99+ Best Misunderstanding Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational misunderstanding quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Misunderstanding Quotes

To be misunderstood can be the writer’s punishment for having disturbed the reader’s peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding. Anatole Broyard

Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you. Dream Hampton

No adolescent ever wants to be understood, which is why they complain about being misunderstood all the time. Stephen Fry

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I said. Alan Greenspan

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. Lionel Trilling

A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow. Johann Georg Hamann

We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. Rudyard Kipling

We have misunderstood our confusion when we think there is an answer to it. The confusion is not a result of questions that are too hard, but rather a questioner who is disintegrating. Steven Harrison

Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. Oscar Wilde

Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood. But I know the heart of life is good. John Mayer, The Heart Of Life

A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding. Bob Dylan

The greatest tragedy that can befall a poet is to be praised by being misunderstood. Pattiann Rogers

The misunderstanding of passion and reason, as if the latter were an independent entity and not rather a system of relations between various passions and desires; and as if every passion did not possess its quantum of reason. Friedrich Nietzsche

People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored  the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care. Austin Kleon

I think there was a misunderstanding about what yesterday’s meeting was all about, and we had one idea of what we were coming for and they had another. And we got off on a bad foot, but we’re gonna continue to meet tomorrow and move forward. Jeff Friedman

I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate. Jeff Bezos

It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding, that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last phrase as objects of contemplation, the act of contemplation itself is, of course, an enjoyment. Samuel Alexander

What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? Søren Kierkegaard

I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick’s wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other. Salman Rushdie

Words are the source of misunderstandings. Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. Diane Arbus

To pray without expectation is to misunderstand the whole concept of prayer and relationship with God. Aiden Wilson Tozer

Never apologize to others for their misunderstanding of who you are.

Mercy did not exist in primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death. Jack London, The Call Of The Wild

It’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other. L. M. Montgomery

A false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act. James Thurber

The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other. Franz Kafka

One age misunderstands another; and a petty age misunderstands all the others in its own nasty way. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture And Value

Our problems all come from nothing; they are all based on a misunderstanding that does not even exist. Sogyal Rinpoche

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw

Much of aging comes from a misunderstanding of the effect of comfort. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. Rudyard Kipling

When nails grow long, we cut nails not fingers. Similarly when misunderstanding grows up, cut your ego, not your relationship.

With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand. G.K. Chesterton

The greatest distance between two people is a misunderstanding.

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. Criss Jami, Killosophy

The misunderstanding of truth does not destroy the truth. Vissarion Belinsky

Understanding, as we understand it, is misunderstanding. Elias Canetti

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding. Andre Gide

Nothing hurts a good soul and the kind heart more than to live amongst people who can’t understand it. Ali lbn Abi Talib

Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. Such is the process of democracy. David Mixner

Clear up any misunderstanding before it gets to that point. Joel Miller

They ended as all great passions do end by a misunderstanding. Honore de Balzac

I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. Clarence Darrow

No matter how carefully you choose your words, they’ll always end up being twisted by others.

An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood. Napoleon Bonaparte

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Language is the source of misunderstandings. Antoine de Saint Exupery

Study leads to the retention of concepts, and so the Way is entirely misunderstood. Huangbo Xiyun

Because we can’t communicate, there’s a lot of misunderstanding. Chen Shui Bian

I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. Antoine de Saint Exupéry

A lot of people misunderstand me. That’s because they don’t know me at all. Michael Jackson

The world only goes round by misunderstanding. Charles Baudelaire

Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work. Kevin Kelly

No adolescent ever wants to be understood, which is why they complain about being misunderstood all the time. Stephen Fry

Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings. Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood. Kerl Popper

Misunderstanding must be nakedly exposed before true understanding can begin to flourish. Philip Yancey

We feel understood by people who like us; misunderstood by people who don’t  and those feelings are probably realistic. Hugh Prather

The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another. Friedrich Nietzsche

So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent! Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Misunderstanding of probability may be the greatest of all impediments to scientific literacy. Stephen Jay Gould

The ocean gets its saltiness from the tears of misunderstood sharks.

It’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other. L. M. Montgomery

An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood. Napoleon Bonaparte

Much of aging comes from a misunderstanding of the effect of comfort. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding. Zora Neale Hurston

Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than malice and wickedness. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. Lionel Trilling

Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. David Mixner

In human intercourse, the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau

Misunderstanding leads to more misunderstanding, as success leads to more success. Girdhar Joshi, Some Mistakes Have No Pardon

I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick’s wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other. Salman Rushdie

Let us not harm ourselves just because you don’t understand me and I don’t understand you! Let us miss misunderstanding, and we shall surely see that understanding! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Understanding, as we understand it, is misunderstanding. Elias Canetti

Rather than critique people, try admiring God’s creative handiwork. Richelle E. Goodrich

The overall purpose of human communication is  or should be  reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another. M. Scott Peck

Not judging people is the fastest way to peace. Jonathan Jackson

Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. Oscar Wilde

When we generalize and judge people quickly without taking ample time, we’ve chosen a shortcut. It’s superficial of us, and a lack of wisdom. Assaid Habte World

Endless conflicts. Endless misunderstanding. All life is that. Great and little cannot understand one another. H. G. Wells

Never judge a book by its cover. At first glance, even Jesus appeared unimpressive. Andrena Sawyer

We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work. Kevin Kelly

In the matters of your mistake you defend it like a lawyer, in the matters of other’s mistakes you act like a judge. Amit Kalantri, Wealth Of Words

The world only goes round by misunderstanding. Charles Baudelaire

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave. Louis Kronenberger

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer

There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice. A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts. Tennessee Williams

We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate. Erica Jong

Misunderstanding women is a clear sign of scant virility. Italo Svevo

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. Albert Camus

We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. Rudyard Kipling

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. Fyodor Dostoevsky

It’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other. Lucy Maud Montgomery

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