Quotes about Explanation and Friendship
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All other things being equal,
the simplest explanation is the most likely.
- a statement of Occam's Razor
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- Thomas Aquinas
If some really acute observer made as much of egotism
as Freud has made of sex,
people would forget a good deal about sex and find
the explanation for everything in egotism.
- Wallace Stevens
There is no explanation for evil.
It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe.
To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
- W. Somerset Maugham
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Hopefully my music is medicine, some type of antidote
for something or some kind of explanation or just to feel good.
- Erykah Badu
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
- Hector Hugh Munro
Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation
of the mind that invokes genetics.
- Steven Pinker
The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms,
because She blooms.
- Angelus Silesius
Don't confuse hypothesis and theory.
The former is a possible explanation;
the correct one.
The establishment of theory is the very purpose of science.
- Martin H. Fischer
If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation,
those of women, by a parity of reasoning,
will not shrink from the same test.
- Mary Wollstonecraft
What can be more clear and sound in explanation,
than the love of a parent to his child?
- William Godwin
The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation
of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that
way because someone wanted it to happen that way.
- Thomas Sowell
An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
- C. S. Lewis
The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activist
mindset of the courts is in the political arena.
- Stockwell Day
The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage
is that the two people are incompatible;
that one is male and the other female.
- Anna Quindlen
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
- Red Auerbach
There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.
- Russell Crowe
Explanation separates us from astonishment,
which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
- Eugene Ionesco
I believe I am entitled to a public explanation.
- Richard Jewell
Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience,
of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul,
for mental explanation or description.
- David Herbert Lawrence
People would ask me why I was doing what I was doing -
but I always told them that I just loved to skate.
There was no other explanation.
- Nancy Kerrigan
In fact, when you get right down to it,
almost every explanation Man came up with for anything
until about 1926 was stupid.
- Dave Barry
I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything.
I don't have an explanation.
- Don DeLillo
Stupidity trumps Machiavelli almost every time when
you are looking for an explanation.
- Robert Foster Bennett
Everything has a natural explanation.
The moon is not a god, but a great rock,
and the sun a hot rock.
Now I say I'm a diarist with an explanation I'll get back to you on.
Someday I may try and write in memoir form.
- Carrie Fisher
Good luck needs no explanation.
- Shirley Temple
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity,
those who have claimed to possess a total explanation,
have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
- Salman Rushdie
Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.
- Will Rogers
Of course, the simple explanation of the fact is that
marriage is the most important act of man's life in Europe or America,
and that everything depends upon it.
- Lafcadio Hearn
And if you can offer an explanation as to why it doesn't
work then you've got to the whole root of comedy.
- Denis Norden
Any decision I make is based on myself,
and the only person I have to give an explanation to is God.
- Solange Knowles
The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation,
explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
- Bruce Barton
And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?
- Julio Cortazar
It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given
up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.
- Ronald Knox
I have a kind of standard explanation why,
which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of
making sense out of a senseless world.
- John Sladek
As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom,
with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
- Ronald Blythe
Facts which at first seem improbable will,
even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has
hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.
- Galileo Galilei
But myth is something else than an explanation of the world,
of history, and of destiny.
- Paul Ricoeur
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us
which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
- George Eliot
This has always been a man's world, and none of the
reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.
- Simone de Beauvoir
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
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
And let me take one of the explanations most commonly given:
Analysts were pressured to reach conclusions that would
fit the political agenda of one or another administration.
I deeply think that is a wrong explanation.
- David Kay
As of now, string theorists have no explanation of
why there are three large dimensions as well as time,
and the other dimensions are microscopic.
Proposals about that have been all over the map.
- Edward Witten
What does it feel like to be a parent? What does it
feel like to be a child? And that's what stories do.
They bring you there.
They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always
different from an expository explanation.
- Richard Russo
In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma;
the sacred lore of priests and people...
and these stories afford the only explanation that
is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
- William Robertson Smith
Could I interrupt here, because there is an alternative explanation,
which you are particularly well placed to examine.
You know the argument that it is the alchemists in
the laboratories who invent the sweet new kits.
- E. P. Thompson
Terrorism, ladies and gentlemen, in my eyes I have a very,
very, very simple explanation.
Gangs of criminals, killers, used unfortunately by
certain governments in the past for political purposes,
who are on their own now as gangs.
- Hamid Karzai
The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley
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 difference between a tool and a machine is not
capable of very precise distinction;
nor is it necessary,
in a popular explanation of those terms,
to limit very strictly their acceptation.
- Charles Babbage
My explanation remains the same: It was an attempt
to make the point that anyone who opposed the war can
achieve their objective by working within their sphere of influence,
whether their political party or community of faith.
- James P. Moran
I do not find the supposed scientific consensus among my colleagues.
Curiously, it is a feature of man-made global warming
that every fact confirms it:
rising temperatures or decreasing temperatures.
No matter what the weather, some model of global warming
offers a watertight explanation.
- Javier Cuadros
And never - not in a single case - was the explanation,
'I was pressured to do this.' The explanation was very often,
'The limited data we had led one to reasonably conclude this.
I now see that there's another explanation for it.'
- David Kay
I would suggest, merely as a metaphor here,
but also as the basis for a scientific program to investigate
the computational capacity of the universe,
that this is also a reasonable explanation for why the universe is complex.
- Seth Lloyd
The evolutionary explanation for origins,
although impossible either to prove or to test scientifically,
is nevertheless defended by its proponents on the basis
that it is the only explanation which is naturalistic,
not involving the 'supernatural' element of a divine Creator.
- Henry M. Morris
The point of my explanation is I'm very subjective
when it comes to describing my characters:
they are all a little bit a part of me from the outside in or the inside out -
but to put your mind at ease,
I built Paul Snider from the outside in.
- Eric Roberts
there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for unlawfully detaining 120 people.
Maybe they just got carried away with last year's idea
of pre-emptive strikes and thought,
'Let's not wait for an actual crime to occur.
Let's get the innocent.
- Mark Thomas
I have three degrees in history and only one in law,
but since I came back to specialize in constitutional
law where history is so essentially a part and an explanation of much that exists,
the two disciplines blended very well.
- Frank Scott
We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Science is not a game in which arbitrary rules are
used to decide what explanations are to be permitted.
- Michael Behe
When a great team loses through complacency,
it will constantly search for new and more intricate
explanations to explain away defeat.
- Pat Riley
It is an immutable law in business that words are words,
explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but
only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen
There are no explanations, there are no answers.
- Jessica Lange
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
- Benjamin Disraeli
It is characteristic of science that the full explanations
are often seized in their essence by the percipient
scientist long in advance of any possible proof.
- John Desmond Bernal
The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected
because they contain bad explanations,
not because they fail experimental tests.
- David Deutsch
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