Quotes / Shrug of God

God shuffled His feet
And glanced around
At them
The people cleared their throats
And stared right back
At Him
'Crash Test Dummies, "God Shuffled His Feet"

I don't know what it's about. I'm just the drummer. Ask Peter.
Phil Collins, when asked about the meaning of Genesis' Concept Album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

If youíve made it through this epic mess, I donít know whether to commend you, or call you a sucker. But I do know this: If youíve skipped to the end, please, pleaseÖ just go back. Go back. (Others will know what that means.)

I like the idea that the answers are not given, but imagined. You can create the answers yourself. Whatever you think probably happened, probably did, but even I'm not really sure.
Sharon Draper

Why do we have to come up with all the answers? People think we have all the answers. We don't. We're just the creators. We don't know what we're doing.
Avatar: The Last Airbender creators cartoon

"The primary source of consternation plucked from that Q&A was the ďrevelationĒ that Gamzee is short.
Which was obviously a 4 THE LAFFS answer.
The real answer is
I donít give a shit about how tall anybody is."
Andrew Hussie, via Tumblr

"What will Yellowfang's Secret be about?"
"Yellowfang will be in it. She will have a secret. Bad things will happen."
Vicky Holmes, answering a fan on her Facebook page

"It means I never have to work again."
Don McLean, on the meaning of "American Pie"

Q: Are we really supposed to believe that Zerg Warhounds are now biological units that can morph into structures?
A: Yes! Itís all very complicated and it involves Ribosomes.

Rich: You remember back in the day, we used to joke about calling up Harold Ramis and asking him, "If you shot a living person with a proton pack, would their soul get caught in the stream?"
Mike: He'd say, "lemmie alone, I'm tryin' to sleep!"

But I don't know what this is.
— Author Mercury-the-Queen, about their poem "tonight I am old again".

"Keith isn't imaginary, except, well, it is a video game, so itís all imaginary"
Gabe Newell, on Keith from Left 4 Dead 2

Go not to the writer for advice for she will say both 'yes' and 'no' and 'wait two seconds while I come up with some proto-canonical material that I've never had reason or opportunity to mention to anybody before'.
Diane Duane answering a question on Tumblr [1]

"Well, I could answer it, but that would be contrary to the spirit of storytelling that caused you to write this post in the first place!"
Matthew Colville, in response to a fan thread about the monster's origins, Evolve

"So, I'll give you a serious-ish answer now, actually: We don't really have one.
Lemme explain - this is just one ancillary detail-related query in a long line of such things where quite often, there is pretty much nothing to gain by answering it. In fact, sometimes it's only an unnecessary risk. I'll use your question as an example; There's no real presence accounted for of the Olympics in the Halo fiction (no real need to so far, really lol). So I could give you an answer about the Games' place in the universe and its evolution into the sporting future, but we'd just be making one up strictly for the goal of "answering the question."
But let's say one day for some reason, we find a proper story reason to involve the Olympics (I have no idea why, just go with me), but it doesn't mesh well with the arbitrary answer we gave on some forum or blog - now we either retcon it (which goes over oh so well usually), or we shoehorn it in potentially to the detriment of the original idea. There's just very little reward to the risk.
Now, I'll be honest, that's not to say that there haven't been times where we do due diligence to answer community-requested questions or provide info, we just have to be far more choosy than folks would likely imagine - and for a myriad of reasons.
Jeff Easterling/GrimBrother One replying to a question on the existence of the Olympic games in the 26th century of Halo.

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