Quotes with understanding
My wife and I have a perfect understanding. I don't try to run her life, and I don't try to run mine.
Now what should be the relation between science and spirituality? It should be a relation of mutual acceptance and true understanding. It is an act of folly on our part to expect the same truth, the same knowledge and the same power from both science and spirituality. We must not do that. Neither must we set up the same goal for science and spirituality.
Songs of the Soul (1971)
Having a little girl is incredible. I tell you it's an insight. I think guys who have sisters have a big advantage, understanding the female psyche.
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm.
My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.
"Do We Live Again?" an interview with Edison, in The Illustrated London News (May 3, 1924)
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God.
'The Human Side', 1954
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
The Prophet (1923)
To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those things that lie beyond.
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
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 dynamic of our society, and particularly our new economy, will increasingly obey the logic of networks. Understanding how networks work will be the key to understanding how the economy works.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Life itself is always pulling you away from the understanding of life.
War Within and Without (1980)
In studying man’s past we are also, inevitably, studying ourselves. In doing so, our empathetic capacity is our most valuable, and most humane, tool of understanding.
Decoding the Past, 1983
We all make mistakes. We know we make mistakes. I don't know any military commander, who is honest, who would say he has not made a mistake. There's a wonderful phrase: 'the fog of war.' What "the fog of war" means is: war is so complex it's beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables. Our judgment, our understanding, are not adequate. And we kill people unnecessarily.
The Fog of War
There is no excuse for letting another generation be as vastly ignorant, or as devoid of understanding and sympathy, as we are ourselves.
The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959)
With the historian it is an article of faith that knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present.
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)
Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
Speech in Columbus, Ohio (October 3, 1952)
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
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.