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

The power of perception is that which we call the understanding.
      - John Locke (1)

Those who have read of everything are though to understand everything too; but it is not always so--reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us strength and nourishment.
      - John Locke (1)

To understand others you should get behind their eyes and walk down their spines.
      - Rod McKuen

A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Do not crowd the understanding; it can comprehend so much and no more. A pint pot will not contain the measure of a quart.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

We think we understand each other, but we never really do.
      - Luigi Pirandello,
        Six Characters in Search of an Author

The light of the understanding, humility kindleth and pride covereth.
      - Francis Quarles

Women have the understanding of the heart, which is better than that of the head.
      - Samuel Rogers

No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.
      - Franz Schuber

It is the same with understanding as with eyes; to a certain size and make, just so much light is necessary, and no more. Whatever is beyond brings darkness and confusion.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
      - Upton Beall Sinclair

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
      - Aleksandr (Alexander) I. Solzhenitsyn,
        One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,
        (Ralph Parker translation)

The understanding, that should be eyes to the blind faculty of the will, is blind itself; and so brings all the inconveniences that attend a blind follower under the conduct of a blind guide.
      - Bishop Robert South

I know no evil so great as the abuse of the understanding, and yet there is no one vice more common.
      - Sir Richard Steele

His understanding at the best is of the middling size.
      - Jonathan Swift

It is not the eye, that sees the beauty of the heaven, nor the ear, that hears the sweetness of music or the glad tidings of a prosperous accident, but the soul, that perceives all the relishes of sensual and intellectual perfections; and the more noble and excellent the soul is, the greater and more savory are its perceptions.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
      - Lionel Trilling

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things.
      - Vincent van Gogh

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.
      - Alice Walker

It is dangerous to understand new things too quickly.
      - Josiah Warren

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