„I would then say that there are two kinds of feeling. The first is to feel in the sense of concentrating your emotions on something immediately available for your understanding: you make your understanding out of the emotions you have about it. The second is to feel in the sense of being affected without trying to understand: something is felt, you do not know what, and it is more important to feel it than to try to understand it, since once you try to understand it you no longer feel it.“
— Laura Riding Jackson poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer 1901 - 1991
"The Idea of God" from Essays from Epilogue (Manchester: Carcanet, 2001)
„Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.“
— Paulo Freire, kniha Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Zdroj: Pedagogia do oprimido (Pedagogy of the Oppressed) (1968, English trans. 1970), Chapter 2
„The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.“
— Barbara De Angelis American psychologist 1951
„What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.“
— Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1145 - 1230
"Looking For Your Own Face" as translated by Coleman Barks in The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia
Kontext: Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.
What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.
— Charlaine Harris, kniha Club Dead
Zdroj: Club Dead
„Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.“
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
Zdroj: Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind (1983), P. x.
„I teach identity leadership, based on the philosophy that you can’t lead anybody else until you lead yourself. Once you understand who you are, you can really focus on becoming the expert in your field.“
— Stedman Graham American businessman 1951
Financial Post: "'The key is to know who you are': Stedman Graham talks investing, self-leadership and Oprah" https://business.financialpost.com/executive/leadership/the-key-is-to-know-who-you-are-stedman-graham-talks-investing-self-leadership-and-oprah (27 April 2018)
„The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.“
— Janet Fitch, kniha White Oleander
Zdroj: White Oleander
„If you give way, you will instantly have to meet some greater demand, as having been frightened into obedience in the first instance; while a firm refusal will make them clearly understand that they must treat you more as equals.“
— Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Book I, 1.140-
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book I
— Laozi, kniha Tao Te Ching
Zdroj: Tao Te Ching, Ch. 5, as interpreted by Stephen Mitchell (1992)
Kontext: The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
„As you open up spiritually, your subtle body has a particular effulgence which attracts entities from both the divine and negative natures. You become more sensitive and aware of everything. You become more intuitive and have more experiences in the dream state. If there are messages you should receive, the impressions will always be there, even when you are asleep, and you will act on them without consciously being aware of it. If a communication is really meant for your growth, even though you may forget it or may not be able to understand its significance, it will still have an effect on your consciousness. Ultimately, both the positive and negative experiences are “quality tests” to assess your level of sincerity.“
— Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005
Zdroj: Books, Spiritual Warrior, Volume I: Uncovering Spiritual Truths in Psychic Phenomena (Hari-Nama Press, 1996), Chapter 1: Dreams: A State of Reality, p. 21
„A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.“
— James Allen British philosophical writer 1864 - 1912
As A Man Thinketh (1902), Serenity
„"What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?"
This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table.
Richard continued, "What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that's really the essence of programming. By the time you've sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you've learned something about it yourself."“
— Douglas Adams, kniha Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
„You are born into a generation that defines who you are more than you can imagine. Your generation wants to separate itself from the previous one and set a new tone for the world. In the process, it forms certain tastes, values, and ways of thinking that you as an individual internalize. As you get older, these generational values and ideas tend to close you off from other points of view, constraining your mind. Your task is to understand as deeply as possible this powerful influence on who you are and how you see the world. Knowing in depth the spirit of your generation and the times you live in, you will be better able to exploit the zeitgeist. You will be the one to anticipate and set the trends that your generation hungers for. You will free your mind from the mental constraints placed on you by your generation, and you will become more of the individual you imagine yourself to be, with all the power that freedom will bring you.“
— Robert Greene American author 1959
Chap. 17 : Seize the Historical Moment
The Laws of Human Nature (2018)
„There is only one thing in your life YOU can be sure of. That one thing is this moment, now. The last moment has gone forever. The next moment has not come. YOU can become fully conscious only when you are living in the moment. To begin to live in the moment you have to know it exists and understand it. To understand it you have to observe it in relation to yourself and in relation to life. When you understand it, when you become conscious, you will see it is all that exists. To see this is to glimpse reality.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
Knowing Yourself: The True in the False (1996)
„There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.“
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook F (1776-1779)
„Now you understand,” Rarm said to me. “It was the last cut against yourself to become convinced of your own hideousness. You held to it and nurtured it, and even identified with the devil goddess of Orash in your determination to be accursed. And it never occurred to you that perhaps you saw a false image under the mountain.“
— Tanith Lee, kniha The Birthgrave
Book Three, Part III “Inside the Hollow Star”, Chapter 5 (p. 405)
The Birthgrave (1975)