Interpretation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old interpretation quotes, interpretation sayings, and interpretation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is always possible to argue against an interpretation, to confront interpretations, to arbitrate between them and to seek for an agreement, even if this agreement remains beyond our reach.     

Paul Ricoeur

Our interpretations of subjects are clouded by our intellects.     

Carl Purcell

Without the interpretation of the universe by man to the glory of God the whole world would be meaningless.     

Cornelius Van Til

The interpretation of a case is corroborated only by the successful continuation of a self-formative process , that is by the completion of self-reflection , and not in any unmistakable way by what the patient says or how he behaves.     

Jurgen Habermas

All interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies, and lies.     

Hermann Hesse

The interpretation of dreams is a great art.     


All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The interpretation of facts in a certain way stimulates other scientists' thoughts.     

Robert Barany

The aim of interpretation is not agreement but understanding.     

Donald Davidson

The supply of interpretations, like that of advice, greatly exceeds the need for them.     

Harry Stack Sullivan

Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection.     

Freeman Tilden

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.     

Fred Hoyle

All interpretations of history are propaganda for one idea or another.     

Selma Dabbagh

The truest interpretations are those with the best justification.     

Bernard Ramm

A false interpretation of Scripture causes that the gospel of the Lord becomes the gospel of man, or, which is worse, of the devil.     

St. Jerome

Interpretation is the evidence of growth and knowledge, the latter through sorrow - that great teacher.     

Eleanora Duse

An interpretation exists because of what we find between the notes.     

Renee Fleming

The best way to refine an interpretation is by getting out and performing.     

Joshua Bell

Never trust the translation or interpretation of something without first trusting its interpreter.     

Suzy Kassem

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.     

Sigmund Freud

The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.     

Pablo Casals

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.     

Susan Sontag

The old style of interpretation was insistent, but respectful; it erected another meaning on top of the literal one. The modern style of interpretation excavates, and as it excavates, destroys; it digs 'behind' the text, to find a sub-text which is the true one.     

Susan Sontag

The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The chief aim of interpretation is not instruction, but provocation.     

Freeman Tilden

Interpretations, criticisms, diagnoses, and judgments of others are actually alienated expressions of our unmet needs.     

Marshall B. Rosenberg

We doubt that any facts actually exist. We only have observations and interpretations. Most of the interpretations remain questionable.     

Peter J. Carroll

The interpretation that makes you ardent and hopeful and active and reverent is the true one.     


It is our interpretation of the past, our limiting beliefs, and our undigested pain that stop us from being able to move forward with clear direction.     

Debbie Ford