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Mignon McLaughlinNeurotics are sure that no one understands them, and they wouldn't have it any other way.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

AristotleKnowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Alan GreenspanSince becoming a central banker, I have learned to mumble with great incoherence. If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said.

—  Alan Greenspan, 1926-, American economist

William BlakeIf the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Zsa Zsa GaborYou never really know a man until you have divorced him.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Arthur Clarke“Now I understand,” said the last man.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Pablo PicassoPeople want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Blaise PascalTo understand is to forgive.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

ConfuciusI am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not understand others.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Albert EinsteinEveryone likes me, yet nobody understands me.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Baruch SpinozaThe highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Baruch SpinozaI have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Mark TwainMost people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeWomen are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

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

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Ronald ReaganHow do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

William BlakeWhat is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Charles Caleb ColtonHe that will only believe what he can fully comprehend must either have a very long head, or a very short creed.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Fernando PessoaTo be understood is to prostitute yourself.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecSome like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Helen RowlandTo be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

Helen RowlandWhen two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they “don't understand” one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

Fyodor DostoyevskyNothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Isaac AsimovI am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Elbert HubbardIf men could only know each other, they would never either idolize or hate.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Robert FrostThe greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended — and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Georg Christoph LichtenbergWe accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Eleanor RooseveltUnderstanding is a two-way street.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Movie Quotes

Duck Soup (1933)Why, a four year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four year-old child.

—  from the film Duck Soup (1933)



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