Quotes with explanation
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water.
It would take too long to explain the intimate alliance of contradictions in human nature which makes love itself wear at times the desperate shape of betrayal. And perhaps there is no possible explanation.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.
There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can't compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks... to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't [care] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you — your kid is not autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.
Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid (2008)
Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose." This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use "suddenly" tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
"Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business", The Square Egg (1924)
So long as we have this itch for explanation must we not always carry around with us this cumbersome but precious bag of clues called History?