Understanding Quotes

To understand is to perceive patterns. Isaiah Berlin

Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing. John Locke

I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming. Katherine Mansfield

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. Baruch Spinoza

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 civilized men. Bertrand Russell

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

I do not want the peace which passes understanding, I want the understanding which brings peace. Helen Keller

I liked things better when I didn’t understand them. Bill Watterson

People who do not understand themselves have a craving for understanding. Wilhelm Stekel

No one can develop freely in this world and find a full life without feeling understood by at least one person. Paul Tournier

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. Frank Herbert (from Dune)