Quotes: explained

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  • Charlie Chaplin
    Charlie Chaplin
    British actor, movie maker 1889-1977
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    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.
  • W. C. Fields
    W. C. Fields
    American Actor 1879-1946
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    W. C. Fields, a lifetime agnostic, was discovered reading a Bible on his deathbed. ''I'm looking for a loop-hole,'' he explained.
  • Emile Durkheim
    Emile Durkheim
    French Sociologist 1858-1917
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    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.
  • Gerda Lerner
    Gerda Lerner
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    Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin ''helping'' them. Such a world does not exist - never has.
  • P. J. O'Rourke
    P. J. O'Rourke
    American journalist 1947-
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    Farm policy, although it's complex, can be explained. What it can't be is believed. No cheating spouse, no teen with a wrecked family car, no mayor of Washington, D.C., videotaped in flagrant has ever come up with anything as farfetched as U.S. farm policy.
  • James Thurber
    James Thurber
    American cartoonist 1894-1961
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    From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. ''After dinner, the men moved into the living room.'' I explained to the professor that this was Rose' way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln
    American statesman 1809-1865
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    I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
  • A. A. Milne
    A. A. Milne
    English author, writer of the Winnie-the-Pooh books 1882-1956
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    I'm giving this to Eeyore, he explained, as a present. What are you going to give?
    Couldn't I give it too? said Piglet. From both of us?
    No, said Pooh. That would not be a good plan.

    Source: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) Chapter Six

  • Quentin Crisp
    Quentin Crisp
    English writer and actor 1908-1999
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    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.
  • Harold S. Geneen
    Harold S. Geneen
    American Accountant, Industrialist, CEO, ITT 1910-
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    It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
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    Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle.
  • Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King
    American preacher 1929-1968
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    Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
  • Olympia Brown
    Olympia Brown
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    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.
  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
    Austrian writer 1830-1916
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    They understand but a little who understand only what can be explained.
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