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David Brooks Quotes and Sayings

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To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure;
to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
- David Brooks

What family you were born into matters so much more
than it did before in a perverse way.
- David Brooks

People want reality that tells them how right they are all the time.
- David Brooks

The rich don't exploit the poor.
They just out-compete them.
- David Brooks

 

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how
to talk about character matters more and more.
The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas.
- David Brooks

This death cult has no reason and is beyond negotiation.
This is what makes it so frightening.
This is what causes so many to engage in a sort of mental diversion.
They don't want to confront this horror.
So they rush off in search of more comprehensible things to hate.
- David Brooks

People used to complain that selling a president was
like selling a bar of soap.
But when you buy soap, at least you get the soap.
In this campaign you just get two guys telling you
they really value cleanliness.
- David Brooks

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Highly educated young people are tutored,
taught and monitored in all aspects of their lives,
except the most important, which is character building.
When it comes to this, most universities leave them alone.
- David Brooks

America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain
culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations,
politics is not merely a clash of interests,
but a clash of dreams.
- David Brooks

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.
- Rumi

Love is an endless mystery,
for it has nothing else to explain it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I always felt that the great high privilege,
relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
- Katherine Mansfield

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your
enemies will not believe you anyway.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it well enough.
- Albert Einstein

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What then is time? If no one asks me,
I know what it is.
If I wish to explain it to him who asks,
I do not know.
- Saint Augustine

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me.
- Whoopi Goldberg

I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH.
Because they claim that it the original didn't make money,
so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel?
- Don Bluth

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain.
They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.
- Marlene Dietrich

The existence of an area of free land,
its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement,
explain American development.
- Frederick Jackson Turner

How do I explain Neil Young? Great question!
I explain Neil Young as, I would kill to see his acoustic shows.
- Bob Mould

It is function of government to invent philosophies
to explain the demands of its own convenience.
- Murray Kempton

The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon
called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions,
to explain what the creative process is not.
- Lukas Foss

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work.
Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as
if it were a reasonable process.
- Arthur Erickson

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations
I couldn't otherwise solve or understand.
Meditation comes very naturally to me.
- Anne Stevenson

Science may eventually explain the world of How.
The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation,
philosophy, religion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it.
- Lou Reed

There's an inner feeling you get when you get in a
situation to do well in a game.
It's hard to explain.
- Jim Thome

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.
This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit
means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
- Walt Disney

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete
until you have made it so clear that you can explain
it to the first man whom you meet on the street.
- David Hilbert

There exists no politician in India daring enough to
attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
- Indira Gandhi

I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes.
That's how we learn.
When we compete, we make mistakes.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I cannot explain something that no one has ever figured out.
- Chris Noth

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I've always been interested in a lot of things,
and a lot of things at the same time,
and I always tried to explain them to myself.
I ask a lot of questions.
- Jared Diamond

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
- John Steinbeck

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about.
We could quote things, talk about books we'd read;
you can say something,
you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers

Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to
blow your own trumpet and explain yourself,
which I think has been slightly forgotten.
- Howard Hodgkin

There is nothing that can help you understand your
beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitor.
- Frank Howard Clark

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer.
Art is everything else we do.
- Donald Knuth

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their
nature more difficult to explain than simple,
statistically probable things.
- Richard Dawkins

Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand
and explain the many mysteries of our bodies,
such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination.
- John Cameron

One of my rules is never explain.
A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how
the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes
among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes
or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes.
- Moses Mendelssohn

Never explain, never complain.
- Wallis Simpson

Too many radiologists still believe there is a risk from a chest x-ray.
Few radiologists can explain radiation to the patient
in words the patient can understand.
- John Cameron

There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born,
and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
- Hazel Scott

My mother had to explain that one couldn't compose
a Liszt rhapsody because it was a piece of music that
Liszt himself had composed.
- Sergei Prokofiev

Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much,
Vodka puts my mouth in gear.
I hope this refrain, Will help me explain,
As a matter of fact, I like beer.
- Tom T. Hall

Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature;
it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.
- Werner Heisenberg

It was Jung who first said to explain the symbol as
if talking to a man from mars who knew nothing about our life on earth.
- Henry Reed

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars
why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper,
and then put them in my mouth.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Never explain what you do.
It speaks for itself.
You only muddle it by talking about it.
- Shel Silverstein

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise,
I am not perplexed or doubtful.
I know how to meet them.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution,
though it may explain everything else,
cannot explain itself.
- Goldwin Smith

Because bankers measure their self-worth in money,
and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they're
fine fellows and don't need to explain themselves.
- James Buchan

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in
terms of the not worth knowing.
- H. L. Mencken

Once you accept the existence of God -
however you define him,
however you explain your relationship to him -
then you are caught forever with his presence in the center of all things.
- Morris West

Understanding sometimes is not enough to explain something.
- Robert Ley

I love being onstage and I love to perform.
To be honest with you, I'm more comfortable performing
than I am in an everyday situation,
which I can't quite explain.
- Melanie Chisholm

I believe that I was a dog in a past life.
That's the only thing that would explain why I like
to snack on Purina Dog Chow.
- Dean Koontz

What we can do is to explain as clearly as possible
what the benefits would be of him going down one path,
and what the potential consequences would be if he chooses another path.
- Mitchell Reiss

I'm not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy's charm,
but he took life just as it came.
- Gene Tierney

In the United States women develop MS at approximately twice the rate men do,
and no one can explain why women are affected most
often from the waist down.
- Annette Funicello

Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse.
Read their stories.
How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?
- Bob Uecker

I suppose if you've never bitten your nails,
there isn't any way to explain the habit.
It's not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction -
pride in a job well done.
- Anderson Cooper

My parents were second cousins.
That is enough to explain all of my peculiarities.
- Sargent Shriver

People tell me there are a lot of guys like me,
which doesn't explain why I'm lonely.
- Mort Sahl

When a great team loses through complacency,
it will constantly search for new and more intricate
explanations to explain away defeat.
- Pat Riley

A politician needs the ability to
foretell what is going to happen
tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year.
And to have the ability afterwards
to explain why it didn't happen.
- Winston Churchill


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