„To be a real man or woman, you've got to know what you believe in. You've got to understand that your actions have consequences and that they are connected to everything that you are.“
— Sister Souljah American hip hop-generation author, activist, recording artist, and film producer 1964
„The readers can not expect that words will ever come out of these poems and get through to us. One can never understand or feel sympathetic towards these Zen poems except by giving oneself up and willingly penetrating into the closed shells of those words.“
— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935
Japan, The Ambiguous, and Myself (1994)
Context: Under that title Kawabata talked about a unique kind of mysticism which is found not only in Japanese thought but also more widely Oriental thought. By 'unique' I mean here a tendency towards Zen Buddhism. Even as a twentieth-century writer Kawabata depicts his state of mind in terms of the poems written by medieval Zen monks. Most of these poems are concerned with the linguistic impossibility of telling truth. According to such poems words are confined within their closed shells. The readers can not expect that words will ever come out of these poems and get through to us. One can never understand or feel sympathetic towards these Zen poems except by giving oneself up and willingly penetrating into the closed shells of those words.
„I don't think you will ever fully understand how you've touched my life and made me who I am. I don't think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
„The great quality teacher, Shoji Shiba, often tells people that the biggest barrier to changing understanding is the following word: IAKI, which is not a Japanese word at all. It is an acronym for I ALREADY KNOW IT… Professor Shiba then goes on to say: “Yes, you may know it, but you don't know how to do it!” There is an enormous difference between knowledge and know-how… Too many executives believe that if they listen to a lecture or read a book they will know how to do something…. Nobody ever became a great lover by just reading a book or watching a video. You have to get in and do it. There are some things you can only learn through experience.“
— Myron Tribus American academic 1921 - 2016
Myron Tribus "You Cannot Lead What You Do Not Understand — You Do Not Understand What You Haven't Done". Journal of Innovative Management, Fall 1996; As quoted in: William J. Altier (1999) The Thinking Manager's Toolbox. p. 9
„Hello, I know that you've been feeling tired.
I bring you love and deeper understanding.
Hello, I know that you're unhappy.
I bring you love and deeper understanding….“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, The Sensual World (1989)
„When you get to know a fellow, know his joys and know his cares,
When you've come to understand him and the burdens that he bears,
When you've learned the fight he's making and the troubles in his way,
Then you find that he is different than you thought him yesterday.
You find his faults are trivial and there's not so much to blame
In the brother that you jeered at when you only knew his name.“
— Edgar Guest American writer 1881 - 1959
When You Know a Fellow, stanza 1, p. 12.
A Heap o' Livin' (1916)
„Imagine you are sucking the little fingers of a lady… or… no, you wouldn't understand that -- since you'd never get that close to a lady -- who'd want to get that close to you for God's sake?“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
„Max opened his mouth, closed it, opened it again. “No.”
“Speak louder. You used a word I don’t understand.”“
Source: Starman Jones (1953), Chapter 9, “Chartman Jones” (p. 95)
„It feels wild, you know, because in the beginning I never thought it was going to really happen. It's all in Turkish, you know, and nobody understands a word. But I think it's a groove. It's the kisses that are universal.“
— Tarkan Turkish singer 1972
Tarkan finds his moves take him across borders, CNN Worldbeat, August 9, 1999 http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/9908/09/tarkan.wb/index.html,
About his hit single Şımarık
„O friend! hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.“
— Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518
Songs of Kabîr (1915)
Context: O friend! hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?
It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body:
If He is found now, He is found then,
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.
If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter.
„It's funny how you can think you know someone pretty well, and then something happens or they do something that makes you understand that you didn't really know them at all.“
— Wendelin Van Draanen American writer 1965
Source: Sammy Keyes And the Dead Giveaway
„:But it had to get there, I understand that you, you know, the uh, physiology of it if you will, but it had to come from somewhere.“
— Bill O'Reilly American political commentator, television host and writer 1949
The O'Reilly Factor
Richard Dawkins 2007.04.23 O'Reilly Factor
interviewing Richard Dawkins about his book The God Delusion
— Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963
The Lost Son," ll. 168-172
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
„I would say the main thing in any young kid's life is education. Even if a guy is prejudiced, he can be educated to understand why he is prejudiced. Education plays a great role in all life, whether you're black or white. You've got to go to high school, you've got to go to college. When you come out of college or high school, you can play sports. If you ever get hurt, they can't take that brain away from you, you've got that.“
— Willie Mays Baseball player 1931
Academy of Achievement Interview (1996)
„You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live.“
Source: To Kill a Mockingbird