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Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.

Author: Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Profession: German Novelist, Short-Story Writer

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.

Author: Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958)

Profession: American Engineer, Inventor

It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer

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

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

No one is going to turn down a good meal because he does not understand the digestive mechanism.

Author: V. I. Klassen


The guru, if he is gifted, reads the story as any bilingual person might. He does not translate-he understands.

Author: Sheldon Kopp (1929-)

Profession: American Psychologist

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely -- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it.

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

Profession: Indian Theosophist

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

Author: Lao-Tzu

Profession: Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Author: Harper Lee (1926)

Profession: American Author

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

Author: Kurt Lewin


The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.

Author: John Locke (1632-1704)

Profession: British Philosopher

Folks never understand the folks they hate.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

When a man begins to understand himself he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men.

Author: Norvin Mcgranahan