Here are 75 of the best understanding quotes I could find. What’s my goal? To help you find more clarity in your life, your work and your mind. After all, once you better understand things, you can relax and appreciate the way they are even more. You’ll discover authors like Einstein, Goethe, Lao Tzu, and more. Enjoy!
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. Leonardo da Vinci
The key to learning is an awareness of where you lack understanding. James Pierce
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. Carl Jung
Self-understanding leads to inner peace. Maxime Lagacé
Accepting is no substitute for understanding. Naval Ravikant
Be understanding, but don’t be blind. Unknown
Feeling is reactive, understanding is proactive. Jack Butcher
The price of understanding is letting go what you know. Maxime Lagacé
Understanding someone is another way of loving them. Boii McCoy
To understand is to know what to do. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. J. K. Rowling
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand. Søren Kierkegaard
It is a fault to wish to be understood before we have made ourselves clear to ourselves. Simone Weil
Understanding starts when fear ends. Maxime Lagacé
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. Lao Tzu
Happiness doesn’t require practice, only understanding. James Pierce
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln
Understanding is deeper than knowledge. There are many people who know you, but very few who understand you. Nicolas Cage
O bliss of understanding, greater than the bliss of imagining or feeling. Jorge Luis Borges
The better you understand something, the more simply you can express it. James Pierce
Those who don’t understand your silence, will never understand your words. Elbert Hubbard
Understanding is more important than memorization! Schools should teach the students how to understand, think, doubt, and question. They should be made open to imagination and creativity. Richard Feynman
If we don’t understand people, we don’t understand business. Simon Sinek
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I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings. 14th Dalai Lama (Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, 1989)
Understanding means throwing away your knowledge. Thich Nhat Hanh
You can’t learn something if you’re scared of it. True understanding is through love. Maxime Lagacé
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde
Many seek to refute before they seek to understand. James Pierce
We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. Carl Jung
For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung
You start to understand people a lot better when you understand the basic fact that people starve for attention. Raj Shamani
Before we can claim to understand others, we have to really understand ourselves. Simon Sinek (Source)
If you want to understand something, take it apart and reassemble it. This doesn’t just apply to objects. James Pierce
Don’t give orders and try to be followed; try to be understood and to understand others by getting in sync. Ray Dalio
The curse of modernity is that we are increasingly populated by a class of people who are better at explaining than understanding, or better at explaining than doing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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The man of understanding finds everything laughable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Deeply understanding the basics in any field will put you miles ahead of your competitors. James Pierce
Group settings are incompatible with deep learning. James Pierce
I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith. Nicholas Sparks (A Walk to Remember, Amazon book)
Fools judge because it’s easy. The wise try to understand, even if it’s hard. Maxime Lagacé
It can take decades to understand things you thought you understood as they were happening. Paul Graham
Don’t expect to be understood. Trust yourself. Gal Shapira
To be desired means nothing. To be truly understood and deeply loved is everything. Boii McCoy
We like to read others but we do not like to be read. François de La Rochefoucauld
The human mind evolved to be good at understanding what is most useful for it, not necessarily what is true. Mark Manson
People who understand are drawn toward simple solutions. People who don’t understand prefer complicated solutions. Shane Parrish (Source)
Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing himself. André Gide
We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing of the world. We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability we fundamentally depend. Few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it was always here; if time will one day flow backward and effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know. What is the smallest piece of matter. Why do we remember the past and not the future. And why there is a universe. Carl Sagan (wikipedia.org)
We tend to hate what we don’t understand. Spend less time hating and more time attempting to understand. John Cena
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. John Steinbeck
Much learning does not teach understanding. Heraclitus
Related: 7 Ways to Better Understand and Be Understood (psychcentral.com)
We care more about knowing the next thing than understanding the last thing. Jack Butcher
People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. Søren Kierkegaard
Understanding is the foundation of lasting change. Change that comes from discipline is not organic. It is repression. It doesn’t get rid of the underlying issue. Change that comes from understanding is effortless. When you understand the harm of a habit it drops spontaneously. @TheAncientSage
Understanding is hard because it requires openness, slowness, and love. Maxime Lagacé
Simplicity before understanding complexity is ignorance. Simplicity after understanding complexity is genius. James Clear
If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. John Steinbeck
Calmness follows order which follows understanding. Maxime Lagacé
We are bathing in mystery and confusion on many subjects, and I think that will always be our destiny. The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it. Carl Sagan
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. Fyodor Dostoevsky (wikipedia.org)
To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them. Maria Popova
When you memorize, it’s a sign that you don’t understand. Naval Ravikant
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockinbird, Amazon book)
Be open to a world where you may not understand or agree with the person next to you, but have a drink with them anyways. Anthony Bourdain
Lasting “self-improvement” does not come through effort but through awareness and understanding of oneself. Sven Schnieders
Enlightenment, to me, is a deep understanding of our true situation. Thich Nhat Hanh
The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. Ralph Nichols
If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something. Federico Fellini
Related: Can’t think straight? How to achieve mental clarity (betterup.com)
Understanding Quotes: The Conclusion
Once you understand yourself, you are forever free. Yogi Adamas (Source)
- Understanding is the reward for the curious person.
- Before trying to understand the world, try to understand yourself. (Related: meditation quotes)
- You can’t have inner peace if you don’t have self-understanding.
- Memorization is weak. Understanding is solid.
- Acceptance is good but understanding is better.
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