Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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.
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.
Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1. Acceptance 2. Understanding 3. Appreciation Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.
None of us can choose where we shall love...
The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one's narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one's desires and fears.
And we all know love is a glass which makes even a monster appear fascinating.