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To understand everything is to forgive everything

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

Confucius

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

Aristotle

You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love… The love that speaks the language of the world.

Paulo Coelho

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty - excusable perhaps when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable - should persist after the beauty was gone.

There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.

Paulo Coelho

The question “what shall we do about it” is only asked by those who do not understand the problem.

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

Kahlil Gibran

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

It is my belief you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing.

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

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

The superior man understands what is right, the inferior man understands what will sell.

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Folks never understand the folks they hate.

Method is not less requisite in conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.

Joseph Addison

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

Margaret Thatcher

Those that know do. Those that understand teach.

For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

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

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

Oscar Wilde

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.

Mitch Hedberg

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

Ambrose Bierce

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Rudyard Kipling

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot

You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.

Richard Bach

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

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

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

Thomas Carlyle

For my part, it was Greek to me.

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down the spirit within - that you can begin to take control.

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry ,and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value, no matter what their color.

We only labor to stuff the memory and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.

John Ruskin

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

Erma Bombeck

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.

Charlie Chaplin

Interest does not tie nations together, it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.

Woodrow Wilson

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand, I teach in order to learn.

Robert Frost

You do ill if you praise but worse if you censure what you do not understand.

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.

The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.

But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied it is the most potent instrument of action.

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians truly understand the greatness that is America.

Mitt Romney

Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

Life itself is a strange mixture. We have to take it as it is, try to understand it, and then to better it.

There are neither winners nor losers; there are only stages that must be gone through. When the human heart understands this, it is free and able to accept difficult times without being deceived by moments of glory.

The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.

Paulo Coelho

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

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue, justice and understanding, and to fulfill their requirements. Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side.

Herman Hesse

I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.

Herman Hesse

When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.

What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I understand.

Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Helen Keller

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

Benjamin Franklin

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.

James Madison

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

Albert Einstein

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.

Calvin Coolidge

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I spend my happiest hours in reading Vedantic books. They are to me like the light of the morning like the pure air of the mountains - so simple, so true if once understood.

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.

Alice Walker

Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you're feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

Paul Ryan

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

Vladimir Lenin

She was a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper.

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

Francis Bacon

And what's interesting, and I don't think a lot of Americans understand this fact, is that One - most new jobs are created by small businesses; Two - most small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax, or many small businesses pay tax there.

An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

Groucho Marx

It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance which would render us insupportable through life.

Augustus Hare

Lets have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Abraham Lincoln

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.

Again a different meaning has to be understood.

My readers - and I get 400 emails for a day - my readers normally they say, well, you understand me, and I answer you do understand me also. We are in the same level.

Come away O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

I loved doing 'Pennies from Heaven.' Because you have to understand that I'd been doing comedy for 15 to 20 years and suddenly along came the opportunity to do this beautiful film. It was so emotional to me. I loved it. I don't think it was a good career move but I have no regrets about doing it.

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