„To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.“

—  Ram Dass, book Be Here Now

Be Here Now (1971)
Context: I'd get to a point with my colleagues when I couldn't explain any further, because it came down to "To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.".

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