Quotes with understand
If we find something we can't understand we like to call it something you can't understand, or indeed pronounce.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
When I saw the picture, I was not impressed, and I’m still not impressed. It was just a news picture. I still don’t understand why it was so important.
As part of the documentary An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story (2008). Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon.
You have no birthday because you have always lived; you were never born, and never will die. You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.
There's No Such Place As Far Away (1978)
I know the whole world is watching, and I wish the whole world could see what I see. Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.
His message just before jumping (October 14, 2012)
I cannot understand why people think I'm pure and full of nobleness. Every human being has shades of bad and good.
In the animation world, people who understand pencils and paper usually aren't computer people, and the computer people usually aren't the artistic people, so they always stand on opposite sides of the line.
Since the Creator had made the facts of the after-life inaccessible to man, He must not have required that man understand death in order to live fruitfully.
The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948)
Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
21 Suggestions for Success
In the highest consciousness there is still unconsciousness, in the lowest unconsciousness there is still consciousness. If there is no consciousness there is no thing, or nothing. To understand perfectly would be to cease to understand at all.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand.
To enable man to understand the society of the past and to increase his mastery over the society of the present is the dual function of history.
What is History?, 1962
Some part of me still self-identifies as a scientist. And while doing philosophical work, I've also wanted to engage the issues at a level that people outside philosophy can understand, and in particular in a way that resonates with people in science.
I experience true freedom when I can accept, understand, and move on from the conditioning of the past.
I never trashed a hotel room or did drugs. I understand if you get caught in a fight, but to take it out on a room that implies some psychiatric disorder. The way I was brought up made me think about the person who has to clean up afterwards.
I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
I can understand why the young musicians of the next generation wanted more rigor, but things went too far. I don’t support aesthetic terrorism.
Interview with The New York Times in 1986.
Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a [person] does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their intelligence.
I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
For no matter how much intellectual luggage we carry around in our heads, it becomes valuable only if we know how to use the information-only if we are able to relate one fact of a problem to the others do we truly understand them.
Address at the Gettysburg College Convocation: The Importance of Understanding (April 4, 1959).
To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am.
No true work since the world began was ever wasted; no true life since the world began has ever failed. Oh, understand those two perverted words "failure" and "success." and measure them by the eternal, not by the earthly standard.
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Atheism: An Affirmative View (1980)
I just don't understand the need to name something "the best" or more better than something else. Saying one thing is better than another, one performance is better than another performance — there can't be a contest in this area. I don't understand that.
Interview with Barbara Walters March 24, 1997
I sometimes think I've needed a bit of an arm around me in my career - which I've not always got from certain managers and coaches who didn't understand me.
"Hate the sin and not the sinner" is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.
An Autobiography (1927)
We have all these new channels and tools to understand the world as it happens, but there’s no reliable algorithm for sorting through the morass. It used to be to read the morning paper on the way to work and read the evening paper on the way home. Now we have to invent a new personal methodology every day. And if we’re waiting for things to settle down and become simple, that’s never going to happen.
Discussing the new and old media in an interview with Maureen Dowd in New York Times article published on April 24, 2013.
It would be very discouraging if somewhere down the line you could ask a computer if the Riemann hypothesis is correct and it said, 'Yes, it is true, but you won't be able to understand the proof.'
Scientific American (1993)
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
I think it not improbable that man, like the grub that prepares a chamber for the winged thing it never has seen but is to be — that man may have cosmic destinies that he does not understand.
To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those things that lie beyond.
You guys with your book and your movie, you got really close to understanding war. You got very close, but you didn’t get all the way. The ultimate truth about war isn’t that you might die. The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers. In some ways, until today, you didn’t have the first idea about war. You didn’t know the first thing about it until today. And you’ve lost a brother. And now you understand.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington. Junger was quoting correspondence from an unknown Vietnam War veteran.
The world of our own making has become so complicated that we must turn to the world of the born to understand how to manage it.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
Science is knowledge which we understand so well that we can teach it to a computer; and if we don't fully understand something, it is an art to deal with it.
Computer Programming as an Art (1974)
A designer must always think about the unfortunate production engineer who will have to manufacture what you have designed; try to understand his problems.
"Mr. McNamara, You must never have read a history book. If you'd had, you'd know we weren't pawns of the Chinese or the Russians. McNamara, didn't you know that? Don't you understand that we have been fighting the Chinese for 1000 years? We were fighting for our independence. And we would fight to the last man. And we were determined to do so. And no amount of bombing, no amount of U.S. pressure would ever have stopped us."
The Fog of War. McNamara recalling words of Thach, former Foreign Minister of Vietnam, during their meeting in 1995.
At my age, 85, I'm at age where I can look back and derive some conclusions about my actions. My rule has been try to learn, try to understand what happened. Develop the lessons and pass them on.
The Fog of War
If you can understand what a free market is, a free market of ideas, that's what the Internet in the computer age has brought about. Governments and corporations have yet to find a way to control this last free market of ideas. And why is the Internet the last free market of ideas? People better start addressing these types of questions, otherwise what has happened to the news media will happen to the computer as an information tool.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
Democratic man can understand the aims and aspirations of capitalism; they are, greatly magnified, simply his own aims and aspirations.
Notes on Democracy (1926)
I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.
Time interview, Jan. 21, 1998
When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. And that everybody pull together.
Statement after Trevor Martin was shot, March 23, 2012.
They may consider themselves patriots, but when you engage in this kind of behavior, that’s not patriotic; it’s a crime. Anybody in the military who has knowledge of this stuff should understand this is not who we are. This is not what the U.S. military is about. And it dishonors the vast majority of men and women in uniform who carry out their responsibilities and obligations with honor and dignity and incredible courage every single day.
About sexual assault in the military during a press conference on May 7, 2013.
Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time.
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
You must live in a Communist country to really understand how bad it can be. Then you will appreciate capitalism.
In Rolling Stone (1981)
As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.
To 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.
Only a profoundly religious and poetic soul (is not the one the other?) can understand the transports of joy which overflowed the souls of St. Francis's spiritual sons.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war.
Quoted in U.S. News & World Report (1991)
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
People who do not understand themselves have a craving for understanding — a thing which is rather surmised and never spoken than known and clothed in words.
Marriage at the Crossroads (1931)
To understand this Christmas record, you have to understand our ministry.
As your attorney, it is my duty to inform you that it is not important that you understand what I'm doing or why you're paying me so much money. What's important is that you continue to do so.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), Samoan Attorney
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward.
Cutting for Stone
The great achievements of the past were the adventures of the past. Only the adventurous can understand the greatness of the past.
The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)
It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.
Quoted in Physics Today, July 1993
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
The Happy Prince and Other Stories