„Liberals can understand everything but people
who don't understand them.“

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Lenny Bruce1
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„I think that people don't understand. As the Firesign Theater used to say, 'Everything you know is wrong.' But that is a very liberating understanding, because if everything you know is wrong, then all the problems you thought were insoluble can be framed differently.“

—  Terence McKenna American ethnobotanist 1946 - 2000
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„Everything depends on our understanding of them.“

—  Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
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„Understand me who can, for I understand myself.“

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„If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.“

—  Bruce Schneier American computer scientist 1963
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„This vain presumption, of understanding everything, can have no other basis than never understanding anything.“

—  Kim Stanley Robinson, buch Galileo's Dream
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