To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.
I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.
Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like.
Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.
He who believes needs no explanation.
Freud … has not given an explanation of the ancient myth. What he has done is to propound a new myth.
Pale Blue Dot
The Art of War
Long Walk to Freedom
The Sirens of Titan
The World As I See It
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