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At the head of all understanding is realizing what is and what cannot be and the consoling of what is not in our power to change.

— Solomon Ben Judah  <link>

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

— Søren Kierkegaard  <link>

Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the Cross can man better understand how much he is worth.

— St. Anthony of Padua  <link>

Many lives have a mystical sense, but not everyone reads it aright. More often than not it is given to us in cryptic form, and when we fail to decipher it, we despair because our lives seem meaningless. The secret of a great life is often a man’s success in deciphering the mysterious symbols vouchsafed to him, understanding them and so learning to walk in the true path.

— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  <link>

We are unknown, we knowners, to ourselves… Of necessity we remain strangers to ourselves, we understand ourselves not, in our selves we are bound to be mistaken, for each of us holds good to all eternity the motto, “Each is the farthest away from himself”—as far as ourselves are concerned we are not knowers.

— Friedrich Nietzsche  <link>

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

— Melody Beattie  <link>

Life is lived forward but understood backward.

— Søren Kierkegaard  <link>

When celebration is the only thing that makes sense, we have begun to understand the sacredness of life and death.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart  <link>

Seek not to understand so that you may believe, but believe so that you may understand.

— St. Augustine  <link>

Rejection imprisons, but love and understanding nurture.

— Author unknown  <link>

Live the Question

Be patient with regard to all that in your heart is still unresolved and try to love the questions themselves like closed parts and books written in an extremely foreign language. Do not seek for the moment of the answer because you would not be able to live through it. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will live thereafter and gradually without realizing it, one day, live your way into the answer.

— Rainer Maria Rilke  <link>