„I don't understand the world. I don't understand why some people have to suffer so much and others don't. I don't understand the unfairness of all that - I can't wrap my brain around it. Seems like it should be the opposite, like global warming should make Haiti discover that they have the secret plant that makes them all rich, because they've suffered enough, those people.“
„I understand that people might be poor if they don't have any work, but I don't accept that someone is poor if they've worked really hard.“
— Nicolas Sarkozy 23rd President of the French Republic 1955
Interview with Charlie Rose, televised 31 January 2007
„I don't understand why people don't have a f***ing sense of humor. Always assume that I'm being sarcastic.“
— Megan Fox American actress 1986
Megan Fox: 'Fallen' Angel http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20246950_20263258_20284375,00.html, Entertainment Weekly. Page 4 of 4 http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20246950_20263258_20284375_4,00.html
„"I don't want to! Why should I?"
"Because more people will be happier if you do than if you don't."
"So what? I don't care about other people."
"Because more people will be happier if you do than if you don't."“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Dialogue between Russell and his daughter Katharine, as quoted in My Father – Bertrand Russell (1975)
— Rasmus Lerdorf Danish programmer and creator of PHP 1968
„I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding; they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!“
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
Part 1: "From Rockaway to MIT", "Who Stole the Door?", p. 36-37 <!-- also quoted in "Will the Real Pseudoscientists Please Stand Up?" by Scott O. Lilienfeld in Skeptical Inquirer (Nov/Dec, 1995) -->
„I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it.“
— Elvis Costello English singer-songwriter 1954
Context: I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it. And if there's something in it that I can respond to, then there's something that I might be able to use as a composer. There are records of mine that have had smaller audiences and have provoked really drastic responses from people — particularly from critics — who maybe don't have quite enough time to live with the record or accept that a piece has its own integrity.
„I don't like when minorities tell me that I can't understand racism because I'm white. I go: "No, you can't understand racism 'cause you're not white; I hear the shit they say about you when you leave the room! They don't hold back on my account."“
— Doug Stanhope American stand-up comedian, actor, and author 1967
„I feel like I am constantly saying things I don't mean. I tell people they should share their faith, but I don't feel like sharing my faith. I tell people that should be in the Word, but I am only in the Word because I have to teach the Word. I said to a guy the other day, 'God bless you.' What does that mean? I have been saying that stuff all my life, but what does it mean? Then I started thinking about all the crap I say. All the clichés, all the parroted slogans. I have become an infomercial for God, and I don't even use the product.“
— Donald Miller 1971
„It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Three seconds to understand, or you lose. This is our problem.“
— Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961
Context: J. C. Watts is the only black member of the Republican Party in leadership. He's going to resign from Congress. He's been there seven and a half years. He's had enough. Nobody can believe it. Nobody in Washington can believe it.... In an interview two days ago, Watts said, Here's the problem with Washington: "If you are explaining, you are losing." If you are explaining, you're losing. It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Three seconds to understand, or you lose. This is our problem. Six years after this battle began, we're still explaining. We're still explaining and we are losing. They frame this as a massive battle to stop theft, to protect property.... They extend copyrights perpetually. They don't get how that in itself is a form of theft. A theft of our common culture. We have failed in getting them to see what the issues here are and that's why we live in this place where a tradition speaks of freedom and their controls take it away.
— Ashleigh Brilliant American author and cartoonist 1933