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Never explain. Our friends don’t need explanations. Our enemies won’t accept them. Every word we utter is used against us. As Jesus said, “Let your answer be yes or no. Everything else is from the devil.”

“Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.”–Benjamin Jowett

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

“Relativity can, for instance, explain that the universe had once been clumped into a dense fireball. But it can never explain how matter actually behaved.”–Alan Guth

“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

“Dickinson is my hero because she was a joker, because she would never explain, because as a poet she confronted pain, dread and death, and because she was capable of speaking of those matters with both levity and seriousness. She’s my hero because she was a metaphysical adventurer.”–Helen Oveyemi.

“You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain.”–Stanley Baldwin

“I don’t sell myself. I’ve never explained my comedy to people who don’t get it. Never complain. Never explain.”–Lisa Lampanelli

Mr. Banks:
Just a moment, Mary Poppins. What is the meaning of this outrage?

Mary Poppins:
I beg your pardon?

Mr. Banks:
Will you be good enough to explain all this?

Mary Poppins:
First of all I would like to make one thing perfectly clear.

Mr. Banks:

Mary Poppins:
I never explain anything.


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