Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one... just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
The improvement of the understanding is for two ends; first, for our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver and make out that knowledge to others.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
It takes longer for man to find out man than any other creature that is made.
In the novel we can know people perfectly, and, apart from the general pleasure of reading, we can find here a compensation for their dimness in life.
It is profound philosophy to sound the depths of feeling and distinguish traits of character. Men must be studied as deeply as books.
We like to read others but we do not like to be read.
Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing himself.
The best that can be said for anybody is probably that you misunderstood him favorably.
To sense when a teenager needs understanding and when misunderstanding is a difficult and delicate task. The sad truth is that no matter how wise we are, we cannot be right for any length of time in our teenagers' eyes.
Many men honestly do not know what women want, and women honestly do not know why men find what they want so hard to comprehend and deliver.
Although we human adults are really good at understanding other minds, we weren't always that way. It takes children a long time to break into the system.