Better understanding comes through comprehending life.

Here is a selection of the greatest understanding quotes to help you make sense of your life.


Top 10 Understanding Quotes

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No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. ~ Plato.

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Understanding is a kind of ecstasy. ~ Carl Sagan.

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To understand is to know what to do. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach. ~ Aristotle.

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Some hearts understand each other even in silence. ~ Unknown.

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Accepting is no substitute for understanding. ~ Naval Ravikant.

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Feeling is reactive, understanding is proactive. ~ Jack Butcher.

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Understanding someone is another way of loving them. ~ Boii McCoy.

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Furious activity is no substitute for understanding. ~ H.H Williams.

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We are all unique. Don’t judge, understand instead. ~ Roy T. Bennett.

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The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

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Everyone hears only what he understands. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. ~ Joseph Fort Newton.

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Understanding your past can help you create a better future. ~ Unknown.

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What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. ~ Alice Walker.

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No one is perfect, that is why understanding is so important. ~ Unknown.

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Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding. ~ Burt Rutan.

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~ Marie Curie.

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If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. ~ John Steinbeck.

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Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so. ~ Lemony Snicket.

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Understanding others can pay big dividends if you pay attention. ~ Jay Levinson.

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People will never truly understand something until it happens to them. ~ Unknown.

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Use whatever has come to awaken patience, understanding, and love. ~ Jack Kornfield.

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The key to learning is an awareness of where you lack understanding. ~ James Pierce.

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We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. ~ Beau Taplin.

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. ~ Albert Einstein.

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Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck. ~ Joss Whedon.

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Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. ~ Marge Piercy.

Inspirational Quotes on Understanding

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If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate. ~ Elbert Hubbard.

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard.

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Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~ Albert Einstein.

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Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. ~ Lloyd Alexander.

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For me, context is the key. From that comes the understanding of everything. ~ Kenneth Noland.

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Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

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Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. ~ Phillips Brooks.

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The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding. ~ Winifred Holtby.

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It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias. ~ Criss Jami.

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Understanding is a three-edged sword. Your side, my side, and the truth. ~ J. Michael Straczynski.

Best Quotes about Understanding

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You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. ~ Guy Finley.

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When you quiet your mind, you can enter a world of clarity, peace and understanding. ~ Alice Coltrane.

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Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. ~ Rollo May.

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Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist. ~ Madeleine L’Engle.

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

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Speak your heart. If they don’t understand, the message was never meant for them anyway. ~ Yasmin Mogahed.

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There’s nothing more intimate in life than being understood and understanding someone else. ~ Brad Meltzer.

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Gustav Jung.

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

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

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An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things. ~ Bryant H. McGill.

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We need to kind of refresh our fear in order to refresh our understanding of how a safe place works. ~ Andrew Pyper.

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The world has a soul and whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of many things. ~ Paulo Coelho.

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In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it. ~ Mitch Albom.

Understanding Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. ~ Criss Jami.

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Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both. ~ C. Wright Mills.

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

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Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ~ Dalai Lama.

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The more knowledge you’ve got, the more understanding you have, the better you are able to implement and pass it on to others. ~ Tony Orlando.

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Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. ~ Marshall McLuhan.

Understanding Quotes To Bring Clarity Into Your Life

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A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. ~ Chin-Ning Chu.

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Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it. ~ Michael J. Fox.

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Your understanding of what you read and hear is, to a very large degree, determined by your vocabulary, so improve your vocabulary daily. ~ Zig Ziglar.

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All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. ~ Immanuel Kant.

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The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. ~ Ralph G. Nichols.

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If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. ~ Vincent Van Gogh.

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Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. ~ George Soros.

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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.

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Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence. ~ Robert Andrews Millikan.

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A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity. ~ Robert Hall.

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It is sometimes hard to grasp the difference between identifying with one’s own roots, understanding people with other roots, and judging what is good or bad. ~ Umberto Eco.


So these were the 70 Quotes about Understanding.

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