Understanding Others Quotes

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How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?

the human condition

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.


If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
The most immutable barrier in nature is between one man's thoughts and another's.
To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life.


Capable people do not understand incapacity; clever people do not understand stupidity.


To be understood is not a human right.  Even to understand oneself is not a human right.
You have to be grown up, really grown up, not merely in years, to understand your parents.


The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.

heart relationships

Nothing is so hard for those, who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.
Our birth and death we may touch understanding
As a moth brushes a window with its wing.
In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.


I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
When you want to recognize and understand what takes place in the minds of others, you have first to look into yourself.
We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.


To try to understand another human being, to grapple for his ultimate depths, that is the most dangerous of human endeavors.
Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.


No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.
All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
Jealousy is the very reverse of understanding, of sympathy, and of generous feeling.  Never has jealousy added to character, never does it make the individual big and fine.


Until we know what motivates the hearts and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we ever reach fulfillment as that greatest miracle of all, the human being.


I know nothing which life has to offer so satisfying as the profound good understanding, which can subsist, after much exchange of good offices, between two virtuous men, each of whom is sure of himself, and sure of his friend.