Understanding Quotes (89) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Understanding is is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding.


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

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

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” 
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” 
~ C.G. Jung

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

“When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.” 
~ Paulo Coelho, Brida

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

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” 
~ Marvin J. Ashton

“Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.” 
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. ” 
~ Helen Keller

“He who doesn't understand history is doomed to repeat it.” 
~ Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

“Not being understood may be taken as a sign that there is much in one to understand.” 
~ Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety

“To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.” 
~ Lao Tzu

“Sometimes you can only understand why things happen when you see them in the rearview mirror.” 
~ Ron Hall

“Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.” 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

“Understanding the beauty of our humanity unlocks the power of our spirituality.” 
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“God is the name we give to the science we don't understand. Science is the name we give to the God we don't understand.” 
~ Steve Maraboli

“Man masters nature not by force, but by understanding” 
~ Jacob Bronowski

“Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge, but rather, one thing only: understanding” 
~ Donna Jo Napoli

“Understanding is the knowing of misunderstanding” 
~ Zivarnna Smithies

“Why do they make things so complicated?"
"So that those who have the responsibility for understanding can understand.," he said. "Imagine if everyone went around transforming lead into gold. Gold would lose its value."
"It's those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the Master Work.” 
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“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, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“While we can learn or study techniques for almost anything we might want to accomplish, real understanding is not the mere accumulation of knowledge. Understanding cannot be realized by listening or reading about the realization of others. It must be achieved firsthand via substantive, direct perception in the moment.” 
~ H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

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

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
~ Neil Armstrong

To understand is to perceive patterns.
~ Isaiah Berlin

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. 
~ Joyce Brothers

To understand everything is to forgive everything.
~ Buddha

To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for 
himself or herself.
~ Sophy Burnham

Be afraid of nothing. You have within you all wisdom, all power, all strength, all understanding.
~ Eileen Caddy

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

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
~ Stephen R. Covey

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
~ Madame Curie

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

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with freedom.
~ Bob Dylan

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

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
~ Albert Einstein

Intuition is more than the accumulation of old information in an instantaneous brain blast. It's the gut feeling, the hunch, or 'knowing' that defies experience or understanding.
~ Jonathan H. Ellerby

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The limit of your present understanding is not the limit of your possibilities.
~ Guy Finley

The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.
~ Kahlil Gibran

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

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

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand, extraordinary things begin to happen.
~ Loretta Gizartis

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

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding.
~ Robert Henri

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

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
~ Carl Jung

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
~ Helen Keller

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear – that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
~ Krishnamurti

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
~ Anne Lamott

Out of an intuitive experience of the world comes a continuous flow of novel distinctions. Purely rational understanding, on the other hand, serves to confirm old mindsets, rigid categories. Artists, who live in the same world as the rest of us, steer clear of these mindsets to make us see things anew.
~ Ellen Langler

Whether we name divine presence synchronicity, serendipity, or graced moment matters little. What matters is the reality that our hearts have been understood. Nothing is as real as a healthy dose of magic which restores our spirits.
~ Nancy Long

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
~ Og Mandino

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

Joy is the zest that you get out of using your talents, your understanding, the totality of your being, for great aims…That's the kind of feeling that goes with creativity. That's why I say the courage to create. Creation does not come out of simply what you're born with. That must be united with your courage, both of which cause anxiety, but also great joy.
~ Rollo May

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
~ Marshall McLuhan

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.
~ Christian Morgenstern

Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves. Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others.
~ Janette Oke

Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectation that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them.
~ Sara Paddison

I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.
~ Rosa Parks

As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
~ Jules Renard

Words do two major things: they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.
~ Jim Rohn

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

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand.
~ Saint Francis of Assisi

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
~ George Santayana

If you would judge, understand.
~ Seneca

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold.
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.
~ Baruch Spinoza

Love has been called the most effective motivational force in all the world. When love is at work in us, it is remarkable how giving and forgiving, understanding and tolerant we can be.
~ Charles R. Swindoll

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
~ Freeman Teague Jr.

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
~ Leo Tolstoy

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

True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
~ Voltaire

How you perceive creates what you believe to be true. You see what you are looking for.
~ Story Waters

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. 
~ William Butler Yeats

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