19 Misunderstanding Quotes

Be motivated to be clear by these misunderstanding quotes. Misunderstanding can occur by various types of misdirection, misreading or misconception that hinders further communication or confuses issues. Often, misunderstandings lead to consequences that were not expected or lead to divisions between peoples of different beliefs or cultures when there is no need for these differences to grow or to be resolved.

A misunderstanding occurs between people, couples, organizations, cultures and nations. No matter in what form it takes or how often it happens, misunderstanding is debilitating and hurtful. We hope that the various writings and quotations from the authors will provide a window to difficulties but, more to the point, will give you an opportunity to be prepared to resolve issues rather than hinder forward agreement and resolution.


  1. Misunderstanding can occur in any type of communication no matter whether you are looking the person in the eye or speaking on the phone.
    Robert R. Rivers
    Listening Quotes



  2. The greatest temptation to listening is to finish a thought for another person. What you want is quicker communication. What you get instead is a misunderstanding.
    Kate Summers
    Positive Thoughts



  3. The only results of a heated discussion that are assured is further misunderstanding and antagonism.
    Byron R. Pulsifer
    Angry Quotes



  4. My immersion in interpersonal misunderstanding through my experiences has afforded me insights into possibilities and challenges of intercultural understanding
    Melinda A. McGarrah Sharp, Misunderstanding Stories
    Experience Quotes



  5. I was struck repeatedly by the frequency of intercultural misunderstandings, principally in our close interpersonal relationships, by the number of wounds, deep and superficial, that were essentially due to the profound differences in our cultural premises.
    Raymonde Carroll, Cultural Misunderstandings
    Poems About Life



  6. Indeed, the many misunderstandings about crises are related to the inability to foresee the possibility of one happening.
    Gary B. Gorton, Misunderstanding Financial Crises
    Short Quotes



  7. What is remarkable, however, is that if partners catch the misunderstanding and correct it before it goes too far, they can head off the storm.
    Aaron T. Beck, Love Is Never Enough
    Inspirational Quotes



  8. What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears?
    Soren Kierkegaard
    Short Deep Quotes



  9. Faulty communication engenders misunderstanding, which may lead to conflict, and conflict often leads to a breakdown of communication.
    Peter T. Coleman, Morton Deutsch, Eric C. Marcus, The Handbook of Conflict Resolution
    Conflict Quotes



  10. Some erroneous claims are based on a misunderstanding of complex issues and are often related to mistakes in the definition of words.
    Jean A. Mercer; Stephen Hupp; Jeremy D. Jewell, Thinking Critically About Child Development
    Poems About Mistakes



  11. In the blink of an eye, we can fall out of misunderstanding. We can be reminded by our heart, which is what guided us to play as young kids.
    Sam Jarman, Take Relief
    Poems of Encouragement



  12. ... biased blind spots and generation gaps ... caused by ... quick judgment. The root cause behind the challenges of attracting and retaining millennials in the workplace lies within this widespread avalanche of misunderstanding.
    Crystal Kadakia, The Millennial Myth
    Work Quotes



  13. The Bible doesn’t say “Thou shalt not covet" or “God so loved the world," ... These misconceptions ... stem from a fundamental misunderstanding about how to read the Bible, combined, frequently, with ignorance or ideology that leads people to misrepresent the Bible to others.
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, The Bible Doesn't Say That
    Journey of Faith



  14. Every day brings new instances of the harmful impact cultural misunderstandings can have on relations between communities, both within countries and across national borders.
    Ban Ki-moon
    Community Quotes



  15. Anyone involved in Christian-Muslim relations knows that both sides too frequently inflame distrust and misunderstanding.
    Rev. Brian McLaren
    Thought Provoking Quotes



  16. One of the easiest ways to avoid misunderstanding is to use a simple question; "I don't understand? Please explain".
    Annabelle Marie Haines
    Question Quotes



  17. I like to think that love is like a rose. A rose that is beginning to sprout is like a person feeling love for the first time. It will grow in time as the couples interact and along the way, they may hurt themselves by the thorns of pain and misunderstanding. But it is all worth it to see the rose in full bloom as the two share their true love.
    Michelle Goncalves
    Roses Quotes



  18. ... the most powerful cultural values are those that go without being said ... But often we are not even aware of what goes without being said in our own culture. This is why misunderstanding and misinterpretation happen.
    E. Randolph Richards, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes
    Short Deep Quotes



  19. A surefire way to avoid misunderstanding is to never speak.
    Theodore W. Higgingsworth
    Cute Quotes

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