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Act With Understanding Quotes


"Act now. Act with speed." - John Doerr

"The act of collaboration must start with dialogue. You cannot build relationships without having an understanding of your potential partners, and you cannot achieve that understanding without a special form of communication that goes beyond ordinary conversation." - Daniel Yankelovich

"The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos." - Carl Sagan

"Design is really an act of communication, which means having a deep understanding of the person with whom the designer is communicating." - Donald A. Norman

"Conceit is incompatible with understanding." - Leo Tolstoy

"Many confuse understanding with believing." - Watchman Nee

"Friendship is love with understanding." - Anonymous

"Understanding of life begins with the understanding of patterns." - Fritjof Capra

"If a person cannot foresee the consequences of his act, and is not capable of understanding what he is told about its outcome by those with more experience, it is impossible for him to guide his act intelligently. In such a state, every act is alike to him." - John Dewey

"Language is inexorably tied to power and understanding. And power and understanding are the roots of magic. Just the act of writing something down is a magical act." - Patrick Rothfuss

"It's not rocket science. It's social science - the science of understanding people's needs and their unique relationship with art, literature, history, music, work, philosophy, community, technology and psychology. The act of design is structuring and creating that balance." - Clement Mok

"When you act on your impulses to play, when you are open to the possibilities in each moment, you replace your fears with self-understanding, self-esteem, and personal strength." - Sandra Magsamen

"It's not rocket science. It's social science - the science of understanding people's needs and their unique relationship with art, literature, history, music, work, philosophy, community, technology and psychology. The act of design is structuring and creating that balance." - Clement Mok

"Prior to the PATRIOT Act, the ability of government agencies to share information with each other was limited, which kept investigators from fully understanding what terrorists might be planning and to prevent their attacks." - Chris Chocola

"Understanding and Love are not two separate things, but just one. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you cannot help but love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people." - Nhat Hanh

"The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding." - Black Elk

"Understanding a theory has, indeed, much in common with understanding a human personality. We may know or understand a man's system of dispositions pretty well; that is to say, we may be able to predict how he would act in a number of different situations. But since there are infinitely many possible situations, of infinite variety, a full understanding of a man's dispositions does not seem to be possible." - Karl Popper

"Act your part with honor." - Epictetus

"Understanding replaces imaginary fears with real ones." - Mason Cooley

"There's nothing wrong with not understanding yourself." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Something about photography is tied to a very specific relationship with the material world. It doesn't have to be, but the way I practice it, it is. So there's an act of observation, but it's not an act of objective recording. It's about framing something and seeing it and understanding that it's relational." - Zoe Leonard

"Sexuality is possible without any understanding, without any meditation. Love is possible only with understanding. Compassion is possible only with understanding and meditation, understanding and awareness." - Rajneesh

"I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower you to step into who you are and encourage you to share yourself with those around you." - Janet Mock

"Any work of art, provided it springs from a sincere motivation to further understanding between people, is an act of faith and therefore is an act of love." - Truman Capote

"Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion; great understanding goes with great compassion." - Nhat Hanh

"His divine spark lives within me, a presence that will never leave. And I am but one of many tools He has at His disposal. If I cannot act - if I refuse to act - that is a choice I am allowed to make. He has given me life, and all I must do to serve Him is to live. Fully and with my whole heart. With this knowledge comes a true understanding of all the gifts He has given me." - R.L. LaFevers

"Understanding comes with compassion and compassion comes with truthfulness" - Amit Abraham

"It was never the act itself but our own understanding of it that defeated us, over and over again." - Marisha Pessl

"Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act." - Nhat Hanh

"In this simple but profound psychological way Scripture tells the history of the fall and of the origin of sin. In this way sin continues still to come into being. It begins with the darkening of the understanding, continues with the excitement of the imagination, stimulates desire in the heart, and culminates in an act of the will" - Herman Bavinck

"As in everything else, I must start with myself. That is: in all circumstances try to be decent, just, tolerant, and understanding, and at the same time try to resist corruption and deception. In other words, I must do my utmost to act in harmony with my conscience and my better self." - Vaclav Havel

"I act with my gut instincts." - Alanna Ubach

"All writing, all art, is an act of faith. If one tries to contribute to human understanding, how can that be called decadent? It's like saying a declaration of love is an act of decadence. Any work of art, provide it springs from a sincere motivation to further understanding between people, is an act of faith and therefore is an act of love." - Truman Capote

"Lying is, almost by definition, a refusal to cooperate with others. It condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act. It is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood. To lie is to recoil from relationship." - Sam Harris

"We need to have a paradigm shift in our consciousness. If we don't get our act together and come in commonality and understanding with the organisms that sustain us today, not only will we destroy those organisms, but we will destroy ourselves." - Paul Stamets

"My hope and my prayer for people would be to find and gather themselves such that their self-understanding, their willingness to act in the face of fear, [imbibes and imbues them] with enough faith [that] is bigger than their fear." - Rod Stryker

"Human passions, like the forces of nature, are eternal; it is not a matter of denying their existence, but of assessing them and understanding them. Like the forces of nature, they can be subjected to man's deliberate act of will and be made to work in harmony with reason." - Leon Bourgeois

"With understanding, those we love will certainly flower." - Nhat Hanh

"The truly good gaze upon everything with love and understanding." - Dalai Lama

"Knowledge is freedom and with freedom comes understanding." - Julie Garwood

"I'm going with the understanding that I've done my duty." - Pep Guardiola

"Understanding people certainly impacts your ability to communicate with others." - John C Maxwell

"Before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding." - Samuel Johnson

"You want the mystical understanding of the cosmos to feel compatible with a scientific understanding of the cosmos, like it extends our understanding rather than unwriting it." - Jon Spaihts

"Historically, the East was more concerned with understanding the mind and the West was more involved in understanding matter." - Dalai Lama

"Man, as the minister and interpreter of nature, is limited in act and understanding by his observation of the order of nature; neither his understanding nor his power extends further." - Francis Bacon

"There may be men who act without understanding why. I do not. To listen much, pick out the good and follow it; to see much and ponder it: this comes next to understanding." - Confucius

"I like to act with dialogue. Not with grunts." - Cary Grant

"I'm really excited to act again because when I started out, there was an innocent sort of perception of the world that was coming though me, and I think now through a lot of experience and life and understanding, I've come full circle to having a purer response to things. So my craft will be really interesting to work from this place because I think acting is about being in tune with yourself - or maybe the struggle to be in tune with yourself." - Mariel Hemingway

"...not deciding to act would be identical with deciding not to act." - Marilynne Robinson

"I certainly don't advocate terrorism as a way of progressing and understanding people, nor do I believe labeling everything as a terrorist act is helpful either." - Hugo Weaving

"Those who act on excitement act intermittently; this is hardly the way to avoid regression. Those whose understanding comes from emotional perceptions are as confused as they are enlightened; this is not a lamp that is constantly bright." - Zicheng Hong

"It does not always help to analyze and think about problems with your rational mind. Sometimes it is far more effective to turn to your inner self, to ask the universe for help. Simply sit quietly. Take a few deep breaths and focus your awareness within. Ask your wise inner self, either silently or aloud, for guidance or help in understanding the message. As you get a sense of what feels right, act on this feeling." - Shakti Gawain

"What brings the karmic result from the patterns of our actions is not our action alone. As we intend and then act, we create [our] karma: so another key to understanding the creation of karma is becoming aware of intention. The heart is our garden, and along with each action there is an intention that is planted like a seed. The result of the patterns of our karma is the fruit of these seeds." - Jack Kornfield

"I follow many tragedies around the world. At one point I [will] feel like I've accumulated an enormous amount of information, a critical mass amount of information, and I feel like acting - reacting. My manifesto has always been the same: I cannot act in the world before understanding the world. I will not move a finger. I will not come up with any ideas - nothing - until I actually understand what is happening." - Alfredo Jaar

"Cooking done with care is an act of love." - Craig Claiborne

"Wit sometimes enables us to act rudely with impunity." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude." - Confucius

"Radio allowed people to act with their hearts and minds," - Dick York

"Act with honor, and Honor will aid you" - Brandon Sanderson

"a very high trapeze act, frequently with no net." - Dan Rather

"Whatever you undertake, act with prudence, and consider the consequences." - Anonymous

"My dream role would be to act with Denzel again!" - Nadine Velazquez

"Radio allowed people to act with their hearts and minds." - Dick York

"I've worked with some actors who can't act." - Anthony Anderson

"I act on impulse and I go with my instincts." - Gordon Ramsay

"It's hard to act with just your jaw." - Joel Kinnaman

"I act with full responsibility and after extensive reflection." - Asger Jorn

"Intimacy starts with a relationship with yourself, an understanding of who you are." - Cameron Diaz

"People with good intentions but limited understanding are more dangerous than people with total ill will." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Understanding what you're OK with and what you're not OK with is so important to learn." - Maria Canals Barrera

"Happiness is dealing with setbacks with more grace, understanding and acceptance" - Arianna Huffington

"All is love...All is love. With love comes understanding. With understanding comes patience. And then time stops. And everything is now." - Brian Weiss

"Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness." - Charles Caleb Colton

"I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success." - Og Mandino

"When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one's mind on the act and the doing of it, not one ones' relation to the act or its character or value... One should simply practice concentration of the mind on the act itself, understanding it to be an expedient means for attaining tranquility of mind, realization, insight, and wisdom." - Asvaghosa

"When one is rising, standing, walking, doing something, stopping, one should constantly concentrate one's mind on the act and the doing of it, not one ones' relation to the act or its character or value... One should simply practice concentration of the mind on the act itself, understanding it to be an expedient means for attaining tranquility of mind, realization, insight, and wisdom." - Ashvaghosha

"Not understanding the process of a spontaneously-ordered economy goes hand-in-hand with not understanding the creation of resources and wealth." - Julian Simon

"Man with all his shrewdness is as stupid about understanding by himself the mysteries of God, as an ass is incapable of understanding musical harmony." - John Calvin

"Knowledge by itself does not give understanding. Nor is understanding increased by an increase of knowledge alone. Understanding depends upon the relation of knowledge to being...It appears only when a man feels and senses what is connected with it." - G. I. Gurdjieff

"If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act." - Billy Wilder

"To act choicelessly is to act in accord with the situation. If someone throws a rock, you duck." - Rami M. Shapiro

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams

"Half my life is an act of revision; more than half the act is performed with small changes." - John Irving

"Do you know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?" - Pope Julius III

"On his telepathic understanding with James Worthy- It's almost like we have ESPN." - Magic Johnson

"All understanding begins with our not accepting the world as it appears." - Susan Sontag

"My understanding is that you get to choose which of your thoughts to go with." - Anne Lamott

"The difficult thing isn't living with other people, it's understanding them." - Jose Saramago

"Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm." - John Dryden

"Do not insist that the universe comply with your understanding of it." - Gary Zukav

"By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person." - Nhat Hanh

"Leadership starts with understanding responsibility, not ability. Leadership is a Stewardship, not a show." - Rick Warren

"I think a player constantly improves his understanding of chess with experience." - Yasser Seirawan

"A friend is somebody who loves us with understanding, as well as emotion." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"...approach change with an understanding of the process and an openness to the pain." - Elizabeth Lesser

"You have to acquire a personal peace of mind which comes with understanding." - Sandy Woodward

"The path of awakening begins with a step the Buddha called right understanding." - Jack Kornfield

"I believe that time, with its infinite understanding, will one day forgive me." - William Saroyan

"Taking responsibility as a co-creator with God presupposes a basic understanding of how creation works." - Carl Johan Calleman

"To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard." - Franz Kafka

"True knowledge comes with deep understanding of a topic and its inner workings." - Albert Einstein

"Once the mind is met with understanding, it can always find its way home." - Byron Katie

"Understanding and love require a wisdom that comes only with age." - Rollo May

"I think Shakespeare had a lot to contribute with his understanding of the human condition," - Sharon Gless

"This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers...." - John Ashcroft

"With problems and issues groups face- there is an enormous disconnect between understanding and doing." - Marshall Goldsmith

"With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding." - Ruth Ozeki

"Reality can be experienced only with the eye of understanding, not just by a scholar" - Adi Shankara

"When you really trust someone, you have to be okay with not understanding some things." - Real Live Preacher

"With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding." - Bible

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding." - Bible

"An actor only has his own understanding and experience to work with." - Harrison Ford

"Beauty will snatch us by the heart and love us until we are raw with understanding." - Aberjhani

"Embla lies with each thing, Ask looks and knows. Understanding without explanation they depart and separate." - John Carder Bush

"What worries me about religion is that it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding." - Richard Dawkins

"We shall make progress towards Swaraj only if we do everything thoughtfully and with understanding." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I want audiences to look at adolescent delinquents with greater understanding and more compassion." - Emmanuelle Bercot

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding." - Bible

"For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother" - Homer

"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." - J K Rowling

"We must learn to live with contradictions, because they lead to deeper and more effective understanding." - Edward Teller

"It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways." - Dennis Banks

"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." - Richard Dawkins

"I think Shakespeare had a lot to contribute with his understanding of the human condition." - Sharon Gless

"With comedians, you have that understanding that we're trying to get laughs." - Colin Quinn

"I think the world's always a better place if people are filled with understanding." - Richard Dawkins

"Human self-understanding changes with time, and so also human consciousness deepens." - Pope Francis

"I'd like to be with an interesting man who is understanding about having a busy partner." - Tracy Reese

"You should communicate with your other one. Understanding what they are on about is pretty key." - Rita Ora

"Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding." - Thomas Carlyle

"Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature." - William Shenstone

"It's possible to transform the violent energy of our time into a culture of kindness. All things are possible through the openness of our mind, the gentleness of our spirit, and the act of understanding and embracing." - Lily Yeh

"Only in the exceptional case, where the integrity and competence of the advisers have been thoroughly demonstrated, should the investor act upon the advice of others without understanding and approving the decision made." - Benjamin Graham

"If you just read the book, you're taking in the narrative, you're taking in the characters, you're understanding it in a certain way. If you make a movie it's really an act of translation." - James Franco

"Writing is an act of empathy. You are occupying and understanding a point of view that might be alien to your own-and work is often the keyhole through which you peer." - Benjamin Percy

"Friendship is like love at its best; not blind but sympathetically all-seeing; a support which does not wait for understanding; an act of faith which does not need, but always has, reason." - Louis Untermeyer

"Those little children have not yet any understanding to desire His blessing; but when they are presented to Him, He gently and kindly receives them, and dedicates them to the Father by a solemn act of blessing." - John Calvin

"To act without clear understanding, to form habits without investigation, to follow a path all one's life without knowing where it really leads; such is the behavior of the multitude." - Mencius

"Would ministers preach for eternity! They would then act the part of true Christian orators, and not only calmly and cooly inform the understanding, but, by persuasive, pathetic address, endeavour to move the affections and warm the heart." - George Whitefield

"I've seen so many lives turn around from the impossible. I have come to embrace the idea that even the simplest act of understanding, love, and attention can produce the biggest results." - Alicia Keys

"I hope that this execution is the last act of the tragedy of the Second World War and that the lesson taken from this world war will be that peace and understanding should exist between peoples. I believe in Germany." - Arthur Seyss-Inquart

"Conceit is an insuperable obstacle to all progress. On the other hand, it is of little use to take criticism in a slavish spirit and to act on it without understanding it." - Ellen Terry

"Enacting elements of the Affordable Care Act isn't backtracking on core principles, but rather understanding that new ways to help make health care affordable builds stronger businesses and saves struggling hospitals. And that is a very attractive offer." - Ronnie Musgrove

"If there is one sweeping generalization I can make without fear of contradiction, it is that 'change' is the scariest word in the English language Nothing will change in our lives until we change our own behavior. Insight won't do it. Understanding why we do the self-defeating things we do won't make us stop doing them. Nagging and pleading with the other person to change won't do it. We have to act. We have to take the first step down a new road." - Susan Forward

"Kant does not think there is anything wrong with being beneficent from sympathy. He thinks we have a duty to cultivate sympathetic feelings by participating in the situations of others and acquiring an understanding of them. He thinks we also have a duty to make ourselves into the kind of person for whom the recognition that something is our duty would be a sufficient incentive to do it (if no other incentives were available to us). That's what he means by "the duty to act from the motive of duty"." - Allen W. Wood

"We are all trained to be data driven people, but no hard data exist about the future. Therefore, the only way to look into the future with any degree of accuracy is to use theory, statements of what causes what and why. If executives have the right theories in their heads, they can very quickly interpret market developments. They can identify what matters and why, and act accordingly. So we suggest decision-makers should start by gaining a deep understanding of the relevant collection of theories, and then be alert for signals that indicate certain types of developments." - Clayton Christensen

"I do trust that the president is sincere in understanding that the public supports - that overwhelmingly the public supports - not sending these young people back. It was interpreted by some that we had a deal on the deal. But that wasn't on the package. We had an agreement to move forward, in our view, with the DREAM Act as a basis for how we protect the DREAMers and for further discussions on what provisions relating to the border might be in an accompanying bill or whatever as we go forward. So I trust the president in that regard." - Nancy Pelosi

"No men can act with effect who do not act in concert; no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence; no men can act with confidence who are not bound together with common opinions, common affections, and common interests." - Edmund Burke



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