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"I've always been interested in plants because I'm a gardener, so I have a basic understanding of botany and things like that, but it's all self-taught." - Michael Pollan

"Wine lovers know that putting some effort into understanding and appreciating wine pays big dividends. Skillful tasting unlocks wine's treasures. It adds an extra dimension to the basic routines of eating and drinking, turning a daily necessity into a celebration of life." - Marvin Shanken

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

"Education is understanding relationships." - George Washington Carver

"In this situation, it becomes vital that our own country orient its policies in consonance with this basic evolutionary condition rather than pursue a course blind to the reality that the colonial era is now past and the Asian peoples covet the right to shape their own free destiny. What they seek now is friendly guidance, understanding, and support - not imperious direction - the dignity of equality and not the shame of subjugation." - Douglas Macarthur

"Analytic and romantic understanding should be united at a basic level. Reassimilate the passions from which the rational mind fled." - Robert M Pirsig

"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." - Carl Sagan

"Basic scientific research is scientific capital." - Vannevar Bush

"Undeveloped though the science [of chemistry] is, it already has great power to bring benefits. Those accruing to physical welfare are readily recognized, as in providing cures, improving the materials needed for everyday living, moving to ameliorate the harm which mankind by its sheer numbers does to the environment, to say nothing of that which even today attends industrial development. And as we continue to improve our understanding of the basic science on which applications increasingly depend, material benefits of this and other kinds are secured for the future." - Henry Taube

"Creation science has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage-good teaching-than a bill forcing our honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise?." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Prison Notebooks gives me a basic understanding of how power can influence people through cultural products and intellectual groups, so they will voluntarily support the hegemony." - Okky Madasari

"A second basic fact that characterizes nonviolence is that it does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The empathic understanding of the experience of other human beings is as basic an endowment of man as his vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell" - Heinz Kohut

"I'm not talking to you from the point of view of wishful thinking or imaginary craziness. i'm talking to you from a deeper, basic understanding." - Fred Alan Wolf

"There is a basic problem that a lot of Western monks and nuns become ordained without really understanding or appreciating what the monastic life is all about." - Tenzin Palmo

"'Prison Notebooks' gives me a basic understanding of how power can influence people through cultural products and intellectual groups, so they will voluntarily support the hegemony." - Okky Madasari

"This field is not necessarily glamorous, nor does it often produce immediate results, but it seeks to increase our basic understanding of living processes." - Aaron Klug

"There are certainly beliefs in traditional Buddhism that conflict with basic principles of scientific understanding, .. We can't make sense of those beliefs in any kind of scientific framework." - Richard Davidson

"The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality, basic human rights, freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens." - Ai Weiwei

"Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy." - Barack Obama

"The right angle is one of the world's basic shapes." - Claes Oldenburg

"Teaching is the highest form of understanding." - Aristotle

"The man of understanding finds everything laughable." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Furious activity is no substitute for understanding." - H. H. Williams

"Understanding something in one way does not preclude understanding it in other ways." - Jerome Bruner

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

"It has made mincemeat of Barack Obama's pose of thoughtfulness. It has demonstrated that he lacks even a rudimentary understanding of the most basic economic realities. It has dramatized environmentalism's descent into infantilism." - George Will

"The aims of pure basic science, unlike those of applied science, are neither fast-flowing nor pragmatic. The quick harvest of applied science is the useable process, the medicine, the machine. The shy fruit of pure science is understanding." - Lincoln Barnett

"If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic." - Hazel Henderson

"Self-conscious artiness is fatal, but it certainly would not hurt to study composition in general. Having a basic understanding of composition would help construct a better organized image." - Berenice Abbott

"How obvious it is that color has its various connotations-hue, value, and intensity - and without the basic understanding of these three determining factors, we are somewhat limited in the proper use of color in rooms." - Van Day Truex

"One basic formula for understanding the Community is this: 'Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all.'" - Johan Galtung

"India has sanctioned phenomenal injustices for years and years and years. And normalized it. There is no understanding of what it means to be born into a class that has been denied basic human dignity for generations and generations." - Sarnath Banerjee

"She [Sarah Palin] by no - has any basic understanding of what post -traumatic stress disorder is, so I think it gives the rest of us an opportunity to have a real conversation about some of these problems." - Jon Soltz

"I love meeting people who have absolutely no sense of irony. It's really fascinating to imagine what it would be like to go through life without understanding even the most basic of ironies." - Daniel Handler

"When a juvenile commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity." - Anthony Kennedy

"And as we continue to improve our understanding of the basic science on which applications increasingly depend, material benefits of this and other kinds are secured for the future." - Henry Taube

"But what is more, if we have succeeded in adding to the basic understanding of our universe and ourselves, we will have made a contribution to the totality of human culture." - Haldan Keffer Hartline

"When it comes to investments, I have to go to someone else to understand them, but then I have to make a judgment. I can't do that if I don't have a basic understanding myself." - Gregory Meeks

"As in all of biology, comparative studies showing differences among species are often helpful for a better understanding of the basic mechanisms; with all its advantages, there is a danger of clinging exclusively to one model organism." - John Tyler Bonner

"If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong, possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause, they can break the chain of any negative environment." - Dave Pelzer

"I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action." - Malcolm X

"We have to know what is Buddhadharma and what is not Buddhadharma. It needn't go on forever. You don't have to spend 18 years at it. But still, a basic and uncompromised understanding of Buddhist principles is important. Very basic: the three signs of being, the four noble rruths, karma, and so on." - Tenzin Palmo

"With a basic understanding of all humans as brothers and sisters, we can appreciate the usefulness of different systems and ideologies that can accommodate different individuals and groups with different cultural heritages, having different dispositions and tastes. Each person has the right to choose whatever is most suitable, on the basis of a deep understanding of all others as brothers and sisters." - Dalai Lama

"You know, this dialogue is only helpful when we come, both of us, to a point and realize that no dialogue is possible, that no dialogue is necessary. When I say 'understanding', 'seeing', they mean something different to me. Understanding is a state of being where the question isn't there any more; there is nothing there that says "now I understand!" - that's the basic difficulty between us. By understanding what I am saying, you are not going to get anywhere." - U.G. Krishnamurti

"The more patient we are, the more understanding we become." - William Arthur Ward

"I still believe in peace, love, and understanding." - John Lennon

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

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

"Love is light, warmth and comfort. Understanding is just light." - June Goodfield

"The key to understanding the future is one word: sustainability." - Patrick Dixon

"Science provides an understanding of a universal experience, and arts provides a universal understanding of a personal experience." - Mae Jemison

"Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom." - Dalai Lama

"Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential." - Michael Shurtleff

"The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting." - Charlie Chaplin

"It's a basic fact about being human that sometimes the self seems to just melt away." - Jonathan Haidt

"There are three basic principles behind any well-designed product: truth, humanity, and simplicity." - Sohrab Vossoughi

"The basic fact is simple: life begins not at birth, but conception." - Ashley Montagu

"The child's conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his 'natural development'." - Maria Montessori

"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

"I believe that we are fundamentally the same and have the same basic potential." - Dalai Lama

"The more basic the color, the more inward, the more pure." - Piet Mondrian

"The basic fact of today is the tremendous pace of change in human life." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"The basic experience of everyone is the experience of human limitation." - Flannery O'Connor

"The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together." - Muhammad Yunus

"a basic "must" for every writer: A simple solitude-physical & mental." - Rod Serling

"All relationships have the same basic components: people, needs, and expectations." - Iyanla Vanzant

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"You can see a lot about our mission on our website, but the basic idea is that the church believes that understanding human beings and the Earth requires not only faith but also reason, and not only philosophical reason but also scientific reason." - Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo

"I am certain that a solution of the general problem of peace must rest on broad and basic understanding on the part of its peoples. Great single endeavors like a League of Nations, a United Nations, and undertakings of that character, are of great importance and in fact absolutely necessary, but they must be treated as steps toward the desired end." - George C Marshall

"The frantic search of five-year-olds for friends can thus be seen to forecast the beginnings of a basic shift in the parent-childrelationship, a shift which will occur gradually over many long years, and in which a child needs not only the support of child allies engaged in the same struggle but also the understanding of his parents." - Dorothy H Cohen

"For the most basic assumption that dictated my early attempts to respond to creative music commentary was the mistaken belief that western journalists had some fundamental understanding of black creativity-or even western creativity-but this assumption was seriously in error." - Anthony Braxton

"For me, the only ego that needs serving in putting together a film is the story's, the ego of the story and it's the piece itself that you want to bring out the voice of the piece. You're really serving that and that's the thing that you have a basic understanding of." - Julia Ormond

"The story - from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." - Ursula K Le Guin

"To make good photographs, to express something, to contribute something to the world he lives in, and to contribute something to the art of photography besides imitations of the best photographers on the market today, that is basic training, the understanding of self." - Edward Steichen

"It is that the individual has within him or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering the self-concept basic attitudes, and his or her self-directed behavior - and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided" - Carl Rogers

"I would say much of religious heresy is the result of a misunderstanding of the basic nature of God. And once we have a proper understanding of God, then usually most of the areas of our life coincide with who God is and what He desires for each one of us." - Josh Mcdowell

"I am not talking to you from the point of view of just wishful thinking, or imaginary craziness. I'm talking to you from a deeper basic understanding - quantum physics really begins to point to this discovery, it says that you can't have a universe without mind entering into it, the mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived." - Fred Alan Wolf

"It's just very hard to teach a class of students about what has happened in the Global Financial Crisis, how we ended up there and how we got to where we are today, without having some basic, non-trivial understanding of the financial sector, credit, and the banking system." - Alan M. Taylor

"If you don't have good people, and you don't have a good process and you don't have, at some level, the basic reverence for [presidential] office, and an understanding of the incredible responsibilities and obligations, then, I think you can get into trouble." - Barack Obama

"Feeling inspired, being challenged. Learning something new, something meaningful. Knowing change is possible and I can make that happen. Understanding and loving others, feeling truly connected and authentic. Good food, great sex, and belly laughs. All the basic foundations of happiness, really!" - Jaime Murray

"When you're a child - and my understanding of it is very basic - but when you're a very young child, the stimuli around you prompt your brain to form synapses. Once they're there, they're there, but if they don't form by a certain age, they're not going to." - Ron Currie Jr.

"I don't think that that's a desirable option for us. Besides, it wouldn't work, because there are too many other countries that are willing to work economically with China. But I don't think the basic relationship depends on economics. It depends on a political understanding of what is required for peace in Asia." - Henry A Kissinger

"The basic idea of karma is not punishment. Karma presents the opportunity for development; to make use of opportunities that were not taken advantage of, to fill in gaps of ignorance, to enlarge understanding through experience, to do what should be done." - Seth

"We have to remain humble about our understanding of the brain, because even our most powerful tools remain pretty blunt instruments for decoding the brain. In fact, we still do not know how to decipher the basic language of how the brain works." - Thomas R Insel

"My father was a die maker for 39 years, so I had a basic understanding of the automobile industry and what the manufacturing world was like, just from the opportunity to spend time with him - just talking, because he was a car buff." - Mary Barra

"The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system. It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance." - Sol Lewitt

"My first book, 'Radical Acceptance', grew out of the suffering of feeling personally deficient and unworthy. Because most of us are so quick to turn against ourselves, the teachings and practices of radical acceptance continue as a strong current in 'True Refuge': nurturing a forgiving, understanding heart is a basic step on the path." - Tara Brach

"At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations." - Amar Bose

"It turns out that this part of the brain is one of the first areas that's attacked by Alzheimer's disease. So we can now use some of the basic understanding of this part of the brain to ask the simple question, 'What is going wrong with these special cells in the hippocampus at the very earliest stages?'" - John Okeefe

"The more deeply I search for the roots of the global environmental crisis, the more I am convinced that it is an outer manifestation of an inner crisis that is, for lack of a better word, spiritual... what other word describes the collection of values and assumptions that determine our basic understanding of how we fit into the universe?" - Al Gore

"It is through science that we understand the world around us, and by understanding the world around us, we not only contribute to ourselves, our family, to our communities, etc. - you also contribute to the basic development and evolution of humanity." - Rusty Schweickart

"There is only one basic human right: the right to do as you please, without causing others harm. With it comes our only basic human duty: the duty to accept the consequences of our actions." - P. J. O'Rourke

"We need to finally accept that all sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. I define basic rights as this -the ability to pursue life without having someone else's will involuntarily forced upon you." - Moby

"The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society's most basic values." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Through education comes understanding. Through understanding comes true appreciation. All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

"Almost all aspects of life are engineered at the molecular level, and without understanding molecules we can only have a very sketchy understanding of life itself." - Francis Crick

"It is the understanding that sees and hears; it is the understanding that improves everything, that orders everything, and that acts, rules, and reigns." - Epicharmus

"Not one word," Kel warned. "Tobe and I have reached an understanding." Neal's lips twitched. "Why do I feel you did most of the understanding." - Tamora Pierce

"It's about understanding! Understanding the world!" - Peter Higgs

"The agony of international relations is the need to try to practice politics without the basic conditions for political order." - Bernard Crick

"Basic research is like shooting an arrow in the air and, where it lands, painting a target." - Homer Burton Adkins

"The basic meaning of etiquette is to be quick at both the beginning and end and tranquil in the middle." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"Achieving the right to basic education for all is thus one of the biggest moral challenges of our times." - Koichiro Matsuura

"The basic premise of my system is to fatigue your opponents with constant pressure defensively and constant movement offensively." - Rick Pitino

"Creativity is our birthright. It is an integral part of being human, as basic as walking, talking and thinking." - John Daido Loori

"The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable." - Matthieu Ricard

"Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind." - Daisaku Ikeda

"At times, the most dangerous politicians have been those impelled by dreams and ideals, rather than basic realities." - Clarence H. Burns

"The basic agreement between human beings, indeed what makes them human and makes them social, is language." - Monique Wittig

"A basic rule of baking is that, in general, it's almost impossible to make an inedible batch of brownies." - Linda Sunshine

"I'm a pretty basic surfer." - Jeff Bridges

"I can see more naturalness in basic blues, basic R & B, basic rock 'n' roll." - Van Morrison

"Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear." - Rajneesh

"You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding." - Guy Finley

"Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience." - Yo-Yo Ma

"You can do marvels and miracles if you have developed the understanding of love." - Nirmala Srivastava

"The size of a man's understanding can be justly measured by his mirth." - Samuel Johnson

"Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don't understand." - Robert Breault

"To do nothing was disgraceful; therefore I made use of my understanding." - Horatio Nelson

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

"Tolerance and understanding won't 'trickle down' in our society any more than wealth does." - Muhammad Ali

"A good one iron shot is about as easy to come by as an understanding wife." - Dan Jenkins

"The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days." - Laozi

"Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I don't need to apologize for my behavior you need to apologize for not understanding." - Bar Refaeli

"To not know math is a severe limitation to understanding the world." - Richard P Feynman

"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Chanukah." - George W Bush

"I would advise no man to marry who is not likely to propagate understanding." - Samuel Johnson

"When I see a man of shallow understanding extravagantly clothed, I feel sorry - for the clothes." - Josh Billings

"Be afraid of nothing. You have within you all wisdom, all power, all strength, all understanding." - Eileen Caddy

"As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand." - Robert Breault

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

"The purest suffering bears and carries in its train the purest understanding." - John of the Cross

"Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The man of control lives in choice, and the man of understanding lives in choicelessness." - Rajneesh

"Imitation has to be avoided. Understanding should be the only law, never imitation." - Rajneesh

"My approach is neither of attachment nor of detachment, but of simple understanding." - Rajneesh

"The understanding also hath its idiosyncrasies as well as other faculties." - Joseph Glanvill

"There is only one path which leads to the house of forgiveness - that of understanding." - Myrtle Reed

"The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning, but by understanding what we learn." - Joe Whitney

"Every author knows what a stimulus it is to have an understanding publisher." - Gisela Richter

"Darkness, that here surrounds our purblind understanding, will vanish at the dawning of eternal day." - Robert Boyle

"Silence is a virtue in those who are deficient in understanding." - Dominique Bouhours

"The way we see is critical to understanding how others will read our compositions." - Mike Svob

"Peace comes through understanding" - Albert Einstein

"A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude." - Colette

"It marries ideas lying wide apart by a sudden jerk of the understanding." - Edwin Percy Whipple



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