Misunderstood Sayings and Quotes

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

No adolescent ever wants to be understood, which is why they complain about being misunderstood all the time.     

Stephen Fry

The most painful thing for me is to be misunderstood.     

Matthew Collings

Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.     

Chinese Proverbs

Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.     


I'm only responsible for what i say not for what you understand.     


I'd rather be loud and misunderstood than quiet and bored.     

Adam Levine

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.     

Karl Popper

I don't mind being hated, but I hate being misunderstood.     


Rather be weird and misunderstood than mediocre and accepted.     

Allan Kingdom

Being misunderstood doesn't mean you're the issue...sometimes it's the people that misunderstand you with all the issues.     


Understanding is deeper than knowledge. There are many people who know you, but there are very few who understand you.     


Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?     

Howard Stern

The greatest distance between two people is a misunderstanding.     


Being misunderstood by someone is vexation. Being misunderstood by everyone is tragedy.     

Liu Shahe

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.     

Søren Kierkegaard

After all, there was something rather pleasant in knowing that you were misunderstood. It made you feel different from everyone else.     

Henry Handel Richardson

I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.     

Clarence Darrow

We feel understood by people who like us; misunderstood by people who don't -- and those feelings are probably realistic.     

Hugh Prather

Nowadays, saying what you really think can be a serious error since one risks being misunderstood.     

Oscar Wilde

So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent!     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you, there just has to be someone who wants to.      

Robert Brault

Nothing hurts a good soul and the kind heart more than to live amongst people who can't understand it.     

Ali lbn Abi Talib

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.     

Anatole France

You have to put up with the risk of being misunderstood if you are going to try to communicate.     

Edie Sedgwick

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ocean gets its saltiness from the tears of misunderstood sharks.     


Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful.     

Gloria Steinem

I am the most misunderstood and misrepresented of men. Misrepresented because misunderstood.     

Isaac Parker

To be great is to be misunderstood.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.