Understanding Proverbs

Sayings about Understanding

Only a monkey understands a monkey. ~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three. ~ Chinese Proverb

Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. ~ Traditional Proverb

Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed at not understanding. ~ Chinese Proverb

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~ Chinese Proverb

Of the good we have an understanding, for fools we keep a stick upstairs. ~ Mongolian Proverb

We admire what we do not understand. ~ Indian Proverb

When you begin to understand the situation, you know you must have been ill-informed. ~ Indonesian Proverb

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. ~ Zen Proverb

Setting the conditions before you make an agreement is better than having an argument in the middle of the work. ~ Yemenese Proverb

The wise understand; fools follow the reports of others. ~ Tibetan Proverb

If you want to understand men, study women. ~ French Proverb

When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding. ~ Chinese Proverb

The one who understands does not speak; the one who speaks does not understand. ~ Chinese Proverb

If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding. ~ Yiddish Proverb

If you don’t understand it with a wink, you certainly will with a blow. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

One woman understands another. ~ Irish Proverbs

No matter how much care is taken, someone will always be misled. ~ Burmese Proverb

A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Jewish Proverb

Only he who understands is really sad. ~ Arabian Proverb

Better than the ignorant are those who read books; better still are those who retain what they read; even better are those who understand it; the best of all are those who go to work. ~ Indian Proverbs

When people only talk about things they understand then a great silence will descend upon the world. ~ Chinese Proverb

When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Love understands all languages. ~ Romanian Proverbs

The best candle is understanding. ~ Welsh Proverbs

Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding. ~ German Proverbs

A wise man hears one word and understands two. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Quotations about Understanding

Saying about Understanding

If you would judge, understand. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. ~ Albert Camus

In youth we learn; in age we understand. ~ Marie E. Eschenbach

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. ~ Lao Tzu

The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding; they learn by some other way – by rote, or something. Their knowledge is so fragile! ~ Richard P. Feynman

‘Tis better to understand, than to be understood. ~ Prayer of St. Frances

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. ~ Harper Lee

I don’t understand you. You don’t understand me. What else do we have in common? ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. ~ Tony Robbins

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don’t mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. ~ John Ruskin

To understand one woman is not necessarily to understand any other woman. ~ John Stuart Mill

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

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

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. ~ Sir James M. Barrie

Courage is just fear plus prayers plus understanding. ~ Eddie Albert

None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you. ~ Harvey Mackay

Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. ~ Count Leo Tolstoy

I’ll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future. ~ LaToya Jackson

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul. ~ Minna Antrim

To understand the world one must not be worrying about one’s self. ~ Albert Einstein Quotes

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. ~ Helen Rowland

Use failures as stepping-stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement. ~ Author Unknown

If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. ~ Nikki Giovanni

It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything. ~ Rene Coty

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. ~ Baruch Spinoza

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. ~ Baruch Benedict de Spinoza

When a man begins to understand himself he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men. ~ Norvin Mcgranahan

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

The first time you meet someone, they’re a new acquaintance, the second time you have a bit of an understanding, and the third time you meet them, you’re old hats. ~ Kathryn Minshew

It is easier to understand a nation by listening to its music than by learning its language. ~ Author Unknown

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. ~ Oprah Winfrey

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely – the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

I understand people’s suffering, people’s pain, more than you will ever know yourself. ~ Princess of Wales Diana

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. ~ Diane Arbus

To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. ~ Marcus Aurelius

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

To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. ~ William James

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~ Jane Austen

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. ~ Eric Hoffer

A person hears only what they understand. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unless we remember, we cannot understand. ~ Edward M. Forster

In order to plan your future wisely, it is necessary that you understand and appreciate your past. ~ Jo Coudert

Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. ~ Clifford Stoll

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others. ~ John Locke

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~ Albert Einstein Quotes

I don’t understand complicated problems. I only understand simple ones. ~ Richard Deupree

Some people will never learn anything well, because they understand everything too soon. ~ Author Unknown

Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. ~ Bo Bennett

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. ~ Charles F. Kettering

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand. ~ Leszczynski Stanislaus

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. ~ Alice Walker

Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question. ~ Author Unknown

The better you understand yourself the less cause you will find to love yourself. ~ Thomas Kempis

Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. ~ Phillips Brooks

To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We should strive to understand the weakness of others. ~ Ellen Gould White

Understanding brings control.  ~ Author Unknown

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation. ~ Author Unknown

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. ~ Immanuel Kant

The history of science shows that theories are perishable. With every new truth that is revealed we get a better understanding of Nature and our conceptions and views are modified. ~ Nikola Tesla

We are slaves to whatever we don’t understand. ~ Vernon Howard

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung

Take the time to understand and lend a gentle helping hand. ~ Author Unknown

Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it. ~ Michael J. Fox

Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail. ~ Henry Petroski

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ~ Pearl S. Buck

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ~ Lao-Tzu

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. ~ Khalil Gibran Quotes

A man doesn’t learn to understand anything unless he loves it. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. ~ Kurt Lewin

The man who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ~ Elbert Hubbard

People fail to understand that unless they are themselves willing to give, they will never receive. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language. ~ Christopher Dawson

What we do not understand, we cannot control. ~ Charles Reich

Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live. ~ Hans-Georg Gadamer

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding. ~ Willie Dixon

We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. ~ Author Unknown

They understand but a little who understand only what can be explained. ~ Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Understanding doesn’t mean agreement . ~ Author Unknown

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. ~ Amelia Earhart

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print. ~ Isadora Duncan

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. ~ Albert Einstein

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