Top 99 Explanation Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Explanation Quotes from famous people such as Paul Polman, Will Rogers, W. Somerset Maugham, Henry M. Morris, Edmund Morgan, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The moral case for gender equality is obvious. It shoul

The moral case for gender equality is obvious. It should not need any explanation.
Paul Polman
Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.
Will Rogers
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
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
Few words in any language carry such a load of meaning as ‘honor.’ It is an old word, unchanged even in its spelling from classical Latin to modern English. Spoken or written, it does not seem to require much explanation; most people think they know what it means.
Edmund Morgan
Evolution is a fact. It is the best explanation of what is known from observations. It’s a theory as powerful as the theory of gravity.
Donald Johanson
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.
D. H. Lawrence
Even if your novel occurs in an unfamiliar setting in which all the customs and surroundings will seem strange to your reader, it’s still better to start with action. The reason for this is simple. If the reader wanted an explanation of milieu, he would read nonfiction. He doesn’t want information. He wants a story.
Nancy Kress
A lot of fighters are counted out after a loss, and it’s really what you do afterward that offers an explanation to your career.
Mikey Garcia
‘The Guardian,’ with its deep journalistic traditions, is careful about context and explanation. It sees itself as a gatekeeper, and it worries about consequences.
Graydon Carter
Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature, because any observation or process of inference about our origin and the nature of the universe disproves creationism in every respect.
Bill Nye
The Joker that Christopher Nolan created in ‘The Dark Knight’ had the scar across his mouth, and the first time you heard his explanation for it, he makes you believe that’s how he got it. But then you get into the film, and every time he talks about his scar, it’s a totally different story.
The Weeknd
For a long time, the paranormal was a legitimate area of explanation for quite a lot of people.
Tony Robinson
This is football, no more explanation, sometimes the best team does not win.
Sergio Busquets
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
From a victim’s point of view, our justice system is hardly fit for purpose. No doubt individual failings by police and prosecutors provide part of the explanation.
Keir Starmer
I hate it when I’m reading a comic, and the dialogue looks like stickers stuck on top to explain what’s going on. For me the best is when your eye goes in a certain point and moves through the composition and then springs out on the dialogue, or gets confused in the image and then goes to the dialogue for an explanation.
Denise Mina
Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer.
Anthony Hopkins
Stupidity trumps Machiavelli almost every time when you are looking for an explanation.
Robert Foster Bennett
Astonishingly, in spite of decades of research, there is no agreed theory of cancer, no explanation for why, inside almost all healthy cells, there lurks a highly efficient cancer subroutine that can be activated by a variety of agents – radiation, chemicals, inflammation and infection.
Paul Davies
Good luck needs no explanation.
Shirley Temple
Sometimes the fantasy writers set their novels in an ancient Earth, sometimes a parallel Earth, or, quite often, they offered no explanation at all as to the temporal and geographic location.
Adrian McKinty
Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that’s because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.
Richard Dawkins
The reason people turn to supernatural explanations is that the mind abhors a vacuum of explanation. Because we do not yet have a fully natural explanation for mind and consciousness, people turn to supernatural explanations to fill the void.
Michael Shermer
Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.
Anaxagoras
Along with my colleagues Mark Warner and Sheldon Whitehouse, I have been working to end the process of secret holds, which is when senators anonymously block legislation or nominations without explanation.
Claire McCaskill
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
We should get used to the idea that we’ll probably never be able to find – and confirm – a good explanation of the ultimate origin of the universe, though I see no reason to believe that we can’t press much further on this question than we have managed to date.
Daniel Dennett
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
Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
Eugene Ionesco
Evolution is an indispensable component of any satisfyi

Evolution is an indispensable component of any satisfying explanation of our psychology.
Steven Pinker
Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics.
Steven Pinker
If you step back a little and say we want to do A.I., then you will realize that A.I. needs knowledge, reasoning, and explanation.
Oren Etzioni
I came to realise that Darwinian evolution had no explanation of me as an experiencing self.
John Eccles
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
There’s a difference between telling a story and not providing an explanation because you just don’t do it well or pull it off.
Brad Anderson
Sitting on a bedroom floor crying is something that makes you feel really alone. If someone’s singing about that feeling, you feel bonded to that person. That’s the only way I can find an explanation for why 55,000 people would want to come see me sing.
Taylor Swift
From the point of view of many scientists, gods represent an explanation for the unknown. Scientists are focused on trying to understand the unknown, so there is a fundamental conflict. That said, some scientists find religion useful and perhaps even fulfilling.
Stanley B. Prusiner
The ideal feminist world shouldn’t be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire. We shouldn’t be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting attention, either. We don’t owe anyone an explanation.
Emily Ratajkowski
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
Hector Hugh Munro
I don’t listen to music. I know it’s weird, and I have no explanation for that. But I never do.
Leila Slimani
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
When you’re a liar, a person of low moral fortitude, really any explanation you need to be true can be true. Especially if you’re smart enough. You can figure out a way to justify anything.
Samuel Witwer
I believe the most compelling explanation of Obama’s actions is that he is, just like his father, an anti-colonialist.
Dinesh D’Souza
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
I marvel to think that the Son of God would condescend to save us, as imperfect, impure, mistake-prone, and ungrateful as we often are. I have tried to understand the Savior’s Atonement with my finite mind, and the only explanation I can come up with is this: God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I don’t know – it’s a bit of a mystery of how things come about when they do. I don’t have a scientific explanation for it. Sometimes when you’re writing a song, you don’t know where you’re going.
Robbie Robertson
It could be the case that all the studies supporting a warming planet are wrong; science always leaves that door open, but anthropogenic climate change remains the best explanation for a mountain of data that scientists have been poring over for a century.
Kyle Hill
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
I crave and seek a natural explanation of all phenomena upon this earth, but the word ‘natural’ to me implies more than mere chemistry and physics. The birth of a baby and the blooming of a flower are natural events, but the laboratory methods forever fail to give us the key to the secret of either.
John Burroughs
I think the traditional explanation is that demons just find someone, they pick on them and try to break down their spirit so they can… take control of their bodies. Why exactly? I don’t know.
Oren Peli
The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
Bruce Barton
It strikes me that people want to be engaged, and that those who go into a bookstore in a time of crisis are much more likely to be looking for explanation than for escapism.
Michael Korda
We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.
Anthony Hopkins
The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.
Angelus Silesius
I would love to give you a more in-depth coherent explanation of my view of the soul, and if I had one I would. The soul and my concept of it are as ephemeral as anybody’s, and possibly more so.
Joss Whedon
The normative theoretical claim that a higher stage is philosophically a better stage is one necessary part of a psychological explanation of sequential stage movement.
Lawrence Kohlberg
From the beginning, I knew intuitively that if nothing else, music was safe, and that nobody could tell me anything about it. Music didn’t need a middleman, whereas all the other things in school needed some kind of explanation.
Eric Clapton
I have always been fascinated by the way things work and how they came to take the form that they did. Writing about these things satisfies my curiosity about the made world while at the same time giving me an opportunity to design a new explanation for the processes that shape it.
Henry Petroski
If you asked me why I went to jail, the easiest explanation would be to say, ‘Because I’m black.’
Jay IDK
I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.
Paulo Coelho
The transgressive nature of biography is rarely acknowl

The transgressive nature of biography is rarely acknowledged, but it is the only explanation for biography’s status as a popular genre.
Janet Malcolm
Obama’s explanation for the slowdown in economic growth is that the public sector is hurting, and that’s where Washington must step in and act.
John Podhoretz
My husband was a serial adulterer, and there was nothing I could do about it: no questions I could ask him, no argument I could have with him, no explanation he could give me or pleas he could make for forgiveness.
Ingrid Seward
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
I kind of think that if you show conspiracy theorists a photo of the dead Bin Laden they will come up with an explanation for why it’s really a Photoshopped picture of Bin Laden asleep. Or his dead cousin Fred. Donald Trump apparently believes that Bin Laden is dead, so that ought to be enough for the Middle East.
Gail Collins
An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
C. S. Lewis
The reason for natural selection’s great success is that it provides a satisfying explanation of how evolution might have occurred: individual organisms vary, and if those variations are inherited, the successful ones will survive and propagate and pass down their desirable traits to succeeding generations.
John Tyler Bonner
Behavioral economics offers a plausible explanation for overreactions by the market. For example, a long period of bad performance can lead to stereotyping.
Richard Thaler
We work for the public, and I believe that if a senator wants to block a piece of legislation or a nominee, they owe the public an explanation.
Claire McCaskill
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
In the ‘Revelation Space’ books, the spaceships are a bit old and rusty, and things go wrong, and they don’t work quite how they’re meant to. And people asked why I did it this way, and groping around for an explanation, I said that I grew up in Barry, this post-industrial sea town full of rusting infrastructure.
Alastair Reynolds
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
The curious thing about the Ready-Made is that I’ve never been able to arrive at a definition or explanation that fully satisfies me. There’s still magic in the idea, so I’d rather keep it that way than try to be exoteric about it.
Marcel Duchamp
Gaming is our cultural bogeyman – we blame it for everything from child obesity to violence to short attention spans. But any explanation that fits every situation ultimately explains nothing.
Naomi Alderman
I guess something that I’ve noticed from American acts who had success in touring is more of an explanation as to their music. Which is I think quite funny. I think British acts might like to leave more to the imagination – maybe a bit more obscure perhaps – a bit more shy.
Ben Lovett
We live in a diverse nation, but it isn’t that diverse. If any one state showed results so dramatically different from the results in each of the other 50 states, the likeliest explanation would be that someone had tampered with the polls.
Timothy Noah
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
Red Auerbach
Mark Ruffalo is Mark Ruffalo – no explanation needed. He has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met, and he’s sort of the Dave Schultz of the entertainment industry.
Bennett Miller
There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.
Russell Crowe
Prediction is certainly a valuable goal in science, but not the only one. Explanation is also important, and there are plenty of sciences that do a lot of explaining and not much predicting.
Eric Maskin
Incompetence is a better explanation than conspiracy in most human activity.
Peter Bergen
But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn’t a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected.
Javier Bardem
I know the world of opera so intimately: historical sweep, sharply defined characters, not too rational an explanation of what’s going on. It’s a feast.
James A. Michener
A lot of the lyrics I write involve images that just swing the song in a way that feels really good to me and there isn’t a literal explanation. They’re not riddles for the listener to solve.
Matt Berninger
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
With the exception of gravitation and radioactivity, all of the phenomena known to physicists and chemists in 1911 have their ultimate explanation in the laws of quantum electrodynamics.
Richard P. Feynman
Friendship is the complete explanation of what a Cheetah Girl is – if you have that true friendship, you can conquer anything you want.
Sabrina Bryan
‘Endgame’ resists narrative and even thematic explanation. How you play it has to reflect this. If you decide something too much in advance, you forget the element that gives the play life – the audience.
Simon McBurney
There is no doubt that religion had already waned under the onslaught of the Enlightenment, but it was Freud who provided the radically new understanding of human nature that made any religious explanation of the whats and whys of our personhood seem naive.
Tony Campolo
Why would you give me so much money and not try to win? What on earth is the point of that? They have to be serious about winning going forward. There’s no other logical explanation.
Giancarlo Stanton
Becoming a father is incredible. There is no explanation for the feeling.
Ruben Neves
The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activ

The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activist mindset of the courts is in the political arena.
Stockwell Day
But myth is something else than an explanation of the world, of history, and of destiny.
Paul Ricoeur
Working on ‘Beyond,’ I try to give an explanation to death that’s different from the explanation religions have to give. So I made up my own story around all this and how life and death and souls work.
David Cage
Hopefully my music is medicine, some type of antidote for something or some kind of explanation or just to feel good.
Erykah Badu
Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence.
Charles Krauthammer
In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, 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