)

"This celebration here tells me that this work is not hopeless. I thank you for this teaching with all my heart and lift my glass to human solidarity, to the ultimate victory of knowledge, peace, good-will and understanding."
- Albert Szent Gyorgyi
(Related: Work, Peace, Heart, Knowledge, Victory, Solidarity, Teaching, Understanding)

"We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days."
- Robert Hall
(Related: Wisdom, Understanding)

"A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity."
- Robert Hall
(Related: Friend, Virtue, Opinion, Sincerity, Understanding, Value)

"Not only the entire ability to think rests on language... but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Ability, Language, Reason)

"Being, belief and reason are pure relations, which cannot be dealt with absolutely, and are not things but pure scholastic concepts, signs for understanding, not for worshipping, aids to awaken our attention, not to fetter it."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Belief, Attention, Being, Reason, Understanding)

"In my solitude, many miles from men and houses, I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind, which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you."
- Knut Hamsun
(Related: Men, Houses, Mind, Solitude, State, Understanding)

"But what is more, if we have succeeded in adding to the basic understanding of our universe and ourselves, we will have made a contribution to the totality of human culture."
- Haldan Keffer Hartline
(Related: Culture, Understanding, Universe, Will)

"The New Right, in many cases, is doing nothing less than placing a heretical claim on Christian faith that distorts, confuses, and destroys the opportunity for a biblical understanding of Jesus Christ and of his gospel for millions of people."
- Mark Hatfield
(Related: Faith, People, Opportunity, Christian, Nothing, Right, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Goal, Understanding, Universe)

"If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there's usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that's wrong."
- Jeff Hawkins
(Related: History, Obstacles, Understanding, World, Wrong)

"Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Understanding)

"We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Nature, Eyes)

"Starting out in a beginner class and really understanding the fundamentals of yoga is really important."
- Mariel Hemingway
(Related: Class, Understanding, Yoga)

"The first condition of success for the League of Nations is, therefore, a firm understanding between the British Empire and the United States of America and France and Italy that there will be no competitive building up of fleets or armies between them."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Success, America, Building, First, France, Italy, Nations, states, Understanding, United, Will)

"Much learning does not teach understanding."
- Heraclitus
(Related: Learning, Understanding)

"One of the best things to come out of the home computer revolution could be the general and widespread understanding of how severely limited logic really is."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Home, Computer, Revolution, Logic, Understanding)

"Understanding POV is essential, or ought to be."
- Arthur Herzog
(Related: Understanding)

"How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments."
- David Hilbert
(Related: Science, Time, Invention, Theories, Tools, Understanding)

"What we really need to be understanding is that all of these things matter and they all stem from the fact that certain people live with power and authority and they want to maintain it."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Power, People, Authority, Fact, Understanding, Want)

"Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Nothing, Speech, Understanding)

"If you're in such a position of power and your ego is such that this is not possible, then its essential to have a small cadre of very bright, committed people who are questioning, exploring and understanding these emerging concepts."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Power, People, Ego, Questioning, Understanding)

"The prudent course is to make an investment in learning, testing and understanding, determine how the new concepts compare to how you now operate and thoughtfully determine how they apply to what you want to achieve in the future."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Future, Investment, Learning, Now, Testing, Understanding, Want)

"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Society, Living, Understanding)

"In fact, jazz has such a great feeling and great emotional content that it really doesn't require you to have technical understanding of it. I think you just have to allow your feelings to go with the music and you will find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly."
- Dave Holland
(Related: Music, Feelings, Content, Fact, Jazz, Understanding, Will)

"It was stunning actually, because what you would hope for from our national leaders is some reflection, some understanding that the situation that we encountered in Iraq was not what we expected, that it was not what he said it would be."
- Chris Van Hollen
(Related: Hope, Iraq, Leaders, Reflection, Understanding)

"Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of its causes the least to take on the magnitude."
- Raymond Holliwell
(Related: Causes, Simplicity, Understanding)

"The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding."
- Winifred Holtby
(Related: Happiness, Life, Understanding)

"Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Poetry, May, Meaning, Pleasure, Understanding, Will)

"A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them."
- Vernon Howard
(Related: Negative, Emotions, Understanding)

"We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Success, Failure, Decisions, Right, Understanding)

"The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Judgment, Understanding)

"The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue."
- David Hume
(Related: History, Virtue, Fancy, Understanding)

"Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding."
- David Hume
(Related: Eloquence, Reason, Reflection, Understanding)

"There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Time, Ideas, Values, Actors, Past, Understanding)

"If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Abuse, Feeling, Want)

"Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within."
- Edmund Husserl
(Related: Criticism, Now, Understanding)

"A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals."
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Related: Ideas, Communication, Community, Ideals, Tradition, Understanding, World)

"Advances in technology and in our understanding of illness and disease together with an expanded workforce and greater resources will allow us to provide more services to a higher quality."
- John Hutton
(Related: Technology, Quality, Disease, Illness, Understanding, Will)

"Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond."
- Hypatia
(Related: Life, Travel, Truth, Lie, Preparation, Understanding)

"When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution."
- Abdullah Ibrahim
(Related: Change, Peace, Time, Knowledge, Mind, Resolution, Self, Space, Understanding)

"In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Life, People, Discipline, Purpose, First, Meaning, Religious, Understanding)

"A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Deed, Ego, Man, May, Understanding, Wrong)

"I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future."
- LaToya Jackson
(Related: Family, Day, Future, Past, Talking, Understanding)

"I never had one beer. If I bought a six-pack of beer, I kept drinking till all six beers were gone. You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself. I haven't had a drink now in 12 years."
- Samuel L. Jackson
(Related: Beer, Drinking, Now, Understanding, Years)

"I have always been willing to admit when I made a mistake. I made a mistake in my understanding of the composition of the Contras, not on my opposition to the Contra war."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: War, Mistake, Opposition, Understanding)

"The secret of living in peace with all people lies in the art of understanding each one by his own individuality."
- Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
(Related: Art, Peace, People, Individuality, Lies, Living, Understanding)

"To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal."
- William James
(Related: Study, Understanding)

"The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is essential. Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy ultimately serves their better understanding."
- Karl Jaspers
(Related: History, Philosophy, Understanding)

"Everything depends therefore on encountering thought at its source. Such thought is the reality of man's being, which achieved consciousness and understanding of itself through it."
- Karl Jaspers
(Related: Thought, Being, Consciousness, Man, Reality, Understanding)

"When I realized, in 1978, that Lucy did represent a new species of human ancestor, and that I had an opportunity to name this new species, I realized this was a revolutionary step in understanding human origins."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Opportunity, Name, Understanding)

"There have been some friendships lost over this. That's the most difficult for me. I find it very uncomfortable to know that I was at one time close friends with someone, and because of jealousies and misunderstandings and so on, these friendships have dissolved."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Time, Friends)

"Americans are a decade behind Canada when it comes to sex education and understanding their bodies."
- Sue Johanson
(Related: Education, Sex, Americans, Canada, Understanding)

"A novel's whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the theme."
- Diane Johnson
(Related: End, Job, Understanding, Writer, Writing)

"You know, I was crap. But I had the commitment, and I had the understanding, that the basis of football is skill on the ball, and if you spend the time with it, you're gonna reap the rewards."
- Craig Johnston
(Related: Time, Commitment, Football, Skill, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Women, Compassion, Man, Understanding)

"I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding."
- Flavius Josephus
(Related: Mother, Father, Brother, Learning, Memory, Name, Understanding)

"The trade unions, far from being content with these declarations, established international liaisons and supported every policy based on pacification and understanding."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Policy, Being, Content, Trade, Understanding)

"Well, the fact is that one imagination is critically important, and if you have had your imagination stimulated by what is basically a variety of subjects, you are much more amenable to accepting, to understanding and interacting with the realities of the world."
- Ashley Judd
(Related: Imagination, Fact, Understanding, Variety, World)

"The ultimate security is your understanding of reality."
- H. Stanley Judd
(Related: Reality, Security, Understanding)

"Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Cure, Darkness, Evil, Help, Understanding)

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Understanding)

"Whether it be the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute."
- Junius
(Related: Heart, Understanding)

"I left because I decided it just really wasn't for me, and I got a better understanding of what the Catholic Church needed from its priests and ministers."
- Peter Jurasik
(Related: Church, Understanding)

"One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Beginning, First, Understanding)

"A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Beginning, First, Understanding)

"All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Knowledge, Nothing, Reason, Senses, Understanding)

"There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: God, Religion, Authority, First, State, Understanding)

"The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds in turning his pains to advantage, in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility, in growing through his pains."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Artist, Man, Sensibility, Suffering, Understanding)

"The fact that it wasn't tells me that we've got a much more fundamental problem of understanding what went wrong, and we've got to figure out what was there. And that's what I call fundamental fault analysis."
- David Kay
(Related: Fact, Fault, Understanding, Wrong)

"I think that shows a level of maturity and understanding that I think bodes well for getting to the bottom of this. But it is really up to you and your staff, on behalf of the American people, to take on that challenge."
- David Kay
(Related: People, American, Challenge, Maturity, Understanding)

"Toby not being there doesn't bother me, I mean I can work with anybody as long as we get along and as long as they've got an understanding of what I want and what I'm aiming for. To start with, when he left, it was difficult."
- Jay Kay
(Related: Work, Being, Understanding, Want)

"The way I see things, the way I see life, I see it as a struggle. And there's a great deal of reward I have gained coming to that understanding - that existence is a struggle."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Life, Existence, Reward, Struggle, Understanding)

"I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Peace, Understanding, Want)

"The current understanding was that it was impossible to predict how something would evolve because it was a very turbulent environment full of things interacting with each other."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: Environment, Understanding)

"We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: Work)

"Art must unquestionably have a social value; that is, as a potential means of communication it must be addressed, and in comprehensible terms, to the understanding of mankind."
- Rockwell Kent
(Related: Art, Communication, Mankind, Potential, Understanding, Value)

"There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it."
- Charles Kettering
(Related: Difference)

"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
(Related: Difference, Understanding)

"The Council of Islamic Affairs is doing a great service to the world by promoting a greater understanding in America of the rich heritage of the Islamic peoples and their hopes and aspirations for the future."
- Aly Khan
(Related: America, Aspirations, Future, Service, Understanding, World)

"It is apparent that Christianity and Islam must come, and come immediately, to a closer understanding, and it is equally apparent that their unity if achieved, will be the most effective defensive measure against Communist expansion."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Christianity, Islam, Measure, Understanding, Unity, Will)

"Every day there is a compromise. Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding. But I love being married. I really love it."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Love, Being, Compromise, Day, Living, Understanding)

"People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: People, Complaint, Understanding)

"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: People, Understanding, Will)

"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: Country, First, Understanding)

"I don't believe that economic and cultural interaction automatically brings greater peace and understanding, although it may help in that regard."
- William Kirby
(Related: Peace, Help, May, Understanding)

"By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia, I had an understanding of the principles of the market."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Time, Principles, Understanding)

"This field is not necessarily glamorous, nor does it often produce immediate results, but it seeks to increase our basic understanding of living processes."
- Aaron Klug
(Related: Living, Results, Understanding)

"It will take some time before a politician will capture the imagination of the American people and have the vision and understanding to do what is necessary for a better future for the people of America and the world."
- David Korten
(Related: Imagination, Time, People, Vision, America, American, Future, Understanding, Will, World)

"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Fear, Running, Understanding)

"Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Desire, Freedom, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Heart, Attention, Being, Mind, Nerves, Talk, Understanding)

"There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: People, Effect, May)

"I think what I'm trying to do is create moments of recognition. To try to detonate some kind of feeling or understanding of lived experience."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Experience, Feeling, Moments, Trying, Understanding)

"And a third thing is the understanding of the Church as a community, a communion which is just a hierarchy but the people of God, whose servants are the priests and bishops."
- Hans Kung
(Related: God, People, Church, Community, Understanding)

"Indeed science alone may perhaps be sterile when pursued without an understanding of the world in which scientific knowledge is created and in which the fruits of science are used."
- Polykarp Kusch
(Related: Science, Knowledge, May, Understanding, World)

"The knowledge and understanding of the world which science gives us and the magnificent opportunity which it extends to us to control and use the world for the extension of our pleasure in it has never been greater than it now is."
- Polykarp Kusch
(Related: Science, Knowledge, Opportunity, Control, Pleasure, Understanding, World)

"We need to be more careful, but more compassionate. We must strike, not deal with terrorists, but to broaden our understanding of the world outside our borders."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Understanding, World)

"Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair."
- R. D. Laing
(Related: Despair, Understanding)

"Such an arrangement would provide Taiwan and China with a forum for dialogue whereby they may forge closer ties based on mutual understanding and respect, leading to permanent peace in the Taiwan Strait."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Peace, Leading, May, Respect, Understanding)

"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."
- Ann Landers
(Related: Friendship, Love, Confidence, Fire, Loyalty, Perfection, Quiet, Sharing, Understanding)

"Our ability to effectively engage China and the Arab world rests on shared economic and political interests and mutual understanding."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Ability, Understanding, World)

"Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Values, Capitalism, Understanding)

"Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year, when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia should declare war against Napoleon."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: War)

"Over the course of time this gave us a deep respect for ideas, both our own and those of others, and an understanding that conflict through debate is a powerful means of revealing truth."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Time, Truth, Ideas, Conflict, Debate, Deep, Respect, Understanding)

"I feel that an understanding could be reached with Germany which would result in a lasting peace with Europe and believe that a German victory is preferable to a British and Soviet victory."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Peace, Victory, Europe, Germany, Result, Understanding)

"This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting."
- Fernand Leger
(Related: Truth, Painting, Understanding, Validity)

"I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding."
- John Lennon
(Related: Love, Life, Peace, Soul, Answers, Divinity, Purity, Questions, Songs, Understanding)

"The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system. It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance."
- Sol LeWitt
(Related: Art, Work, Importance, Proof, Understanding)

"Understanding sometimes is not enough to explain something."
- Robert Ley
(Related: Understanding)

"The future of the world, dependent as it is upon atomic energy, requires more understanding and knowledge about the atom."
- Willard Libby
(Related: Knowledge, Energy, Future, Understanding, World)

"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Age, Opinions, Understanding)

"I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Love, Mourning, Patience, Suffering, Understanding, World)

"Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Ideals, Understanding)

"Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding."
- John Locke
(Related: Ideas, Mind, Reflection, Reverie, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, First, Improvement, Understanding)

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference."
- Audre Lorde
(Related: Difference, Joy, Sharing, Understanding)

"If somebody comes to a neighborhood coffee hour, or goes to a discussion group, and they have a discussion, I do think that people really walk away with a real understanding of the issues."
- Mike Lowry
(Related: People, Coffee, Understanding)

"I've worked with some incredibly difficult directors but my understanding is that a lot of the best people are driven from a place of being extremely challenging and dark within their way."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: People, Being, Understanding)

"Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding."
- Martin Luther
(Related: Faith, Reason, Sense, Understanding)

"It's just a matter of understanding what's necessary and discipline yourself to do it."
- Arthur Lydiard
(Related: Discipline, Understanding)

"The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else."
- Yo-Yo Ma
(Related: Content, Execution, Learning, Understanding)

"A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding."
- Douglas MacArthur
(Related: Faith, Understanding, World)

"Actually, if I could find a woman who was that wonderful; that understanding, well, I'd give her everything in the world that was in my power to give. And, I'd love her more than I ever thought it possible to love any woman."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Love, Power, Thought, Understanding, Woman, World)

"At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear. It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us. You can love completely without complete understanding."
- Norman Maclean
(Related: Love, Understanding)

"I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Hope, Now, Understanding, Will)

"Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around him certainly develops because of his adventures, and part of that development comes through recognizing other people for what they are."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: People, Development, Understanding, World)

"We must develop a deeper interest and greater understanding of the people we meet here or abroad. Like us, they are passengers on board that mysterious ship called life."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Life, People, Interest, Understanding)

"Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency of our understanding and of its limited extent is an assertion founded only on the Bible: for philosophers likewise assert the same, and perfectly understand it,- without having regard to any religion or opinion."
- Maimonides
(Related: Religion, Opinion, Understanding)

"I beg of you always to dwell upon the necessity of a thorough understanding of principles, in order to stop the vivacity of his mind, and please do not forget to meditate upon the subject of our discussion."
- Nicolas Malebranche
(Related: Forget, Mind, Necessity, Order, Principles, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Life, Thought, Beginning, Care, Kindness, Midnight, Reward, Today, Understanding, Will)

"When I meet large women who walk with confidence and are articulate and really have an understanding of how they walk in this world, I love them so deeply for being able to overcome such unbelievable odds."
- Camryn Manheim
(Related: Love, Women, Being, Confidence, Understanding, World)

"I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming."
- Katherine Mansfield
(Related: Understanding, Want)

"In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order."
- Kamisese Mara
(Related: Peace, Society, Trust, Order, Tolerance, Understanding)

"What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Imagination, Music, Understanding)

"In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven. And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic. But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic. And this was such a misunderstanding, such a deep misunderstanding."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Thought, America, Deep)

"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."
- Rollo May
(Related: Communication, Community, Intimacy, Understanding)

"It is strange how your understanding of a play changes. It normally happens after a performance and you suddenly think, 'So that's what that line really means' - it's like a light going on."
- Richard McCabe
(Related: Performance, Light, Play, Understanding)

"Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Love, Desire, Existence, Humility, Man, Quest, Self, Understanding)

"I have never read for entertainment, but rather for understanding and to satisfy my eager curiosity."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Curiosity, Entertainment, Understanding)

"Our understanding of the world around us is constantly being redefined and expanded, and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about seeking for truth than knowing it."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Truth, Being, Understanding, World)

"An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Errors, Understanding)

"A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Luxury, Understanding)

"Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Experience, Behavior, Understanding)

"The frontiers of knowledge in the various fields of our subject are expanding at such a rate that, work as hard as one can, one finds oneself further and further away from an understanding of the whole."
- James Meade
(Related: Work, Knowledge, Understanding)

"My interest in matters more directly concerned with the handling of particles was growing, in the meantime, stimulated by many contacts with people understanding accelerators."
- Simon van der Meer
(Related: People, Interest, Understanding)

"The analysis of concepts is for the understanding nothing more than what the magnifying glass is for sight."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Nothing, Sight, Understanding)

"The year 1915 was one of meager results, the advantages remaining on the side of the Central Powers, with this understanding, however: The Allies were growing stronger because Great Britain was making rapid progress in marshaling her resources for war."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: War, Progress, Results, Understanding)

"Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence."
- Robert Millikan
(Related: Knowledge, Humility, Ignorance, Understanding)

"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both."
- C. Wright Mills
(Related: History, Life, Society, Understanding)

"This path that we are now starting will be long, and we must follow it to remind ourselves of the great principles that, in our understanding, should always inspire us."
- Marc Forne Molne
(Related: Now, Principles, Understanding, Will)

"We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Conscience, Labor, Memory, Understanding)

"It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?"
- Dwight L. Moody
(Related: Faith, Religion, Children, Christ, Devil, Understanding, Words)

"Too many of these writers in the music papers, they are misunderstanding everything. The disco sound is not art or anything so serious."
- Giorgio Moroder
(Related: Art, Music, Sound, Writers)

"The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it."
- Errol Morris
(Related: Errors, Examination, Understanding, World)

"I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: People, Contempt, Understanding)

"The conductor must breathe life into the score. It is you and you alone who must expose it to the understanding, reveal the hidden jewel to the sun at the most flattering angles."
- Charles Munch
(Related: Life, Sun, Understanding)

"The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word."
- Gilbert Murray
(Related: Fact, Meaning, Word)

"Thanks to nanny, I've got a deep understanding of Russian tales."
- Modest Mussorgsky
(Related: Deep, Understanding)

"The economic and political roots of the conflicts are too strong for us to pretend to create a lasting state of harmonious understanding between men."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: Men, State, Understanding)

"Many injuries and deaths can be prevented through an understanding of the dangers of power lines, electrical appliances, extension cords, and lightning."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Power, Understanding)

"This is just the beginning, the beginning of understanding that cyberspace has no limits, no boundaries."
- Nicholas Negroponte
(Related: Beginning, Limits, Understanding)

"The super power that I would choose would be compassion. Because that's what I think it takes to make it through life-an understanding, a give and take. It saves an awful lot of resentment."
- Craig T. Nelson
(Related: Power, Life, Compassion, Resentment, Understanding)

"People recognize intellectual property the same way they recognize real estate. People understand what property is. But it's a new kind of property, and so the understanding uses new control surfaces. It uses a new way of defining the property."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: People, Control, Property, Understanding)

"A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding."
- Isaac Newton
(Related: Man, May, Understanding)

"The word "Christianity" is already a misunderstanding - in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Christian, Reality, Word)

"To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one's experiences in common."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Experience, Understanding, Words)

"For me context is the key - from that comes the understanding of everything."
- Kenneth Noland
(Related: Key, Understanding)

"I try to keep a balance between conceptional or intellectual comprehension and emotional understanding."
- Alva Noto
(Related: Balance, Understanding)

"Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Experience, Pleasure, Reading, Understanding)

"Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Health, Life, Quality, Leading, Understanding, World)

"Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Family, Understanding)

"Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Court, Decisions, Doubt, Understanding, Will, Woman)

"You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it."
- Edward James Olmos
(Related: Beauty, Churches, Culture, Diversity, states, Understanding, United, Years)

"I believe that a contract, or at least an understanding, exists between the American public and the American advertiser concerning what advertising is, what its limitations are and what price people will pay for it."
- John O'Toole
(Related: People, Advertising, American, Limitations, Public, Understanding, Will)

"Congress and the White House are working out their scheme for pushing through a healthcare 'reform' bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words. I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate has a complete understanding of that legislation any more than they understood all the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001."
- Butch Otter
(Related: Act, Congress, Constitution, Healthcare, Legislation, Senate, Understanding, Words)

"Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution. But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records to understand the significance of the earlier records!"
- Evan Parker
(Related: Evolution, Now, Understanding)

"The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins."
- Saint Patrick
(Related: Heart, Understanding)

"I really haven't been cognitive of gas prices. It wasn't until I filled up my husband's Toyota Prius Hybrid that I had a moment of understanding of how people who drive gas cars feel."
- Alexandra Paul
(Related: HusbPeople, Understanding)

"Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be."
- Norman Vincent Peale
(Related: May, Understanding)

"I mean, yeah, I'm sure that Python and the other things have paved the way for a greater understanding of the British sense of humor, but I don't think it's all that different than the American sense of humor."
- Simon Pegg
(Related: Humor, American, Sense, Understanding)

"If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong, possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause, they can break the chain of any negative environment."
- Dave Pelzer
(Related: People, Negative, Cause, Desire, Environment, Right, Understanding, Wrong)

"At the beginning of the new century, it is the common aspiration of the peoples of the two countries to deepen mutual understanding, enhance trust, develop friendship and strengthen cooperation."
- Li Peng
(Related: Friendship, Trust, Beginning, Cooperation, Countries, Understanding)

"Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has."
- Roger Penrose
(Related: Idea, Theory, Understanding)

"I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."
- Anthony Perkins
(Related: Life, Love, People, Adventure, Understanding, World)

"The Bible was written in several languages, embraces many literary forms, and reflects cultures very different from our own. These are important considerations for properly understanding the Bible in its context."
- Troy Perry
(Related: Bible, Literary, Understanding)

"Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?"
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Understanding)

"Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third."
- Marge Piercy
(Related: Life, Love, First, Understanding)

"Just as women's bodies are softer than men's, so their understanding is sharper."
- Christine de Pisan
(Related: Men, Women, Understanding)

"With women and women, I think there's an understanding. Nobody knows what a woman feels or experiences but another woman. We are the nurturers, and there are times when we need to be nurtured."
- Dana Plato
(Related: Women, Understanding, Woman)

"No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding."
- Plato
(Related: Law, Understanding)

"Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and move from experience to understanding. They don't start with certain general principles they think beforehand are likely to be true; they just hope to find out what reality is like."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Experience, Hope, Principles, Reality, Understanding)

"Ronald Reagan gave our party a bowling alley image as opposed to a country club image. We were talking to people who go bowling on Thursday night, and they were understanding what we were saying."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: People, Country, Night, Party, Saying, Talking, Understanding)

"Presently, the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History has been brought about to encourage and sponsor a variety of historical activities that advance our understanding of the American Jewish experience as it marks this milestone anniversary."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Experience, History, American, Understanding, Variety, Years)

"Every success in limiting armaments is a sign that the will to achieve mutual understanding exists, and every such success thus supports the fight for international law and order."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: Success, Fight, Law, Order, Understanding, Will)

"They hear it come out, but they don't know how it got there. They don't understand that's life's way of talking. You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life."
- Ma Rainey
(Related: Life, Talking, Understanding)

"The Maria Mayer shell model suggestion in 1949 was a great triumph and fitted my belief that a nuclear shell model should represent a proper approach to understanding nuclear structure."
- James Rainwater
(Related: Belief, Understanding)

"We need to win something for the fans because they have been patient and very understanding and we owe them."
- Jamie Redknapp
(Related: Fans, Understanding)

"Dreams have always expanded our understanding of reality by challenging our boundaries of the real, of the possible."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Dreams, Reality, Understanding)

"Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Humor, Irony, Tolerance, Understanding)

"I come from a family of cops, and all of them share that understanding that they put their lives on the line. They share and deal with that sense of risk every day, so I got to see that up close."
- Ryan Reynolds
(Related: Family, Day, Risk, Sense, Understanding)

"The will to label will always prevail over what's being labeled, usually at the expense of either truth or understanding."
- Boyd Rice
(Related: Truth, Being, Understanding, Will)

"Subject the material world to the higher ends by understanding it in all its relations to daily life and action."
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards
(Related: Life, Action, Understanding, World)

"People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: People, Question, Sense, Understanding)

"Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Men, Wife, Understanding)

"For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Thought, Duty, Ethics, Understanding)

"Myth expresses in terms of the world - that is, of the other world or the second world - the understanding that man has of himself in relation to the foundation and the limit of his existence."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Existence, Man, Myth, Understanding, World)

"We are either going to dissolve as a human race or we are going to break through into a new understanding of what it is to be a human being."
- Terry Riley
(Related: Being, Race, Understanding)

"Music can also be a sensual pleasure, like eating food or sex. But its highest vibration for me is that point of taking us to a real understanding of something in our nature which we can very rarely get at. It is a spiritual state of oneness."
- Terry Riley
(Related: Food, Music, Nature, Sex, Eating, Oneness, Pleasure, Spiritual, State, Understanding)

"You could get in rehearsals, pre-production, anything that would actually contribute to the understanding of how a film gets made. I actually find those things increase people's interest in a movie and like that better than worrying about showing the tricks behind the curtain."
- Jay Roach
(Related: People, Film, Interest, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Communication, Understanding, World)

"I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Failure, Frustration, Living, Now, Past)

"Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Body, Mind, Understanding)

"Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Understanding)

"I owe much to mother. She had an expert's understanding, but also approached art emotionally."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Art, Mother, Understanding)

"Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Food, Awareness, Light, Mind, Understanding, Words)

"We have to understand how the extremists got the way they are. Without that kind of understanding, we'd never really get to know them. I put in nothing about their childhoods. But what I have put in is stuff about the weird symbiotic relationship between us and them."
- Jon Ronson
(Related: Nothing, Understanding)

"Understanding is a two-way street."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Understanding)

"It's a big, big advantage because understanding what changes we might make takes time and it takes time to work out settings and to understand everything about the new machine."
- Valentino Rossi
(Related: Time, Work, Machine, Understanding)

"When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic."
- Jean Rostand
(Related: Science, Truth, Day, Error, Future, Intuition, Perspective)

"Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?"
- Philip Roth
(Related: Being)

"Nothing is old, nothing is new, save the light of grace underneath which beats a human heart. The way of feeling, of understanding, of loving; the way of seeing the country, the faces that your father saw, that your mother knew. The rest is chimerical."
- Georges Rouault
(Related: Mother, Father, Heart, Country, Faces, Feeling, Grace, Light, Nothing, Old, Rest, Understanding)

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."
- Karl Rove
(Related: War, Liberals, Therapy, Understanding)

"What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really "empathy" and "understanding." He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Court, Justice, Liberal)

"The other thing about FEMA, my understanding is that it was supposed to move into the Department of Homeland Security... and be what it was, but also having a lot of lateral communication with all those others involved in that issue of homeland security."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: Communication, Security, Understanding)

"Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life."
- Miguel Angel Ruiz
(Related: Life, Courage, Agreement, Drama, Questions, Sadness, Want)

"Writing is far too hard work to say what someone else wants me to. Serving it as a craft, using it as a way of growing in my own understanding, seems to me to be a beautiful way to live. And if that product is shareable with other people, so much the better."
- Jane Rule
(Related: Work, People, Hard work, Understanding, Writing)

"The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Doubt, First, Hesitation, Humility, Man, Opinion, Understanding)

"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 civilised men."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Men, Animals, Importance, Philosophy, Understanding, World)

"Some authors have a very hard time understanding that in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book, it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text. You have to make changes."
- Richard Russo
(Related: Time, Order, Spirit, Understanding)

"You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether or not anyone says a word. She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth."
- Richard Russo
(Related: Thoughts, Understanding, Word)

"Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding."
- Burt Rutan
(Related: Failure, Testing, Understanding)

"The earth incites the wonder and admiration of man even though he is imperfect and his understanding greatly limited."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: Admiration, Earth, Man, Understanding, Wonder)

"Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it's true, it's very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say... it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: Computers, Wife, Perception, Enjoyment, Moon, Understanding)

"During the war years I worked on the development of radar and other radio systems for the R.A.F. and, though gaining much in engineering experience and in understanding people, rapidly forgot most of the physics I had learned."
- Martin Ryle
(Related: Experience, War, People, Development, Engineering, Physics, Understanding, Years)

"Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Faith, Understanding)

"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Understanding)

"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Needs, Understanding, World)

"Believe me, as one who has seen a number of international crises firsthand, they cannot be handled without an understanding of history."
- Pierre Salinger
(Related: History, Understanding)

"Every day we make more progress toward understanding the concert hall."
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Related: Progress, Day, Understanding)

"Our philosophy precedes from the belief that sport is an inalienable part of the educational process and a factor for promoting peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding among peoples."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Friendship, Peace, Belief, Cooperation, Philosophy, Understanding)

"Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Peace, Friendship, History, Committee, Understanding)

"And indeed this theme has been at the centre of all my research since 1943, both because of its intrinsic fascination and my conviction that a knowledge of sequences could contribute much to our understanding of living matter."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Knowledge, Conviction, Living, Research, Understanding)

"In the whole round of human affairs little is so fatal to peace as misunderstanding."
- Margaret E. Sangster
(Related: Peace)

"So I would hope they would develop some kind of habit that involves understanding that their life is so full they can afford to give in all kinds of ways to other people. I consider that to be baseline spirituality."
- Susan Sarandon
(Related: Life, People, Habit, Hope, Spirituality, Understanding)

"A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting."
- George Savile
(Related: Danger, Difficulty, Understanding, Will)

"Most men make little use of their speech than to give evidence against their own understanding."
- George Savile
(Related: Men, Speech, Understanding)

"The trouble with the Labour Party leadership and the trade union leadership, they're quite willing to applaud millions on the streets of the Philippines or in Eastern Europe, without understanding the need to also produce millions of people on the streets of Britain."
- Arthur Scargill
(Related: Leadership, People, Europe, Party, Trade, Trouble, Understanding)

"The world changes materially. Science makes advances in technology and understanding. But the world of humanity doesn't change."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Change, Science, Technology, Humanity, Understanding, World)

"My mother is a very strange woman... She doesn't understand me in the least and doesn't love me much either. If she had either love or understanding she would be prepared to make sacrifices."
- Egon Schiele
(Related: Love, Mother, Understanding, Woman)

"This book is pointing the way into it for people that see it as daunting or a mystery. Some people just do it, but others need help with the mindset, permission almost to listen to themselves. Understanding how things work is the key."
- Sally Schneider
(Related: Work, People, Help, Key, Mystery, Understanding)

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Causes, Kindness, Mistrust, Sun)

"You grow up a lot in terms of your understanding of the industry and how to deal with the corporate things."
- Dougray Scott
(Related: Corporate, Understanding)

"You need a graphic understanding of a situation to make a complete judgment and we didn't have that."
- William Scranton
(Related: Judgment, Understanding)

"There are clear cases in which "understanding" literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument."
- John Searle
(Related: Argument)

"We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions."
- John Searle
(Related: Machines, Metaphor, Nothing)

"I want to block some common misunderstandings about "understanding": In many of these discussions one finds a lot of fancy footwork about the word "understanding.""
- John Searle
(Related: Fancy, Want, Word)

"The name Peace River itself is the monument of a successful effort on the part of the Company to bring about a better understanding between the Crees and the Beavers."
- Ernest Thompson Seton
(Related: Peace, Successful, Company, Effort, Monument, Name, Understanding)

"This Administration has led us into an area without vision. Bush has no clear understanding of what is being asked of the citizens, and the military is under his direction."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: Vision, Being, Direction, Military, Understanding)

"The very damaging, frightening part of postpartum is the lack of perspective and the lack of priority and understanding what is really important."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: Perspective, Understanding)

"In such diffused changes of culture two factors are necessary: contact and understanding."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Culture, Understanding)

"Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Wisdom, Peace, Cooperation, Goodwill, Leaders, Sincerity, Stability, Understanding)

"Recognition of this kinship with the rest of the universe is necessary for understanding him, but his essential nature is defined by qualities found nowhere else, not by those he has in common with apes, fishes, trees, fire, or anything other than himself."
- George G. Simpson
(Related: Nature, Fire, Kinship, Rest, Trees, Understanding, Universe)

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
- Upton Sinclair
(Related: Man, Understanding)

"What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any kind of respect or understanding, by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of its complexity so we can better understand it - so we can help prevent it."
- Bryan Singer
(Related: Complexity, Help, Respect, Understanding)

"If we are all in agreement on the decision - then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about."
- Alfred P. Sloan
(Related: Time, Decision, Agreement, Gain, Meeting, Understanding)

"Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Perseverance, Attention, Observation, Old, Possession, Road, Understanding)

"If you take the contempt some Americans have for yuppies and multiply it by 10 you might come close to understanding their attitude towards the City, as they call it - London, the people of the south."
- Martin C. Smith
(Related: People, Attitude, Americans, Contempt, London, Understanding, Yuppies)

"In particular, people have trouble understanding where I stand in relation to my characters, and very often this gets reduced to me making vicious fun of them."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: People, Fun, Trouble, Understanding)

"Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes."
- George Soros
(Related: Being, Mistakes, Shame, Understanding, Wrong)

"In Connecticut, my understanding, although I haven't seen the actual litigation, is that they want to measure every other year and not provide annual assessment as is required in the statute."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Measure, Understanding, Want)

"My understanding is that Kansas, Massachusetts, they've been more pioneers on the special education side."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Education, Understanding)

"Contrary to popular accounts, very few scientists in the world - possibly none - have a sufficiently thorough, "big picture" understanding of the climate system to be relied upon for a prediction of the magnitude of global warming. To the public, we all might seem like experts, but the vast majority of us work on only a small portion of the problem."
- Roy Spencer
(Related: Work, Climate, Experts, Global warming, Majority, Popular, Public, Scientists, Understanding, World)

"The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Being, Learning, Understanding)

"To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Understanding)

"The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding."
- Edward Steichen
(Related: Art, Work, Experience, Thought, Ideas, Artist, Content, Misleading, Photography, Understanding)

"It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Love, Men, Success, Quality, Failure, Honesty, Egotism, Feeling, First, Generosity, Greed, Kindness, Self, Understanding)

"The artist is an educator of artists of the future who are able to understand and in the process of understanding perform unexpected - the best - evolutions."
- Saul Steinberg
(Related: Artist, Artists, Future, Understanding)

"When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Heart, Flies, Judgment, Understanding, World)

"Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom."
- Clifford Stoll
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Information, Understanding)

"Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Truth, Ignorance, Understanding, Will)

"Understanding is a three-edged sword. Your side, my side, and the truth."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Truth, Understanding)

"My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!"
- Anne Sullivan
(Related: Heart, Joy, Light, Mind, Singing, Understanding)

"The discoveries of how we can grow and the insights we need to have really come from the inside out. To have genuine empathy, not as a make-nice tool but as an understanding, is essential to the next step."
- Patricia Sun
(Related: Empathy, Understanding)

"Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Understanding, Will, World)

"Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense, will, and ought to make use of it in those things that concern themselves and their posterity, and suspect the words of such as are interested in deceiving or persuading them not to see with their own eyes."
- Algernon Sydney
(Related: Common sense, Concern, Eyes, Posterity, Reason, Understanding, Will, Words)

"I don't believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds."
- Max von Sydow
(Related: Time, People, Deeds, Evil, Indifference, Victims)

"Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood."
- George Takei
(Related: Family, Father, People, Blood, Country, Ideals, Understanding)

"The old welfare system was hurting people by discouraging work and marriage. Welfare reform, and now this legislation, will build on the understanding that work and strong families are the foundation upon which we build our future."
- James Talent
(Related: Work, Marriage, People, Future, Legislation, Now, Old, Reform, Understanding, Welfare, Will)

"And as we continue to improve our understanding of the basic science on which applications increasingly depend, material benefits of this and other kinds are secured for the future."
- Henry Taube
(Related: Science, Benefits, Future, Understanding)

"Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement."
- Susan Taylor
(Related: Achievement, Understanding)

"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Money, Love, Peace, God, First, Kindness, Rest, Understanding, Will)

"There is all the difference in the world between departure from recognised rules by one who has learned to obey them, and neglect of them through want of training or want of skill or want of understanding. Before you can be eccentric you must know where the circle is."
- Ellen Terry
(Related: Departure, Difference, Neglect, Rules, Skill, Training, Understanding, Want, World)

"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Home, Country, Problems, Running, Understanding, Will, Woman)

"We're understanding what Obama is. He is the great teacher. He is this guy that stands above everybody. There's some condescension in it, but he stands above everybody and says, 'Now, listen. You people have to stop blaming each other unreasonably. You have to get along here and I am going to show you the way.' It is a pretty brave role in many ways."
- Evan Thomas
(Related: People, Pretty, Understanding)

"But without the experience of actually singing or playing these things yourself, you don't have the same kind of involvement or understanding of what these musical moves mean. And that is a very big problem in addressing the future of music."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: Experience, Music, Future, Singing, Understanding)

"In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Silence, Tragedy, Words)

"Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years."
- James Thurber
(Related: Boys, Months, Understanding, Years)

"The white people of the South are the greatest minority in this nation. They deserve consideration and understanding instead of the persecution of twisted propaganda."
- Strom Thurmond
(Related: People, Consideration, Minority, Nation, Persecution, Propaganda, Understanding)

"At the same time it offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind. For me, growing up in the 1930s, the two motivations powerfully reinforced each other."
- James Tobin
(Related: Time, Hope, Growing up, Mankind, Understanding)

"Despite Japan's desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Circumstances, England, states, United)

"The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction."
- William Trevor
(Related: Imagination, Fiction, Thinking, Understanding)

"Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood."
- Lionel Trilling
"Lives have been altered in fundamental ways, and later, after they acquire a more complete understanding of what goals are actually attainable, many are left facing a lot of pain and frustration. And yet, there's no culture of complaint."
- Garry Trudeau
(Related: Goals, Complaint, Culture, Frustration, Pain, Understanding)

"Hitchcock loves to be misunderstood, because he has based his whole life around misunderstandings."
- Francois Truffaut
(Related: Life)

"A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Government, May, Needs, President, Understanding)

"It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Work, Peace, Ability, Understanding)

"There is no teacher, living or past, who can give us the actual understanding of Truth. A teacher can only put our feet upon the path and point the way. That is all. It is wholly dependent on the individual to make his way to Truth."
- Paul Twitchell
(Related: Truth, Feet, Living, Past, Understanding)

"Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding."
- Kenneth Tynan
(Related: Art, Work, Artist, Understanding)

"The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Power, End, Harm, Understanding, Will)

"However, very recently I have come to an understanding that complex music is not necessarily pleasant."
- Nobuo Uematsu
(Related: Music, Understanding)

"Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Authority, Memory, Understanding)

"The public's nerves are raw and edgy. You have to be discreet and understanding about the films you are showing."
- Jack Valenti
(Related: Nerves, Public, Understanding)

"People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Love, Life, People, Positive, Class, Revolution, Struggle, Talk, Understanding)

"More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor."
- John W. Vessey, Jr.
(Related: English, Language, Understanding)

"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Joy, Pleasure, Understanding)

"You can get digital technology that almost is film quality, and go make little films and do everything you can to find a little understanding of your own voice and it will grow - Don't take no for an answer - Take every opportunity you can to do something."
- Jon Voight
(Related: Technology, Quality, Opportunity, Film, Understanding, Voice, Will)

"My ideas are always better. We have an understanding in place."
- Larry Wachowski
(Related: Ideas, Understanding)

"When a film is created, it is created in a language, which is not only about words, but also the way that very language encodes our perception of the world, our understanding of it."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: Perception, Film, Language, Understanding, Words, World)

"I always say that it's about breaking the rules. But the secret of breaking rules in a way that works is understanding what the rules are in the first place."
- Rick Wakeman
(Related: First, Rules, Understanding)

"I realize that the strivings of the Polish people gave rise, and still do so, to the feelings of understanding and solidarity all over the world."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: People, Feelings, Solidarity, Understanding, World)

"All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience."
- Alice Walker
(Related: Experience, Society, Understanding)

"The new spirituality will also base itself on a third very large spiritual understanding, which is that life is eternal. Most religious people claim to believe that, but very few people actually live as if that were true."
- Neale Donald Walsch
(Related: Life, People, Religious, Spiritual, Spirituality, Understanding, Will)

"Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake."
- J. Donald Walters
(Related: Friendship, Happiness, Being, Principles, Understanding)

"The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: Understanding, Want)

"I was just talking about women, just in terms of understanding them as much as we can ever understand the opposite sex. I'm trying to let go of certain male approaches to things that you inherit, that you grow up with."
- Fred Ward
(Related: Women, Sex, Talking, Trying, Understanding)

"Without television and mass communication, that knowledge wouldn't exist. So I think it actually has the possibility of turning people into more understanding and more empathetic people."
- John Warnock
(Related: People, Knowledge, Possibility, Communication, Television, Understanding)

"The personal contact is a personal thing. The fact that some people don't know their neighbors, I don't think that technology is at fault. You don't lose anything with technology. You gain other avenues of understanding."
- John Warnock
(Related: Technology, People, Fact, Fault, Gain, Neighbors, Understanding)

"For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography."
- Robert Penn Warren
(Related: Autobiography, Self)

"What I would like to be remembered for is that Walter Washington changed the spirit of the people of this city, that he came in as mayor when there was hate and greed and misunderstanding among our people and the races were polarized."
- Walter Washington
(Related: People, Greed, Hate, Spirit, Washington)

"Love was not in it for me at first. I dated guys because of the way they looked. And then I began to learn that it's what's inside that counts. Love to me now is understanding. It's giving."
- Crystal Waters
(Related: Love, First, Giving, Now, Understanding)

"This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice."
- Adam Weishaupt
(Related: Clouds, Prejudice, Reason, Sun, Superstition, Understanding, Will)

"This is what America is about when it comes to understanding that it is equal opportunity versus equal achievement. Each and every one of us has the opportunity for greatness in this country."
- Allen West
(Related: Opportunity, Achievement, Greatness, America, Country, Understanding)

"Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench, underscoring the importance of appointing judges who have a proper understanding of their constitutional role."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Importance, Judges, Scandal, Understanding)

"My wife is the most awesome person in the universe. She's made this experience much less miserable for me, with her compassion, patience and understanding."
- Wil Wheaton
(Related: Experience, Wife, Compassion, Patience, Understanding, Universe)

"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
(Related: Faith, Family, Education, Patience, Understanding)

"I grew up in a family where the internalized understanding was that the kids were going to grow up into a better world. I worry, because I don't think my kids are going to have that. The world is very scary. The world would be scary without the choices the current administration made, but they just exacerbated it. And it ticks me off. I want my kids to have a good life."
- Bradley Whitford
(Related: Family, Life, Choices, Kids, Understanding, Want, World, Worry)

"Sometimes it's a little bit like being a politician. We have work to do in understanding our users' sentiments."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Work, Being, Understanding)

"When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Happiness, God, Being, Misery, Understanding)

"I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about."
- Andrew Wiles
(Related: Mathematics, Thinking, Understanding)

"Many traditional religions foster attitudes that ought to have disappeared as biological understanding accumulated over the last century."
- George C. Williams
(Related: Understanding)

"The human crisis is always a crisis of understanding: what we genuinely understand we can do."
- Raymond Williams
(Related: Crisis)

"Sometimes a great wound or concussion of the head, especially which happens by falling headlong from an high place, brings a prejudice and weakness to the animal faculty, dulling the understanding."
- Thomas Willis
(Related: Prejudice, Understanding, Weakness)

"The scientist's inquiry into the causes of things is providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature."
- Kenneth G. Wilson
(Related: Nature, Causes, Understanding)

"To maximize our potential to enhance our health and our knowledge, we should remain open to new understanding and evolving technology or resources that might inspire a change in our approach to these important questions."
- Samuel Wilson
(Related: Change, Health, Technology, Knowledge, Open, Potential, Questions, Understanding)

"The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Science, Life, Understanding)

"Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Sympathy, Interest, Nations, Understanding)

"It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Control, Deep, Feeling, Religious, Spirit, Spiritual, Understanding)

"If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Fame, Understanding, Will)

"The thing that got me started on the science that I've been building now for about 20 years or so was the question of okay, if mathematical equations can't make progress in understanding complex phenomena in the natural world, how might we make progress?"
- Stephen Wolfram
(Related: Science, Progress, Building, Now, Question, Understanding, World, Years)

"When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied."
- John Woolman
(Related: Family, Men, Religion, Society, Appetite, Disorder, Duty, Feeling, Neglect, Pleasure)

"I've always liked pop music. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene, because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way, really."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Music, Wrong)

"For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer."
- Xenophon
(Related: Beauty, Understanding)

"The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda."
- John Yoo
(Related: Legal, War, Deep, Effort, Iraq)

"The tendency of philosophers who know nothing of machinery is to talk of man as a mere mechanism, intending by this to imply that he is without purpose. This shows a lack of understanding of machines as well as of man."
- Arthur Young
(Related: Purpose, Machines, Man, Nothing, Talk, Understanding)

"I have a better internal and intuitive understanding of folklore and myth than science and technology, so in that way fantasy is easier."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Science, Technology, Fantasy, Myth, Understanding)

"Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding."
- Xi Zhi
(Related: Skepticism, Understanding)

"Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth understanding and the overview into the realities of the world."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: Misfortune, Understanding, World)

"There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive - in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen."
- Edward Zwick
(Related: Change, Time, People, Hope, Awareness, Circumstance, Fact, First, Reason, Understanding, Want)