Explanation Quotes

Could I interrupt here, because there is an alternative explanation, which you are particularly well placed to examine. You know the argument that it is the alchemists in the laboratories who invent the sweet new kits.

E. P. Thompson

Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.

Will Rogers

But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained, and every principle of philosophy and common sense demand that the explanation be sought, not in arbitrary allegorical categories, but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom to which the myth attaches.

William Robertson Smith

As of now, string theorists have no explanation of why there are three large dimensions as well as time, and the other dimensions are microscopic. Proposals about that have been all over the map.

Edward Witten

As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom, with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.

Ronald Blythe

Any decision I make is based on myself, and the only person I have to give an explanation to is God.

Solange Knowles

Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature - unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.

William Henry Beveridge

Before he can devote himself to God or a woman, a boy will devote himself to his father, even foolishly, even beyond explanation.

Albom, Mitch

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking

Grace McGarvie

Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature -- unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.

William Henry Beveridge

The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open.

Charles Fort

The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

Benjamin Haydon

Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god but a great rock and the sun a hot rock.


With the unknown, one is confronted with danger, discomfort, and care; the first instinct is to abolish these painful states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. . . . The causal instinct is thus conditional upon, and excited by, the feeling of fear. The "why?" shall, if at all possible, not give the cause for its own sake so much as for a particular kind of cause -- a cause that is comforting, liberating, and relieving.

Friedrich Nietzsche

And let me take one of the explanations most commonly given: Analysts were pressured to reach conclusions that would fit the political agenda of one or another administration. I deeply think that is a wrong explanation.

David Kay

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation

Hilton Kramer

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

H. H. Munro

A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.

C. E. Ayres

No explanation ever explains the necessity of making one.

Elbert Hubbard

The best argument is that which seems merely an explanation

Dale Carnegie

I wish he would explain his explanation

Lord Byron

The simplest explanation is that it doesn't make sense.

William Buechner

I believe I am entitled to a public explanation.

Richard Jewell

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.

Hector Hugh Munro
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