45+ Quotes About Understanding

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Understanding is seeing the world through another’s perspective and accepting that someone else’s reality may be different from your own. Here are 45+ inspiring understanding quotes and quotes about understanding.

Understanding Quotes | Quotes About Understanding
Understanding Quotes | Quotes About Understanding

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45+ Quotes About Understanding | Understanding Quotes

Understanding can either refer to what you know about the world or yourself, or understanding in the sense that you are accepting of other people.

In a way, ignorance is what causes a lack of understanding, so in order to BE understanding to other people, we must first seek TO UNDERSTAND another’s point of view. 🙂

“Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” – Stephen R. Covey

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

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” – Lemony Snicket

“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

“What better way is there no make men love one another than to make men understand one another. True charity comes only with clarity-just as mercy is but justice that understands. Surely the root of all evil is the inability to see clearly that which is.” – Will Durant

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

“…treat people with understanding when you can, and fake it when you can’t until you do understand.” – Kim Harrison

“Don’t you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.” – Douglas Adams

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

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

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

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

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Inspirational Understanding Sayings

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

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

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

“Love is when you can understand each other’s silences.” – Avijeet Das

“Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.” – Chinese proverb

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” – J.K. Rowling

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

“If you want understanding try giving some.” – Malcolm Forbes

“We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding.” – Beau Taplin

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Man know much more than he understands.” – Alfred Adler

“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum

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

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

“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

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

“When the heart is won, the understanding is easily convinced.” – Charles Simmons

“When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives.” – Yo-Yo Ma

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

“True love is born from understanding.” – Gautama Buddha

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

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

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

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” – Gandhi

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

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

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

Quotes About Understanding Ourselves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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