Here’s some pithy perspectives on the effect of understanding. For some a hat tip to Mardy Grothe.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.
- Lyndon Johnson
Everyone hears only what he understands.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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 what he does not say.
- Kahlil Gibran
“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.”
- George Washington Carver