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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Henry David Thoreau
Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.
I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
It wasn't until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
C. Wright Mills
I used to do a lot of interviews in the early '80s, when my career started, but it came to a point when I decided I didn't want to talk anymore, and people kind of understood that and left me alone.
Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.
The United Nations' founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America's consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.
All right-wing antigovernment rage in America bears a racial component, because liberalism is understood, consciously or unconsciously, as the ideology that steals from hard-working, taxpaying whites and gives the spoils to indolent, grasping blacks.
What's amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It's so far away in time that they can't appreciate what it means for their whole life.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
Love is understood, in a historical way, as one of the great human vocations - but its counterspell has always been infidelity. This terrible, terrible betrayal that can tear apart not only another person, not only oneself, but whole families.
Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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