Best Quotes About Explain

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. -Sloan Wilson

The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders. -Leo Burnett

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William Arthur Ward

There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. -Frank A. Clark

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. -Katherine Mansfield

It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him. -Joseph Joubert

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -Peter L. Berger

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? -Jean Cocteau

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. -Edward Steichen

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth. -Mignon McLaughlin

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. -Saint Augustine

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. -Elbert Hubbard

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. -Hunter S. Thompson

There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired. -Edward Young

Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it. -Chaim Weizmann

We're the only branch of government that explains itself in writing every time it makes a decision. -Byron White

Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away. -Harold S. Geneen

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man. -Edward Steichen

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. -John Steinbeck

You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way. -Virgil Thomson

I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife. -Philip Larkin

If I could explain it to the average person, it wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize. -Richard P. Feynman

Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible. -Richard M. Nixon

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. -Benjamin Jowett

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. -George Bernard Shaw

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. -Ambrose Bierce

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. -H. L. Mencken

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Never explain, never complain. -Wallis Simpson

Self-deception ultimately explains Japan's plight. The Japanese have never accepted that change is in their interest – and not merely a response to U.S. criticism. -Paul Samuelson

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. -Unknown

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation. -Walt Disney

The older I get, the more I believe in what I can't explain or understand, even more than the things that are explainable and understandable. -Lillian Gish

Never complain and never explain. -Benjamin Disraeli

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys. -Marvin Gaye

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. -Winston Churchill

If I started worrying about how my constituents are going to react to every move I make, I wouldn't be able to do my job here. I'll do what I think is right and explain it later. -Ed Harris

If a prospective Presidential approach can't be explained clearly enough to be understood well, it probably hasn't been thought through well enough. If not well understood by the American people, it probably won't 'sail' anyway. Send it back for further thought. -Donald Rumsfeld

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees. -Douglas Adams

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. -Winston Churchill

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? -Jean Cocteau

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind. -Lewis Thomas

Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word? -Bob Uecker

Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist. -Bob Uecker

It would be useless for any player to attempt to explain successful batting. -Tris Speaker

Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand. -Lord Northcliffe

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. -Ansel Adams

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth. -Edward Steichen

There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then. -Hazel Scott

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth. -Martin Luther

Being is the great explainer. -Henry David Thoreau

Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon. -Emile Durkheim

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way. -Florence Scovel Shinn

He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it. -Hector Hugh Munro

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose. -Charlie Chaplin

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains. -James A. Michener

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint. -Pablo Picasso

Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you, life where things aren't. -Julian Barnes

The world is full of strange phenomena that cannot be explained by the laws of logic or science. Dennis Rodman is only one example. -Dave Barry

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing. -H. L. Mencken

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. -Mark Twain

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten. -Indira Gandhi

It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough. -Quentin Crisp

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain. -Stanley Baldwin

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. -Edward Steichen

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. -Albert Einstein

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them. -Barbara Boxer

I suppose if you've never bitten your nails, there isn't any way to explain the habit. It's not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction – pride in a job well done. -Anderson Cooper

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. -David Brooks

I think it is impossible to explain faith. It is like trying to explain air, which one cannot do by dividing it into its component parts and labeling them scientifically. It must be breathed to be understood. -Patrick White

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century. -Greg Egan

Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands. -Peter Drucker

The exciting part of acting, I don't know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself. -Tom Cruise

Why do the President and Vice-President constantly change the subject when asked to explain why things are going so badly in Iraq? The answer is simple. They have been consistently wrong about Iraq, and the results speak for themselves. -Patrick Leahy

The system becomes more coherent as it is further extended. The elements which we require for explaining a new class of facts are already contained in our system. In false theories, the contrary is the case. -William Whewell

Because bankers measure their self-worth in money, and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they're fine fellows and don't need to explain themselves. -James Buchan

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up. -Alan Perlis

A rule to live by: I won't use anything I can't explain in five minutes. -Phil Crosby

I've seen lights in the sky, I've seen UFOs, I've even seen something on the ground that I can't explain, but I've never actually seen a being. I wish I had. -Uri Geller

Once my doctor began treating my kidney disease, my greatest challenge was the constant exhaustion. Fortunately, my doctor explained that anemia was causing my exhaustion and that people with serious illnesses, like kidney disease, may be at increased risk for anemia. -Alonzo Mourning

You can't explain much in 60 seconds, but when you show Michael Jordan, you don't have to. It's that simple. -Phil Knight

Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves. -Werner Heisenberg

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street. -David Hilbert

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do. -Donald Knuth

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. -Donald Knuth

The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle. -James Hutton

I really try not to read the tennis articles, because a lot of times they're guessing at how a player is feeling, and I like to keep myself kind of open minded about how I'm feeling, rather than have someone else explain to me what's going on. -Jim Courier

My mother told me never explain, never complain. Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable. -Jennifer Jones

Friendship is inexplicable, it should not be explained if one doesn't want to kill it. -Max Jacob

The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is. -Ernest Hello

Let me explain something when I'm talking about sin, and I'm talking about all sin. One of the biggest ones that has been talked about that has really become a debate in America is homosexuality. -Reggie White

They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good. -J. D. Salinger

I find it difficult to explain, but I'm quite ashamed of being an actress. -Kristin Scott Thomas

How do I explain Neil Young? Great question! I explain Neil Young as, I would kill to see his acoustic shows. -Bob Mould

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven't been explained in song. -Clint Black

It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music. -Ayumi Hamasaki

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

The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology. -Basil Bunting

As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained. -Arthur Cayley

Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer. -Tom T. Hall

What turns me on is to walk into a sold-out venue. The audiences are so much the same as they were in the '60s. It's just an amazing thing. I can't explain it, but I hope it never stops. -Chubby Checker

Once brave politicians and others explain the war on drugs' true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Bring the troops home, people will urge. Treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system. -Larry Elder

I could explain a hundred fold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision, were I permitted, and were the people prepared to receive them. -Joseph Smith, Jr.

Never abandon a theory that explains something until you have a theory that explains more. -John McCarthy

A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day's unity. -Charles Ives

Never attribute to malice, that which can be reasonably explained by stupidity. -Spider Robinson

I explain this not for publicity, nor seeking to win an argument of right or wrong, I explain so that the record is clear as to my thinking and motivations in bombing a government installation. -Timothy McVeigh

I had been plunged into a different world. I found myself spending half my time answering weird questions on book tours in the Midwest. People would stand up and explain to me the situation in their office and ask me whether they should resign or not. -Kazuo Ishiguro

There are legitimate, even powerful arguments, to be made against the Bush administration's foreign policy. But those arguments are complicated, hard to explain, and, in the end, not all that sensational. -Tucker Carlson

Character is that sum total of moments we can't explain. -George Saunders

The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement, explain American development. -Frederick Jackson Turner

The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians. -Geronimo

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. -Emily Carr

Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion. -Liberty Hyde Bailey

It is because I believe that it is in the power of such nations to lead the world back into the paths of peace that I propose to devote myself to explaining what, in my opinion, can and should be done to banish the fear of war that hangs so heavily over the world. -Arthur Henderson

Many of the railroad evils were inherent in the situation; they were explained by the fact that both managers and public were dealing with a new agency whose laws they did not completely understand. -John Moody

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

How do you explain certain physical qualities that somehow sell on screen? You're born with it… Certain people are just more watchable, and I was more watchable, but I don't think I understood acting or drama very well when I was a kid. -Joan Chen

I've always been interested in a lot of things, and a lot of things at the same time, and I always tried to explain them to myself. I ask a lot of questions. -Jared Diamond

Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and from the point of view of genetic epistemology, is to explain how the transition is made from a lower level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher. -Jean Piaget

But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can't explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me. -John Fahey

What we can do is to explain as clearly as possible what the benefits would be of him going down one path, and what the potential consequences would be if he chooses another path. -Mitchell Reiss

So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in the genes isn't in the family environment either. It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities or the child-rearing practices of parents. -Steven Pinker

In my view, there is an urgent need to communicate with the public and help to explain where there is consensus, and where are there doubts about the issues of sustainable development. -Jeffrey Sachs

The more we learn of science, the more we see that its wonderful mysteries are all explained by a few simple laws so connected together and so dependent upon each other, that we see the same mind animating them all. -Olympia Brown

There's an inner feeling you get when you get in a situation to do well in a game. It's hard to explain. -Jim Thome

It's just not easy to explain to someone else what you don't understand yourself. -Wislawa Szymborska

No one ever taught me and I can't teach anyone. If you can't explain it, how can you take credit for it? -Red Grange

Here is my theory on this one. If you write things down, if there is a mystery and you try and explain it, once you've written it down for permanent, in due time, it'll be proven stupid. -Joey Santiago

The first dog I had was owned by an abusive couple. He was very skittish. He wouldn't let me hold him. It was explained to me that it was because of how he was treated. -Casey Affleck

The backgrounds in Lord of the Rings are all explained. -Robbie Coltrane

I like working with actresses, and I like women a lot, not for obvious reasons, but just in that that there's so much about what they bring to the scene that keeps it so interesting. Their instincts are so different, and they never explain them to you. -Ryan Gosling

Preserving parks and open spaces is a winner because it doesn't need to be explained to everyday Americans. -Frank Luntz

The principles behind explaining and educating the product or the elected official is similar, even though the actual execution of it is very, very different. -Frank Luntz

There are words that work, that are meant to explain and educate on policies that work, on products that work, on services that work. I'm not going to ever try to sell a lemon. I don't do that. -Frank Luntz

It is acceptable to bring someone to tears if it explains to them in an emotional way why a product, a service, or a candidate is the right person, is the right thing to do. -Frank Luntz

So often corporate America, business America, are the worst communicators, because all they understand are facts, and they cannot tell a story. They know how to explain their quarterly results, but they don't know how to explain what they mean. -Frank Luntz

I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH. Because they claim that it the original didn't make money, so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel? -Don Bluth

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we'd read; you can say something, you don't have to explain it. -Kevin Ayers

My doctor explained that exercise and diet changes might help and that I also might need a medication. -Della Reese

If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously. -Mary Lou Williams

History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story. -Donald Kagan

We are just fans of music, we are not fans of a specific kind of music. We just happen to be a rock band. Until we explain ourselves, sometimes people don't understand why we limit ourselves to just being a rock band. It's because that is what we like doing. -Joe Elliott

We're on tour to kind of explain why we do what we do, how its done and how we put it together. -Eric San

The theory of evolution is totally inadequate to explain the origin and manifestation of the inorganic world. -John Ambrose Fleming

I am calling attention just to the main points of these tremendously important matters, which can be understood better by pious meditation than explained by human language. -Martin Chemnitz

Too often we think we can act without explaining and take decisions without justifying them. -Peter Mandelson

Too many radiologists still believe there is a risk from a chest x-ray. Few radiologists can explain radiation to the patient in words the patient can understand. -John Cameron

Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination. -John Cameron

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too. -Kevin J. Anderson

One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane. -Laurell K. Hamilton

It has long been known that the chemical atomic weight of hydrogen was greater than one-quarter of that of helium, but so long as fractional weights were general there was no particular need to explain this fact, nor could any definite conclusions be drawn from it. -Francis William Aston

Every day I run into people who don't know what I do. And even after I explain it they still don't know what I do. So now I can just say, 'Pick up the Locas book!' And that tells them all. -Jaime Hernandez

I felt like I was betraying my family. But I knew that trying to explain my emotions in a movie like this was more important than leaving them unspoken. -John Robinson

My favorite albumn ever is Jeff Buckley's GRACE. I feel a weird unexplainable connection to him. -Rachel Bilson

They explained to me that the bank cannot lend money to poor people because these people are not creditworthy. -Muhammad Yunus

I think sport in general affects what people see in movies. I always try to explain to people in Hollywood that we have to make movies more like sport because, in sport, everything can happen and it's so much better than movies in some ways. -Roland Emmerich

Each sudden gust of light explains itself as flames, but neither they, nor even bombs redoubled on the hills tonight can quite include me in their fear. -Andrew Motion

It's hard to explain why I like Europe so much. -Broderick Crawford

Psychology is still trying to explain the perception of the position of an object in space, along with its shape, size, and so on, and to understand the sensations of color. -James J. Gibson

The postdoc explained to me how to distinguish different sorts of particles on the basis of the amounts of energy they deposited in various sorts of detectors, spark chambers, calorimeters, what have you. -Eric Allin Cornell

I always hate explaining away songs, because for me they mean something, and for other people, they'll mean something absolutely different. -Martin Gore

I remember the evacuee children from towns and cities throwing stones at the farm animals. When we explained that if you did that you wouldn't have any milk, meat or eggs, they soon learned to respect the animals. -Mary Wesley

At Wal-Mart, if you couldn't explain an idea or a concept in simple terms on one page of paper Sam Walton considered the new idea too complicated to implement. -Michael Bergdahl

I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That's the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow. -Dean Koontz

The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it. -Andy Goldsworthy

In 1963 and later papers, I pointed out that the special market characteristics of medical care and medical insurance could be explained by reference to differences in information among the parties involved. -Kenneth Arrow

We need people out talking about the President, explaining, agreeing with and praising his actions. -Robert Teeter

I can explain that shot. Arnold moved his wallet to the other pocket. -Ben Crenshaw

I accept extinction as best explaining disjoined species. I see that the same cause must have reduced many species of great range to small, and that it may have reduced large genera to so small, and of families. -Asa Gray

In every interview I've got to explain something about being white but still being into hip hop. It's gone way beyond the musical aspect of the business. And I'm as critical about music as everybody else is. -Brian Austin Green

I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it. -Dick Dale

My childhood beliefs became so much a part of me that even today I find myself automatically living by a personal standard of conduct which can only be explained as resulting from my religious training. -Robert Vaughn

People have to find ways of explaining the work. -Andres Serrano

I just want someone to explain to the American public why investing in transportation in Iraq is so much more important than investing in passenger rail right here in the United States of America. -Corrine Brown

I learned this about coaching: You don't have to explain victory and you can't explain defeat. -Darrell Royal

You don't want to spend your life explaining yourself. -Peter Garrett

I can't explain it, but spiritually it makes sense – though I don't understand how it does make sense. -Kevin McDonald

I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances we can trace such a necessary connexion, especially among birds, and often with more complete success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain. -Alfred Russel Wallace

You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it. -Lou Reed

Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world that a modern eye could be produced gradually from a much simpler structure, he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked. -Michael Behe

In Darwin's time all of biology was a black box: not only the cell, or the eye, or digestion, or immunity, but every biological structure and function because, ultimately, no one could explain how biological processes occurred. -Michael Behe

I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't lived here for several years. -Poppy Z. Brite

Because, you know, it's never a hard work when you enjoy yourself. Look, I've been here since 57 years, and I don't have to explain why I've stayed so long. I always enjoyed it. -John Hench

It always weirds me out and makes me unhappy that some people think I'm Justin. I'm not. People can be talking to me and I know they think they are talking to Justin. It's hard to explain. -Randy Harrison

Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I don't understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn't understand what they were talking about. -Jim Jarmusch

As the President reviewed the state of the union and unveiled his second-term agenda, he fell short of adequately explaining how he intends to set America back on the course of fiscal responsibility and secure the fiscal health of the nation. -Ron Kind

You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes. -Moses Mendelssohn

I love being onstage and I love to perform. To be honest with you, I'm more comfortable performing than I am in an everyday situation, which I can't quite explain. -Melanie Chisholm

Instead of explaining the sober facts of mechanics and electricity, I want to say a few words about the debt which we owe to youth; and with your permission I shall consider you as representing here not only the academic youth of Sweden nor even of Europe but also of America. -Felix Bloch

It's called talent. I just have it. I can't explain it. You either have it or you don't. -Barry Bonds

Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty. -Vitruvius

They also explained how the sensors can monitor the levels of acetone on people's breath, and this can be used to tell people who suffer from diabetes when their next insulin shot is due. This is a more discreet method than what is currently on the market. -Anne Campbell

I explained to the lady my love for John and his work, and she made it possible for me to purchase one of the 24 proofs, the one for 'I'm So Tired,' which I have on my piano at home. -Arthur Godfrey

I can't wait until we get to the stage where we don't have to explain anymore. -Dan Hawkins

If you write fiction, you're by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don't have to explain anything to anybody. But when you get in with others who share the loneliness of the whole enterprise, you're not lonely anymore. -Denis Johnson

I believe things happen that can't be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world. -Harold Ramis

The news in Europe, West and East, is still showing America in flames, flood, etc. Cities are shown underwater; befuddled American officials are shown trying to explain why we are winning the war on terrorism. -Richard Reeves

Then a friend of Jim's suggested we make a theme song to explain the story, and this is where the Mads came from. Josh and I wrote it into the theme song. -Joel Hodgson

I write about it in the book and, you know, explain that. But that was the technicality that actually got my sentence reduced – that Alan Dershowitz used to have my sentence – it came down eventually to eight years. -Jim Bakker

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy. -Anne Stevenson

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations I couldn't otherwise solve or understand. Meditation comes very naturally to me. -Anne Stevenson

Every theory presented as a scientific concept is just that; it's a theory that tries to explain more about the world than previous theories have done. It is open to being challenged and to being proven incorrect. -Marvin Harris

The more everybody knows about all aspects of the problems we face, the better off all of us will be. Less time spent explaining things means more time for coming up with creative solutions. -Jesse James Garrett

It doesn't happen very often that you get to work with some really good friends of yours and there's a common language between everyone, you don't have to explain what you're doing, you can just run with it. It makes it just so much easier and more relaxed. -Elizabeth Perkins

Often as a child you see someone with a learning disability or Down's Syndrome and my mum and dad were always very quick to explain exactly what was going on and to be in their own way inclusive and welcoming. -Christopher Eccleston

Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life. -Walter Kaufmann

There is a deep question whether the possible meanings that emerge from an effort to explain the experience of art may not mask the real meanings of a work of art. -Jerome Bruner

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence, that theory must take into account and explain the mental nature we see at work in all modern communities. -Arthur Keith

There is nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitor. -Frank Howard Clark

The theory of founder effects does not explain how novel features like plumage traits arise. -Peter R. Grant

The assumption that nature is all there is, and that nature has been governed by the same rules at all times and places, makes it possible for natural science to be confident that it can explain such things as how life began. -Phillip E. Johnson

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place. -Phillip E. Johnson

The monopoly of science in the realm of knowledge explains why evolutionary biologists do not find it meaningful to address the question whether the Darwinian theory is true. -Phillip E. Johnson

I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying. -Anita Diament

The paradox of anti-Semitism is that it is invariably up to the Jews to explain away the charges. The anti-Semite simply has to make them. -Jack Schwartz

It was Jung who first said to explain the symbol as if talking to a man from mars who knew nothing about our life on earth. -Henry Reed

In acting process, it's very difficult to explain. It's something very intimate, very private. -Monica Bellucci

Almost every time I am in a lectureship on a college campus, young people will say, If there is a God and if he is a loving and merciful God, how do you explain the problems of suffering and death and all the tragedies that happen to people? -John Clayton

That was clearly surprising, interesting – a very interesting milestone was when you can pick up a magazine and read an article about some sort of computer related thing and they mention the word internet without explaining it. -Jon Postel

It's weird… people say they're not like apes. Now how do you explain football then? -Mitch Hedberg

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work. Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as if it were a reasonable process. -Arthur Erickson

We entered the 20th century trying to deal with three ideas purporting to define or describe or explain three spheres of action, development and conflict: Darwin on the natural world, Freud on the internal world, Marx on the economic world. -Bruce Jackson

The first, or theoretic branch, that which explains the nature, production, and distribution of wealth, will be found to rest on a very few general propositions, which are the result of observation, or consciousness. -Nassau William Senior

I can't explain why one wants to pass a particular sort of pain onto other people, but you do. -Alexis Korner

Michael Jackson wanted to be in Men in Black II. He told me he had seen the first Men in Black in Paris and had stayed behind and sat there and wept. I had to explain to him that it was a comedy. -Barry Sonnenfeld

Whenever I was with a woman, I always sort of want another one. So there was always another one. I can't explain this. -Klaus Kinski

Cinema explains American society. It's like a Western, with good guys and bad guys, where the weak don't have a place. -Jacques Delors

To remove this obstacle I repeat or refer to such knowledge as has come under my notice, my own previously expressed views, and also describe and exhibit my last experiments and explain their novelty and utility. -Lawrence Hargrave

To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them. -Marino Marini

Kubrick never explained the ending to us, or what his intentions were. He didn't intend for it to be a predictable film. -Keir Dullea

I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does. -David Bowie

I wonder if that's hurt me at the box office. Maybe audiences these days want to know exactly what to expect when they go into a movie, and my movies are hard to explain in just one way. -Paul Mazursky

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained. -Maurice de Vlaminck

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed. -Anna Freud

I explained I wanted to descend as quickly as possible to camp IV in order to warm myself and gather a supply of hot drink and oxygen in the event I might need to go back up the mountain to assist descending climbers. -Anatoli Boukreev

Things explain each other, not themselves. -George Oppen

In my solitude, many miles from men and houses, I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind, which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you. -Knut Hamsun

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there. -Pierre Schaeffer

Marxism is an interpretation of history which explains the progress of society as a product of the expansion of the forces of production of the material means of life, that is, the development of economy. -Earl Browder

Agricultural practice served Darwin as the material basis for the elaboration of his theory of Evolution, which explained the natural causation of the adaptation we see in the structure of the organic world. That was a great advance in the knowledge of living nature. -Trofim Lysenko

It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity. -Gregory Bateson

The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real links between that past and a future worthy of it. -Hart Crane

When Richie Cunningham drank too many beers, his parents sat him down and explained their concerns. If you live on this earth, you find out that we are all the same. -Henry Winkler

I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a song that really says how I feel, what I believe – and it even explains the world to myself better than I knew it. -Jackson Browne

It's the difficulty we had with Mr. Bean, actually, when it went from TV to film. You certainly discover that you need to explain more about a character. -Rowan Atkinson

I do not know any way to explain why God's grace touches a man who seems unworthy of it. -Whittaker Chambers

There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong. -Gregory Bateson

In TV, and in particular in commercials, you don't really need to explain very much at all – you just say he's a spy and he's a little bit theatrical and overblown and smug and he's not very good at his job. -Rowan Atkinson

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited, classified and explained except in the light of the tasks which they perform in language. -Roman Jakobson

My parents were second cousins. That is enough to explain all of my peculiarities. -Sargent Shriver

Few men could explain why they enlisted, and if they attempted they might only prove that they had done as a politician said the electorate does, the right thing from the wrong motive. -Patrick MacGill

I find that everything I do is demanding, like Jack Bristow is a complicated man and I do a lot of explaining in the show, it takes a lot of energy and concentration. -Victor Garber

The one thing I seek above all else is understanding. Sometimes I'm so frustrated and I don't get it. But I'm lucky to have a good management team and people around me who explain things and answer my questions. -Justin Guarini

I remember when I was a kid in school and teachers would explain things to me about what I read, and I'd think, Where did they get that? I didn't read that in there. Later you look at it and think, That's kind of an interesting idea. -Norton Juster

I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems. -Angela Merkel

Lebanon is caught in a cycle of threats. And it is our duty to be strong and capable of defending our country. But we will not clarify or explain what we do or do not possess. -Hassan Nasrallah

Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries; but who can tell or who can explain them! -Max Muller

In the United States women develop MS at approximately twice the rate men do, and no one can explain why women are affected most often from the waist down. -Annette Funicello

My name is real, which probably explains why I never became a superstar… how would that look in lights? -Mercedes McCambridge

I have a feeling we are going to be world champions, I can't really explain why. Brazil are probably the best team in the world in terms of individual players. But the team with the most gifted players do not always win. -Oliver Kahn

The film was fair to his musical achievement and gave him every opportunity to explain himself. -Martin Bashir

Once you're a winner, you can give all sorts of reasons why you're a winner. Of course, you could all those same reasons to explain why a show fails. -James MacArthur

I believe that it is a whole lifetime of work on Shakespeare's part that enabled him to do what he did. But the question is how you can explain this whole lifetime in such a way to make it accessible and available to us, to me. -Stephen Greenblatt

The art of pictorial creation is so complicated – it is so astronomical in its possibilities of relation and combination that it would take an act of super-human concentration to explain the final realization. -Hans Hofmann

I'm not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy's charm, but he took life just as it came. -Gene Tierney

But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths. -Donna Shalala

I am hoping, though, that many of them have kids, who, when they have a moment to take a break from their iPods, Internet, or Google, will explain to their parents running the country just how the world is being flattened. -Thomas Friedman

Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. -Shel Silverstein

I myself do not believe in explaining anything. -Shel Silverstein

The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative process is not. -Lukas Foss

I would go to them and I would explain this is the price of going forward. We're going to move ahead in all these other areas. We're moving ahead in tax reform and GST, we are moving ahead on trade, but this will not be done at the cost of the environment. -Brian Mulroney

Certainly I get a lot personally out of it as well, there's the recognition and things like that but mostly I try to take that as an opportunity to explain why I hope we could see more projects like Apache out there and why it's a good thing for society. -Brian Behlendorf

Perhaps, more importantly, I think that most human beings realise only a fraction of the true potential of their minds, so the spiritual or mystical, the things which remain mysterious or unexplained have always drawn me to include them in any scheme for a novel. -Rose Tremain

People are so helpful. People will stop what they're doing to show you something, to walk with you through a section of the town, or explain how a suspension bridge really works. -David McCullough

I needed to explain that Louisiana's coast accepts the drainage from two-thirds of the United States and, while the necessary levees constructed upstream have prevented floods, they have also contributed to problems downstream. -John Breaux

As this body of knowledge has evolved, a much more critical job for researchers and scientists has evolved into explaining and educating policy makers and the public to the risks of global warming and the possible consequences of action or of no action. -John Olver

Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say? -J. M. Coetzee

You never get quite down to the bottom of the barrel, but we are much higher than that at the present time. There is quite a lot left in the barrel that could be explained by them. If they have some weapons, if they have some anthrax, they should deliver that. -Hans Blix

There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds. -G. H. Hardy

Any time they try to describe the tsunami to us, I am so touched by how high they look in the air, when they explain it with their hands-they go so high. -Connie Sellecca

To comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained. -Charles Inglis

We must level with the people and explain to them that Social Security will first face funding problems in 2042 that can be fixed now with changes that do not undermine and ultimately drain from the entire program. -Grace Napolitano

We must explain the truth: There is no free lunch. -Grace Napolitano

The experience of getting my Kriya, which is the meditation process that I do, was very powerful for me – though, as I explain in the book, I was really suspect of that kind of thing. -Mariel Hemingway

I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions. -Anita Hill

I do it because I can't seem to live with myself if I do not. I don't know any other way to be. It isn't something you can explain; it is just something that you do; it is something that you are. -Martin Sheen

Consciousness itself is an infinite regress. This explains coincidences. -Robert Anton Wilson

For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature. -Ann Druyan

Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me. -Jesse Ventura

I recall feeling an almost delicious terror when one day I found myself alone in the midst of tall June grasses that grew high as my head. But here the secret working of self consciousness is almost too entangled with the things of the past for me to explain it. -Pierre Loti

It's fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don't have to explain yourself to. -Billie Jean King

I found it very difficult to explain to someone why you did a film. It's not like having a conversation. -Charlotte Gainsbourg

I'm a very lucky guy. I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems. If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and they would explain the problem to me, and the problem become like a baseball game. -Willie Mays

I have never had trouble with any actor being able to visualise things. They are amazing. As long as you have your monster head on a long stick, so you can hold it up there and you can wave it around and let them see it and explain it to them, they are just great. -Dennis Muren

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution, though it may explain everything else, cannot explain itself. -Goldwin Smith

There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me. -Liv Tyler

I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don't run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them. -Thomas Sowell

Let me explain what I do here. I don't want to confuse you any more than absolutely necessary. -Eugene Ormandy

Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art. -Thom Mayne

I explained that we would like to adjust our position on the Syrian question to theirs, as, in our view, they are the decisive factor in our relations with our neighbors, and Syria is unimportant. -Moshe Sharett

I loved it, it's such fun. I like that people are seeing it and then talking about it. Like when I took my son and his friends to see Napoleon Dynamite last year, we spent the next six weeks trying to explain it. -Robert Downey, Jr.

Giving a phenomenon a label does not explain it. -Taylor Caldwell

I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me. -Whoopi Goldberg

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea. -Vladimir Nabokov

Never complain. Never explain. -Katharine Hepburn

I cannot explain something that no one has ever figured out. -Chris Noth

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it. -Mark Twain

I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in. -Salman Rushdie

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't. -Martina Navratilova

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. -Rabindranath Tagore

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -Albert Einstein

Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. -Charles Dickens

Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt. -Marianne Moore

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. -Ayn Rand

Rockefeller once explained the secret of success. 'Get up early, work late – and strike oil.' -Joey Adams

If you are explaining, you are losing. -J. C. Watts

As I've explained to my wife many times, you have to kill your wife or mistress to get on the front page of the papers. -Julian Barnes

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. -Richard Dawkins

People tell me there are a lot of guys like me, which doesn't explain why I'm lonely. -Mort Sahl

We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. -Isaac Newton

It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience. -Murray Kempton

Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race. -James Earl Jones

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away. -Oscar Wilde

There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain. -Georges Braque

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise, I am not perplexed or doubtful. I know how to meet them. -Anne Sullivan

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain. They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them. -Marlene Dietrich

We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society. But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts are our own constructs and start equating them with reality. -Abdolkarim Soroush

We must break problems down into small, digestible bits. We must define the concepts that we use and explain what components they consist of. We must tackle small problems. -Abdolkarim Soroush

If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real. -Jacques Barzun

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. -Barbara Bush

When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat. -Pat Riley

Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can't explain it. They really can't translate feeling because they're not part of it. That's why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It's not. It's feeling. -Bill Evans

Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to blow your own trumpet and explain yourself, which I think has been slightly forgotten. -Howard Hodgkin

Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life. -Jeanne Calment

Never apologize. Never explain. Just get the thing done, and let them howl. -Agnes Macphail

Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself. -Mason Cooley

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails upon me the penalty of death; but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it. -Thomas Francis Meagher

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind. -T. S. Eliot

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. -Aldous Huxley

Though many have tried, no one has ever yet explained away the decisive fact that science, which can do so much, cannot decide what it ought to do. -Joseph Wood Krutch

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why. -James Joyce

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. -Richard Dawkins

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery. -Rene Descartes

To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can't coach. -Bobby Bowden

Before we decide to trust you with this power, we ask you to stand before the public and explain your views. Justice may be blind, but it should not be deaf. -Herb Kohl

You know, whatever happens between the two of us that's created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain. -Laurence Fishburne

Once you accept the existence of God – however you define him, however you explain your relationship to him – then you are caught forever with his presence in the center of all things. -Morris West

Small-business customers are very conservative and very cheap. We don't have to explain ourselves for the most part. -Paul Graham

Maybe John Kerry does not know – but I am happy to explain it to him – that my commitment to withdraw the troops goes back before the tragic, dramatic terrorist attack. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Two hundred and fifty mummies covered in gold. Something like this cannot be explained – mummy after mummy covered in shining gold. -Zahi Hawass

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. -Barack Obama

On set is where I feel comfortable. The red carpet stuff, talking about the film, explaining your own life, it doesn't come naturally. It's all necessary stuff I suppose but it's not my strength. -Naomi Watts

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples? -Ted Olson

I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future. -Van Jones

Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them. -Richard Dooling

And I know this happens because I took economics, and I'd explain it to ya, but I flunked that course. Not my fault. They taught it at 8 o'clock in the morning. And there is absolutely nothing you can learn out of one bloodshot eye. -Lewis Black

I never talk about 'Harry Potter' because I think that would rob children of something that's private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it. -Alan Rickman

There's no excuse, it's just an opportunity that presented in a limited way and that happened and as soon as the press rang me I didn't deny it I just said 'that's it' and I had to go home and explain it. -John Prescott

Modern science cannot explain why the laws of physics are exactly balanced for animal life to exist. -Robert Lanza

So for instance it becomes clear why space and time and even the properties of matter itself depend on the observer in consciousness. In fact when you take this point of view it even explains why the laws of the universe themselves are fine tuned for the existence of life. -Robert Lanza

Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. -Robert Lanza

One of the primary motivations for the series is that I never really felt that I was a person who could explain verbally what I thought all that well. -Lev Yilmaz

The first day I walked into prison, and he slammed that door, I knew the magnitude of the decision that I made, and the poor judgment, and what I allowed to happen to the animals. And, you know, it's no way of explaining the hurt and the guilt that I felt. And that was the reason I cried so many nights. -Michael Vick

I think I've explained earlier on in the year that I kind of underestimated how important experience was in this series, especially when you're up against such good quality drivers. -Dan Wheldon

I get heartfelt thanks from all kinds of people. Today I heard from a waitress in Georgia who has lost her job and is trying to figure out how her local bank can change the terms on her credit card, and I heard from a physicist at a major research university who wants to explain a better theory of financial stress tests. -Elizabeth Warren

I'm a Catholic by background. I was raised in Goa, a part of India that was visited by Portuguese missionaries a few hundred years ago, which explains my last name. -Dinesh D'Souza

Advertising is the edge of what people know how to do and of human experience and it explains the latest ways progress has changed us to ourselves. -Jaron Lanier

I try to explain to people that you get the roles that are right when they're right. If you have a nerd character but you're kind of a cool guy, you're probably not going to get the nerd part. The nerd is going to get the nerd part. You know, someone like me. -Ed Helms

I keep wondering how to explain the experience of child abuse from the inside. I'm going to try to explain what my world was like when I was sexually abused. The thing you have to remember is that this was the thinking of a child. -Robin Quivers

When you explain to people what you're trying to do, as opposed to just making demands or delegating tasks, you can build instant trust, even if it's just for that short time you're on the phone. -Simon Sinek

Directions are instructions given to explain how. Direction is a vision offered to explain why. -Simon Sinek

At the moment there are some England players who are the stars of their club teams, but not for their country. It's difficult to explain. -Diego Maradona

When you do not have the dialogue to explain things, you will use everything to show and to tell the story. I think that this is what makes you believe that it is impeccable. -Michel Hazanavicius

The best way to explain it is that I'm not yearning anymore, on or off the course. I appreciate what I have. I feel like I'm blessed. -David Duval

When you get pure joy out of 'being' rather than 'doing' or 'seeing', that's when you realize how big and unexplainable some things are and being a dad is one of those very few things. -Brendan Fehr

It's easier to lecture women on sexual morality than it is to explain why all Americans shouldn't have comprehensive, fair, and equal health care coverage. -Martha Plimpton

Perhaps the mistake I made at the start of my mandate is not understanding the symbolic dimension of the president's role and not being solemn enough in my acts. A mistake for which I would like to apologise or explain myself and which I will not make again. Now, I know the job. -Nicolas Sarkozy

We're long past having to defend or explain why women should be on boards, given all the data that shows how companies with female as well as male directors perform better. It's unfortunate when companies with a large percentage of women constituents don't reflect that in their boardrooms. -Anne M. Mulcahy

When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain… I don't need to. I know that if there's a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart. -Maurice Sendak

Although they might not admit it, I think girls are very aware of the impact that they're having. But they never feel it themselves, and it's impossible to explain. It's like trying to tell a blind person what yellow is. -Alex Kapranos

How do you explain the bond between man and wife? Well, for one thing, it's private. What people do in their own marriage is their own business. -Robin Gibb

I had a lot of ideas on how comics worked and pretty early on I had this idea that it would be fun to explain them in comics form. -Scott McCloud

The notion of getting under the hood and explaining how something works, that's fairly familiar territory to me. -Scott McCloud

I made a movie to explain to the American public what had been achieved in regards to disarmament of Iraq and why inspectors aren't in Iraq today and detailing the very complex, murky history of interaction between Iraq, the United Nations and the United States. It is most definitely not a pro-Iraq movie. It is a pro-truth movie. -Scott Ritter

I absolutely love television, and I don't mean to be vulgar, but as I keep having to explain to people from the movie industry, I get more power and more money doing television, so why on earth would I do a film? -Steven Moffat

I'm certainly not very book smart, but I started traveling at 16, and it has enriched me in ways I could never begin to explain. -Hilary Swank

I want my books to last, to stand the test of time, and to do that I focus on the forces that shape the subject – the cultural and sociological geography – to capture them in a way that will explain them no matter what they are doing. -David Maraniss

I want my music to do the explaining. -Demi Lovato

It's funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: 'So, what does it take to make it?' Well, first explain to me what you mean by 'making it': Do you want to be a rock star or do you want music to be your livelihood? -Eddie Van Halen

Jimmy Carter laid out policies that we now look back at and say, 'Gee, that actually made sense.' But you also need to explain it and convey and communicate in a way that provides that tableau, that understanding. -Eliot Spitzer

I would say I was still a Marxist – which is not to be confused with being a Communist. Despite its flaws, Marxism still seems to explain the material world better than anything else. -Alexei Sayle

You don't implement change easily in Japan unless you explain very clearly why you need to do this change, how you're going to do this change and what's going to be the outcome of this change. If you offset or you forget to explain one of these three steps you're not going to do it. -Carlos Ghosn

I always loved cars. I don't know why, I can't explain it to you. It has always been with me. -Carlos Ghosn

I'm interested in trying to explore what I think is the truth at a given time in my life, and part of the process of being honest is – in my mind – talking about the idea that you're watching a movie. You're sitting here watching a movie. And I like that. It appeals to me intellectually, and also in a way I can't even explain. -Charlie Kaufman

Someone I met years ago explained to me the difference between a personality and an actor, a personality being Eddie Murphy or Roseanne Barr, and an actor being Morgan Freeman and Alfre Woodard or Marlon Brando. -Orlando Jones

Despite its flaws, Marxism still seems to explain the material world better than anything else. -Alexei Sayle

I feel that I've worked with a lot of interesting people, and I have no regrets. I'm just curious about what I might have done if I'd had people in my life then who did explain what the publicity game was. -Annabella Sciorra

I know what my sound is. I'm just trying to get it out there how I can explain it. I'm not trying to write or put out some music that doesn't represent me. -Phillip Phillips

The reason why I'm here today is to explain why I am running and what I will do if you give me the honor and the privilege of representing you in the United States Senate. Now I'm running for the United State Senate for a simple reason, and that is… I want to win a Nobel Peace prize. -Marco Rubio

As a legislator, I saw how effective I could be by being transparent, posting and explaining all of my votes. -Justin Amash

I think I just have this need to be a storyteller. That's why I wasn't a great dancer – I couldn't articulate a story. I was a better choreographer. I have the need to to just express myself in that way. I can't explain it. -Rosie Perez

When I see my staff take a step back because I've lost my cool about something food-related, I say never apologise for your standards. If someone doesn't meet them, then you should explain that and that you want it changed. I want my staff to be like that, too. -Curtis Stone

Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. Before you have your first baby you are a girl and then you become a mother. There is no transition into being a woman; you literally become a mum and being a mum means you always love someone else more than yourself and it is an unexplainable situation. -Brigitte Nielsen

I have to be very careful, however, because I have no intention of providing an excuse for this behavior. It's an attempt to explain how so many women come from backgrounds where the pressure to be a good mother is so severe that if they can't do it, something really snaps. -Caleb Carr

There are works of fiction which seek to explain jihadi terrorists as the militant wing of Amnesty International. I don't buy that. -Chris Morris

I've discovered that half the people would love to go into space and there's no need to explain it to them. The other half can't understand and I couldn't explain it to them. If someone doesn't know why, I can't explain it. -Sally Ride

It was really hard explaining the Web before people just got used to it because they didn't even have words like click and jump and page. -Tim Berners-Lee

Mmmm… the comedy that matters is the comedy you pull out of thin air. It's a bit like when something funny has happened and you try to explain it to someone else and end up saying, 'You had to be there.' -Jack Dee

I have my cards read every time I pass a tarot-reader booth. I would be so embarrassed to have one of those 900 numbers appear on my phone bill, because I don't know how I would explain it to my business manager. It would almost be like saying, 'Okay, I'm white trash.' -Jennifer Tilly

I have nothing to explain. As for being misunderstood, I have grown accustomed to that. -Fan Bingbing

I can't explain 9/11, except the evil of man. -Billy Graham

Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies. Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don't any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves. -Chuck Palahniuk

It seems that so much writing is being done in the nineteenth-century model, where every connection has to be thoroughly explained. -Chuck Palahniuk

The album requires a certain focus of mine that I can't really explain – let's just say it's all I can really do while I'm doing it. -Eminem

Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection. -Richard Dawkins

I have often said that I am a passionate Darwinian when it comes to explaining why we exist. -Richard Dawkins

I'm also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. -Azealia Banks

I remember being in Atlantic City once when I was 18 or 19, and a sea of people were screaming and pulling their hair because I was there. It was weird. Nobody deserves adulation like that. I tried to explain it to my kids once. I said, 'Mommy used to be kind of cool, kind of like a Britney Spears.' -Genie Francis

I am shocked that Republicans can't explain why our technological and economic advantages are the result of sound monetary and economic policy. -Jack Kemp

When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that's how I really started explaining my point of view. -Katy Perry

I don't really like to explain my songs. -Yanni

I cringe at backstory. Because it never quite explains or gets into some psychological thing that is never quite right and never quite the truth and who knows why someone is some way. -Steve Martin

I don't mind a little Sturm und Drang. When I was doing 'Riding in Cars With Boys,' I wouldn't smile at anybody, because my character, Bev, was angry at the world. I'm the opposite. Inside my head I'd be like, God, I'll explain to you at the end of shooting that I'm not this person. -Drew Barrymore

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit. -Charles Stanley

In the songs I can still be really really direct but in interviews when I'm explaining my songs I shouldn't be so direct about who they're about. -Adele

I went to a psychoanalyst. He explained things about my love life that I found very impressive… almost scary. -Britney Spears

Golf can be tougher than tennis when things go wrong, because you can't explain things by saying that your opponent played better than you. It's a cruel sport in that way. -Caroline Wozniacki

Studying doesn't have to happen in a silo. It can be a social experience. You can engage with your friends and family to find out the answer to a tough question or have someone explain it to you. You can also study anywhere you happen to be and on any device. -Eric Lefkofsky

I believed what my father taught me about the separation of church and state, so when I was President I never invited Billy Graham to have services in the White House because I didn't think that was appropriate. He was injured a little bit, until I explained it to him. -Jimmy Carter

My father, Abe, was a small businessman. For 32 years, he ran an exterminating company. That may explain why our family always associated the smell of roach spray with love. -Chuck Schumer

If Romney explains why where we are with Obama is unacceptable, why whither we are tending is even worse – and why his own alternative path forward is superior – then we trust the American people to make the right choice in November. -Bill Kristol

Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid. -Jimmy Page

I can't even explain to you how terrible that feels, that I equate dating a woman with punishment, shame, guilt, disappointment, reproach, reprimand, persecution. It's a nightmare. -John Mayer

If Romney would go ideological in explaining Obama, it would help. We gotta stop the, 'He's a nice guy' stuff. Nice guys don't do what Obama is doing. Nice guys don't say and do and act the way Obama is saying, doing, and acting. -Rush Limbaugh

I really had a rough time in middle school. Middle school to me was the way most people explain high school. Then in high school I had a blast. I basically did everything that you would do in high school or in college, so it really wasn't a difficult thing to pull out. -Hayden Panettiere

I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I've dated nothing but a succession of blondes. -Hugh Hefner

I was always explaining why my term papers were never on time. I think that's where I got my acting training! -Greg Kinnear

A skill required to be president is to explain to the American people any given thing they do. -Jim Lehrer

The scientist should treasure the riddles he can't solve, not explain them away at the outset. -Roberto Unger

When we imagine our Universe to be just one out of a multitude of possible worlds we devalue this world, the one we see, the one we should be trying to explain. -Roberto Unger

I think that the best way to explain that is that my mother gave me all the color and character and flare and liveliness, and my father gave me all the sanity and nature and all the things that helped me be a more rounded human being. -Julie Andrews

The lovely thing about being an actor is being anonymous, it's never having to explain yourself. And that's what I find interesting about actors or painters I admire. I don't want to know about their lives. -Matthew Macfadyen

I've given up on trying to explain myself, or trying to set the record straight, or trying to get people to understand what I'm really like as a man, outside of my acting, outside of my job. -Bruce Willis

Now Speaker Gingrich says interesting and insightful things. He can explain them well. On many occasions he also says outrageous things that come from nowhere and he has a tendency to say them at exactly the time when they most undermine the conservative agenda. -Jim Talent

One has to explain to people that the EU in this form is the answer both to 1945 and to the 21st century, in a dramatically altered world with new heavyweights, and that Germany benefits from the continued integration of Europe in political, economic and societal ways. And, of course, that means the Germans will have to pay. -Peer Steinbruck

I've always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny. -Aung San Suu Kyi

The Republican Party is terrific at determining how a program will impact the federal budget, but we're not nearly as good as the Democrats in explaining to people how our agenda will directly benefit them and their families. -J. C. Watts

I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don't have to explain anything to them. I don't have to apologize for anything. They know. There's no judgment in any way. -Emma Watson

Of all my false identities, the strategies in my campaign to be accepted, being a sworn Republican is the hardest to explain. In my later political life, I can only be described as a Kennedy Democrat, eager to pursue equitable treatment for the least fortunate. -James McGreevey

Feature-length film comedy is harder to pull off than the episodic sitcom – it doesn't have the same factory machinery up and running, teams of writers putting familiar characters through permutations – but that doesn't explain the widening quality gap that makes movie humor look like a genetic defective. -James Wolcott

The frenzy of the little-girl culture is something very unique, and I can only say that because I was one. The obsession – I can't really explain it. Everything is heightened to the maximum. -Nikki Reed

The energy of the crowd is insane. Twenty thousand people. It's the biggest jolt of adrenaline. It's very hard to explain. You know the old story about the woman lifting the car off her kid? It's in that realm. You can actually hurt yourself and not know it. -Tom Petty

I've occasionally wished I had Caller ID. Even telemarketers, I hate to hang up on them. I try to explain I'm not interested, but they have all these canned responses so I end up having to hang up on them anyway. -John Shelton Reed

In fact, I think I have had a ghost in my house. Although not active lately, unexplainable things would happen and the kitties were particularly sensitive – especially, Marlon Brando… the cat not the man. -Tippi Hedren

I think it's a little simplistic to explain a work through the psychology of its author. In other words, that Haneke has emotional problems, so I don't have to take his films seriously. By using this argument, the viewer retreats from the challenges of the film. -Michael Haneke

Yes, it's a very difficult thing to do, to promote a record, do television shows, and to still want to remain private, it's really quite difficult to explain to people what you're trying to do. I mean I'd actually quite like to be a recluse, but you know, you've got to promote the record as well. -Chris Lowe

Rather than dividing the world between good and evil, the Left divided the world in terms of economics. Economic classes, not moral values, explained human behavior. Therefore, to cite a common example, poverty, not one's moral value system, or lack of it, caused crime. -Dennis Prager

My own field of paleontology has strongly challenged the Darwinian premise that life's major transformations can be explained by adding up, through the immensity of geological time, the successive tiny changes produced generation after generation by natural selection. -Stephen Jay Gould

At a minimum, in explaining evolutionary pathways through time, the constraints imposed by history rise to equal prominence with the immediate advantages of adaptation. -Stephen Jay Gould

If you take a position under the Constitution that is against the majority view, you have to explain it well enough that maybe you can persuade some of that majority to agree with you. -Sandra Day O'Connor

My belief is, you know, certain things have to be explained that's never been explained. -Dick Gregory

Bracketing has turned all my experiences, remembered and present, into a gallery of miracles where I wander around dazzled by the beauty of events I cannot explain. -Martha Beck

Britain is no longer one of the world's price setters. It is painful. It is a challenge to us in government to explain all that, and it is a pity that the political class is not preparing the public for it to understand how massive the problem is. -Vince Cable

I need to be able to explain myself in context. -Adam Lambert

Broadcasters or politicians or writers who think that they are respecting Struggle Street, the battlers, by dumbing things down into one-line sound bites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt. It's our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them. -Malcolm Turnbull

It is our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them, and have the honesty to say to people, 'There are no easy solutions here.' -Malcolm Turnbull

It is hard to rationalise or explain why you love what you love. But I have always been interested in science and maths, and in high school I was struck that you could use maths to understand nature and science. -Serge Haroche

If you start with a good idea, you can encapsulate it in a phrase and explain it. I like high-concept films. Everyone can get hold of it. I don't think there's any harm in that at all. -Jane Campion

My guess is that people look at me and project their own values – importance of family, ego is healthy but not the biggest thing. I don't know. I can't explain my popularity. -Jane Pauley

I can get along great with the Hispanics. In fact, I sure would like to meet them, even the politicians, maybe in the back room or whatever, have a couple of beers and try to explain. But they need to understand that I enforce the laws. I want to listen to them and hear their problems. I want them to tell me what their problems are. -Joe Arpaio

I would hope to get together with the Latino community, if I could ever have them talk to me without screaming and threatening me. So I hope to get together with the community and try to explain what we do, so that's going to be one of my missions coming up. -Joe Arpaio

Don't stigmatize in a rush to explain inexplicable evil. -Ron Fournier

I tend to jot down moments, lines, interactions that don't really make any sense. I try and explain these scattered notes to my close friends, and they become more and more logical. I see screenwriting as a bit like a math equation which I have to solve. -Asghar Farhadi

If troubled companies want to explain away 2008 as a 'black swan,' then someone should take responsibility for creating the oil slick that seems to have tarred the entire flock! -Andrew Lo

When I was young, an eccentric uncle decided to teach me how to lie. Not, he explained, because he wanted me to lie, but because he thought I should know how it's done so I would recognise when I was being lied to. -Brian Eno

I think there is a lot of overexplaining both in writing and acting. People don't need to be hit on the head. -Clive Owen

Broadway was without doubt the hardest I ever worked in my life and the highest highs I've ever had as an actor. The unadulterated fear was on a level that was hard to explain. -Brad Garrett

Let me explain my job very simply: My job is to line up five, seven, 10 yards in front of a man and run into him at full speed. -Ray Lewis

Well, unless you've suffered from panic attacks and social anxiety disorders, which is what I was diagnosed as having, it's hard to explain it. But you go on stage knowing you're actually physically going to die. You will keel over and die. -Donny Osmond

As much as they deny it, I think people want to be scared. It's a phenomenon, why people want to be scared when there is so much violence and craziness in the world. People still really enjoy being scared. It's a conundrum to me. It's hard to explain. It's an unconscious thing, really, why people like that so much. -Dylan McDermott

Where I would fault President Bush the most was that, in the wake of 9/11, he motivated our military, but he didn't call the nation into a state of war. And he didn't explain that this would take though a communal effort against common foe. -Frank Miller

I often think about image, and image is something that – but in truth, the real artistic process, as I've understood it, is 95 percent intuitive, like seat-of-the-pants, at-the-moment decisions that you can't even explain, you know? -George Saunders

When I'm explaining something to you, if I'm being long-winded, and twisty in a non-productive way, I could make you feel vaguely insulted. And you'd have a right to be. -George Saunders

For some reason I can't explain, artist and musicians tend to look younger than our age. Being in music, you need this youthful sense of discovery and wonder for what you're doing and keep your imagination open. That's a youthful way of looking at life and I think that reflects in how you age. -Joshua Bell

Under the administration of George W. Bush, you will recall, federal spending grew pretty significantly. At the same time, the number of people directly employed by the federal government shrank. One of the factors that explained the difference was contracting. -Thomas Frank

I realized going back and writing and explaining in details the difficulties I had lived actually became emotional again. It's like therapy but sometimes therapy can be painful. But it's part of life and part of the autobiography so I'll have to finish it sooner or later. -Jenni Rivera

Science will explain how but not why. It talks about what is, not what ought to be. Science is descriptive, not prescriptive; it can tell us about causes but it cannot tell us about purposes. Indeed, science disavows purposes. -Jonathan Sacks

One of the companies that we've invested in is called Facebook. In only two years, between 2009 and 2011, the information exchanged between people increased 28 times. And that cannot be explained by new people joining Facebook. -Yuri Milner

I went to Catholic school and they basically just said don't have sex, but would never explain anything. -Khloe Kardashian

You know, I used to think I was a foodie, and then my wife went to culinary school and basically explained to me that I was just a guy that likes to eat. -Ty Burrell

Batty as it sounds, subject and style may choose artists, through some unfathomable cosmic means. How else to explain that even artists who enjoy what they do can be perplexed or even horrified that they're doing it? -Jerry Saltz

I've had experiences in my life that leave no doubt in my mind about the fact that God exists. I'm quite willing to debate people who don't think so because I want them to explain to me how did our solar system get so organized and how is the universe so complex and yet well-organized that we can predict 70 years hence when a comet is coming? -Ben Carson

I've seen the odd tarot reader and had my palm read in various countries and explained to me in many strains of broken English. Did I believe a word? To be honest, I didn't understand much, but I loved watching the presentation. -Simon Baker

It's as simple as you can explain all of 'Dallas.' We're a dysfunctional family forced to stay together. -Patrick Duffy

I don't actually like explaining the meanings of my songs, because I think people can take away more from it if they use their imagination. -Reeve Carney

You might call me a tech intermediary. I know how to talk to the people in Silicon Valley and then take that information and explain it to everyone else. -Marc Ostrofsky

I didn't really get into golf until I was about 14. My mom and dad were taking lessons from a pro an hour and a half from our farm in Cohuna, Australia. When they got home, I'd ask my mom to explain everything they learned – drills and all. -Stuart Appleby

The Japanese are great at inventing complex systems of rules, and not so great at explaining those rules to foreign visitors. -Charles C. Mann

I'm not sure that it's possible to write a novel about people who don't transgress or stumble, people who don't surprise themselves with the things they do, people who can explain all their actions with perfect logical consistency. At least it's not possible for me to write that sort of novel. -Tom Perrotta

I think in some ways, it can do a listener a disservice to explain a song. I think I'd rather leave a little room for people to put themselves in it. -St. Vincent

I guess trying to throw my body into the guitar is so natural for me that I don't even know how to explain it. I can't imagine life without it. -St. Vincent

All scientists agree that evolution has occurred – that all life comes from a common ancestry, that there has been extinction, and that new taxa, new biological groups, have arisen. The question is, is natural selection enough to explain evolution? Is it the driver of evolution? -Lynn Margulis

It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time. -Ray LaMontagne

History shows us that the songs – the myth, the experience and the emotion – live longer the less you explain. -Sondre Lerche

Maybe it's just, I've always been to the less traveled places, in any topic, whether it's history, I always like to just choose the most obscure topic. And I don't know why I have that impulse. I can't really explain it but I've been doing that since I was a little kid. -Andrew Bird

I'm very honest in my music and I'm often asked to explain the lyrics; as an introvert, I find that quite hard. And I always wear high heels on stage, which can be painful. -Natasha Bedingfield

Reality is very, very contradictory, and so I try to write just perfecting what I see, what I read, what I feel, in a feel-thinking way. Not only giving ideas, or receiving ideas, or trying to explain something, but mainly feel-thinking, a feel-thinking language able to tie the heart and the mind, which have been divorced. -Eduardo Galeano

The way life manages information involves a logical structure that differs fundamentally from mere complex chemistry. Therefore chemistry alone will not explain life's origin, any more than a study of silicon, copper and plastic will explain how a computer can execute a program. -Paul Davies

My feeling is that scientific method has the power to account for and interlink all phenomena in the universe, including its origin, using the laws of nature. But that still leaves the laws unexplained. -Paul Davies

Is there anything science should not try to explain? Science is knowledge and knowledge is power – power to do good or evil. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. -Paul Davies

We will never fully explain the world by appealing to something outside it that must simply be accepted on faith, be it an unexplained God or an unexplained set of mathematical laws. -Paul Davies

If you're going to run a public company, be absolutely certain of what the parameters are, what the clarity is, that you can explain it to yourselves and explain it externally. -Barry Diller

Maybe one day I'll make a record that's really mysterious and no one knows where it came from or what I wrote it about. But thus far, I've just wanted to explain everything properly. -Ellie Goulding

I was researching a different World War II story when I came across an article in the 'Chicago Tribune' from June 1945 that knocked me for a loop. The article explained that a military plane had crashed in an impossibly remote valley of New Guinea that had been nicknamed Shangri-La. -Mitchell Zuckoff

I think you have to learn for yourself how to write. I'm slightly mystified by creative writing courses – God love them – because I can't understand how you can explain a process that I find so baffling. -Kate Atkinson

When it comes to social issues, Republicans don't just need to be more empathetic. They also need to be more emphatic in explaining to voters what they believe, and why. -Gary Bauer

I don't practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation. -Simon Callow

I have family in Tanzania. I can't even explain the joy of riding through the Tanzania national park and seeing giraffes run across the road and elephants over in a pond and baboons running. -Emanuel Cleaver

For more than 200 years, materialists have promised that science will eventually explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry. Believers are sustained by the faith that scientific discoveries will justify their beliefs. -Rupert Sheldrake

Those who knew Lincoln described him as an extraordinarily funny man. Humor was an essential aspect of his temperament. He laughed, he explained, so he did not weep. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

'Stress' was the catch-all every pamper-pedlar I spoke to used to explain why healthy women feel the need to be regularly patted, petted and preened into a state of babyish beatification. -Julie Burchill

Like many a Yank before me, I have tried to explain to European friends that Americans actually know soccer quite well, that many of us played it in school and college, but that, well, we just don't find it quite as exciting as, say, what we call football. -Serge Schmemann

Some of the hip-hop stuff people get into is exciting, because there's a passion and there's something to explain to a more mainstream audience, so you get these passionate writers who want to express their love for rap and hip-hop, which is cool. -Cameron Crowe

Even in high school, I had friends that I didn't know were gay until years later. I'd find out on Facebook or something and be like, 'Oh, that explains some things,' or 'Wow, no wonder they were so cool.' -Kellan Lutz

Bob Dylan has always sealed his decisions with the unexplainable. His motives for withholding the release of the magnificent 'Basement Tapes' will be as forever obscure as Brian Wilson's reasons for the destruction of the tapes for 'Smile.' -Jon Landau

There is a 'patrician arrogance' to James Taylor that accounts in part for his popularity while it at the same time explains the critical resistance to his work. -Jon Landau

I hate it when I'm reading a comic, and the dialogue looks like stickers stuck on top to explain what's going on. For me the best is when your eye goes in a certain point and moves through the composition and then springs out on the dialogue, or gets confused in the image and then goes to the dialogue for an explanation. -Denise Mina

I remember thinking, in Kansas my name will be Evett – which is my middle name. I didn't want to explain to anyone how to say Em-a-yat-zee. -Emayatzy Corinealdi

I've never had to explain 'Prometheus' to people, ever. Most people get it. -Idris Elba

I felt like challenging myself and challenging my readers with something darker and heavier. I don't know how to explain it, because I'm not a political person. I have two political stories, and that's it: 'Human Diastrophism' and 'Poison River.' -Gilbert Hernandez

It's jarring to go from one amazing experience to another that feels ordinary. I don't quite know how to explain it. You see the uniqueness of what you've been doing, and disassociating yourself from it and going back to the 'normal' life is tough. -Nat Wolff

We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there's an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. -Junot Diaz

A businessman admits that he 'let go' an employee because he was a Sunni Muslim. You simply have to look after yourself, he explains. I am shocked, like a good Westerner should be. -Robert Fisk

Biology is far from understanding exactly how a single cell develops into a baby, but research suggests that human development can ultimately be explained in terms of biochemistry and molecular biology. Most scientists would make a similar statement about evolution. -Kenneth R. Miller

If I paint something, I don't want to have to explain what it is. -Bob Ross

I was a normal kid. I can't explain how normal I was. -Suraj Sharma

On TV, stories and events are finalized in 30 or 60 minutes, or neatly tied up after a season or two. The best stories are the ones that force us to come to our own conclusions and to explain why we believe in our conclusions. -Lurlene McDaniel

I tend to explain my songs. -Nneka

I think it's an interesting thing to me, because we have this desire for everything to be explained to us. But if you go through your daily actions, very little ends up having a written-down explanation for why things happen, or why people do specific things. -Alice Sebold

One of the best predictors of ultimate success in either sales or non-sales selling isn't natural talent or even industry expertise, but how you explain your failures and rejections. -Daniel H. Pink

What interests me about clocks is that everything is hand-made, and yet to the person looking at the clock, something magical is happening that cannot be explained unless you are the clockmaker. -Brian Selznick

Aesthetics – rather than reason – shapes our thought processes. First comes aesthetics, then logic. 'Thinking in Numbers' is not about an attempt to impress the reader but to include the reader, draw the reader in, by explaining my experiences – the beauty I feel in a prime number, for example. -Daniel Tammet

I realized that I was African when I came to the United States. Whenever Africa came up in my college classes, everyone turned to me. It didn't matter whether the subject was Namibia or Egypt; I was expected to know, to explain. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Where story comes from, I don't know. I know that I become obsessed with something. An idea, an image, a person, the way a person talks. And then something starts happening that I can't explain, and it has a lot to do with language. -Dorothy Allison

Extreme heroism springs from something that no scientific theory can fully explain; it's an illogical impulse that flies in the face of biology, psychology, actuarial statistics, and basic common sense. -Christopher McDougall

It's impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird, 'How do you fly?' You just do. -Eric Jerome Dickey

I had the honor to meet Nelson Mandela, and I heard him explain his forgiveness of his captors of 27 years by saying hatred and bitterness is destructive – the power is in love and forgiveness. -Dick Gephardt

I think most Hollywood meetings are silly and I truly despise pitching. It's insane to expect someone to come in and tell you the story before they've written it, and buying an idea from someone who can explain it rather than write it is like choosing a mechanic based on his ability to draw a picture of your car's problem. -Jess Walter

Ecology should be object lessons that the world sees, that explains in a visceral, physical way, the attributes of God. -Joel Salatin

To the extent that we even understand string theory, it may imply a massive number of possible different universes with different laws of physics in each universe, and there may be no way of distinguishing between them or saying why the laws of physics are the way they are. And if I can predict anything, then I haven't explained anything. -Lawrence M. Krauss

One of the biggest problems for beginning writers is this need to over-explain. -Scarlett Thomas

One of the least arduous but most productive of gardening jobs, the magic of deadheading never fails to delight me. It was a revelation when the principle was explained to me: that flowers are the attempt by the plant to reproduce itself. So if you cut the heads off before the flower turns into seeds, the plant will continue to flower. -Tom Hodgkinson

Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don't. Not yet, but according to the actuarial tables, I may have another fortysomething years to live, more or less, so it could happen. Though I'm not holding my breath. -Rebecca Solnit

When an employee asks why the company does things a certain way, and you can explain the logical reason, then the employee knows what she's doing is valid. -Harvey Mackay

I shy away from plot structure that depends on the characters behaving in ways that are going to eventually be explained by their childhood, or by some recent trauma or event. People are incredibly complicated. Who knows why they are the way they are? -Rachel Kushner

The hardest thing to write was explaining what anxiety feels like. Every time I'd try to really write about what it feels like to have an anxiety attack, I would actually have an anxiety attack. It was good material but so incredibly uncomfortable. -Jenny Lawson

We put more emphasis on who can drive a car than on who can be a parent. And I think there ought to be mandatory parenting classes starting in high school, and you should have to have a license to be able to be a parent to explain that you don't give alcohol to kids. -Dale Archer

Of course China is an important new market for Tod's, and of course we need to succeed commercially. But I believe the way to do that is not to aim to deliver results in the short term by thoughtless expansion, but instead to explain to the Chinese people what our brand is really about. -Diego Della Valle

The Big Band Era is my era. People say, 'Where did you get your style from?' I did the Big Band Era on guitar. That's the best way I could explain it. -Chuck Berry

I believe the structure of 'House of Leaves' is far more difficult to explain than it is to read. And while I'd like to lay claim to some extraordinary act of originality, truth is I'm only taking advantage of capabilities inherent in everyone. -Mark Z. Danielewski

Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion. -Tariq Ramadan

When I started out in the eighties, the idea of creating serious comics for adults was pretty laughable to most folks, and for the longest time it was hard to even explain what alternative comics or graphic novels were. Nobody seemed to understand or care. Not so, any longer. -Seth

Many people cycle or swim to keep trim. But if swimming is so good for the figure, how do you explain whales? -Charles Saatchi

I can honestly say that the fans inspire. There's an unexplainable rush that comes when I'm in the middle of a set and the energy from the fans hit me. I also get really inspired through collaborations. I've learned so much from the emerging producers I've worked with just as they've learned from me. -Tiesto

A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us. -Lucy Larcom

All my money is in a savings account. My dad has explained the stock market to me maybe 75 times. I still don't understand it. -John Mulaney

I think with anything where you delve into the back story of an artist, it kind of explains their work more intimately. -Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Painters hate having to explain what their work is about. They always say, 'It's whatever you want it to be' – because I think that's their intention, to connect with each person's subconscious, and not to try and dictate. -Helen Mirren

I should probably confess that I get bored easily, which explains my reluctance to work with formula, tropes, whatever. -Kit Reed

I'm interested in the hope we invest in science, and the disappointment we can feel when science flattens, or 'explains,' the larger mysteries of religion. -Ben Marcus

Natural selection certainly operates. It explains how bacteria will gain antibiotic resistance; it will explain how insects get insecticide resistance, but it doesn't explain how you get bacteria or insects in the first place. -William A. Dembski

I think the end is endless. It's either a big black hole or a big white light or both together. But it's totally meaningless, because even if someone would explain it, I wouldn't understand it. -Yehuda Amichai

The utterly fallacious idea at the heart of the pro-war argument is that it is the duty of the anti-war argument to provide an alternative to war. The onus is on them to explain just cause. -Zadie Smith

Biographies are no longer written to explain or explore the greatness of the great. They redress balances, explore secret weaknesses, demolish legends. -A. S. Byatt

As a man who tried to explain in his own way that people have to learn to get along with each other. I did it with comedy because that's what I'm familiar with, and I think it's more acceptable to tell it in comedy form. But that's how I'd like to be remembered. -Sherwood Schwartz

One of the most exciting things about dark energy is that it seems to live at the very nexus of two of our most successful theories of physics: quantum mechanics, which explains the physics of the small, and Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, which explains the physics of the large, including gravity. -Adam Riess

Singing is just another outlet to express what I feel and to show everyone who I really am. I really don't talk about my personal life that much in interviews because that's my life, but with music, the way I write explains who I am. -Raven-Symone

It's hard to explain your emotions when you see a work of art. -Eli Broad

I believe all complicated phenomena can be explained by simpler scientific principles. -Linus Pauling

I don't know how to explain how, probably to my detriment, unselfpromoting I am. I used to have a cabaret act and I didn't even like to tell me people about that. I really hate selling myself. -Zooey Deschanel

The oldest theory of art belongs to the Greeks, who regarded art as an imitation (mimesis) of reality. The strength of that theory is that it explains the way in which art takes its materials from real life. -Leland Ryken

I would make a genuinely terrible guide. I can't remember things. I would get half way through telling a story or explaining something and I would get distracted. Oh, and I have absolutely no sense of direction at all. -Bill Bryson

I don't think I'll be remembered in a big Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin way. I think I'll be remembered in this way: by the people who were there, who can't capture or explain it. I'm not trying to brag or anything. It's not about me. It's about facilitating a good time for everyone. -Skrillex

I had a ton of energy, ran around like crazy – more than a handful for my dad. I was crazy. Dad barely handled it. I was never diagnosed ADHD or anything like that, but I'm pretty sure I had it when I was younger. It's the only thing that would explain me getting into trouble all the time. -Apolo Ohno

I can look into someone's eyes and feel like I know her better, versus a phone call, where you can't get that same type of emotion. That's why text messaging gets you in trouble: You can't bond, and emoticons explain only so much. -Apolo Ohno

From a dramatic viewpoint, there are few professions that grant their members entry into other lives, high among them cops, doctors, clergymen, journalists and prostitutes. Perhaps that explains why they figure in so much television and cinema. Their lives are lived in the midst of human drama. -Roger Ebert

Everyone I know is fervently proud to be Welsh but you try not to be preachy about it. It's difficult at times. But when I go home to north Wales, or to somewhere I've never been in south Wales, I still feel at home because I'm in Wales. It's hard to explain. -Gary Speed

The difference must be distinguished between worship and respect. Islam orders you to obey and respect, as long as you are not worshiping anything other than God… Islam is a religion of peace. You don't attack. You explain. -Hakeem Olajuwon

My name is Bruce Feiler, and I'm an explainaholic. I first heard this word used to describe Isaac Asimov, and I knew instantly that I suffered from the same condition. It's the incurable desire to tell, shape, share, occasionally exaggerate, often elongate, and inevitably bungle a good story. -Bruce Feiler

In articulating all my feelings about marriage equality, I almost don't know where to begin. And perhaps that's part of the problem. Why do we have to explain ourselves when it comes to issues of fairness and equality? Why is common sense not enough? -Scott Fujita

I can't explain chemistry. I really can't. I haven't got a clue what it's all about. It just happens. It's like falling in love. You can't explain why you fall in love or explain why it's this particular person. -Elaine Stritch

I always say, 'If you can't give a reason for the banana peel being in the alley, then don't have the comic slide over it.' Do you understand what I mean? First explain how the banana peel got there quickly. And then there's a reason for all the comedy. -Elaine Stritch

I don't have a great talent for explaining myself in acting because I can't explain it. -Elaine Stritch

Many of the architects of the Vietnam War became near pariahs as they spent the remainder of their lives in the futile quest to explain away their decisions at the time. -Graydon Carter

There's an element to songwriting that I can't explain, that comes from somewhere else. I can't explain that dividing line between nothing and something that happens within a song, where you have absolutely nothing, and then suddenly you have something. It's like the origin of the universe. -Nick Cave

Feminism remains something that needs to be explained to people. -Rachel Cusk

The freedom enjoyed in Western society under the rule of law and constitutional government explains both the quality of its civilization and its wealth. -Paul Johnson

I don't want to give advice to people about their religious beliefs, but I do think that it's not smart to bet against the power of science to figure out the natural world. It used to be, a thousand years ago, that if you wanted to explain why the moon moved through the sky, you needed to invoke God. -Sean M. Carroll

Einstein's theory of relativity does a fantastic job for explaining big things. Quantum mechanics is fantastic for the other end of the spectrum – for small things. -Brian Greene

When I try to explain to people the big influences in my life, or at least when I first started, the most important ones were my friends who were also writing songs and were typically four or five years older than me. -Conor Oberst

Science has authority, not because of white coats, or titles, but because of precision and transparency: you explain your theory, set out your evidence, and reference the studies that support your case. -Ben Goldacre

To me, constructive criticism is when people take ownership of their ideas. That's why I don't listen to anything that's anonymous. But it's hard; when there's something hurtful out there, I still want to read it over and over and memorize it and explain my point of view to the person. -Brene Brown

I'm used to explaining to people why my jokes were funny. -Gilbert Gottfried

A building is no good if someone's got to explain to you why it's good. You can't say you don't know enough about architecture – that's ridiculous. It's got to work on many levels. -David Chipperfield

Mies van der Rohe's architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for. -Charles Jencks

Kind words produce happiness. How often have we ourselves been made happy by kind words, in a manner and to an extent which we are unable to explain! -Frederick William Faber

I say I am a Planetwalker. Then I have to explain that a Planetwalker is anyone who walks the planet as a lifestyle choice, as part of an education in the spirit and hope of using the journey to benefit the world. -John Francis

We need scientists and mathematicians explaining why they are excited about their subjects but also why they are important for solving social problems, informing political debate and for the economy. -Marcus du Sautoy

The wonderful thing about maths is it's a totally logical subject, and a pathway has been marked out. I think a lot of these things can be crystallised in something quite essential, that people can get. If I can't explain it, I realise that's probably because I don't completely understand it myself. -Marcus du Sautoy

All players have 'ordinary' periods in their career and it's hard to explain why. So at these times, its all about self belief, hard work and hopefully you get the break and your form returns. -Ryan Giggs

You really can't explain how you do the things you do. I can't, anyway. I love certain actors, but sometimes they say the stupidest things about technique. I don't want to say something stupid. -Kirsten Dunst

The wrongful arrest of tens of thousands of British Muslims after the September 11 attacks can be explained by the very poor intelligence the police had, and, just possibly, excused by the fact that a terrorist action in Britain linked to British Muslims would have been hugely damaging. -Geoff Mulgan

The rates of soda consumption in our poorest communities cannot be explained by individual consumer preferences alone, but rather are linked to broader issues of access and affordability of healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods, and to the marketing efforts of soda companies themselves. -Geoffrey Canada

The first time someone tried to share the Gospel with me, I naively explained that I was Jewish and born in Israel, thank you… This was a big mistake. In certain parts of Christian America, admitting I was an Israeli-born Jew turned me into walking catnip. -Hanna Rosin

I am a firm believer that if you can explain it to a kid, you're on the right track. -Homaro Cantu

Along with racial equality and the late bloom of women's rights, future generations will have to explain how, in the past, gays were misunderstood and publicly humiliated for loving each other, and, eventually, how they stood together and conquered stupidity and hypocritical hatred, and fought their way out of marginalization. -iO Tillett Wright

Everyone has a side to them that's kind of unexplained and feels misunderstood. -Kirk Hammett

I have always enjoyed explaining physics. In fact it's more than just enjoyment: I need to explain physics. -Leonard Susskind

I'm a great believer that scientists should spend as much time as possible explaining, and you do explain in the process of teaching. -Leonard Susskind

Whatever your religious persuasion, if you believe that that the universe is governed by benign forces, at some point you have to explain why there is so much suffering, misfortune and misery in the world. -Julian Baggini

People find it very, very difficult to believe what I've done. Scientists have seen my work and they can't explain it. Even nano-scientists have seen it and been totally shocked. But if any man on Earth wants to challenge me, I'm ready. Bring it on. -Willard Wigan

Quantum physics forms the foundation of chemistry, explaining how molecules are held together. It describes how real solids and materials behave and how electricity is conducted through them… It enabled the development of transistors, integrated circuits, lasers, LEDs, digital cameras and all the modern gadgetry that surrounds us. -Neil Turok

Just because we say networks are important doesn't mean that networks explain everything. We're just adding additional information. Networks don't work like a match – they work like a magnifying glass. -Nicholas A. Christakis

I would support peaceful co-existence between religion and science because they concern different domains. Anyone who takes theology seriously knows that it's not a matter of using it to explain things that scientists are mystified by. -Martin Rees

Free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. If so, then let him explain to us why we don't strike Sweden, for example. -Osama bin Laden

It is our responsibility to explain to the public how an often unpredictable system of justice is one that serves a productive, civilized, but always evolving, society. -Sonia Sotomayor

I don't spend a lot of time thinking about scary demons, but I think that there are things in this world that are unexplainable that are mystical or paranormal. The possibility is there, definitely. -Katie Featherston

It's impossible to explain to people who you are in a five-minute interview on TV. -Ludivine Sagnier

I'm fascinated by anything that deals with the unexplained. I love any show that totally makes me want to know more. How did they build these pyramids? Why did they find these carvings that look like spaceships? -Elena Satine

I really found this campaign odious. I couldn't get up for it. The quality of the candidates and the campaign, I just found the whole thing second-rate. I didn't know how to explain to my granddaughter that I was spending my dotage writing about Al Gore and George W. Bush. -Jack Germond

Suppose you like someone very much. Then, by a familiar halo effect, you will also be prone to believe many good things about that person – you will be biased in their favor. Most of us like ourselves very much, and that suffices to explain self-assessments that are biased in a particular direction. -Daniel Kahneman

I'm sure most parents read to their children to explain what certain things mean. So books are a good way to convey a message to anybody. Everybody reads. -Joyce Meyer

Academic experts may not be good at doing what they are experts in themselves, but they are good at explaining the subject matter to others. They write books, teach courses and offer lessons and give steps others can follow. -Simon Sinek

I try to explain to people that the only way to be cool is to be who you truly are, and the only way to live life is to do the things that you want to do and be the person that you want to be no matter who that is or what that is or how you have to do it. That's the only way you can be genuinely happy. -Tucker Max

When the AIDS epidemic broke, because I happened to be a science nerd and knew a lot about viruses and a lot about that virus at the time, I felt a moral obligation to go out and try to stem the fear and get out and explain to people what the disease was and how it worked. -Morgan Fairchild

I don't have a gardener, because I enjoy pulling weeds. It's hard to explain, but there is something fulfilling about pulling out a weed and knowing that you got all the roots. -Justin Hartley

I'm a wise Latina woman. Whatever, man. Thank God I'm not in politics, because the fact that you have to explain everything – I'd kill myself. I can't take all those little things they dissect. I'm like, 'Oh my God, get a life.' I don't have time for this. -Justina Machado

I think there are certain tenets set in place for all different types on genres. For thrillers, women usually die first. I can't say exactly why, and it's kind of a bummer… But I also can't explain why the wallflower girl in the romantic comedy always gets the guy in the end. That's just the way those movies go. -Katie Aselton

I've had a couple of odd experiences – unexplainable anxiety that came my way through a belief in something… I mean, it sounds cryptic, but… anything for me that turns myself against myself, I stay away from. -Lin Shaye

Even if I don't always behave as I should, this still doesn't explain why so many people have something against me. But you know how it is. A lot of people vent themselves by coming to the stadium to yell at me. I hope it's not racism. I tell myself that it's not racism; it's because I'm tough, and I repeat this to myself. -Mario Balotelli

Like everyone else, I have my quirks. For one, I have to own only black cars and the registration has to have eights. It's not something I can explain, it's just there. Another obsession I have is smell. I have to smell good all the time. -Arjun Rampal

Even though I always knew I had a good nose for fragrances, the process of creating my own, 'Alive,' turned out to be a great learning experience for me. And the name explains my reason behind it. Smelling good makes you feel alive. -Arjun Rampal

My earliest memories are of my father explaining to me the American Dream and how he expected me to do better than he did. -Joe Lhota

If there were camera phones back in the day, the biggest athletes in the world would have had a lot of explaining to do. -Kobe Bryant

I do have a strong sense of God. It's impossible to explain what I mean when I say that, of course. -Marianne Faithfull

I was told that I had very likely been clinically depressed for a long, long time, probably since I was 15, or even 14. It explained, to me at least, a lot of my behaviour over the years. -Marianne Faithfull

I'm tolerant of believers, but I'm agnostic. I'm curious to see how scientists will integrate the near-death experience into their research and if it will be explained. -Cecile de France

Sometimes people ask me, 'You do stand-up?' I try explaining what I do, and I don't think they really get it. So: 'Yeah, I do stand-up.' I wish there was one word to express what I do – that way, I don't sound arrogant. Whenever I say I'm a performer, people think I'm a performance artist: 'She paints herself white and pretends to be a flower.' -Charlyne Yi

I just want to be at peace with myself, personally and professionally. I want to lead my life the way I want to without having to worry about what the other person may be thinking. Professionally again, I would like to be able to just do films that I want to without having to explain my reasons to my friends, family and fans. -Rani Mukerji

I grew up on certain movies, particular movies that said something to me as a kid from Missouri, movies that showed me places I'd yet traveled, or different cultures, or explained something, or said something in a better way than I could ever say. I wanted to find the movies like that. -Brad Pitt

The things I talk about and explain couldn't happen – yet, they don't seem impossible – you could say I talk about the world in an abstract perspective. But then, the world is basically insane – and it's trying to pass itself off as being a sane place. I show it for what it is. -Steven Wright

I don't feel that I'm explaining the world or teaching people anything. And I'm not trying to be a mirror, showing them what's really going on the world. All I'm trying to do is think of stuff that's funny, just like when I'm kidding around with my friends. -Steven Wright

Me is a common sense man. That mean when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that mean if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know. -Bob Marley

There's plenty about God that I don't understand and can't explain. But I come back to my core belief that God is good, that He's for us. -Joel Osteen

When I'm writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call 'supernaturalism.' As a writer, I find I need that to explain the world I'm writing about. -Salman Rushdie

There are two schools of thought: There are those actors who explain to you that they know exactly how they're going to do the part… And then there is the other method, which is to have no method at all. This is mine. -Simone Signoret

Debates go on to this day about what caused the Great Depression. Economics is not very good at explaining swings in economic activity. -Eugene Fama

I am compelled to continuously see the bright side. It is in my DNA. My kids look at me and say: 'Mom, you're so happy!' And I do feel happy. I feel joyful inside. I can't explain it. -Goldie Hawn

Fashion can be this mysterious thing that you can't explain. -Diane von Furstenberg

Much of what we now consider 'personality' will be explained away as structural and chemical functions of the brain. -Douglas Coupland

You don't want another Enron? Here's your law: If a company, can't explain, in one sentence, what it does… it's illegal. -Lewis Black

I am angry that the Democrats don't have the ability to explain to Republicans that we should be able to feed people in this country, and that is not socialism. -Lewis Black

I lose myself in music because I can't be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me. -Robert Smith

Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels. -Umberto Eco

When people don't understand my work, I don't feel like explaining. -Yoko Ono

I make a playlist for every character I portray. Music plays a huge part in helping me understand a character. Every time I get a new role, I will take a chunk of time to just sit and listen to a bunch of songs and select the ones that make sense in my mind for that character. I can't even explain how much it helps me. -Richard Harmon

It's very juicy to twirl your mustache and figure out why people do the horrible things that they do. It's not just because they are evil, but because that's how they somehow explain the world to themselves and justify themselves. It's always interesting figuring out how that happens. -Zeljko Ivanek

All of world's eyes are trained on the Games. So winning at that stage is heroic. It is a different feeling altogether and cannot be explained in words. -Gagan Narang

As Christians we need to be patient, understanding, and kind. Instead of going on the attack, we can ask genuine questions. Instead of bristling when our narrative is summarily dismissed, we can carefully explain our way of seeing things. And when we are wrong, we won't be afraid to say so. -Kevin DeYoung

I've seen straight, partnered women explain their decision to stay at home by noting that childcare would have taken too much out of their paycheck – as if this cost was just theirs to bear! -Jessica Valenti

The original sense of the word 'influence' is 'to flow into.' For the most part, these writers that I admire… their style flows into me without my intervention, which is what explains the broad range of writers who I've been compared with; it reflects my reading. -Teju Cole

If I was in office, I'd get together all the chiefs and all the heads and chiefs of staffs of all the countries and explain to them like, 'This is how it's going to be. We need y'all oil and water. Y'all need our money and technology. Now, what y'all gon' do?' -Trick Daddy

Kids would never care about going to school unless your mama and daddy instilled into your head and explained to you that you need this thing to live. -Trick Daddy

Women always think that I'm Chandler, so if I don't joke around for half an hour, they think that something's wrong. Then I explain that I don't have comedy writers scripting everything I'm saying at this particular dinner. -Matthew Perry

If I write something set 60 years in the future, I am going to have to explain how humanity got there, and that's becoming quite a big job. -William Gibson

Growing up in New York, I was sort of shocked when I realized that my children are Californians. They are 14 years old, and I explain to them frequently that they will never realize the glory of a snow day. You wake up and the world says, 'Oops, it's too much fun to go to school, you've got to stay home and deal with the snow!' -Adam Savage

Political ignorance helps explain Americans' perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events. -George Will

If Christianity is a mere invention of man, and the Bible is not from God, how can infidels explain Jesus Christ? His existence in history they cannot deny. How is it that without force or bribery, without arms or money, He has made such an immensely deep mark on the world as He certainly has? -J. C. Ryle

God's purpose in creation was to let us prove ourselves. The plan was explained to us in the spirit world before we were born. We were valiant enough there to qualify for the opportunity to choose against temptation here to prepare for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God. -Henry B. Eyring

One of the greatest experiences I ever had was listening to a conversation with Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. Just to hear them talking, my mouth was open. They understand each other perfectly, and they make these leaps and jumps because they don't have to explain anything. -Herbie Hancock

There are those who think that the private lives of candidates are none of our business. But when those candidates ask us for our attention as they explain their plans for how they will represent us, no one should be surprised at our interest in how they represent themselves. -Marlo Thomas

I consider myself a law-abiding person. But I'm exhausted. I don't know where to put the bottles, newspapers, cans, and other stuff for garbage pickup outside my house. The rules are so thick you need someone from M.I.T. to explain them. -Bill O'Reilly

Clearly, unless the Lord chooses to explain Himself to us, which often He does not, His motivation and purposes are beyond the reach of mortal man. What this means in practical terms is that many of our questions – especially those that begin with the word 'why' – will have to remain unanswered for the time being. -James Dobson

If I use the word 'khichdi' in my novel, I don't have to get into the trouble of explaining that it is a dish of rice and lentils. My Indian readers know it. -Ashwin Sanghi

I find humor to be the most attractive characteristic, but I certainly won't cancel anything out, considering when you love someone you love someone, and sometimes you just can't explain it. -Zoey Deutch

If liberalism discredited itself, Obama woulda never gotten elected, and the New Deal woulda gone by the wayside, and LBJ woulda never gotten the Great Society. Liberalism does not discredit itself. It has to be explained and beaten back. -Rush Limbaugh

I think I'm becoming a psychologist in explaining the Republican Party. It's the only way you can explain 'em. It's psychological. -Rush Limbaugh

In order to displace a prevailing theory or paradigm in science, it is not enough to merely point out what it cannot explain; you have to offer a new theory that explains more data, and do so in a testable way. -Michael Shermer

In government institutions and in teaching, you need to inspire confidence. To achieve credibility, you have to very clearly explain what you are doing and why. The same principles apply to businesses. -Janet Yellen

I keep trying to explain to people that the archetype of intelligence is not Dustin Hoffman in 'The Rain Man;' it is a human being, period. It is squishy things that explode in a vacuum, leaving footprints on their moon. -Eliezer Yudkowsky

However much I might try to expound or explain Love, when I come to Love itself, I am ashamed of my explanations… Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers. -Rumi

My record was so bad that I was first rejected by the Peace Corps as a poor risk and possible troublemaker and was accepted as a volunteer only after a great deal of explaining and arguing. -Paul Theroux

I feel genius in great works of art. I have seen medical cures that science can't explain, some seemingly triggered by faith. The same is true of millions of other people. -Deepak Chopra

I'm confident in who I am. I've come to a place in my life where I've accepted things that are me, as opposed to feeling pressure to explain myself to people around me. That's just the way I've always tried to be. It didn't change when I became a star. -Lady Gaga

Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained. -Ferdinand Porsche

I think Darwinism as a theory explaining evolution within species is incredibly brilliant – just unbelievably, incredibly brilliant. -Ben Stein

Darwinism doesn't explain where gravity comes from. It doesn't explain where thermodynamics comes from. It doesn't explain where the laws of physics come from. It doesn't explain where matter came from. -Ben Stein

My first gig ever was writing looplines for a movie that had already been made. You know, writing lines over somebody's back to explain something, to help make a connection, to add a joke, or to just add babble because the people are in frame and should be saying something. -Joss Whedon

Apologetic explanations do not develop unless there is a reality that has to be explained and defended. Jesus was undeniably a figure of history. -John Shelby Spong

A theory not only explains the world we see, it lets us imagine other worlds, and, even more significantly, lets us act to create those worlds. Developing everyday theories, like scientific theories, has allowed human beings to change the world. -Alison Gopnik

Many philosophers say it's impossible to explain our conscious experience in scientific, biological terms at all. But that's not exactly true. Scientists have explained why we have certain experiences and not others. It's just that they haven't explained the special features of consciousness that philosophers care about. -Alison Gopnik

The problem with holistic management is it's so profoundly simple, but it's not easy. And it's profoundly simple. You're almost insulting people's intelligence to explain it twice, just about making better decisions of where you want to go in your life, bringing in environmental, social, economic issues simultaneously. -Allan Savory

If I saw my friend's boyfriend flirting with someone else, I would definitely talk to him about what I saw. I would want to give him a chance to explain. However, depending on how major the flirting was, I would probably mention it to my friend – just to let her know what's going on. -Laura Marano

The past explains how I got here, but the future is up to me – and I love to live life at full throttle. -Janice Dickinson

The avocado is native to the Mexican state of Puebla, which helps explain why it's so popular in Mexican cooking. -Marcus Samuelsson

Taking dishes straight off the restaurant's menu and putting them into a cookbook doesn't work, because as a chef you have your own vision of what your food is, but you can't always explain it. Or you can't pick recipes that best illustrate who and where you are and what you're doing. And if the recipes don't work, you don't have a book. -Marcus Samuelsson

People, when they buy a hat, they can't explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It's like chocolate. -Philip Treacy

I remember watching 'Colombo' a lot with my dad. That was one of the first detective shows I remember watching. And I remember my dad turning to me – my dad loves to turn to me and explain why things are funny. He used to do that with 'Seinfeld' all the time. He did it with 'Colombo', too, set the scene. -Stephanie Beatriz

I didn't fall into the category of the 'classic Bond girl.' I had short hair – and no Bond girl before me ever had. They put me in a wig at the beginning of the film, and then had my character cut her hair to pretend to be someone else. That was to explain why my hair was short. -Carey Lowell

I think fiction, for me, is a way of trying to understand why people do the things they do – and trying to explain what is, at heart, illogical. -Tess Gerritsen

I don't think about a theory of everything when I do my research. And even if we knew the ultimate underlying theory, how are you going to explain the fact that we're sitting here? Solving string theory won't tell us how humanity was born. -Lisa Randall

Religion can have psychological and social roles, but in terms of really explaining how things work, science works differently. Science is based on material elements at the core. -Lisa Randall

I just think that with music, it's kind of like life, and so the people you work with, you generally develop a relationship. You don't have to try to explain things. You just know. It's like you're in the band together and striving for the same goal. -Ariel Rechtshaid

Even as a 10-year-old, I remember trying to explain to my mother and stepfather how upset and frustrated a messy room made me. But they just couldn't grasp it. They wanted me to be playing with baseballs and frogs while I wanted to be scouring garage sales. -Nate Berkus

I'm in my father's car at age 9 or 10 crying to Leonard Cohen's 'Famous Blue Raincoat,' thinking that you could write nearly a love letter to a man who betrayed you by having an affair with your wife. I was thinking how wonderful and pure music can be for explaining situations. -Lou Doillon

I have two cousins with juvenile diabetes. They both contracted the disease before the age of 5, and it was so heartbreaking watching them go through daily blood tests and injections. It is such a difficult disease to live with and requires constant attention; a tough thing to explain to a child. -Amy Robach

For a long time, I was portrayed as the Osama bin Laden of the Internet, and I really wanted to be able to tell my side of the story. I wanted to be able to explain exactly what I did and what I didn't do to people who thought they knew me. -Kevin Mitnick

I have to trust something that gives me power; I have to believe in something, but in my career I have a lot of moments I cannot explain with God. -Pele

I don't believe that people die and come back as spirits, but I think there might be some unexplained events. -Nick Robinson

I can tell you from personal experience it gets a little tiring having to make the rounds on cable shows to explain 'what's up with black folks.' -John Ridley

If someone explains me the definition of love, I will give my life to the person. Love is a thing which is difficult to understand. Love is always evolving. -Randeep Hooda

It's not a film-maker's job to explain his technique, but to tell his story the best way he can. -Mike Nichols

If people are being upstanding citizens of the Republic, then you have to widen the net to incarcerate them. This explains why America's prisons are full of nonviolent offenders – a perfect example of American exceptionalism. -Henry Rollins

The job of the president of the United States is to talk to the public, is to explain to them. Now, some presidents talk too much, like Bill Clinton. Some presidents try to talk but don't know how, like George Bush senior. -P. J. O'Rourke

Everybody in the Middle East wants to explain why they're right. -P. J. O'Rourke

Love can never be fully explained. -P. J. O'Rourke

When I want to explain why empowering girls and women is critical to fighting poverty, I often tell a person's story. It's easier to relate to a personal story than to global data telling us that the majority of the billion people who live on less than $2 per day are women and girls. We are often told to never treat a person like a statistic. -Helene D. Gayle

I can't consciously explain how people feel after reading my books. All is too personal. -Paulo Coelho

The ethnic differences among Filipinos are very real. The paucity of arable land, for instance, explains the industry of the Ilokanos and the Cebuanos. -F. Sionil Jose

Idling is important. Most people don't know how. They're afraid of it. This explains why they turn on the television set or pick up the newspaper. They think they have to be doing something. -Mortimer Adler

This power, this authority, Soviet power: they killed everybody who could make any resistance, who could explain his own way of thinking and who could follow his own way of thinking, of believing. -Vladimir Bukovsky

All of us suffer some injuries from experiences that seem to have no rhyme or reason. We cannot understand or explain them. We may never know why some things happen in this life. The reason for some of our suffering is known only to the Lord. -James E. Faust

Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country. -Nelson Mandela

That's the thing: once it's in their hands, it's not my book anymore, it's theirs. I have no idea what happens when they start to digest it. So when someone writes me to explain how they read it, what it was like, what they enjoyed, there's a thrill. Writers who don't make their email addresses public are missing out on something wonderful. -Rosecrans Baldwin

The problem is that Americans use the state as a moral compass. For libertarians, it is often frustrating to explain that advocating the decriminalization of x is not synonymous with endorsing x. -David Harsanyi

My mode of presentation is short-form video – basically I create fast cut, impassioned 'idea explainers' that explode with enthusiasm and intensity as they distill how technology is expanding our sphere of possibility. -Jason Silva

Our public schools arbitrarily define science as explaining the world by natural processes alone. In essence, a religion of naturalism is being imposed on millions of students. They need to be taught the real nature of science, including its limitations. -Ken Ham

I don't have a regular happy family like most people. My parents are separated; my dad married someone else and so did my mom. All my siblings are from my parents' other marriages. So yes, it is complicated, and I don't like talking about it or explaining this to everybody. But all this doesn't stop us from being close to each other. -Shahid Kapoor

Since I stayed in a colony where either one was an engineer or a scientist, everybody thought I would be a scientist. This was the expectation everybody had apart from my parents. Honestly, I, too, wanted to be a scientist. I think it was the way Dad would explain us scientific theories and concepts that made the subject more intriguing. -Shreya Ghoshal

If one of my colleagues wants to block a bill, they should stand up in front of the American people and explain why. -Kirsten Gillibrand

I found myself drawn to the remote Kimberley region of Australia – in the far Northwest corner of the country – our last frontier. I still can't explain why. I kept coming back over many years and started shooting material. -Brendan Fletcher

From a systematic standpoint, I think that capitalism is the best system. I can spend a lot of time explaining why I like communism, but it is actually not a good solution. Nor is socialism. So, capitalism is the right model. -Ben Horowitz

I want to get violence – I want schools to start from K through 12 to just every day have teachers understand that they don't want to talk about anything that is violent, and they want to explain to the children how bad violence is and how behavior – violent behavior, is something that they really should not practice and think about. -Bill Cosby

We should not live by Darwinian principles. But Darwin explains how we got here. -Richard Dawkins

A good theory explains a lot but postulates little. -Richard Dawkins

Selfish genes actually explain altruistic individuals, and to me that's crystal-clear. -Richard Dawkins

I explain the law of compensation like this: 'Returns are minimal in spite of massive effort at the start, yet returns can be massive with minimal effort over time. -Robert Kiyosaki

It was Einstein's dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein's day hadn't made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal. -Stephen Hawking

I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. -Stephen Hawking

Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can't be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution. -Stephen Hawking

Often confused with shyness, introversion does not imply social reticence or discomfort. Rather than being averse to social engagement, introverts become overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave a party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on. -Laurie Helgoe

The gift of a writer as good as Dickens is not to explain everything; that way, the reader has, in terms of their imagination, somewhere to go. -Ronald Frame

It is hard to explain the huge variety of diatoms – a microorganism that has 100,000 species – in terms of natural selection. -John Tyler Bonner

Those who deny human-caused climate change offer no compelling evidence to better explain the undeniable rise in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and global temperature. -Alan Lowenthal

The bells cease, and the power goes from me, and I descend again to the world of the living; and if in some foolish confiding moment I try to explain why I want to re-live those old days, to tear the Truth out of the past so that all men shall see plainly, perhaps someone will say to me, 'Oh, the War! A tragedy – best forgotten.' -Henry Williamson

I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language. -J. R. R. Tolkien

A man and a woman may become quite intimate in a quarter of an hour. Almost certainly will they endeavour to explain themselves to each other before many minutes have elapsed; but a man and a man will not do this, and even less so will a woman and a woman, for these are parallel lines which will never meet. -James Stephens

I'm not good at explaining why I walked across Afghanistan. -Rory Stewart

The reason why China forecasting has such a poor track record is that Westerners constantly invoke the model and experience of the West to explain China, and it is a false prophet. Until we start trying to understand China on its own terms, rather than as a Western-style nation in the making, we will continue to get it wrong. -Martin Jacques

Dickinson is my hero because she was a joker, because she would never explain, because as a poet she confronted pain, dread and death, and because she was capable of speaking of those matters with both levity and seriousness. She's my hero because she was a metaphysical adventurer. -Helen Oyeyemi

I am a Congregationalist with Catholic sensibilities. Which probably explains how I ended up in a Episcopal church. -Stanley Hauerwas

Psychologists and economists love to talk about the notion of two selves: present self and future self. It's a nice way to explain the tendency to have one preference about the future, but a very different preference when the future becomes the present. -Daniel Goldstein

What I like to do when I get to a new place is buy local music early on and listen to it while we're driving around. I think it helps explain and illuminate the culture of where you are if local music is playing. -Chris Hadfield

We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are. -Maya Angelou

There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know. -Maya Angelou

I just don't feel like I have to explain myself. -Dolly Parton

I do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. If we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something? -Noam Chomsky

I imagine explaining a work of art to my grandmother in five minutes, and if I can't explain it in five minutes, then it's too obtuse or esoteric. -Shea Hembrey

I explain to athletes, you're supposed to be a well-oiled machine. You're supposed to be in better shape than the people watching you. You're supposed to be an unbelievable specimen of a human being. You have to treat your body different while you're performing. -John Salley

'Star Wars' is a grand soap opera, and 'Star Trek' is about technology, they tried to explain the reality of it, as far-fetched as it might be. And that's why I've always liked the science behind the fiction. -Robert Kazinsky

Every time someone tried to explain to me there are limits to what one man can do, I pointed to the boundless sky and said, 'There is the limit'. -Jaiprakash Gaur

Women exist in my imagination. So they are necessarily a type of abstraction. Many women criticise me for this vision, but I explain to them it's to be expected, because I am a man. -Bruno Dumont

I feel like guitar explains a lot. You can just listen to a guitar without any lyrics over it; you can just feel what kind of track it is. If it's pain… you can feel it. It sets the mood. -Future

That's the thing: You don't understand burnout unless you've been burned out. And it's something you can't even explain. It's just doing something you have absolutely no passion for. -Elena Delle Donne

Periods of nostalgia are impossible to predict or explain. -Russell Smith

I've just always liked watching people dance. I can't explain it. It used to just make me laugh. -Harmony Korine

Let me explain something: I'm not incredibly rich. -Nikki Sixx

How is justice served if the victim and the accused are working together to make it all go away? Somebody please explain that to me. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I have an unexplainable belief that I will never cause harm or be harmed while at sea. Because of this, I feel secure at sea: I feel secure in the ice, I feel secure in the storms, and I feel secure in confrontations. -Paul Watson

It's worth knowing more about the complicated environmental and genetic factors that could explain why traumatic brain injuries lead to long-term disabilities in some people and not in others. -Anne Wojcicki

My mother often mailed me articles from 'Reader's Digest' about advances in DNA chemistry. No matter how I tried to explain it to her, she never grasped the concept that I could have been writing those articles, that something I had invented made most of those DNA discoveries possible. -Kary Mullis

My son Darrel could recite 'Straight Outta Compton' at two years old. He loved it! You can expose your kids to anything as long as you sit there and explain it to them. -Ice Cube

It's entertaining to watch somebody break my music down or explain what he thinks I was thinking during the process of making these records. Because… he has no idea. -Dr. Dre

Every leader needs to clearly explain the top three things the organization is working on. If you can't, then you're not leading well. -Jeffrey R. Immelt

I went through a period when I felt my film characters were having more fun than I was. It might partly explain why I ended up tattooed or doing certain extreme things in my life. -Angelina Jolie

I was raised a Calvinist. You might think you know what that means, but let me explain it the way my mother preached it to my three sisters and me back when we were at home: 'I buy my girls Calvin Klein clothes, so that's all they know. Then, when they graduate from college, they have to figure out how to pay for them themselves.' -Karen Finerman

'Activate Your Goodness' explains how we all have a stake in our collective future, each and every person in their own unique way. As I see it, it is all about personally taking responsibility for our actions, and fully realizing that by thinking good, speaking good and doing good, you can find your place in life. -Shari Arison

The Ahmadinejads of the world, the bin Ladens of the world, will not change their ways, regardless of how hard we try to explain to them that peace begins with them. -Shari Arison

There's a real contradiction that's difficult to explain to the West and the outside world about China and about the Internet. -Rebecca MacKinnon

I was a very, I think, lonely kid, very introspective. I felt very much at odds with my environment and my culture… Probably a genetic flaw. I can't really explain it. -Maxine Kumin

It took me a few years to explain to my colleagues and my mentors and the people that I looked up to and I wrestled that I'm not in wrestling anymore. I'm in sports entertainment. Pro' wrestling doesn't mean that we're saying we're a step up above amateur wrestling, because there's nothing above Olympic wrestling. -Kurt Angle

I don't think that faith, whatever you're being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don't want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There's so much mystery. There's so much awe. -Jane Goodall

Most people who call themselves conservatives can't explain the American value system. -Dennis Prager

The evidence in this universe for design – or, if you will, the fine-tuning that cannot be explained by chance or by 'enough time' – is so compelling that the only way around it is to suggest that our universe is only one of an infinite number of universes. -Dennis Prager

I think it's important to understand the concrete ways things work and to respect that. But some things shouldn't be explained, and you have to respect that, too. -Astrid Berges-Frisbey

You have to talk about why things happened the way they did. You can't actually explain my political life except by a series of situations rather than by some carefully constructed, rigidly progressed ascendancy. -David Lange

Various people have explained why Henry Kissinger is a bad choice to run an investigation into what went wrong on Sept. 11. He's a liar. He's an apologist for corrupt regimes. -Timothy Noah

You can approach 'The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' in a variety or combination of ways: as a startlingly eccentric hobby; as a series of unresolved murder mysteries; as the manifestation of one woman's peculiar psychic life; as a lesson in forensics; as a metaphor for the fate of women; as a photographic study. -Robert Gottlieb

Old cookbooks connect you to your past and explain the history of the world. -Jose Andres

We could have done a better job explaining what was in the Affordable Care Act, but when you talk to people and you don't label it, people get really excited about what's in it. It is going to make a big difference for people. -Terri Sewell

I knew I wanted to get married and have a family, but it was important that my husband be a Jew; I didn't want to have to explain what Hanukkah is. -Mili Avital

Do people ever ask me to say 'Wow?' Never in interviews, but a few times on the street. I don't do it. I try to get away from them as quickly as possible and explain that I'm not a performing seal. -Hannah Murray

People believe that if you can shut your Tourette's off for a period of time, then you can always shut it off. I try to explain to people that if I spent my whole life trying to control my tics, that's all I would have time for. -Dash Mihok

The euphoria around economic booms often obscures the possibility for a bust, which explains why leaders typically miss the warning signs. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

When you're going off to prison for the rest of your life, a lot of people do feel the need to explain themselves to all the people they have known. -Bryan Burrough

Someone is going to have to explain to me at some time how raising taxes on job-creators is going to create more jobs. -Jim Jordan

A novel is a great act of passion and intellect, carpentry and largess. From the very beginning, I wrote to explain my own life to myself, and I invited readers who chose to make the journey with me to join me on the high wire. -Pat Conroy

In 1995 I decided to stop eating meat. I could never really quite explain why; I think it was something to do with watching a documentary where they cooked a cat and partly because I had a really crap job working for Wolves Poly and felt my life was slipping away. It definitely wasn't anything to do with any 'vegetarian month'. -Rob Manuel

Even though I knew my way around Facebook, Twitter terrified me. RT? OH? Hootsuite? Huh? My Twitter-savvy friends attempted to explain what a hashtag was, but, still mystified, I signed up for an online Twitter 101 class. Yes. I'm geeky like that. -Sarah Mlynowski

Sometimes I, as a public official, turn to Scripture or hymns – especially hymns, because sometimes we Catholics don't have the Scriptures memorized like we should – to help me explain a public policy position or an idea or to be able to articulate it better when you're talking about justice or mercy or compassion. -Bob Casey, Jr.

It's tricky to ask a filmmaker to explain his own work; usually we're the least qualified to make sense of what we've done, unfortunately, because of the tunnel vision required to create anything over four years. -Stephen Gaghan

I was well-dressed and good at firing people because I really did care. I cared about giving them the opportunity to talk through the situation and was always sincere. I would explain that 'This was a bad match,' and they were probably meant to do other things if they weren't giving their all to this, which paid $10 a hour. -Al Madrigal

If you've never been on anything before, they're not going to take a risk and give you a huge job 90 percent of the time. There are exceptions to that. I certainly wasn't an exception to that. I had to pay my dues big time, but I wish somebody would have explained, 'Look, your job is not to get work. Your job is to get better.' -Christine Woods

Using cold facts and figures, leaders throughout the West must become more transparent with their citizens in explaining their decisions and their choices in global markets. -Victor Ponta

I believe that there will be many things that happen to me in my life that I will not be able to explain. Some of those might be magic. I'm not sure. -Chris Van Allsburg

The 1950s felt so safe and smug, the '60s so raw and raucous, the revolutions stacked one on top of another, in race relations, gender roles, generational conflict, the clash of church and state – so many values and vanities tossed on the bonfire, and no one had a concordance to explain why it was all happening at once. -Nancy Gibbs

It is actually the neuroscientists and evolutionists who do the best job of explaining the reasons behind the most unreasonable behavior. -Nancy Gibbs

Some of the tactics that are used by Foxconn and other companies throughout China is, if you are late, if you violate one of the small rules, some of the punishment is that you have to copy down quotations from the chairman of Foxconn: you have to write out confessions explaining why you were late and promising never to do it again. -Charles Duhigg

When the vast baby-boom generation exploded into adolescence in the 1960s, marketers exulted. Advertising consultants, always eager to coin a phrase, began happily explaining to corporations the difference between 'teenyboppers' and 'counterculture consumers.' -Charles Duhigg

Luke James has this mystique about him that's not something you can explain; you can only experience it. He's got a whole D'Angelo feel to him as well. -Estelle

I told my parents I wanted to be an actress years before I wrapped my head around what my dad did for a living. It's not easy to explain the job of the television journalist, especially when a lot of my friends' dads had jobs that were a lot easier to explain, like a lawyer, a banker or a doctor. -Allison Williams

I can't explain exactly why it lives within me for so long and passionately. But race matters to me; racial equality matters to me, as does gender. There is something about these kinds of social injustices that go to the deep of me. -Sue Monk Kidd

You can't explain the feeling of singing hit songs to an audience – it's like being a genuine sports star at the peak of their powers. -Rick Astley

I think it's more interesting to throw people into a story and let them catch up instead of explaining and feeling like you have to slow down for them. I think audiences, for the most part, they don't want to be ahead of you. -Grant Heslov

To be a pleasant person, you would at least need to see the point of being a pleasant person, or have it explained to you at some sort of 'finishing school' where you could actually learn the laws of propriety and the skills of appearing well-adapted, easygoing and attractively trouble free. But where do you learn these things? I don't know. -Michael Leunig

I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, 'Napoleon's will to power,' and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn't think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him. -August Wilson

I wanted to make a film about my dad, a sort of love letter, and explain what I understood of his cinema, which was so utopian. I also wanted to give the sense of his cinema, because they have never been very big box-office, but they were very influential. -Isabella Rossellini

A great book seeks to explain causality, not correlation. It works to point out the circumstances in which it works, and where it doesn't. And in so doing, it is broadly applicable. -Clayton M. Christensen

I make a wonderful cure-all called Four Thieves, just like my mum did. It's cider vinegar, 36 cloves of garlic and four herbs, representing four looters of plague victims' homes in 1665 who had their sentences reduced from burning at the stake to hanging for explaining the recipe that kept them from catching the plague. -Paul O'Grady

When I was twelve or thirteen, if you liked something that was outside of your friend group genre, you had to rationalize and explain it in some way. It's totally irrelevant, I think, now. I don't think anybody cares. Not young people, at least. Maybe journalists. -Autre Ne Veut

The biggest fragility in a project is often just the inability to be able to explain to people why you are doing it, and when you're going to do it, and what's going to happen. -Sebastian Coe

The most common criticism I've seen is that I write 'popcorn fantasy:' lightweight action-adventure. Some people call it that as they explain why they love it for exactly that reason. I'm cool with that, either way. I just nod and let it go. -R. A. Salvatore

Evolution explains our biological evolution, but human beings are very unique creatures. As the Dobzhansky said, all animals are unique; humans are the uniquest. And that uniqueness of being human, language, art, culture, our dependency on culture for survival, comes from the combination of traditional biological evolution. -Donald Johanson

Who knew we had all this O.C.D. in the world? Well actually, I suppose it's pretty obvious. It explains Sudoku, doesn't it? -Bruce Vilanch

When a woman falls in love with me, I feel guilty. I am convinced that it's pure obstinacy that keeps me from reciprocating her passion. As I explain to her that I'm gay, it sounds, even to me, like a silly excuse; I scarcely believe it myself. -Edmund White

I've got German, Cornish and Scottish ancestry. It might help explain my affinity for forests, the sea, and fatty foods. -Kyle MacLachlan

I explained to the president that I've been pleased with my conversations with the Attorney General and Civil Rights Division regarding their helpful understanding that they aren't taking over this investigation, but are conducting a parallel review of the events that led to Michael Brown's death. -Roy Blunt

In Staten Island, when you have video showing the alleged chokehold used on Eric Garner, why not go to trial and have the officer(s) explain the tape, and then this jury can determine guilt or innocence? The tape should guarantee that there should be a trial. -Al Sharpton

There's a song called 'Live Blogging the Himmel Family Bris.' I kind of went for it here in terms of – it was really fun to be explaining ritual circumcision in Nashville – a lot of brises are done in hospitals, but many are done in people's homes, and there's a lot of food, and a lot of leftovers. -Rick Moranis

When I was a kid, during those days, you couldn't use instruments. It was against the pastor's religion, so all the singers would make these instruments with their voices. It was just unbelievable. I couldn't explain it. -Bobby Womack

No one would want to read a book in which I explain the science of cloning because it would be very dull and it would also make no sense. -Rachel Cohn

I explain at the parties that I believe knitting is a transformative and intriguing act that can change the life and brain of the person doing it, and that knitting is a perfect metaphor for life and insight into some better ways through it. -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I loved Roy Acuff with all my heart, and I never dreamed I'd be able to meet him or see him onstage, or especially become good friends with him. For all this to happen, it's hard to explain what a dream this is when you love something as much as I love traditional country music. -George Jones

People respond differently to people who are grieving. They reach out. But depression is so very isolating. It's hard to explain to anyone who has never been depressed how isolating it is. Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting. -Kay Redfield Jamison

When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. -John Ortberg

I think the whole DVD craze has provided opportunities for material that, for those interested in it, explains the whole history and background in getting a film made, which is great. -Steven Bauer

Woody Allen said that 95% of history is explained as a man trying to impress a woman. And that's true in my life. -Mitt Romney

Years at sea probably explains why I'm single. But every person in the military makes sacrifices. -Sarah West

My dad never explained anything growing up. -Tom Douglas

If the present Mrs. Wogan has a fault – and I must tread carefully here – if she has a fault, this gem in the diadem of womanhood is a hoarder. She never throws anything out. Which may explain the longevity of our marriage. -Terry Wogan

We should keep in mind that it is easy to concoct stories explaining the past or to become confident about dubious scenarios of the future. We should view both explanations and prophecies with skepticism. -Leonard Mlodinow

If memories were indeed like what a camera records, they could be forgotten, or they could fade so that they are no longer clear and vivid. But it would be difficult to explain how people could have memories that are both clear and vivid while also being wrong. Yet that happens, and it is not infrequent. -Leonard Mlodinow

One day, I went to buy something for my dad at the shops, and I heard a song by Nat King Cole called 'Stardust Melody.' It was like I went into a trance or something. I forgot all about my dad sending me to the shop. When I got home, I explained to him what happened. I thought I was going to get a whipping, but he understood. -Desmond Dekker

I leave to the militarists the difficult task of trying to explain to us how these wars have served to shape character or to promote the progress of civilization or to achieve the reign of justice on earth. So far, they have not come forward with the explanation. -Elie Ducommun

Women right now kind of have this idea of success – putting your career first and then having kids. On one side, it's perfect and it's a great plan, but on the other side, they don't explain to you that after age 35, you start losing eggs. -Thalia

It's hard talking about acting, in a way, because it's like explaining a joke: I do think it loses something in the telling. -Martin Freeman

The traditional story of economists has been to say education explains what the returns are to school. I say, 'Okay, that's fine, but what explains the education? How much is just a matter of my giving you a poor kid versus a rich kid?' -James Heckman

Conservatives are time-biders. And they understand, as Corey Robin explains in his indispensable book 'The Reactionary Mind,' that the direction of human history is not on their side – that is why they are reactionaries – because, other things equal, civilization does tend towards more inclusion, more emancipation, more liberalism. -Rick Perlstein

Everyone on the Left has a favorite story that allows them to kind of excuse Reagan, explain away Reagan, say he was dumb, but unless we reckon with that kind of emotional intelligence and his ability to kind of speak to the aspirations of the American people, the less liberals are going to be able to understand the soul of his appeal. -Rick Perlstein

I felt more like a scientist exploring nature, and Windows was my environment. You don't pass judgment on nature; you just explain how it works. -Charles Petzold

Like so many Boomers, I saw 'Lawrence of Arabia' in 1962 when it was first released and when we were young teenagers. I'm not quite sure why – I really wish some psychologist would explain this – but that movie had a tremendous effect on many of us. -Mary Doria Russell

Because even very young people are expert readers of pictures, you can convey very complex and subtle messages through pictures that you'd need loads of words to explain. Making a picture book is also a bit like making your own film – and you can make anything you want happen, however impossible! -Mini Grey

You're a white South African, and right away you have to explain yourself. Occasionally, I get hassled until I explain my point of view. I have to make it clear that I don't live there anymore, and I don't approve of the brutal racial policies. -Trevor Rabin

I am sensitive to life, and somehow acting comes to me. I can't explain it. -Luise Rainer

We need a new model: If you can't explain it, you can't sell it. -Elizabeth Warren

I have to keep explaining to people that screen kissing isn't quite the same; it's close, but it isn't quite the same as a normal, real-life kiss. -Margot Robbie

Big emotions that are unexplained are really scary. At least to me. -Spike Jonze

If you're an artist, you're an artist; that's the only way I can explain it. -Malik Bendjelloul

When I see people with an interesting gap year, if they can explain it, if they can justify it, if they can show what they've learnt from it, it's sometimes more profitable or more intelligent than having been through a traditional, continuous race from high school to the end of university. -Jean-Pascal Tricoire

You take 35 degrees out of 360 degrees and call it a photo. No individual photo explains anything. That's what makes photography such a wonderful and problematic medium. -Joel Sternfeld

By the second sentence of a pitch, the entirety of the story should be explained. -Michael Hastings

I suppose I'm always trying to break down the wall between my characters and myself. I'm trying to make the film as expressive and personal as I can, even if I can't explain, for example, how important it is for me to be Jewish. -James Gray

It's odd that invoking the possibility of alien influences should itself be a sign of madness. I don't see the need for it to explain history on earth, but I can't see any reason why the universe shouldn't be full of life. -Graham Hancock

To put it bluntly, there isn't one economic theory that can single-handedly explain Singapore's success; its economy combines extreme features of capitalism and socialism. All theories are partial; reality is complex. -Ha-Joon Chang

'American Sniper' is a film that erases history, spectacularizes violence, and reduces war and its aftermath to cheap entertainment, with an underexplained referent to the mental problems many vets live with when they return home from the war. -Henry Giroux

I have a funny mental framework when I do physics. I create an imaginary audience in my head to explain things to – it is part of the way I think. For me, teaching and explaining, even to my imaginary audience, is part of the process. -Leonard Susskind

I often feel a discomfort, a kind of embarrassment, when I explain elementary-particle physics to laypeople. It all seems so arbitrary – the ridiculous collection of fundamental particles, the lack of pattern to their masses. -Leonard Susskind

Animals' taste systems are specialized for the niche they occupy in the environment. That includes us. As hunters and foragers of the dry savannah, our earliest forebears evolved a taste for important but scarce nutrients: salt and high-energy fats and sugars. That, in a nutshell, explains the widespread popularity of junk food. -Mary Roach

The moment you have massive social and political commentary trying to explain a phenomenon, then you know we are no longer dealing with a strictly psychiatric question. -Norman Finkelstein

When I was young, I had this feeling that there was this handbook that I had never gotten that explained how to be, how to laugh, what to wear, how to stand by yourself in the hallway. Everyone looked so natural – like they all practiced and knew exactly what to do – even the way they pushed their hair out of their face. -Ze Frank

When someone says, 'Shut up, farmer,' it hurts. It's difficult to explain, but it hurts. -Brunello Cucinelli

In the beginning of Roomba, we all took turns answering the support line. Once, a woman called and explained that her robot had a defective motor. I said, 'Send it back. We'll send you a new one.' She said, 'No – I'm not sending you Rosie.' -Colin Angle

I was focused on building things from an early age. When I was about 3, our toilet broke, and my mother was ready to call the plumber. I told her I would fix it and asked her to get my Richard Scarry book 'How Things Work in Busytown.' Between the picture of a toilet and the text she read to me explaining how the parts worked, I fixed it. -Colin Angle

As scientists have discovered – or perhaps explained is a better word, or perhaps identified – we now live in the age of the Anthropocene. The geologic age of the Anthropocene. Those high priests of material evidence have given us our own epoch like the Holocene, the Pleistocene! Apparently we now, it seems, have superhuman powers. -Kate Bernheimer

My songwriting process, and maybe loads of other people's, is just this sort of smashing together of emotions and stuff to make some music. It's kind of simple and really complex at the same time and, as you can see, incredibly hard to explain. -James Bay

I'm so unmaterialistic in every way. If you saw my apartment, it would explain a lot, I think. It's not so much a mess, but it just needs to have some feng shui or a real 'Queer Eye' makeover or whatever. -Ariel Pink

I have never been married. I don't know if I will ever marry, though I hope to. When I am asked why I have not married, I explain that my parents have been happily married for 42 years. The bar feels so very high for that kind of commitment. -Roxane Gay

There was a kid that used to pick on me… he used to drop my food and beat me up in little corners. Nothing serious, but tease me. I remember knocking his food out of his hand one time when he in the middle of explaining something to his friends, and they all laughed, so I thought that was pretty nice. 'Well, there you go buddy.' -Brendon Urie

I can't really explain what it's like to be in love, but I feel like it's being comfortable. It's almost like having a best friend. It's a beautiful thing. -Ashton Irwin

I feel like my life experience is that of an outsider. Let me explain: my parents are from Panama, and they moved to the United States the year after I was born. They moved into an all-white neighborhood, where the previous black family had a cross burned on their lawn. -J. August Richards

There are movies I've seen or books I've read that attach themselves in a way that's greater than the ability to understand why. How do you explain that kind of connectedness? -Peter Riegert

Kublai noticed this uncommon perception that Marco Polo has, with the idea to explain and talk about his country so vividly that he can see it. -Benedict Wong

We know there must be new physics. For example, we cannot explain what dark matter is. -Fabiola Gianotti

I just love cake, confetti cake, to be specific. It has little colored candies inside the cake, and then you get the confetti icing, which is really hard to find sometimes. It's really hard to explain to people, because it's not icing with sprinkles on top. It's icing that actually has candies inside of it. It's Funfetti icing. -Channing Tatum

There are only three million people in Uruguay, but there is such hunger for glory: you'll do anything to make it; you have that extra desire to run, to suffer. I can't explain our success, but I think that's a reason. -Luis Suarez

God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator. -Stephen Hawking

It is curious to note how fragile the memory is, even for the important times in one's life. This is, moreover, what explains the fortunate fantasy of history. -Marcel Duchamp

When cubism began to take a social form, Metzinger was especially talked about. He explained cubism, while Picasso never explained anything. It took a few years to see that not talking was better than talking too much. -Marcel Duchamp

You have to be talented. You have to work hard; you have to get the right pieces flowin' for you at the right time. And that's just what happened to me. I can't explain what happened. -Action Bronson

In 1962, President Kennedy succeeded in captivating Americans by explaining the advantages of being the first country to reach the moon and the dangers of allowing another nation to beat us there. -Mario Cuomo

Big Data is just that – big. But, it's a term that is largely misunderstood and difficult to explain. -Rick Smolan

Because TV is mostly close up, it has to be fast. And because it has to be fast, you don't have time to explain completely, by a sequence shot, what's happening between people. So instead of experiencing what's happening, say, when a couple is dancing, dialogue is used to explain. -Claire Denis

'Yogi Bear' changed my life in ways that I can't explain because it's not a full feature on me. 'Yogi Bear' – there's everything before 'Yogi Bear,' and there's everything after 'Yogi Bear.' Like a major car accident, or the birth of Christ. -T. J. Miller

If I don't explain or tell some of my experiences, I feel like I'm doing guys a disservice because I know as a younger player, there's things I could benefit from the experience of an older guy. -D'Brickashaw Ferguson

I do read some of the scripts from America and, even though the themes or subject of the film is very interesting, and some of the scenes are very interesting, there is a tendency that they have to explain everything. There will be no dilemma. -Mads Mikkelsen

You either like something, or you don't; you won't change your opinion because somebody explains why you should like it. -David Alpay

In a democracy, a leader must be the head teacher, someone eager to respond to doubts and questions and explain the need for and the benefits of a new course. -Óscar Arias

After months of preparation working with a stylist who explained to me how a fashion house runs and the process of making a dress, I developed a respect for the patience and skill it takes to design these dresses. -Pierre Niney

My only vice is 'Keeping up With The Kardashians.' I can't really explain what it is that fascinates me so much, but it just sucks me in. -Gia Coppola

It's incredible what happens when you explain to kids what good food is – they get so excited! They go home and tell their parents… and they're excited to cook the recipes themselves in class. -Tamra Davis

Genes can't possibly explain all of what makes us what we are. -Craig Venter

When 'Christians' cite the Bible as the basis for secular policies, they must explain why they believe Muslims in the Middle East are evil for doing the same with the Koran. -Kurt Eichenwald

Science fiction has traditionally been economically naive, with a strong libertarian streak, which I think is like a crude Leninism. That's attractive because it could be used to explain everything, and if only we lived by its tenets, everything would be perfect. -Charles Stross

I almost literally wake up in the morning starting to think of my next idea. It's almost always driven by what's in the news. The hard part, really, is getting from knowing what I want to say to figuring out how to say it in an image. I'm still not entirely sure how to explain how that happens… Suddenly, something just works. -David Horsey

Physicists explain creation by telling us that the universe began with the Big Bang, an intense energy singularity that continued expanding. But who created the singularity? -Ashwin Sanghi

I was told that Ganesha sat between Lakshmi and Saraswati. My quest to attain the blessings of both goddesses explains my physique. -Ashwin Sanghi

If trustees feel it is in their charity's interest to pay high salaries to attract talented people, then they should have the courage of their conviction and explain their decisions publicly. -William Shawcross

Dad always explained the car engine when he repaired it, and he had many technical books, so I was making electromagnets by age eight as well as reading my mother's medical and nursing books. I suspect I was born with a boundless curiosity, and this was encouraged through my childhood. -Barry Marshall

Common Core reminds us what testing can do right. Modeled on standards of the world's education superpowers, questions demand critical thinking and creativity. Students are asked to write at length, show their work, and explain their reasoning. -Wendy Kopp

I've always kind of known what I like and what I don't. And never felt any pressure to wear certain things or watch certain things… It's hard to explain, but I've just always felt it. -Thomas Brodie-Sangster

If you explain to a patient what can be done and what might be the downsides, let the patient choose; don't have ethicists, priests, or doctors say you may or may not have replacement cells. -John Gurdon

I've never been particularly good at explaining or even understanding what this sort of rage is that is so accessible to me. I'm not an out-of-control person, but I can access in my work very easily a feeling of real fury. Thank goodness I've channeled it into my work, I guess. -Jason Robert Brown

To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty & leave the rest for others that come after you. -Isaac Newton

I love 'Sunday in the Park with George.' I saw that when I was just, just starting theater school, and I remember singing 'Finishing the Hat' or at least reading the lyrics to 'Finishing the Hat' and other songs from 'Sunday in the Park with George' to my mom to try to explain why I wanted to be an artist. -Stephen Colbert

The positive and negative states of being bring about action. They cause the loss of balance and of happiness. They cause the eternal revolutions – the changes that follow one upon the other. They explain why happiness cannot be achieved in time. -Piet Mondrian

Because the theory of quantum mechanics could explain all of chemistry and the various properties of substances, it was a tremendous success. But still there was the problem of the interaction of light and matter. -Richard P. Feynman

Quarks came in a number of varieties – in fact, at first, only three were needed to explain all the hundreds of particles and the different kinds of quarks – they are called u-type, d-type, s-type. -Richard P. Feynman

When I would hear the rabbi tell about some miracle such as a bush whose leaves were shaking but there wasn't any wind, I would try to fit the miracle into the real world and explain it in terms of natural phenomena. -Richard P. Feynman

I can't explain something I saw on holiday on Holy Island when I was about nine years old, but do you know what, it could have been my PE teacher dressed in a monk's habit. I have no idea. I'm not a ghost person… it doesn't mean there aren't unexplained things; I just don't think they're ghosts. -Tom Goodman-Hill

The reasons why a player is better on one club than on another are many. I certainly am not an expert and can't explain. -Rabih Alameddine

You are often asked to explain your work, as if the reader isn't able to work it out. And people always try and label you by your work. -Sarah Hall

I believe in metaphysics. I don't believe in God because I think that is a human simplification of the things we can't explain. But I believe in a greater universe. -Jochen Zeitz

Many times, we spend so much time on policy, but we don't explain how the policy affects and makes the heart even grow bigger. And I think that's a place that we have to look inside. -Kevin McCarthy

I believe in being a happy conservative: that you're happy because your policies will give people greater freedom, greater independence. But you have to explain why your policy makes life better. -Kevin McCarthy

I really believe that the aliens are us from the future. It seems to me a very plausible reason that explains a lot of phenomena as opposed to green men with one eye from outer space. -Chris Squire

In Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Jekyll & Hyde,' the hero decides on the terms of his transformation in a process that's explained not through the supernatural but the natural or, at least, through biochemistry. -Joshua Cohen

My grandmother was a psychiatrist and possibly the ultimate of all skeptics. But even she couldn't explain the strange noises we so often heard in the attic. -Jennifer McMahon

I had the good fortune to be able to take a course with Margaret Mead. I had a fabulous art course, where it was explained to me that nothing exists in a vacuum, that everything is a result of the period in which it's done – the economics, the sociology, the politics, all sewn together. That was a very important lesson. -Iris Apfel

Throughout history, clothes represented who you were; they are a great vehicle for explaining who you are. During the Ching dynasty, for example, what you wore and how it was made reflected your status in society. People could literally read your clothes like a book, just by its color and how it was embroidered. -Iris Apfel

I took a cabbie to taxi court once. Years ago, this guy didn't want to take me to Brooklyn. Just refused. I explained that I would absolutely take him to Taxi Court because, see, I'm an actor and have pretty much nothing but free time. -Chris Eigeman

Less than two weeks before my 34th birthday, I bought pots. Most people were amazed that I did not previously own pots, but that was before I explained that I had never used my oven, and used my stovetop for my dishrack. -Rachel Sklar

Oddly, a search for 'jeggings' in my email inbox shows that my first exposure to the phenomenon came from – wait for it – Mike Allen of 'Politico,' who helpfully explained the concept on December 20, 2009. -Rachel Sklar

It is a pet peeve of mine when people throw around arguments citing 'Fair Use' and yet fail to actually explain what a fair use argument actually is. -Rachel Sklar

Unions can play a valuable role in large organisations where it is difficult to talk to a thousand people. They can negotiate annual pay awards with management, represent grievance cases, and explain and advise on complicated changes in employment or pension law. -Jim Ratcliffe

I've always had a fascination for everything surrounding things that are unexplainable. Not surprising that my first movie was a horror film, even though, of course, at the time I had no experience writing horror music. -Christopher Young

Face your financial issues head on. Open your bills, pick up the phone, call your lender. If applicable, tell them you're struggling and explain why. If you lost your job or took a pay cut, be ready to prove it. -Jean Chatzky

One of the fascinating things about researching Heaven and Hell is, of course, the fact that there are so few descriptions of Heaven, because most people can't really explain what it would be like beyond a couple of sentences, whereas Hell is quite often personal. -Tad Williams

Whenever someone like a plumber or a mechanic tries to explain something technical to me, I listen for about three seconds before it all just becomes white noise, like Charlie Brown's teacher. -John Niven

Myths are stories that explain a natural phenomenon. Before humans found scientific explanations for such things as the moon and the sun and rainbows, they tried to understand them by telling stories. -Jane Yolen

The first time my father woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me he was going to die, I think I was eight. He brought out all his papers and explained to me what to do with his body and who to call and how to take care of things. You either learn how to survive, or you fall to pieces. I'm pretty good at surviving. -Eric Walters

In 'Alpha Protocol,' right from the outset, the parameters of the game explain to you that the mission needs to get done. How you approach that is your decision. The rewards and penalties for either path, those are going to balance out into different consequences. -Chris Avellone

Much theoretical work, of course, focuses on existing economic institutions. The theorist wants to explain or forecast the economic or social outcomes that these institutions generate. -Eric Maskin

Prediction is certainly a valuable goal in science, but not the only one. Explanation is also important, and there are plenty of sciences that do a lot of explaining and not much predicting. -Eric Maskin

I took my iPod to the Apple store here in Manhattan and asked them to replace the battery. And they explained to me that Apple does not offer a service to replace the battery in the iPod, and my best bet was to buy a new iPod. -Casey Neistat

Experiments suggest that if one particle of Ebola enters a person's bloodstream, it can cause a fatal infection. This may explain why many of the medical workers who came down with Ebola couldn't remember making any mistakes that might have exposed them. -Richard Preston

One of the biggest complaints readers have about my work is that I don't tell them often enough what they can do. I do think this is an area where journalism sometimes falls short. We describe a really grim situation but don't really explain to people what they can do about it. -Nicholas Kristof

Economists largely confine themselves to three key factors – capital, labor and productivity – when explaining how and why a country grows. -Ben Miles

Adults tell students that it gets better, that the world changes after school, that being 'different' will pay off sometime after graduation. But no one explains to them why. -Alexandra Robbins

Beginning in 1986, a series of field experiments were designed to test the various hypotheses which had been put forth to explain the Antarctic ozone hole. -Mario J. Molina

In many ways, 'William Shakespeare's Star Wars' is modeled on Shakespeare's Henry V, which relied on a chorus to explain in words the battles of Harfleur and Agincourt that could never be captured on the Elizabethan stage. -Ian Doescher

New Zealand's food and beverage industry is the lynchpin of the country's prosperity. Which may explain why it has concentrated their governments' minds. -Anthony Pratt

It's expected of novels that they should explain the world and create the illusion that things are ultimately logical and coherent. But that's not what I see around me. Often, events remain mysterious and unresolved, and our emotions reach no catharsis. -Damon Galgut

When the crying child is immediately isolated, and it is explained to him at the same time that whoever annoys others must not be with them, if this isolation is the absolute result and cannot be avoided, in the child's mind a basis is laid for the experience that one must be alone when one makes oneself unpleasant or disagreeable. -Ellen Key

Considering what a prolific writer Dickens was, the word 'Dickensian' could legitimately cover a vast thematic territory, explaining at least some of the variety of its applications. -Matthew Pearl

Science explains what nature is doing; money often explains what we're doing. -Paul Fleischman

Many Arabic/Islamic words have now entered the English dictionary, such as haj, hijab, Eid, etc., and I no longer need to put them in italics or explain them. -Leila Aboulela

I wish I could help everyone to understand this one simple fact: we believe in God because of things we know with our heart and mind, not because of things we do not know. Our spiritual experiences are sometimes too sacred to explain in worldly terms, but that doesn't mean they are not real. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I met a lot of hackers, and some of them were very arrogant. They thought I was stupid because I couldn't follow what they were talking about. But then I met this great guy whom companies hire to find their security holes, and he was very good about explaining so I could understand. -David Lagercrantz

I can explain my body and my brain, but there's something more. I can't explain my own existence – what makes me a unique human being. -John Eccles

What 'Flashpoint' does is examine the inherent inconsistencies in Shade's past and attempt to explain it and give it some logic. -Peter Milligan

My father, Emil Palade, was professor of philosophy, and my mother, Constanta Cantemir-Palade, was a teacher. The family environment explains why I acquired early in life great respect for books, scholars and education. -George Emil Palade

There's this terrific kid in Maine who saw all the waste generated by straws handed out in restaurants. So he made up these little pop-up cards and asked restaurant owners put them on the tables to explain why straws wouldn't be handed out unless requested. Of course, the restaurant owners couldn't resist a 9-year-old kid, and so it worked. -Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

For commercial books in a genre, readers' and editors' expectations may be fairly rigid. Some romance lines, for instance, issue fairly detailed writers' guidelines explaining exactly what must happen in a book they publish (and what must not). -Nancy Kress

Slipstream fiction is usually defined as fiction with a contemporary setting in which story elements are mimetic (that is, seem real) – except for one or two eerie strangenesses. Unlike outright fantasy, these are not explained or integrated into an alternate-reality setting. -Nancy Kress

A romantic novel is an adult fairy story, repeating the recurring symbols and images which can explain life to a woman and satisfy a powerful need within her. The need to love and be loved is vital to all human beings, but especially to women. -Charlotte Lamb

I believe things are meant to be. It's the only way I can explain it because I had auditioned before to get on 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent,' and I didn't get through – it was literally, 'No!' -Rebecca Ferguson

Gamble, cheat, lie, and steal. Let me explain: Gamble for your best shot in life – dare to take risks. Cheat those who would have you be less than you are. Lie in the arms of those you love. And finally, steal every moment of happiness. -Caitlyn Jenner

In a startup, in the early days, it can be hard to explain what you do. -Trip Adler

If you keep having to dip into the story's past to explain the present, then there's a good chance your real story's in the past, and you're just using the present as a vehicle to deliver us there. -Stephen Graham Jones

When you talk to an author – to any artist, really – you learn something about how they do what they do. I've never come away from that kind of experience feeling disillusioned, as if the magician had explained his tricks. I always find a greater appreciation for the form. -Rebecca Makkai

A lot of people think that persuasion is all about values and aligning values. I largely disagree. I think persuasion generally, and political persuasion more particularly, has much more to do with explaining in new ways and connecting dots in new ways than just invoking emotions and values. -Nick Hanauer

What the string theorists do is arguably physics. It deals with the physical world. They're attempting to make a consistent theory that explains the interactions we see among particles and gravity as well. That's certainly physics, but it's a kind of physics that is not yet testable. -Sheldon Lee Glashow

Scott Adams is not only a world-famous cartoonist, he's also a world-class failure. And he's the first to admit it. In his new book, 'How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big,' the Dilbert creator explains how failure can lead to success if you develop the right skills to make the most of your mistakes. -Mark Frauenfelder

For someone in an alternative job, an alternative lifestyle, it's very hard to explain what I do. So I sometimes try and dumb it down as much as possible, so I'm changing what I do every time! So sometimes I'm in an Uber, and they ask, 'So what do you do?' and I say, 'I'm a comedian,' or, 'I'm a graphic designer.' -Connor Franta

Usually, when you are an ethnic person or a trans person, in your average, everyday, unsophisticated television show, you are there for that reason. And they clearly justify and overexplain why. You very rarely see a transgender actor playing the part of a grocery-store clerk without having to say, 'Oh, look at that trans person.' -B. D. Wong

Poetry is really about your mental state or intellectual, and where you are, and you're trying to evoke that, explain it to yourself, whatever, you're trying to dig into it, analyse yourself. -Jonathan Galassi

I've always used poetry to explain myself to myself. These things just sat in my psyche and then came out. -Jonathan Galassi

I'm always telling my students that if they can't explain what they are doing, to their grandmothers, then they probably don't understand it themselves. -Gunter Blobel

Hypotheses should be subservient only in explaining the properties of things but not assumed in determining them, unless so far as they may furnish experiments. -Isaac Newton

I have explained the phenomena of the heavens and of our sea by the force of gravity, but I have not yet assigned a cause to gravity. -Isaac Newton

If I don't write down a thought – or an image or a line of poetry – the instant it comes to mind, it vanishes, which explains why I have pens and notebooks in my pants and coat pockets, the car, the bicycle basket, on one or two desks in every room including bathrooms and the kitchen. -Floyd Skloot

Openness explains the ability to innovate and come up with big ideas because you're open to them, and fluid intelligence explains the ability to go and execute. -Adeo Ressi

I can't even explain how blessed I am and how fortunate that I have such a great team that believes in me. -Holly Holm

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