understanding

A Quote by Albert Camus on despair, hope, lies, life, understanding, and words

There are some words that I have never really understood, such as sin. . . . For if there is sin against life, it lies perhaps less in despairing of it than in hoping for another life and evading the implacable grandeur of the one we have.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on understanding

Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked, or made use of. As for being understood - never!!!

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on appreciation, art, dreams, kindness, music, reason, understanding, and wishes

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Alan Paton on books, death, life, men, purpose, struggle, understanding, wisdom, and words

Who knows for what we live, struggle and die?. . . Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.

Alan Paton (1903 - 1988)

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A Quote by A. A. Milne on cleverness and understanding

Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.

A. A. Milne

Source: Pooh's Little Instruction Book

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A Quote by Adlai Ewing Stevenson on jobs, meetings, needs, and understanding

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.

Adlai Stevenson (1900 - 1965)

Source: speech, October 3, 1952

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on duty, faith, freedom, and understanding

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on duty, faith, and understanding

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Lincoln's Cooper Institute Address, February 27, 1860.

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on body, colors, concern, divinity, earth, god, heart, imagination, names, perception, reality, sacred, secrets, senses, spirit, spirituality, truth, understanding, and world

Turn your face toward the sacred Mosque (Koran 2:144,149,150) Commentary: This means: "Turn the [divine] face which is particular to you. . . ." This face is the secret (sirr) through which your spirit subsists. . . . It is the source of man's being and the command [formulated in the verse] is in reality concerned with this. God . . . does not consider your exterior form but only your heart - which is the "divine face" proper to each of you, and it is this "divine face" which, in you, "contains" God even though His sky and His earth cannot contain Him. . . . He who turns (toward the sacred Mosque} with his body alone, without also turning this face, has not truly turned. . . . He who looks with his finite eye only sees finite things - bodies, colors or surfaces. He who looks with the eye of his hidden spirit sees the hidden things - spiritual beings, forms of the world of the absolute Imagination, jinns - all of which are still only created beings and therefore veils. But he who looks with his face, that is to say, his secret (sirr), sees the face which God has in each thing; for, in truth, only Allah sees Allah, only Allah knows Allah. . . . As for the "sacred Mosque" . . . , although this term applies literally to the Mosque perceived by the senses, it should be understood as designating the degree which totalizes all the divine Names, that is to say the degree of the divinity which is the "place of the prostration" - of the prostration of the heart, not of the body.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 149, pp. 105-107

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on behavior, belief, conformity, direction, facts, faith, goals, intention, laws, men, profit, sacred, soul, understanding, and vision

His faith is no longer of any use to him. In fact his faith is only useful so long as he is veiled and has not obtained direct vision and evidence. . . . When that which was hidden becomes evident, when that of which he was merely informed is directly seen, the soul no longer derives any profit from that which it believes but only from that which it contemplates and sees. The states, the intentions, the goals which he had during the phase of faith are transformed. This transformation should be understood as purely inner. As to the exterior of this being, it is not modified even an iota. He continues to behave in a way which is acceptable to the sacred Law and commendable according to customs and natural law, engaging in the activities which conform to his situation and his rank among his fellow men.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 172, p.72

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