Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn’t understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her.
Extract from The Lover, by Marguerite Duras, 1984.
Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood – George Orwell
There is no such thing as weird human being. It’s just that some people require more understanding than others.
Tom Robbins (b. 1936), American author.
As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.