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  Understanding is a two-way street.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a success.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

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

  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
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  William Adams
  

  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.  
 -  William Adams
  

  It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways.  
 -  Dennis Banks
  

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

  Don't judge my choices without understanding my reasons.  
 -  Unknown
  

  We see today that there is a growing understanding in the international community that the extremist regime in Tehran is not just Israel's problem, but rather an issue that the entire international community must grapple with.  
 -  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  

  There is no doubt that religion had already waned under the onslaught of the Enlightenment, but it was Freud who provided the radically new understanding of human nature that made any religious explanation of the whats and whys of our personhood seem naive.  
 -  Thomas Campion
  

  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 A. Baldwin
  

  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
  

  It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.  
 -  Erma Bombeck
  

  To be happy you first have to understand yourself.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.  
 -  Anatole France
  

  Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.  
 -  Michael J. Fox
  

  Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental. All important advances are sudden intuitions, new principles, new ways of seeing.  
 -  Ma Ferguson
  

  A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

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

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

  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
  

  We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.  
 -  Robert Hall
  

  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
  

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

  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.  
 -  Robert Jackson
  

  Sometimes people have a difficult time understanding my English.  
 -  Julio Iglesias
  

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

  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
  

  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
  

  I am really dedicated to understanding the planet/creature on which we live and know that means I must go beneath the sea to see 72 percent of what is going on.  
 -  Robert Ballard
  

  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
  

  There is no hospitality like understanding.  
 -  Vanna Bonta
  

  The secret of living in peace with all people lies in the art of understanding each one by his own individuality.  
 -  Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
  

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

  I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.  
 -  Nora Ephron
  

  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Too often in Washington we tend to see foreign policy as an abstraction, with little understanding of what we are committing our country to: the complications and consequences of endeavors.  
 -  Chuck Hagel
  

  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
  

  We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.  
 -  William Hazlitt
  

  A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.  
 -  Muhammad Iqbal
  

  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.  
 -  Muhammad Iqbal
  

  What's the shelf life of a 1931 movie? If it still exists, there will always be film buffs and a niche audience who will want to see it. But in terms of people even understanding in common usage, some of the words we use to describe these movies, I don't know how long that's going to last.  
 -  Joe Dante
  

  And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.  
 -  Hector Elizondo
  

  I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?  
 -  Zsa Zsa Gabor
  

  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
  

  Sport and life is about losing. It's about understanding how to lose.  
 -  Lynn Davies
  

  Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Although the elusive 'cure' may be a distant dream, understanding the true nature of cancer will enable it to be better controlled and less menacing.  
 -  Paul Davies
  

  To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.  
 -  William James
  

  He said, 'From then on, I realized that I was not just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special.' And I think that's the key to understanding Steve Jobs.  
 -  Walter Isaacson
  

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

  Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  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
  

  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 Georg Hamann
  

  Much learning does not teach understanding.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  Not only the entire ability to think rests on language... but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.  
 -  Johann Georg Hamann
  

  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
  

  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
  

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

  I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams.  
 -  Princess Diana
  

  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
  

  Every week I get letters from people worldwide who feel that the possibilian point of view represents their understanding better than either religion or neo-atheism.  
 -  Lawrence Eagleburger
  

  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
  

  Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  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
  

  I lived in America for a long time before I started working as an actor. Some actors show up on set and have never done an American accent before, so they rely on a slew of technical mechanisms. Part of what makes an accent is understanding why people speak that way - you have to understand the culture.  
 -  Idris Elba
  

  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
  

  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
  

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

  My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism.  
 -  Richard Dawkins
  

  Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding, but sometimes they get in the way.  
 -  Richard Dawkins
  

  Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.  
 -  Chinese proverb