„You imagine that what you can't understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand.“
The Other World (1657)
Contexto: You imagine that what you can't understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand. For example, I perceive by my senses what makes a magnet point north, what makes tides rise and fall, and what becomes of an animal after death. Your people are not proportioned to perceive such miracles, just as someone blind from birth cannot imagine the beauty of a landscape, the colors of a painting or the shadings of an iris. He will imagine them as something palpable, edible, audible or olfactory. Likewise, if I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that.
„Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect.
Then be sure of one thing:
The Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.“
— Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
„A European says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with me? An American says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?“
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Interview, quoted in "Words from the Master" http://www.co.uk.lspace.org/books/apf/words-from-the-master.html in The Annotated Pratchett File http://www.co.uk.lspace.org/books/apf/index.html
Contexto: As for The Mapp... I suspect it'll never get a US publication. It seemed to frighten US publishers. They don't seem to understand it.
That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans:
A European says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with me? An American says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?
I make no suggestion that one side or the other is right, but observation over many years leads me to believe it is true.
„But often, and this will be the hard part for all of you to understand, we will warn and advise before we kill. And quite often we will not kill at all. Try to understand this.“
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
Fonte: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris
Contexto: Listen now to a series of sayings that always come hard to brave people. Our own great movement will grow with its own impetus wherever it is not blighted. We will break up persons of blight and centers of blight. But often, and this will be the hard part for all of you to understand, we will warn and advise before we kill. And quite often we will not kill at all. Try to understand this.
„When you talk with famous scholars, the best thing is to pretend that occasionally you do not quite understand them. If you understand too little, you will be despised; if you understand too much, you will be disliked; if you just fail occasionally to understand them you will suit each other very well.“
— Lu Xun Chinese novelist and essayist 1881 - 1936
"The Epigrams of Lusin"
„KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING ARE QUITE DIFFERENT. Only understanding can lead to being, whereas knowledge is but a passing presence in it.“
— G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949
All and Everything: Meetings with Remarkable Men (1963)
„a million blockheads looking authoritatively into one man of what you call genius, or noble sense, will make nothing but nonsense out of him and his qualities, and his virtues and defects, if they look till the end of time. He understands them, sees what they are; but that they should understand him, and see with rounded outline what his limits are,—this, which would mean that they are bigger than he, is forever denied them. Their one good understanding of him is that they at last should loyally say, "We do not quite understand thee; we perceive thee to be nobler and wiser and bigger than we, and will loyally follow thee."“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1850s, Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850), The New Downing Street (April 15, 1850)
„It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.“
— Chuck Palahniuk, livro Choke
Variante: It’s pathetic how we can’t live with the things we can’t understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.
„The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Sand and Foam (1926)
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„You have to have faith that you are doing God's will. Sometimes you will not understand. Sometimes you will doubt. But if you are doing God's will, you can't be wrong, you can't go wrong.“
— Philippa Gregory, livro The Constant Princess
Fonte: The Constant Princess
„If you seek to understand the whole universe, you will understand nothing at all. If you seek to understand yourself, you will understand to whole universe.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 a.C.
„No one knows you like a person with whom you've shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way.“
— Alice Hoffman, livro Practical Magic
Fonte: Practical Magic
„Millions of Americans who know that Barack understands their dreams; that Barack will fight for people like them; and that Barack will finally bring the change we need.“
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
2000s, Democratic National Convention speech (2008)
„I went to our Theological College lately, Westcott House, and we had a sort of chat. He told me that without him it was impossible to understand the universe, and I came away having forgotten to reply that it did not occur to me to try to understand the universe. I must not run on like this so. Or rather what I mean is I have just finished the biography of my great aunt. Understanding, or partially understanding, her has been quite a large enough job.“
— E.M. Forster English novelist 1879 - 1970
Letter 411, to Lionel Trilling, 1 August 1955
Selected Letters (1983-1985)
„I have been hearing for years and years about how the financial services sector pays such exorbitant wages because the people who work there are so immensely talented that they are cheap at $50 million a year. I never particularly bought that line before. But I never imagined that all those Masters of the Universe would do quite this badly. If we had paid them $50 million a year to go far, far away and leave our financial system alone, it would have been a bargain.“
— Hilary Bok American philosopher 1959
"Now That's What I Call Toxic!," http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2009/02/now-thats-what-i-call-toxic.html Obsidian Wings (2009-02-27)
„The thing you have to understand about fighter pilots is they never quite grow past the stage of little boys buzzing past girls on their bicycles.“
— Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013
1990s, CNN interview (1999)