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1. “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”

Tags : Connections Explanations Knowledge Seeing
Author : John Berger
Source : Ways of Seeing

2. “A thoughtful expression crossed the woman’s damp face. “I used to beat myself up over my body. What woman doesn’t?” She paused, as if thinking about her words. “I finally decided I’d had enough. It was time to believe in me, without shame. I still slip up and have doubts. But for the most part, I take pride in who I am.”

Tags : Appearances Explanations
Author : Abby Niles
Source : Extreme Love

3. “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”

Tags : Adventure Explanations Patience Storytelling
Author : Lewis Carroll
Source : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

4. “Constantly stopping to explain oneself may expand into a frustrating burden for the rare individual, so ceasing to do so is like finally dropping the weights and sprinting towards his goals. Those who insincerely misunderstand, who intentionally distort the motives of a pure-intentioned individual, then, no longer have the opportunity to block his path; instead, they are the ones left to stand on the sidelines shouting frustratedly in the wind of his trail.”

Tags : Accomplishments Burdens Explanations Frustration Goals Individual Inspirational Intentions Motives Opportunity Path Running Sprinting Success Weight Wind
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

5. “To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.”

Tags : Excuses Explanations Weakness
Source : The Seven Dials Mystery

6. “Never explain―your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”

Tags : Enemies Explanations Friends

7. “You don't get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd.”

Tags : Explanations Inexplicable Odd Real Life Reality
Author : Neil Gaiman

8. “Save your explanations, I got some questions for you first and you'd better answer them!' [slurred Hellian.] 'With what?' [Banaschar] sneered. 'Explanations?' 'No. Answers. There's a difference-' 'Really? How? What difference?' 'Explanations are what people use when they need to lie. Y'can always tell those,'cause those don't explain nothing and then they look at you like they just cleared things up when really they did the opposite and they know it and you know it and they know you know and you know they know that you know and they know you and you know them and maybe you go out for a pitcher later but who picks up the tab? That's what I want to know.' 'Right, and answers?' 'Answers is what I get when I ask questions. Answers is when you got no choice. I ask, you tell. I ask again, you tell some more. Then I break your fingers, 'cause I don't like what you're telling me, because those answers don't explain nothing!”

Tags : Answers Banaschar Drunk Explanations Funny Hellian Humor Malazan Book Of The Fallen Philosophy Priest Sergeant The Bonehunters Wordplay
Source : The Bonehunters

9. “Sometimes in life, you make a mistake and there’s no buts and no explanations … There’s no peace in ‘I’m sorry, but.’ You can’t find peace until you truly understand that the only thing to say is, ‘I’m sorry,’ period. ~ John Lucas, as quoted in ‘The Punch’ by John Feinstein”

Tags : Apologizing Explanations Mistakes We Make
Source : The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever

10. “One explains things until things have no meaning anymore.”

Tags : Explanations Meaninglessness Meanings Nihilism
Author : Marty Rubin

11. “The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, 'Seek simplicity and distrust it.”

Tags : Complex Explanations Facts Philosophy Science Simple Trust
Source : The Concept of Nature: The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, 11/1919

12. “Take lightly what you hear about individuals. We need not distort trust for our paltry little political agendas. We tend to trust soulless, carried information more than we trust soulful human beings; but really most people aren't so bad once you sit down and have an honest, one-on-one conversation with them, once, with an open heart, you listen to their explanations as to why they act the way they act, or say what they say, or do what they do.”

Tags : Agendas Bias Bigotry Communication Compassion Conversation Cyber Bullying Discernment Distortion Emotionless Empathy Faith Fearlessness Gossip Heart Honesty Humans News Personal Politics Prejudgment Propaganda Psychiatrist Psychology Ridicule Technology Trust Trustful
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

13. “... That little narrative is an example of the mathematician’s art: asking simple and elegant questions about our imaginary creations, and crafting satisfying and beautiful explanations. There is really nothing else quite like this realm of pure idea; it’s fascinating, it’s fun, and it’s free!”

Tags : Art Elegant Explanations Idea Imaginary Imagination Mathematician Mathematics Questions Simple
Author : Paul Lockhart
Source : A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form

14. “The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery. Therefore, children have open, wide-awake eyes, because they know that they are surrounded by the mystery. They are not yet finished with this world; they still don’t know how to struggle along and avoid the mystery, as we do. We destroy the mystery because we sense that here we reach the boundary of our being, because we want to be lord over everything and have it at our disposal, and that’s just what we cannot do with the mystery…. Living without mystery means knowing nothing of the mystery of our own life, nothing of the mystery of another person, nothing of the mystery of the world; it means passing over our own hidden qualities and those of others and the world. It means remaining on the surface, taking the world seriously only to the extent that it can be calculated and exploited, and not going beyond the world of calculation and exploitation. Living without mystery means not seeing the crucial processes of life at all and even denying them.”

Tags : Advent Children Dietrich Bonhoeffer Explanations Mystery Shallowness
Source : God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

15. “If you can't explain it better leave it... (Dexter Season 2....)”

Tags : Explain Explanations Film Leave Series
Author : Deyth Banger

16. “Philosophers console themselves with explanations.”

Tags : Consolation Explanations Philosophers Philosophy
Author : Marty Rubin

17. “Sorting out what's good and bad is the province of ethics. It is also what keeps priests, pundits, and parents busy. Unfortunately, what keeps children and philosophers busy is asking the priests, pundits and parents, "Why?”

Tags : Bad Children Education Ethics Explanations Good Opinions Parenting Philosophy Punditry Reasons Why
Source : Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

18. “We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for.”

Tags : Explanations
Source : Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

19. “If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.”

Tags : Explanations Understanding
Source : 1Q84

20. “Fisher just stood there lost in thought, without saying anything. There is always a rational explanation for everything in this world - whether it's the true one or not. Maybe it is better so. ("I'm Dangerous Tonight")”

Tags : Answer Explanations Rationality Truth
Source : The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich

21. “It was so easy to be wise in the explanation of an experience one has not personally witnessed.("The Wendigo")”

Tags : Experience Explanation Explanations
Source : Monster Mix

22. “I didn’t like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.”

Tags : Explanations Gazing Inexplicability Nonconformist Nonfconformism Quietness Silence Smoking
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

23. “I was still owed an explanation, I thought, but so what? What good was it going to do me? It wouldn't have made me any happier. It was like scratching when you have chicken pox. You think it's going to help, but the itch moves over, and then moves over again. My itch suddenly felt miles away, and I couldn't have reached it with the longest arms in the world. Realizing that made me scared that I was going to be itchy forever, and I didn't want that.”

Tags : Explanations
Author : Nick Hornby
Source : A Long Way Down

24. “What happened?" Bailey asks."That is somewhat difficult to explain," Tsukiko answers. "It is a long and complicated story.""And you're not going to tell me, are you?"She tilts her head a bit ... "No, I am not," she says."Great," Bailey mutters under his breath... "The bonfire exploded? How?""Remember when I said it was difficult to explain? That has not changed.”

Tags : Explanations Humor Secrets Story
Source : The Night Circus

25. “Are you lost, Daddy?" I asked tenderly. "Shut up," he explained.”

Tags : Daddy Explanations
Author : Ring Lardner
Source : The Yong Immigrunts

26. “Y él había suspirado entonces y ella le había dicho <>. Y él le había respondido <>, cómo respondemos cuando estámos pensando <>.”

Tags : Answers Explanations Explicaciones Preguntas Questions Respuestas
Source : Sobre héroes y tumbas

27. “It's simpler to believe in a miracle.”

Tags : Belief Explanations Miracles Religion
Source : The Spire

28. “But if my father could stand up to schoolmasters and if he inherited some of his own father's gifts as a teacher, he himself could never have become one. He could teach and loved teaching. He could radiate enthusiasm, but he could never impose discipline. He could never have taught a dull subject to a dull boy, never have said: "Do this because I say so." Enthusiasm spread knowledge sideways, among equals. Discipline forced it downwards from above. My father's relationships were always between equals, however old or young, distinguished or undistinguished the other person. Once, when I was quite little, he came up to the nursery while I was having my lunch. And while he was talking I paused between mouthfuls, resting my hands on the table, knife and fork pointing upwards. "You oughtn't really to sit like that," he said, gently. "Why not?" I asked, surprised. "Well..." He hunted around for a reason he could give. Because it's considered bad manners? Because you mustn't? Because... "Well," he said, looking in the direction my fork was pointing, "Suppose somebody suddenly fell through the ceiling. They might land on your fork and that would be very painful." "I see," I said, though I didn't really. It seemed such an unlikely thing to happen, such a funny reason for holding your knife and fork flat when you were not using them... But funny reason or not, it seems I have remembered it. In the same sort of way I learned about the nesting habits of starlings. I had been given a bird book for Easter (Easter 1934: I still have the book) and with its help I had made my first discovery. "There's a blackbird's nest in the hole under the tiles just outside the drawing-room window," I announced proudly. "I've just seen the blackbird fly in." "I think it's probably really a starling," said my father. "No, it's a blackbird," I said firmly, hating to be wrong, hating being corrected. "Well," said my father, realizing how I felt but at the same time unable to allow an inaccuracy to get away with it, "Perhaps it's a blackbird visiting a starling." A blackbird visiting a starling. Someone falling through the ceiling. He could never bear to be dogmatic, never bring himself to say (in effect): This is so because I say it is, and I am older than you and must know better. How much easier, how much nicer to escape into the world of fantasy in which he felt himself so happily at home.”

Tags : Explanations
Source : The Enchanted Places

29. “We betray all that is beautiful in us by trying to explain it.”

Tags : Beauty Betrayal Explanations
Author : Marty Rubin

30. “I think insecurity underscores most human behavior. Because we're insecure, we want to be able to explain and control everything in order to protect ourselves.”

Tags : Control Explanations Fear Human Behavior Insecurity
Author : Marty Rubin

31. “All definitions, explanations, distinctions, evaluations tend to be self-serving.”

Tags : Definitions Distinctions Egoism Evaluations Explanations Self Aggrandizement
Author : Marty Rubin

32. “With all our ideas and explanations we only trivialize life.”

Tags : Explanations Ideas Life
Author : Marty Rubin

33. “How do I explain my life? I can't explain it-I happened, that's all.”

Tags : Explanations Life
Author : Marty Rubin

34. “Good explanations are like bathing suits, darling; they are meant to reveal everything by covering only what is necessary.”

Tags : Bathing Suits Explanations Revelations
Source : Up from Jericho Tel

35. “facts are aligned on shelves as well, necessarily chosen and arranged, assigned value by explanations neatly stuck where prices might have been.”

Tags : Explanations Facts Shelves Value
Source : The Empathy Exams: Essays

36. “Did he really believe God wrote stories that were open to one explanation only? A story that knew but one explanation could hardly be interesting and was certainly not worth the trouble of remembering.”

Tags : Explanations God Torah
Author : Chaim Potok
Source : Davita's Harp

37. “It is the desire for explanations that are at once systematic and controllable by factual evidence that generates science; and it is the organization and classification of knowledge on the basis of explanatory principles that is the distinctive goal of the sciences.”

Tags : Desire Evidence Explanations Facts Goal Goal Of Science Knowledge Science
Author : Ernest Nagel
Source : The Structure of Science: Problems in the Logic of Scientific Explanation

38. “Explanations are for cowards.”

Tags : Answers Cowardice Cowards Explanation Explanations Motto Questioning Questions
Author : J. Ross Clara
Source : Citations: A Brief Anthology

39. “Billy took off his tri-focals and his coat and his necktie and his shoes, and he closed the venetian blinds and then the drapes, and he lay down on the outside of the coverlet. But sleep would not come. Tears came instead. They seeped. [...] He closed his eyes, and opened them again. He was still weeping, but he was back in Luxembourg again. He was marching with a lot of other prisoners. It was a winter wind that was bringing tears to his eyes.”

Tags : Cheer Crying Depression Explanation Explanations Happy Kurt Vonnegut Sadness Slaughterhouse Five Tears Uplifting
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Source : Slaughterhouse-Five

40. “We don't know why anything is what it is. It just is.”

Tags : Being Existence Explanations Knowledge
Author : Marty Rubin

41. “There's an innocuous explanation for everything. Everything is a coin that has two sides to it, and one side is innocuous but the other can be ominous.("New York Blues")”

Tags : Explanations Innocuous Ominous
Source : Night and Fear: A Centenary Collection of Stories

42. “Moths don't need to explain why their attracted to the light.”

Tags : Desire Explanations Instinct Reasons Spontaneity
Author : Marty Rubin

43. “Who can explain life? Who can understand it? Like cats, we just do what we do.”

Tags : Explanations Instinct Irrationality Life Understanding
Author : Marty Rubin

44. “Moths don't need to explain why they're attracted to the light.”

Tags : Desire Explanations Instinct Reasons Spontaneity
Author : Marty Rubin

45. “When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat. After a while it becomes more innovative in thinking up how to lose than thinnking up how to win.”

Tags : Breakthrough Complacency Defeat Expectations Explanations Inspirational Real Life Win
Author : Pat Riley
Source : The Winner Within

46. “The explanation has been written already in the three words that were many enough, and plain enough, for my confession. I loved her.”

Tags : Confession Confessions Enough Explanation Explanations Love Plain Three Words Words Written
Source : The Woman in White

47. “The traces of our life here will lie cold and still, dreaming, like the brittle eyes of dolls in an abandoned cabin, and the last men will look to them for explanations, or apologies.”

Tags : Apologies Explanations Forgotten Past Future Generations
Author : Tim Cahill
Source : Jaguars Ripped My Flesh

48. “1. Myth: Without God, life has no meaning. There are 1.2 billion Chinese who have no predominant religion, and 1 billion people in India who are predominantly Hindu. And 65% of Japan's 127 million people claim to be non-believers. It is laughable to suggest that none of these billions of people are leading meaningful lives.2. Myth: Prayer works. Studies have now shown that inter-cessionary prayer has no effect whatsoever of the health or well-being of the subject.3. Myth: Atheists are immoral.There are hundreds of millions of non-believers on the planet living normal, decent, moral lives. They love their children, care about others, obey laws, and try to keep from doing harm to others just like everyone else. In fact, in predominantly non-believing countries such as in northern Europe, measures of societal health such as life expectancy at birth, adult literacy, per capita income, education, homicide, suicide, gender equality, and political coercion are better than they are in believing societies.4. Myth: Belief in God is compatible with science. In the past, every supernatural or paranormal explanation of phenomena that humans believed turned out to be mistaken; science has always found a physical explanation that revealed that the supernatural view was a myth. Modern organisms evolved from lower life forms, they weren't created 6,000 years ago in the finished state. Fever is not caused by demon possession. Bad weather is not the wrath of angry gods. Miracle claims have turned out to be mistakes, frauds, or deceptions. We have every reason to conclude that science will continue to undermine the superstitious worldview of religion.5. Myth: We have immortal souls that survive death.We have mountains of evidence that makes it clear that our consciousness, our beliefs, our desires, our thoughts all depend upon the proper functioning of our brains our nervous systems to exist. So when the brain dies, all of these things that we identify with the soul also cease to exist. Despite the fact that billions of people have lived and died on this planet, we do not have a single credible case of someone's soul, or consciousness, or personality continuing to exist despite the demise of their bodies.6. Myth: If there is no God, everything is permitted.Consider the billions of people in China, India, and Japan above. If this claim was true, none of them would be decent moral people. So Ghandi, the Buddha, and Confucius, to name only a few were not moral people on this view.7. Myth: Believing in God is not a cause of evil.The examples of cases where it was someone's belief in God that was the justification for their evils on humankind are too numerous to mention.8. Myth: God explains the origins of the universe.All of the questions that allegedly plague non-God attempts to explain our origins still apply to the faux explanation of God. The suggestion that God created everything does not make it any clearer to us where it all came from, how he created it, why he created it, where it is all going. In fact, it raises even more difficult mysteries: how did God, operating outside the confines of space, time, and natural law 'create' or 'build' a universe that has physical laws? We have no precedent and maybe no hope of answering or understanding such a possibility. What does it mean to say that some disembodied, spiritual being who knows everything and has all power, 'loves' us, or has thoughts, or goals, or plans?9. Myth: There's no harm in believing in God.Religious views inform voting, how they raise their children, what they think is moral and immoral, what laws and legislation they pass, who they are friends and enemies with, what companies they invest in, where they donate to charities, who they approve and disapprove of, who they are willing to kill or tolerate, what crimes they are willing to commit, and which wars they are willing to fight.”

Tags : Atheism Belief Buddha Confucius Explanations Gandhi God Harm Morality Myths Myths About Atheism Prayer Religion Science Universe

49. “You-your explanations have made you more tolerable.”

Tags : Explanations Tolerable
Source : The Frenchman's Kiss

50. “We should not delude ourselves into thinking that our historical narratives, as commonly constructed, are anything more than retrofits.”

Tags : Excuses Explanations Rationalization
Source : Civilization: The West and the Rest

51. “Your explanation is good, but your herring doesn't fry, as we say in Ramaldah," he exploded.”

Tags : Excuses Explanations Obyann Merlinger Meadows Ramaldah Rationalization Truth
Source : The Invisible Chains - Part 2: Bonds of Fear

52. “It's a fruitless task, explaining yourself," he said. He was enjoying confessing the truth for once. "Either people get you, or they don't. In fact, even when they get you, it's always…a disappointment.”

Tags : Disappointment Explanations Imperfection
Author : Alethea Black
Source : I Knew You'd Be Lovely

53. “Toward the end of his book, Miller explains his need to unite science and religion: science does not explain the meaning and purpose of life. That may be, but why should we assume religion explains such things any better? Just because religion attempts to answer such questions does not mean its answers are correct. And such answers never seem to achieve any consensus. What is the meaning of life? Your answer is as good as mine--or just as bad.”

Tags : Consensus Explanations Meaning Of Life Science Science And Religion
Author : G.M. Jackson
Source : Debunking Darwin's God: A Case Against BioLogos and Theistic Evolution

54. “We don't know why anything happens or why anything is.”

Tags : Explanations Ignorance Knowledge Reasons
Author : Marty Rubin

55. “When you don’t have explanation for a certain phenomenon, as a real human, you should suspend judgement, instead of concocting supernatural explanations out of ignorance and primordial fanaticism.”

Tags : Brain Brainy Quotes Consciousness Consciousness Mind Brain Explanation Explanations Ignorance Judgement Knowledge Mysticism Naturalism Nature Neurobiology Neuroscience Paranormal Perception Perception Of Reality Rational Rationalism Reality Reasoning Supernatural Truth Wisdom
Source : Principia Humanitas