SOCRATES: Take a parallel instance:--if, acting under the advice of those who have no understanding
, we destroy that which is improved by health and is deteriorated by disease, would life be worth having?
Only in discerning between the Father and the Mother would the Circular infant find problems for the exercise of its understanding
-- problems too often likely to be corrupted by maternal impostures with the result of shaking the child's faith in all logical conclusions.
I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding
For that was the gist of that article, written evidently by a man who not only knows but UNDERSTANDS - a thing (let me remark in passing) much rarer than one would expect, because the sort of understanding
I mean is inspired by love; and love, though in a sense it may be admitted to be stronger than death, is by no means so universal and so sure.
There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal, and Lady Russell had been less gifted in this part of understanding
than her young friend.
Neither is this to be understood only of faithful counsel, which a man receiveth from his friend; but before you come to that, certain it is, that whosoever hath his mind fraught with many thoughts, his wits and understanding
do clarify and break up, in the communicating and discoursing with another; he tosseth his thoughts more easily; he marshalleth them more orderly, he seeth how they look when they are turned into words: finally, he waxeth wiser than himself; and that more by an hour's discourse, than by a day's meditation.
Particularly vivid, humiliating, and shameful was the recollection of how one day soon after his marriage he came out of the bedroom into his study a little before noon in his silk dressing gown and found his head steward there, who, bowing respectfully, looked into his face and at his dressing gown and smiled slightly, as if expressing respectful understanding
of his employer's happiness.
said Dorothea to him, one morning, early in the time of courtship; "could I not learn to read Latin and Greek aloud to you, as Milton's daughters did to their father, without understanding
what they read?
A Horner said they have less understanding
than we, because they've only one leg.
Three cardinal attributes of the human soul are memory, will, and understanding
; and memory, will, and understanding
My fellow-traveller to the bar of God," replied the Sole Survivor, looking up over his shoulder, "your understanding
is in darkness.
And, ere I begin, I must ask the reader to walk with me in all sympathy; and, since sympathy is merely understanding
, begin by understanding
me and whom and what I write about.
To-day he speaks true one way, to-morrow he speaks true another way, and there is no understanding
him nor his way.
Perhaps there had never been any great love or understanding
between these two, for Milton's understanding
of all women was unhappy.
They just tolerated their parents and seemed to have a sort of mocking understanding
among themselves against all outsiders, yet with no visible affection for each other.