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UNDERSTANDING
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[ Also see Forgiveness Head Intellect Intelligence Knowledge Learning Light Mind Misunderstanding Pardon Perception Pity Self-knowledge Sense Wisdom ]

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe, that thou mayest understand.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        In Ioannis Evangelium

The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.
      - Francis Bacon

It is by no means necessary to understand things to speak confidently about them.
      - Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais

Whatever we well understand we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Humility is the light of the understanding.
      - John Bunyan

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
      - Albert Camus

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
      - Confucius

Obtuseness is the rule, not the exception.
      - Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The understanding of some men is clear, that of others brilliant. The former illumines its surroundings; the latter obscures them.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

They understand but little who understand only what can be explained.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It is the understanding that sees and hears; it is the understanding that improves everything, that orders everything, and that acts, rules, and reigns.
      - Epicharmus

The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line.
      - Joanna Field

Men and melons are hard to know.
      - Benjamin Franklin

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
      - Jose Ortega y Gasset

The understanding also hath its idiosyncrasies as well as other faculties.
      - Joseph Glanvill

A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it.
  [Ger., Man lernt nichts kennen also was man liebt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

A distinction has been made between acuteness and subtlety of understanding. This might be illustrated by saying that acuteness consists in taking up the points or solid atoms, subtlety in feeling the air of truth.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Fully to understand a grand and beautiful thought requires, perhaps, as much time as to conceive it.
      - Joseph Joubert

The defects of the understanding, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

In the new approach, as you know, the important thing is to understand what you are doing rather than to get the right answer.
      - Tom Lehrer

Knowing is seeing. * * * Until we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and perceive it by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark and as void of knowledge as before, let us believe any learned author as much as we will.
      - John Locke (1)


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