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I don’t think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
  to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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comprehension comprehensible comprehend incomprehensible comprehending comprehended comprehends comprehendible
Strongly Associated with:   comprehensive
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  • I don’t think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
  • Washington fails to comprehend the change in China’s strategy.
  • One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.
    Albert Einstein
  • Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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  • Perhaps, if you explained yourself a little more fully, I should comprehend better.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.
    Job 28:13 (NIV)
  • We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications... In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
    Dwight D Eisenhower
  • For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Romans 13:9 (KJV)
  • Do you comprehend the meaning of the statement?
  • It may indeed prove to be far the most difficult and not the least important task for human reason rationally to comprehend its own limitations. It is essential for the growth of reason that as individuals we should bow to forces and obey principles which we cannot hope fully to understand, yet on which the advance and even the preservation of civilization depends. Historically this has been achieved by the influence of the various religious creeds and by traditions and superstitions which made man submit to those forces by an appeal to his emotions rather than to his reason. The most dangerous stage in the growth of civilization may well be that in which man has come to regard all these beliefs as superstitions and refuses to accept or to submit to anything which he does not rationally understand.
    Friedrich A. Hayek

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  • The others nodded in perfect comprehension.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I look at him without comprehending.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Jonas listened, trying hard to comprehend.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Montag drifted about as if still another incomprehensible storm had turned him...
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The concept was so absolutely foreign that I couldn’t comprehend what she was trying to say.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
    More than cool reason ever comprehends.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • You do not comprehend?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He did not thoroughly comprehend the meaning of his father’s speech,
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It took several blinks of my eyes for me to comprehend that it was Lilian’s face, and not Mother’s, that I was gawking at.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • At last I began to comprehend what girls giggled about.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I just couldn’t comprehend what I’d seen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I comprehend everything—everything, I tell you.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I could not comprehend why the watchmen had taken no alarm.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I could not quite comprehend it
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Orleanna, the human body is a sight
    more precious than a pair of khaki trousers from Sears and Roebuck. I’d expect you to comprehend the difference.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • At last he spoke as if dimly comprehending.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Yet, for a wild moment, did my spirit refuse to comprehend the meaning of what I saw.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • It seems to me that there is in each of us a capacity to comprehend the impressions and emotions which have been experienced by mankind from the beginning.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • to catch and comprehend the exact truth of the whole;
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I only half comprehend her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But now that I see your incomprehensible stubbornness I no longer feel any wish whatsoever to intercede on your behalf.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • This would take some time to comprehend.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • For her part, Winnie, now that the running was over, began to comprehend what was happening,
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • You must not have heard a word of Doctor Spivey’s theory of the Therapeutic Community, or not have had the education to comprehend it if you did.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Having no idea of how to raise children, and having never watched any parent raise himself, he could not even comprehend what such a relationship should be.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • He is much fish still and I saw that the hook was in the corner of his mouth and he has kept his mouth tight shut. The punishment of the hook is nothing. The punishment of hunger, and that he is against something that he does not comprehend, is everything.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • He felt as if he was walking in a dream, not quite able to comprehend what was going on around him.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • I can perfectly comprehend your feelings.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • "Dupin," said I, gravely, "this is beyond my comprehension.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • the murmurs of wild crowds, the faint ring of incomprehensible words cried from afar, the whisper of a voice speaking from beyond the threshold of an eternal darkness.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • In her own room, she tried to comprehend it.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • ...I tried, hard, to comprehend everything that had just happened.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • There followed an incomprehensible, interwoven babble of shouts and replies and calls of agreement.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • ...began to comprehend that the situation might become serious;
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Everything that is unattainable now will some day be near at hand and comprehensible
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • Disoriented and confused though she may be, she is exerting all her strength to comprehend the logic underlying this place-the basis of its existence.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • With one quick rush of comprehension he understood what she was doing.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • think it quite incomprehensible
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • He felt a lapse of all knowledge of Emma as his wife, and of comprehending the future,
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
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