Quotations About
understanding

Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what the other man or woman is doing.

Light in August (1932)
Posted in: William Faulkner

There is really nothing more to say — except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

The Bluest Eye (1969)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.

"Thoughts on Taste," Edinburgh Magazine, (October 1818)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.

Letter to Ed White (5 July 1950)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly in my bed.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Posted in: Shel Silverstein