understanding

A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on liberty, opinion, truth, error, opportunity, stale, rote, understanding, and argument

'In his celebrated book, 'On Liberty', the English philosopher John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth.'

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: The Demon Haunted World

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Herbert O'Driscoll on grandmother, child, ireland, churchyard, understanding, vulnerability, and love

When I was a child, my grandmother died and was buried in the churchyard in Castlecomer, Ireland.  The following year I went there on holiday.  One day we drove to visit relatives, I in the back seat with my grandfather.  As we pass the graveled driveway leading up to the churchyard, my grandfather, thinking he was unobserved, pressed his face against the window of the car and with a small, hidden motion of his hand, waved. It was then I came to my first understanding of the majesty and vulnerability of love.

Herbert O'Driscoll

Source: A Doorway in Time

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on purified, integrated, mind, perfected, understanding, communion, companion, soul, light, and radiance

The purified, integrated mind, so perfected in its own understanding, lives in close communion with the soul radiance so that light becomes the constant companion of the mind.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Source: Merging with Siva (Master Course), Pages: 133

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddhas, world-honored ones, knowledge, insight, purity, understanding, enter the path, and why buddhas come

The Buddhas, the World-Honored Ones, for one great cause alone appear in the world. The Buddhas, the World-Honored Ones, appear in the world because they wish to cause the beings to hear of the Buddha's knowledge and insight and thus enable them to gain purity. They appear in the world because they wish to demonstrate the Buddha's knowledge and insight to the beings. They appear in the world because they wish to cause the beings to understand. They appear in the world because they wish to cause the beings to enter into the path of the Buddha's knowledge and insight.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Scripture of the lotus blossom of the fine dharma‎ - Page 30 by Leon Hurvitz, Kumārajīva

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Sam Hamill on knowledge, understanding, birches, and april

If only we could touch
the things of this world
at their center, if we could only hear
tiny leaves of birch
struggling toward April,
then we would know.   

Sam Hamill

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Jules Renard on life, understanding, and love

As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more. 

Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on pretend, understand, world, intellect apprehend, feeling judgment, intellect, half, truth, honest, understanding, and inadequacy

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
[Variant translation: We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.]

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Source: Psychological Types, or, The Psychology of Individuation (1921) Conclusion, p. 628

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on clarity, understanding, eureka, and breakthrough

That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: The Arm of the Starfish (Laurel Leaf Books)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by unknown on love, self, and understanding

One does not know who one is until one has fallen in love

unknown

Contributed by: Omegafoxlord

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy and understanding

I have always been spurred on by my not finding expressed anywhere the kinds of perspectives that I thought these issues most perspicuously needed and deserved; but that is just another way of saying that Americans have overwhelmingly expunged from their public understanding the strongest and most clarifying resources out of ancient and traditional European cultures. By far we prefer our familiar and user-friendly parochialisms, and there is no percentage in trying to pry these pachydermal plates apart.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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