„When evenly matched, you cannot win against your enemy unless you understand them. And if you truly understand, why are you fighting and not talking?“

—  Greg Bear, p. 69
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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
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. Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (17 August 1971) http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org/archives/index.cgi/710817V.html

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„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“

—  C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.

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„Jack: I can't understand it. On your show you always win.“

—  Jack Benny comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor 1894 - 1974

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„When you fight – fight to win.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Thatcher, Margaret (2002). Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-095912-6.

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„You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
variant: If you can't explain something to a six-year-old, you really don't understand it yourself. variant: If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Frequently attributed to Richard Feynman Probably based on a similar quote about explaining physics to a "barmaid" by Ernest Rutherford Page 418 of Einstein: His Life and Times (1972) by Ronald W. Clark says that Louis de Broglie did attribute a similar statement to Einstein: : To de Broglie, Einstein revealed an instinctive reason for his inability to accept the purely statistical interpretation of wave mechanics. It was a reason which linked him with Rutherford, who used to state that "it should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid." Einstein, having a final discussion with de Broglie on the platform of the Gare du Nord in Paris, whence they had traveled from Brussels to attend the Fresnel centenary celebrations, said "that all physical theories, their mathematical expressions apart ought to lend themselves to so simple a description 'that even a child could understand them.' " The de Broglie quote is from his 1962 book New Perspectives in Physics, p. 184 http://books.google.com/books?id=xY45AAAAMAAJ&q=%22mathematical+expression+apart%22#search_anchor. Cf. this quote from David Hilbert's talk Mathematical Problems given in 1900 before the International Congress of Mathematicians: : "A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street." Cf. this quote from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle:

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„You cannot win in a fight against women, cause men have a need to make sense“

—  Chris Rock American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director 1965

„If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.“

—  Kurt Lewin German-American psychologist 1890 - 1947
Attributed to Kurt Lewin in: Charles W. Tolman (1996) Problems of Theoretical Psychology - ISTP 1995. p. 31.

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