Understanding quotes

Data is not information, Information is not knowledge, Knowledge is not understanding, Understanding is not wisdom.

- Cliff Stoll & Gary Schubert

So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent!

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Is it possible, finally, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close are we able to come to that person's essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other peron well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?

- Haruki Murakami

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.

- Vaneigem, Raoul

If you purify your soul of attachment to and desire for things, you will understand them spiritually. If you deny your appetite for them, you will enjoy their truth, understanding what is certain in them.

- John of the Cross, St.

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

- Sir Francis Bacon

Until you can measure something and express it in numbers, you have only the begining of understanding.

- Lord Kelvin

Psychobabble is... a set of repetitive verbal formalities that kills off the very spontaneity, candor, and understanding it pretends to promote. It's an idiom that reduces psychological insight to a collection of standardized observations, that provides a frozen lexicon to deal with an infinite variety of problems.

- Rosen, Richard D.

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal well meaning but without understanding.

- Brandeis, Louis D.

Conceit is incompatible with understanding.

- Tolstoy, Count Leo

There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

- Hoffer, Eric

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

- Sinclair, Upton

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

- King Jr. Martin Luther

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

- Kahlil Gibran

And, most important, we have to shift our understanding of ourselves as separate individuals, each seeking our own welfare, to an understanding of how we fit into social, biological, and physical environments.

- Ornstein, Robert E.

The important thing is to know when to laugh, or since laughing is somewhat undignified to smile. But the smile must be of the right kind must have understanding in it, and friendliness, and a good deal of patience.

- Roderic Owen

The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become.

- Adam Smith

ORATORY, n. A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding. A tyranny tempered by stenography.

- Ambrose Bierce

Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.

- Bible

Let no one believe that he has received the divine kiss, if he knows the truth without loving it or loves it without understanding it. But blessed is that kiss whereby not only is God recognized but also the Father is loved; for there is never full knowledge without perfect love.

- Bernard, St.

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