Understanding Quotes

understanding quotes

Here’s a few quotes about understanding to help you understand something new!

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

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

To know is not to know, unless someone else has known that I know. -Lucillius (B.C. 148-103)

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

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

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

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

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child. -Cicero (106-43BC)

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

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To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. -Disraeli (1804-1881)

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

Knowledge is comfortable and a necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, but if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old. -Chesterfield (1694-1773)

The one who understands does not speak; the one who speaks does not understand. -Chinese Proverb

The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins. -Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

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

Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. -Herodotus (484-425BC)

Understanding is a two-way street. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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

We do not know one millionth of one percent about anything. -Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)
(and no, Edison did not steal electrical theory from Tesla; he did, however, promise Tesla a big bonus if he could help him solve a problem with his transformers, and then back out on the deal after the work was done. Big difference.)

A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning. -Anonyomous

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

It is well for one to know more than he says. -Plautus (254-184BC)

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

Seek first to understand and then to be understood. -Stephen R. Covey

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

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. -Plato

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

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? -Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

Any of these jump out at you?  If so, which ones?  Why?  Please write your answers in the comments section below.

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    • sally
    • July 21, 2011

    Knowledge is comfortable and a necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, but if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old. -Chesterfield (1694-1773)
    i like this quote most

    1. Reply

      I like it a lot too, Sally. Thanks for always stopping by.

    • Patricia
    • July 21, 2011

    This is one of my favorite websites to look and read collect quotes. They always are so inspirational….

    1. Reply

      Thanks Patricia! Tell your friends!

    • Lee
    • July 22, 2011

    Hi Shawn,
    You need to keep an open heart and mind and be compassionate to the needs of others. Everyone’s experiences are different and what can be helpful to one person may not resolve the same problems in another person’s life. To experience the whole spectrum of life is near impossibility only then could we apply our objectivity in all our understand.

    Reality is much more complex than any judgment of right and wrong encourages you to believe. When you really understand the ethical, spiritual, social, economic, and psychological forces that shape individuals, you will see that people’s choices are not based on a desire to hurt. Instead, they are in accord with what they know and what world views are available to them. Most are doing the best they can, given what information they’ve received and what problems they are facing. – Michael Lerner

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

    Love all the quotes, most inspiring, there is much wisdom in the words of the old Philosophers……

    • laura
    • July 23, 2011

    Lee wow nice piece and very true.

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

    This was my favourite because I believe love is necessary for understanding. It’s often hard to understand something you have little or no care for.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Laura.

    • Rainelda
    • July 24, 2011

    Hi Shawn…There are things I don’t understand,so I listen to know. Words is really magical,far more we can comprehend.always my deepest gratitude for people like you

    • Rainelda
    • July 24, 2011

    In a world full of strangers
    it’s good to see a Friend
    bringing Hope and Love
    each day inspiring many hearts
    to live a meaningful life…
    Happy Birthday Mr.Shawn Bremner!

    1. Reply

      Thanks again, Rainelda! Where have you been lately?

        • Rainelda
        • August 5, 2011

        It’s better be late than never.It feels good to be asked by Someone.I’m working for a special aspiration,to be specific,A Prayer,which I’m planning to publish (in ink and paper) via a calendar.I’m working for It both in mental and physical type of work.not easy I know,but I’m almost there.I could send you a copy if you like;I would be more than glad.Where I’ve been lately?
        I’m just here.Thanks Shawn!

        1. Reply

          Yes, I’d like to see what you’re working on…but I forget…where are you?

    • Don Hotovy
    • August 18, 2011

    Frightened Child
    Are You Frightened of the unforeseeable the intangible? Do you dare to wish for Spector’s of things not yet accomplished or do you merely shrug it off and be content with the slot that you fit in?
    Are You Frightened to ponder, that life is but a brief and fleeting moment that all is for not and the only things that become old are the Earth and the Sea. That in a millennium we shall all be in that next plane of existence and all of the accomplishments, goals, hopes and fears that individualize us all shall be meaningless.
    “To be or not to be” For myself I shall strive to do the best that I am able and the best that I can. And in the recess of my mind shall always lurk that Frightened Child.

    • Don Hotovy
    • August 18, 2011

    You are like the wake from a stone tossed into the pond, and that wake touches many other stones, and I thank GOD for You !

    For my father…

    • Don Hotovy
    • August 18, 2011

    Heaven points are earned by doing for others without the expectation of something in return !


    • Aruna
    • November 21, 2011

    Dear Shawn,

    I really love your quotes. They are so inspiring, really my life has changed totally.
    Love You.


    • Ujjwal
    • September 11, 2015

    Aim and labour always make above from ur effort, u will get above ur expectation.

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