Quotes: explained

Quotes 1 till 15 of 23.

1 2 Next 
  • Charlie Chaplin
    Charlie Chaplin
    British actor, movie maker 1889-1977
    Charlie Chaplin
    - +
    +1
    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
    W. C. Fields
    - +
    +1
    W. C. Fields, a lifetime agnostic, was discovered reading a Bible on his deathbed. ''I'm looking for a loop-hole,'' he explained.
  • Ansel Adams
    Ansel Adams
    - +
     0
    A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
  • Arthur Cayley
    Arthur Cayley
    - +
     0
    As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained.
  • Barry Marshall
    Barry Marshall
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Emile Durkheim
    Emile Durkheim
    French Sociologist 1858-1917
    Emile Durkheim
    - +
     0
    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
    - +
     0
    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-
    P. J. O'Rourke
    - +
     0
    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
    James Thurber
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Arthur Godfrey
    Arthur Godfrey
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln
    American statesman 1809-1865
    Abraham Lincoln
    - +
     0
    I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
  • Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel
    - +
     0
    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.
  • A. A. Milne
    A. A. Milne
    English author, writer of the Winnie-the-Pooh books 1882-1956
    A. A. Milne
    - +
     0
    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
    Quentin Crisp
    - +
     0
    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-
    Harold S. Geneen
    - +
     0
    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.
1 2 Next