Learn English – Meaning of “The statement stands for itself”

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This was a scene in the show The Big Bang Theory, season 2, episode 9.

Sheldon and Penny are having a conversation on the staircase, which is as follows:

Sheldon: Of the handful of women Leonard's been involved with, she's the only one I have ever found tolerable.

Penny: Well, what about me?

Sheldon: The statement stands for itself.

What does Sheldon's last statement—"The statement stands for itself"—mean?

Best Answer

He means that the earlier statement still stands, that is, he did include Penny in his statement about the handful of woman Leonard has been involved with but doesn't find her tolerable.

You might read it as (I added the first part in italic):

As I said before: of the handful of women Leonard's been involved with, she's the only one I have ever found tolerable.