Seek first to understand, then to be 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.
Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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.
Some string theorists prefer to believe that string theory is too arcane to be understood by human beings, rather than consider the possibility that it might just be wrong.
If you make yourself understood, you're always speaking well.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!
Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.
Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood.
Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.
Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it.
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
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