„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
Context: 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. And there's a way to take the world apart and put it back unrecognizably. We don't really understand what consciousness is at the really deep levels. With some of the tryptamine hallucinogens, you see into possibilities where questions like, 'are you alive?' 'are you dead?' 'are you you?' seem to have been transcended. I think people have a very narrow conception of what is possible with reality, that we're surrounded by the howling abyss of the unknowable and nobody knows what's out there. Spacetime Tsunami http://www.deoxy.org/t_sunami.htm, Interview with Carla Sinclair, bOING bOING #10.
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
Other writings, Context: All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them. Reply to counsel who said a challenge from the bench was “just a matter of semantics,” Reader’s Digest (June 1964).
— David Goodis Novelist, screenwriter 1917 - 1967
„Teachers don't just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world, and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills.“
— Charles Platt Author, journalist and computer programmer 1945
— John Steinbeck American writer 1902 - 1968
„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
Cryptography, Context: A few years ago I heard a quotation, and I am going to modify it here: If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology. preface to 2015 edition of Secrets and Lies
„There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numerals, and those who don't.“
— Ian Stewart, Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
„I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you.“
— Kobe Bryant American basketball player 1978 - 2020
„This vain presumption, of understanding everything, can have no other basis than never understanding anything.“
— Kim Stanley Robinson, buch Galileo's Dream
Galileo's Dream (2009), For anyone who had experienced just once the understanding of one single thing, thus truly tasting how knowledge is accomplished, would then recognize that of the infinity of other truths, he understands nothing. Ch. 15, p. 354; note: though this statement is incorporated into the story as one Galileo spoke, it is actually a quotation of one he historically made in his Dialogue Concerning The Two Chief World Systems http://www4.ncsu.edu/~kimler/hi322/Dialogue-extracts.html as translated by Stillman Drake.
„The colored people of this country know and understand the white people better than the white people know and understand them.“
— James Weldon Johnson, buch The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, ch. 2 (1912).