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A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor and architect.

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

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist.

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.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Protestant preacher and author.


So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent!

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch Jewish philosopher.

We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile!

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

UNDERSTANDING does not necessarily mean AGREEMENT.

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The man of understanding finds everything laughable.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.