103+ Best Misunderstood Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Misunderstood Quotes

I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra.’ He gets a bad rap; he’s very misunderstood. He’s a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers. — Joni Mitchell

‘Natural Born Killers’ is really a misunderstood romantic comedy. — Woody Harrelson

It’s great that ballroom dancing is being recognised. For many years ballroom dancers were misunderstood and other dance forms didn’t want anything to do with us. — Anton du Beke

Hitchcock loves to be misunderstood, because he has based his whole life around misunderstandings. — Francois Truffaut

I do not want to be misunderstood that you need a dose of persecution in order, really, to have a sense of your identity. Otherwise, you know, there would be no American Jews. Even if you’re not strictly, fiercely Orthodox, you commit yourselves to a community of memory. — Simon Schama

I feel I’m often misunderstood by critics. People project a lot or exaggerate the subjective fragility simply because it’s frightening to them. — Mary Gaitskill

All my life I’ve felt quite misunderstood because of my personality. — Yungblud

‘East of Eden’ is an important story for me. It’s about a kid that’s misunderstood and feels like he’s not loved by his father. It’s a very father-son kind of story, and it’s not until the end that they sort of make up. I like that because every boy has trouble with his father, so it’s very relatable. — Ansel Elgort

It’s okay to be misunderstood – as long as you’re not misunderstood by your consumers. — Mark Pincus

If I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said. — Alan Greenspan

The idea that feeling confident and feeling misunderstood are mutually exclusive really bugs me. So a lot of what ‘Rookie’ is about is just showing that you can be both, and you can like whatever you want. — Tavi Gevinson

I sort of enjoy the fact that I’m misunderstood most of the time. That’s fine. — Billie Joe Armstrong

If anyone in the E.U. thinks Italy should keep being a landing point and refugee camp, they have misunderstood. — Matteo Salvini

I’ve always felt really misunderstood because I got a lot of energy, and I never conformed to a certain path. — Yungblud

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

I’ve always felt misunderstood. Growing up, it’s been my word against the teachers’ or my parents’ word, and nobody would ever listen to me. — Joyner Lucas

I believe the term ‘head coach’ has been misunderstood, though not by Slavisa nor nearly every one of the other candidates we interviewed. Slavisa avidly embraces the concept of head coach, which is to be on the pitch, training, organising, planning, and everything that comes in preparing for and leading the Club on match day. — Shahid Khan

Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Music is an expression of who you are, and – at least in that sense – I think I epitomize Black Lives Matter. I’m a big black man, and I’m easily misunderstood. Before I started wearing these African clothes, people would assume that I was a threat and that it was O.K. to be violent toward me. — Kamasi Washington

I had older brothers and sisters who were high achievers, and I felt different, misunderstood by my family. That’s not my family’s fault; it was my perception. — Willie Aames

I’ve always had a lot of energy and had a lot of opinions all my life – people misunderstood that about me being naughty, gobby, or different. — Yungblud

Our work for human dignity is often lonely, and almost always an uphill climb. At times, our efforts are misunderstood, and we are mistaken for the enemy. There has been a clear erosion of respect for U.N. blue and our impartiality. — Ban Ki-moon

I feel terribly misunderstood; I feel terribly misunderstood. — Antony Gormley

Eggplants are finicky, complicated, and often misunderstood. If you know how to treat one well, then it shows that you have know-how and dedication. — Antoni Porowski

I read some, and then visited with people involved in this curious, exciting and somewhat misunderstood sub-culture. I met with a fang maker, who offered to fit me for an exquisite pair. — James Patterson

All of the business of selling apps and selling subscriptions is extremely cruelly misunderstood, including by me. — Chamath Palihapitiya

I’m not misunderstood. I am brash. I make my living being brash. — Penn Jillette

The black money issue should not be misunderstood as one of merely avoiding taxes. It is, in fact, a major systemic crime of denying the nation’s financial system the proceeds of wealth. Such denial should actually be declared as treason, where opportunities to share the wealth for the benefit of the poor are wilfully denied. — Subramanian Swamy

My extreme characters are in a state of rebellion or who are being ostracized or being misunderstood, or misfits or trying to fit in and fighting for their rights to love, live, and co-exist. They sort of mirror my own demons. — Xavier Dolan

Anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private. But the line can shift, depending on who is asking the questions. What puts someone on guard isn’t necessarily the fear of being ‘found out.’ It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood. — Terry Gross

I’m a black man in America, so I’m going to be misunderstood. — Tracy Morgan

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. — Jean Cocteau

Rachmaninoff made a musician out of me. His ‘Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini’ was the piece that sent me into raptures. It spoke to me. To me, it was a tender entreaty for the misunderstood. — Joni Mitchell

I think it’s misleading to use a word like ‘God’ in the way Einstein did. I’m sorry that Einstein did. I think he was asking for trouble, and he certainly was misunderstood. — Richard Dawkins

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

It makes me sad that our kids are growing up in a country where they are American but, in a sense, have to prove it. They can’t just be who they are like everyone else. Who they are is something suspicious, something scary, something misunderstood. — Linda Sarsour

I find that most home cooks don’t get vinegars. They’re misunderstood, mostly due to the factory-made red wine vinegar that everyone commonly cooks with… that, and the giant gallon of white distilled vinegar that we all use, mostly to clean and disinfect things! — Andrew Zimmern

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

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

The criminal defense attorney is misunderstood if not despised by most of society. It doesn’t matter if we believe in our adversarial system and the ideal that everyone charged with a crime is entitled to a vigorous defense. Ideals give away to reality – defense lawyers working loopholes and angles to get their clients off. — Michael Connelly

I’m so used to being misunderstood. — Jamaica Kincaid

No people in the history of the world have ever been so misunderstood, so misjudged, and so cruelly maligned. — John Brown Gordon

Scientology is probably one of the most misunderstood things, and it’s sad that it’s so misunderstood. — Stanley Clarke

Yeah, but if you’re not doing what everyone else is doing then you’re going to be misunderstood. People are going to wonder why you’re trying to be different; it’s just a natural instinct. — Kid Cudi

Making games look more photorealistic is not the only means of improving the game experience. I know, on this point, I risk being misunderstood, so remember, I am a man who once programmed a baseball game with no baseball players. If anyone appreciates graphics, it’s me! — Satoru Iwata

For so long, I’ve been a little misunderstood as a person. You know, I do have this strut about me. I don’t know if it’s the Jersey girl in me. I like to think of myself as an egg, you know? Hard on the outside but soft on the inside. — Carli Lloyd

Everyone at some point in their lives feels excluded and misunderstood. — Hugh Bonneville

I never liked quantitative easing. It’s misunderstood by almost everybody. Flattening the yield curve is not stimulative; flattening the yield curve is anti-stimulative. — Kenneth Fisher

I’ve seen zero evidence of any nation on Earth other than Mexico even remotely having the slightest clue what Mexican food is about or even come close to reproducing it. It is perhaps the most misunderstood country and cuisine on Earth. — Anthony Bourdain

The most misreported and misunderstood thing about the tea party is its political leanings. The tea party has no political leaning. It stands straight for limited government, low taxes, and liberty for all. — Dana Loesch

The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages. — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

The public think the politicians don’t know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood. — Tony Blair

Songs are my diaries; they always have been. You have to put your trust in everyone because putting down those real, personal details and thoughts that make a song authentic also opens you right up. I am constantly misunderstood; a lot of people just don’t get me. — Taylor Swift

These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words. — Felix Mendelssohn

If I do something I think is new, it will be misunderstood, but if people like it, I will be disappointed because I haven’t pushed them enough. The more people hate it, maybe the newer it is. Because the fundamental human problem is that people are afraid of change. — Rei Kawakubo

Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality it is about changes in our very way of life. — Paul Polman

I think it’s just important to be able to keep things to myself and to have these moments that can’t be – where I don’t put them out and feel like they could be misunderstood, you know? — Tavi Gevinson

I do like how the music can be misunderstood. — Borns

Everyone has a side to them that’s kind of unexplained and feels misunderstood. — Kirk Hammett

I think that Scottish people, like Canadians, are often misunderstood and what I like about my Scottish friends and relatives is how quickly it can go from love to anger. It’s a great dynamic. — Mike Myers

Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood. — William Howard Taft

There’s all kinds of ways to be misunderstood, and one of them is via the interview. — Dean Wareham

I’ve been misunderstood when it comes to women. I’ve got a big heart and a little brain. But I love women being women; there’s something about their skin. I do love strong, independent women, but they are definitely complicated. — Travis Fimmel

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. — Audre Lorde

I have always been misunderstood. — Karan Patel

There’s no religion in this country that is more misunderstood, mis-categorized, and misidentified than Islam. — W. Kamau Bell

If one is rich and one’s a woman, one can be quite misunderstood. — Katharine Graham

My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are. — Bill Murray

The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love. Because I think that’s what they really need. They’re misunderstood and probably really upset themselves. — Chrissy Metz

I am greatly misunderstood by politically correct idiots. — Brigitte Bardot

With young people, I always say, ‘You’re not doing anyone any favours by withholding your power.’ As women, we do that a lot because we are afraid of being misunderstood or perceived as too strong. But the older I’m getting, the more I realise you have to let that go. — Idina Menzel

If you are misunderstood, I want you to know that I feel the same way. — David Harbour

I’m a big fan of the misunderstood, the vilified, the underdog, the breaking of myths. — Dominic Monaghan

Sometimes I can be misunderstood. I’m really competitive. — Ed Belfour

I think that I am misunderstood because people perceive me to be a certain way because I am generational. They expect me to be entitled and expect me to have things early on. I think people misconstrued that honestly. — Tessa Blanchard

It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood. — Terry Gross

Have I felt misunderstood by Music Row at times? Of course. — Rodney Crowell

The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn’t really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that. — Marco Rubio

I believe that people should take pride in what they do, even if it is scorned or misunderstood by the public at large. — Tony Hawk

I think I’m pretty misunderstood, because I’m not just about football. — Nick Saban

The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. — John Cleese

In the past, I’ve tried to show the human side of people involved in stigmatised or misunderstood lifestyles. I’ve tried to resist easy judgments and not pander to prejudices. — Louis Theroux

I have always been communicative. I can’t help it if I have been misunderstood. Sometimes, people don’t like straight answers. — Mohammad Azharuddin

We all have our prejudices, and we may or may not be aware of them. Sometimes people walk by me and give me a wider berth. It happens. I wear hoodies all the time because my head gets cold. Something innocuous can be misunderstood. — Sterling K. Brown

I tend to have a pattern of playing misunderstood characters. — Idina Menzel

I love my mom. My mom loves me. We don’t have an easy relationship. I don’t think we ever will, but I’d rather have a complicated, misunderstood relationship than have no relationship at all. — Tori Spelling

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

Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful. — Gloria Steinem

Islam is misunderstood by many. The extremists grab the headlines; those of us who want to practise our religion and live under this country’s laws do not make the news. — Sadiq Khan

Nicki Minaj is a very strong woman who knows exactly what she wants. As an artist, I understand her, and I could see how she could be misunderstood by a lot of people, but she is really passionate about her art, and that’s something I really admire about her. — Bebe Rexha

Sometimes our passion will motivate us to say things that can easily be misunderstood. — Jim Ross

Life is all about evolution. What looks like a mistake to others has been a milestone in my life. Even if people have betrayed me, even if my heart was broken, even if people misunderstood or judged me, I have learned from these incidents. We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from them is what makes the difference. — Amisha Patel

The thing I think is often misunderstood about Ripple is people say, ‘Oh, Ripple is a centralized platform.’ To me, this is a legacy perspective. Ripple’s technology, IRP, is open source; XRP Ledger is open source. — Brad Garlinghouse

The discussion of animal rights in jallikattu has been misunderstood. We know that the tails of the bulls are broken, that chilly powder is rubbed into their eyes and they are forcibly fed country liquor. The animal is overwhelmed and does not know what is happening. — Amala Akkineni

To be great is to be misunderstood. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like being misunderstood. — Lil Wayne

I’m so misunderstood! — Cate Blanchett

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. — Richard M. Nixon

The ugly duckling is a misunderstood universal myth. It’s not about turning into a blonde Barbie doll or becoming what you dream of being; it’s about self-revelation, becoming who you are. — Baz Luhrmann

The motif of Beat Generation is basically misunderstood, a misinterpreted area. There’s this superimposition of the idea of a social rebellion, which was the communist interpretation through Lawrence Lipton. — Allen Ginsberg

We all have times when we go home at night and pull out our hair and feel misunderstood and lonely and like we’re falling. I think the brain is such that there is always going to be something missing. — Jude Law

Religious liberty is misunderstood. It simply means that the Founders said that everyone in America should have the freedom to practice and exercise their religion. Not to believe it but to exercise our beliefs – to act on our beliefs. It’s not about believing privately in your head, privately in that building, or simply about freedom of worship. — Eric Metaxas