„How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?“

—  Stanisław Lem, book Solaris

Source: Solaris

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Polish science fiction author 1921 - 2006

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„Communication is — start by understanding — your own understanding about people. Even though you want them to understand you, you know, it is — unless you understand people, it is almost impossible.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971

Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (17 August 1971) http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org/archives/index.cgi/710817V.html
Context: Communication is — start by understanding — your own understanding about people. Even though you want them to understand you, you know, it is — unless you understand people, it is almost impossible. Don't you think so? Only when you understand people, they may understand you. So even though you do not say anything, if you understand people there is some communication.

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„You can’t change what you don’t understand.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Source: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Prentice Alvin (1989), Chapter 17.

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„You actually can’t understand American history without understanding slavery.“

—  Ta-Nehisi Coates writer, journalist, and educator 1975

Ibid. (May 30, 2014) Part 2, Democracy Now!

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„And try not to get too depressed in the part of the journey, because there’s a professional responsibility. If you are depressed, you can’t motivate your staff to extraordinary measures. So you have to keep your own spirits up even though you well understand that you don’t know what you’re doing.“

—  Andrew S. Grove Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author 1936 - 2016

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„If you can’t reduce a difficult engineering problem to just one 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper, you will probably never understand it.“

—  Ralph Brazelton Peck American civil engineer 1912 - 2008

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„Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does.“

—  Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955

Source: When God Whispers Your Name

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„What I can’t understand is why you can’t see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that life started from nothing“

—  Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941

that is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God?”
During his conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, as quoted in The Telegraph, in . In " Richard Dawkins: I can't be sure God does not exist http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html"

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„Can’t you understand what an important task we’ve been entrusted with?“

—  Ken Grimwood, book Replay

“By whom, or what? God? This whole experience has made me agree even more with Camus: if there is a God, I despise Him.”
Source: Replay (1986), Chapter 11 (p. 149)

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„Oh, come along, reader of the High Journal; if you do not love words, how will you love the communication?“

—  R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002

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Context: Oh, come along, reader of the High Journal; if you do not love words, how will you love the communication? How will you forgive me my tropes, communicate the love?

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