The human understanding is moved by those things most which strike and enter the mind simultaneously and suddenly, and so fill the imagination; and then it feigns and supposes all other things to be somehow, though it cannot see how, similar to those few things by which it is surrounded.
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief in denying them.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
Surely the likeness of this world is that of a snake: it is soft to touch, and deadly poisonous. The ignorant child is distracted by it, and the one with understanding and intellect is cautious of it. So turn away from what fascinates you in it, for how little of it stays with you.
A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.
Life only gives us exactly what we ask for, both good and bad. The real challenge is in understanding the subtle ways in which we ask.
The roots of all commonwealth are planted in the understanding that we are all the same human beings.
It is the concept of likelihood that a real understanding of probability resides, and we must learn how to measure it.
Deeper understanding of the matter is bound to recognize that the Temple, as well as the synagogue, entered into Christian liturgy.
Every age and degree of understanding should have its proper measure of discipline. With regard to boys and adolescents, therefore, or those who cannot understand the seriousness of the penalty of excommunication, whenever such as these are delinquent let them be subjected to severe fasts or brought to terms by harsh beatings, that they may be cured.
It (reconciliation) must be allowed to grow through a shared understanding of what we all want and where we are all heading.
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