Explanation Quotes

When there is no explanation, then give it a name, which immediately explains everything

Martin H. Fischer

Twenty years ago many chemists would have defended the theory of bond arms as a satisfactory explanation because they had become accustomed to thinking of it as unique and as ultimate.

Henry Margenau

Since we think we understand when we know the explanation, and there are four types of explanation (one, what it is to be a thing; one, that if certain things hold it is necessary that this does; another, what initiated the change; and fourth, the aim), all these are proved through the middle term.


The one man who should never attempt an explanation on poetry is its author. If the poem can be improved by its author?s explanations, it never should have been published.

Archibald MacLeish

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world

C.S. Lewis

For those who believe in God no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God no explanation is possible.

Seaton, George

Many people apparently don't trust their reactions to art or to music unless there is a verbal explanation for it.In music the only thing that matters is whether you feel it or not.

Coleman, Ornette

And Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk encumbered with his hood, Explaining metaphysics to the nationĖ† I wished he would explain his explanation.


The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would have done.

Edith Wharton

For those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who don't understand, no explanation is possible


Explaining metaphysics to the nation - / I wish he would explain his explanation.

Lord Byron

Why need every honest poet be suspected of leading a quadruple life? Sometimes the second or third meaning is less interesting than the first, and the only really difficult thing about a poem is the critic's explanation of it

Frank Moore Colby

You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles -- events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.

Harry Browne

If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test: though a different opinion prevails in this country.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.

George Iles
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