understanding

A Quote by Billy Joel on evil, inspiration, and understanding

You may never understand How the stranger is inspired For he is not always evil, And he is not always wrong.

Billy Joel

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A Quote by Billie Jean King on children, dreams, heroism, impossibility, time, understanding, and wonder

It's really impossible for athletes to grow up. On the one hand, you're a child, still playing a game. But on the other hand, you're a superhuman hero that everyone dreams of being. No wonder we have such a hard time understanding who we are.

Billie Jean King (1943 -)

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A Quote by Bhagavad-Gita on senses, sleep, truth, and understanding

Those who know this truth, whose consciousness is unified, think always, "I am not the doer" While seeing or hearing, touching or smelling; eating, moving about, or sleeping; breathing or speaking, letting go or holding on, even opening or closing the eyes, they understand that these are only the movements of the senses among sense objects.

Bhagavad-Gita

Source: The Bhagavad-Gita: 5:8-9, p. 96

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A Quote by Beth Knight on day, faith, god, love, planning, survival, trust, understanding, and world

We can't begin to understand what God has planned for us, But we face each day with a smile, and in his name we trust For in this vast world . . . is Love If only we could see the dove It seems sometimes he doesn't care When things get rough and hard to bear But with our Faith we can survive Because in our hearts HE is Alive!!"

Beth Knight

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on acceptance, change, common sense, democracy, education, ignorance, insincerity, language, life, mathematics, meaning, needs, philosophy, physics, understanding, and words

The doctrine, as I understand it, consists in maintaining that the language of daily life, with words used in their ordinary meanings, suffices for philosophy, which has no need of technical terms or of changes in the significance of common terms. I find myself totally unable to accept this view. I object to it: 1.Because it is insincere; 2.Because it is capable of excusing ignorance of mathematics, physics and neurology in those who have had only a classical education; 3.Because it is advanced by some in a tone of unctuous rectitude, as if opposition to it were a sin against democracy; 4.Because it makes philosophy trivial; 5.Because it makes almost inevitable the perpetuation amongst philosophers of the muddle-headedness they have taken over from common sense.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Portraits from Memory, Russell

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on achievement, knowledge, men, passion, power, and understanding

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway about the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell .

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on understanding

At first it seems obvious, but the more you think about it the stranger the deductions from this axiom seem to become; in the end you cease to understand what is meant by it.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on desires, progress, reform, understanding, and world

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Marriage and Morals.

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A Quote by Bernard Eugene Meland on death, existence, experience, faith, heart, humility, judgment, language, life, mind, mystery, reality, religion, simplicity, truth, and understanding

This stark contrast between the language we use in attending the religious realities, of whatever faith, and the realities themselves should not strike us as strange. Simple acknowledgment of the fallibility of our human forms and symbols should offer precedent enough for insisting that every creature, however elevated or humble, however committed in . . . heart and mind to the truth of the faith, stands under the judgment of reality as lived, of reality as encountered in experience. With the use of language, [we] may appropriately grope toward understanding and toward some degree of intelligibility in responding to what meets us in the lived experiences. But, since we live more deeply than we can think, no formulation of truth out of the language we use can be adequate for expressing what is really real, fully available, fully experienced, within this mystery of existing, in the mystery of dying, or in whatever surpasses these creatural occurrences of such urgent moment to each of us.

Bernard Meland (1871 - 1993)

Source: Fallible Forms and Symbols, 1977

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A Quote by Bernard Eugene Meland on adventure, belief, creativity, dependence, existence, faith, hope, judgment, language, observation, promises, reality, trust, and understanding

We live by trust, in part by hope, in part by inquiry, patiently and humbly pursued. And to the degree that these sensibilities of our creaturehood are observed, the pursuit of intelligibility and understanding in [our] faith is a creative adventure full of promise in expanding, sensitizing, illumining, and hopefully fulfilling this pilgrimage of existing. Every other mode of seeking to wrest the fire and efficacy of reality, either by way of sanctioning those who presume to believe, or as ground for registering reality's curse upon those who presume not to believe in accordance with the prescribed language of human forms and symbols, is blasphemous, and carries within its own degree of dementia. And this, I submit, is the judgment of reality itself; not of any human formulation dependent upon the language of our fallible forms and symbols.

Bernard Meland (1871 - 1993)

Source: Fallible Forms and Symbols, 1977

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