There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
– Georges Braque
Things explain each other, not themselves.
– George Oppen
There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
– Indira Gandhi
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 a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I’m a public figure. It’s up to me to take the initiative to explain things. It’s my responsibility.
– Isabelle Adjani
I’ve always used poetry to explain myself to myself. These things just sat in my psyche and then came out.
– Jonathan Galassi
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
– John Steinbeck
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
– Charles Dickens
I can explain that shot. Arnold moved his wallet to the other pocket.
– Ben Crenshaw
I need to be able to explain myself in context.
– Adam Lambert
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
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
– Ayn Rand
I can’t explain 9/11, except the evil of man.
– Billy Graham
It’s hard to explain why I like Europe so much.
– Broderick Crawford
It’s called talent. I just have it. I can’t explain it. You either have it or you don’t.
– Barry Bonds
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
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
– Albert Einstein
Genes can’t possibly explain all of what makes us what we are.
– Craig Venter
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
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
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
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
Character is that sum total of moments we can’t explain.
– George Saunders
Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries; but who can tell or who can explain them!
– Max Muller
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
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
– George Bernard Shaw
We need a new model: If you can’t explain it, you can’t sell it.
– Elizabeth Warren
To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them.
– Marino Marini
A rule to live by: I won’t use anything I can’t explain in five minutes.
– Phil Crosby