„No one can explain this to another just“

—  Henrique Suso, The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant, Context: No one can explain this to another just In this wild mountain region of the 'where' beyond God there is an abyss full of play and feeling for all pure spirits with words. No one can explain this to another just with words. One knows it by experiencing it One knows it by experiencing it.
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„But just what this good patriotism is, no one explains.“

—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Context: Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation. "Yes," they will say, "wrong patriotism is an evil; but there is another kind, the kind we hold." But just what this good patriotism is, no one explains. Patriotism, or Peace? http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism,_or_Peace%3F (1896), translated by Nathan Haskell Dole Variant: I have already several times expressed the thought that in our day the feeling of patriotism is an unnatural, irrational, and harmful feeling, and a cause of a great part of the ills from which mankind is suffering, and that, consequently, this feeling – should not be cultivated, as is now being done, but should, on the contrary, be suppressed and eradicated by all means available to rational men. Yet, strange to say – though it is undeniable that the universal armaments and destructive wars which are ruining the peoples result from that one feeling – all my arguments showing the backwardness, anachronism, and harmfulness of patriotism have been met, and are still met, either by silence, by intentional misinterpretation, or by a strange unvarying reply to the effect that only bad patriotism (Jingoism or Chauvinism) is evil, but that real good patriotism is a very elevated moral feeling, to condemn which is not only irrational but wicked. What this real, good patriotism consists in, we are never told; or, if anything is said about it, instead of explanation we get declamatory, inflated phrases, or, finally, some other conception is substituted for patriotism – something which has nothing in common with the patriotism we all know, and from the results of which we all suffer so severely. Patriotism and Government http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism_and_Government (1900)


„No culture can be explained in terms of one or more leaders“

—  Peter Farb American academic and writer 1929 - 1980
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„Three words [explain my conversion] Authority, Sacraments, Unity. Or put it another way: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.“

—  Ulf Ekman Swedish chaplain 1950
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„Life is just one damn thing after another.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
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„Never explain- your reader is as smart as you. Your reader is not just any reader, but is the rare one with ears in his head.“

—  Basil Bunting Poet 1900 - 1985
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„You don't want another Enron? Here's the law: If you have a company, and it can't explain, in one sentence… what it does… it's illegal!“

—  Lewis Black American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor 1948
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„It's just a penis, it's just a bit of flesh, just this one organ, people think makes you superior to another sex.“

—  Sarah Maple British artist 1985
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