Explaining Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Explaining Quotes from Arthur Henderson, Terence Tao, Simon Sinek, Rush Limbaugh, Mahershala Ali. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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It is because I believe that it is in the power of such nations to lead the world back into the paths of peace that I propose to devote myself to explaining what, in my opinion, can and should be done to banish the fear of war that hangs so heavily over the world.
Arthur Henderson
For me, I guess the main motivation is the satisfaction of finally understanding some tricky mathematical concept or phenomenon and then explaining it to others.
Terence Tao
Academic experts may not be good at doing what they are experts in themselves, but they are good at explaining the subject matter to others. They write books, teach courses and offer lessons and give steps others can follow.
Simon Sinek
I think I’m becoming a psychologist in explaining the Republican Party. It’s the only way you can explain ’em. It’s psychological.
Rush Limbaugh
My mom and stepdad were strict. I couldn’t date; I couldn’t go out. And I was a kid who was never good at just taking no for an answer. I needed to understand why. And sometimes they weren’t interested in explaining.
Mahershala Ali
In 1962, President Kennedy succeeded in captivating Americans by explaining the advantages of being the first country to reach the moon and the dangers of allowing another nation to beat us there.
Mario Cuomo
Too often we think we can act without explaining and take decisions without justifying them.
Peter Mandelson
There are, I think, four distinct types of weird story: one expressing a mood or feeling, another expressing a pictorial conception, a third expressing a general situation, condition, legend or intellectual conception, and a fourth explaining a definite tableau or specific dramatic situation or climax.
H. P. Lovecraft
We need scientists and mathematicians explaining why they are excited about their subjects but also why they are important for solving social problems, informing political debate and for the economy.
Marcus du Sautoy
We should keep in mind that it is easy to concoct stories explaining the past or to become confident about dubious scenarios of the future. We should view both explanations and prophecies with skepticism.
Leonard Mlodinow
I roughly draw the scene beforehand to be more confident on the set. Instead of talking and explaining certain things, I try to visually communicate the scene to my team with the story board. This is how I work.
Karthik Subbaraj
Football isn’t nuclear physics, but it’s not so simple that you can make it simple. It takes some explaining to get it across.
John Madden
Sometimes I start off shows by explaining to people that it’s just a bunch of stories – I always say ‘It’s like standup, just less funny.’
Ari Shaffir
A man is, after all, what he loves. But one always feels cornered when asked to explain why one loves this or that person, and what for. In order to explain it – which inevitably amounts to explaining oneself – one has to try to love the object of one’s attention a little bit less.
Joseph Brodsky
Any time I’m at a bar, I’m hoping somebody asks me about the offside rule. Give me four bottles of beer and one bottle of ketchup and I’m going to explain this to you so well because I love explaining soccer.
Brendan Hunt
Religion can have psychological and social roles, but in terms of really explaining how things work, science works differently. Science is based on material elements at the core.
Lisa Randall
When I see the Trump supporters on television explaining themselves, I don’t get a feeling of supreme confidence. They’ve created a revolution, and now maybe they’re a little scared by it.
Robert J. Shiller
For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
H. L. Mencken
You go to a protest, and you’ve got all these different groups saying things you don’t necessarily agree with. If I went to a protest, my placard would have to be very long, explaining the ins and outs of my position.
Mike Bartlett
Feature film can have a major role in explaining ideas and describing peoples’ lives and their struggles.
Steve Bannon
Almost without exception, President Obama begins serious policy discussions by explaining why everyone else is wrong. After he assigns straw men to your views, he enthusiastically attempts to knock them down with a theatrically earnest re-litigation of what you’ve missed about his brilliance.
Mitch McConnell
I find that everything I do is demanding, like Jack Bristow is a complicated man and I do a lot of explaining in the show, it takes a lot of energy and concentration.
Victor Garber
I keep explaining this to people: I can do more than one thing.
Kristian Nairn
Regency literature was too coal-y for me, too long-winded and describey. I preferred modern books where you had to read other books explaining what the first book meant to know what happened.
Sara Pascoe
If you are explaining, you are losing.
J. C. Watts
I would make a genuinely terrible guide. I can’t remember things. I would get half way through telling a story or explaining something and I would get distracted. Oh, and I have absolutely no sense of direction at all.
Bill Bryson
As the President reviewed the state of the union and unveiled his second-term agenda, he fell short of adequately explaining how he intends to set America back on the course of fiscal responsibility and secure the fiscal health of the nation.
Ron Kind
I traveled to Cuba with the intention of speaking with boxers who had turned down enormous offers to leave. When explaining my project to people, again and again I was met with amusement and skepticism.
Brin-Jonathan Butler
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.
Martin Luther
He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it.
Hector Hugh Munro
One of the things I did in my book, I start off with, is explaining how great our grace was: the things we were able to accomplish after the first one-hundred years from slavery.
Burgess Owens
I’ve never been particularly good at explaining or even understanding what this sort of rage is that is so accessible to me. I’m not an out-of-control person, but I can access in my work very easily a feeling of real fury. Thank goodness I’ve channeled it into my work, I guess.
Jason Robert Brown
Hypotheses should be subservient only in explaining the properties of things but not assumed in determining them, unless so far as they may furnish experiments.
Isaac Newton
Instead of explaining the sober facts of mechanics and electricity, I want to say a few words about the debt which we owe to youth; and with your permission I shall consider you as representing here not only the academic youth of Sweden nor even of Europe but also of America.
Felix Bloch
I’m writing a science book – a sort of compendium of all the ways I’ve found of explaining things to my artsy friends over the years.
Ben Miller
In a system of precedent, the new majority bears the weight of explaining why the constitutional vision of their predecessors was flawed and of making the case as to why theirs better captures the meaning of our fundamental law.
Amy Coney Barrett
I do a lot of explaining of where I’m from to Americans.
Colter Wall
When I worked with David LaChappelle, I was stimulated… He was explaining how he does things, how he works. I realized what an artist is, so I thought that’s what dancers should experience.
Sergei Polunin
I was always explaining why my term papers were never on time. I think that’s where I got my acting training!
Greg Kinnear
Considering what a prolific writer Dickens was, the word ‘Dickensian’ could legitimately cover a vast thematic territory, explaining at least some of the variety of its applications.
Matthew Pearl
I realised I had an issue with my mobile phone use when a friend started explaining the virtues of the Fast 800 diet and, while still engaged in the conversation, I pulled out my phone and ordered the book before they had finished their sentence.
Romesh Ranganathan
From a systematic standpoint, I think that capitalism is the best system. I can spend a lot of time explaining why I like communism, but it is actually not a good solution. Nor is socialism. So, capitalism is the right model.
Ben Horowitz
On set is where I feel comfortable. The red carpet stuff, talking about the film, explaining your own life, it doesn’t come naturally. It’s all necessary stuff I suppose but it’s not my strength.
Naomi Watts
The principles behind explaining and educating the product or the elected official is similar, even though the actual execution of it is very, very different.
Frank Luntz
There is no doubt that dissents can serve a useful role by explaining when a justice thinks the majority has gone off the deep end. But unanimity also sends its own powerful message – one that might be eclipsed in the headlines by a sensational dissent but could ultimately have a greater impact.
Neal Katyal
I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.
Van Jones
When someone is in crisis, don’t start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with.
John Ortberg
I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
Anita Diament
Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce
I like writing in an illustrative, descriptive way. I prefer describing to rather than explaining. One, I rarely have anything to say. It’s much more interesting for me to discover some meaning that you didn’t know that you could create.
Samuel Ervin Beam
Whereas in the past people have seen the two sexes as almost incomprehensibly different, now there is a group of people that are explaining the connections between both the genders, literally in the way their biology informs some of their expression.
It was really hard explaining the Web before people just got used to it because they didn’t even have words like click and jump and page.
Tim Berners-Lee
If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
I think Darwinism as a theory explaining evolution within species is incredibly brilliant – just unbelievably, incredibly brilliant.
Ben Stein
From breaking down the latest headlines on ‘FOX News @ Night’ to explaining the complexities of the law, I have had the opportunity to report from the front lines of the major stories emanating out of Washington.
Shannon Bream
India’s obsession with food and its cultural importance in nourishing not just the body, but community and spirituality too, goes some way to explaining why Indian home cooking is hard to beat.
Melissa Leong
Clearly communicate your project: Imagine explaining it to someone not familiar with tech.
Sunil Nagaraj
Explaining ‘The Price Is Right’ is probably going to make it sound like the most moronic show ever. I invite people out of the audience to guess the price of a series of household objects.
Alan Carr
My journey began when I found out about YouTube on how do you make music, and from that, people started explaining me how I had to do it.
Alan Walker
People have to find ways of explaining the work.
Andres Serrano
The notion of getting under the hood and explaining how something works, that’s fairly familiar territory to me.
Scott McCloud
When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that’s how I really started explaining my point of view.
Katy Perry
I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too.
Kevin J. Anderson
I lose myself in music because I can’t be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me.
Robert Smith
That was clearly surprising, interesting – a very interesting milestone was when you can pick up a magazine and read an article about some sort of computer related thing and they mention the word internet without explaining it.
Jon Postel
When it comes to social issues, Republicans don’t just need to be more empathetic. They also need to be more emphatic in explaining to voters what they believe, and why.
Gary Bauer
I wish the private sector worked as hard at explaining its importance as much as the public sector.
Kemi Badenoch
As a legislator, I saw how effective I could be by being transparent, posting and explaining all of my votes.
Justin Amash
No matter how we name and dissect inequality, we must keep explaining the larger downside of such concentrated extreme wealth.
Alissa Quart
Having parents who are chicken sexers – I had trouble explaining that to kids at school!
Lee Isaac Chung
As this body of knowledge has evolved, a much more critical job for researchers and scientists has evolved into explaining and educating policy makers and the public to the risks of global warming and the possible consequences of action or of no action.
John Olver
In the past, if I was in the middle of a situation involving my personal life, I was always keeping it to me and my family. I wasn’t explaining or telling the fans what was going on because they don’t need to know.
Alberto Del Rio
Men love explaining things. But when he’s explaining something and you already know that, it might be tempting to say ‘I already know that.’ Instead, have him explain it to you over and over again. It will make him feel useful and will give you some time to think about out how to avoid him in the future.
Sarah Cooper
A central task for any campaign is to develop a narrative: a short, simple story explaining where we are, how we got here and where we need to go.
George Monbiot
Where do I begin with ‘The Godfather?’ It’s like explaining why the ‘Bible’ is so popular. I’ll always remember seeing the first one because it was the only time I went to the movies with my grandfather.
Steven Van Zandt
I met a lot of hackers, and some of them were very arrogant. They thought I was stupid because I couldn’t follow what they were talking about. But then I met this great guy whom companies hire to find their security holes, and he was very good about explaining so I could understand.
David Lagercrantz
Explaining to my children, especially my daughter, that I will be dressed as a woman, and will be playing a eunuch was a tough task.
Vishwajeet Pradhan
We all enjoy a magic show, but we don’t demand a Q&A afterward explaining how it was done.
Brie Larson
I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn’t lived here for several years.
Poppy Z. Brite
At a minimum, in explaining evolutionary pathways through time, the constraints imposed by history rise to equal prominence with the immediate advantages of adaptation.
Stephen Jay Gould
The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders.
Leo Burnett
You don’t want to spend your life explaining yourself.
Peter Garrett
I believe things happen that can’t be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world.
Harold Ramis
With novels, you’re representing things. You’re not explaining.
Emma Healey
Public health relies on public trust. Admitting mistakes and explaining prompt corrective actions engender that trust.
Leana S. Wen
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen
It’s notoriously difficult to get actors to go on record speaking about other actors. Such requests are usually met with terse replies from publicists explaining that their clients are on set and too busy to reply.
Nell Scovell
The Republican Party is terrific at determining how a program will impact the federal budget, but we’re not nearly as good as the Democrats in explaining to people how our agenda will directly benefit them and their families.
J. C. Watts
My career is a black comedy of sorts. I spent a lot of time explaining myself to various different groups. But more and more, I’m finding that the desire to communicate, which all these audiences share, is a powerful thing.
G. Willow Wilson
Aesthetics – rather than reason – shapes our thought processes. First comes aesthetics, then logic. ‘Thinking in Numbers’ is not about an attempt to impress the reader but to include the reader, draw the reader in, by explaining my experiences – the beauty I feel in a prime number, for example.
Daniel Tammet
In ‘The Heritage Guide to the Constitution,’ you find a most remarkable collection of scholarly work. Over a hundred people have contributed to explaining what the Constitution says, what it means, how it has been interpreted over the years, and how it is important to people today.
Edwin Meese
I don’t have a great talent for explaining myself in acting because I can’t explain it.
Elaine Stritch
I remember being, like, 4 and 5 and playing in my mom’s closet. But also asking questions like ‘Who’s this?’ and ‘What’s that?,’ and my mom explaining to me, ‘This is a Chanel and this is a Versace.’
EJ Johnson
It’s hard talking about acting, in a way, because it’s like explaining a joke: I do think it loses something in the telling.
Martin Freeman
The more everybody knows about all aspects of the problems we face, the better off all of us will be. Less time spent explaining things means more time for coming up with creative solutions.
Jesse James Garrett
You know, I don’t like talking about music very much. I have quite the hard time explaining myself.
Hildur Gudnadottir
I accept extinction as best explaining disjoined species. I see that the same cause must have reduced many species of great range to small, and that it may have reduced large genera to so small, and of families.
Asa Gray
I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions.
Anita Hill
Debates go on to this day about what caused the Great Depression. Economics is not very good at explaining swings in economic activity.
Eugene Fama
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
I think everybody that coaches… there’s something about their playing career when they’re teaching and explaining… you know, you visualize yourself in that position, then you can explain it.
Jim Harbaugh