speak for itself

speak for itself/themselves

To have a clear meaning or explanation. I think my work these past few months speaks for itself and makes me more than qualified for this position.
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speak for itself

 and speak for themselves
[for something] not to need explaining; to have an obvious meaning. The facts speak for themselves. Tom is guilty. Your results speak for themselves. You need to work harder.
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speak for itˈself/themˈselves

be so clear or obvious that no explanation or comment is needed: The expressions on their faces spoke for themselves — they hated the song.
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References in classic literature ?
I know myself that one cannot help one's sympathies and antipathies," thought Prince Andrew, "so it will not do to present my proposal for the reform of the army regulations to the Emperor personally, but the project will speak for itself.
The story of the Odyssey, abbreviated [13] in very simple prose, for children--of all ages--will speak for itself.
If he could be privately recommended--' She stopped, and left the unfinished sentence to speak for itself.
Our conduct, Sir,' said Dodson, 'will speak for itself, and justify itself, I hope, upon every occasion.
camarades, I think that I may let my plunder speak for itself.
A brave man's hand can speak for itself, it does not even need a woman's love to hear its music.
It should speak for itself if I could find it, but I cannot, and only remember that it was a "male nurse and constant attendant" that was "wanted for an elderly gentleman in feeble health.
The poetry of the language, the drama, the passion speaks for itself - did speak for itself.
Though sensitive to the nuances of history, the scheme has a boldness in both conception and execution that lets architecture of all eras speak for itself.
With few false notes, minimal preaching, and no apologies, Patterson puts our system on trial by letting the appellate process speak for itself.
He prefers to let the record speak for itself and let readers draw their own conclusions.
After 9/11, Huntington fell silent, allowing his thesis to speak for itself.
Their uniformity, set against the artist's coy diffidence and seemingly arbitrary methodology, leads to the conclusion that Hockney is satisfied to let his new vision speak for itself.
There is also a post that may once have held an explanatory marker, but now the tree is left to speak for itself, which it does eloquently.
WilkinsonEyre decided to allow the scale of the building to speak for itself and to let the pavilions and exhibits become events within the vast space, linked horizontally by bridges and walkways and vertically by the re-used transformer building.