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Theory Quotes
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We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Related topics: Wisdom Open Opinion Perspective

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich


 

He who loves practice without theory
is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass
and never knows where he may cast.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

About seven years later I was given a book about the
periodic table of the elements.
For the first time I saw the elegance of scientific
theory and its predictive power.
- Sidney Altman

If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics,
I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to
collapse in deepest humiliation.
- Arthur Eddington

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit
of fundamental questions.
- David Antin

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory
than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory
in which it lives on as a limiting case.
- Albert Einstein

The incorrectness and weaknesses of a theory cause
other minds to formulate the problems more exactly
and in this way scientific progress is made.
- Robert Barany

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does
what it's supposed to do.
- Robert A. Heinlein

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream,
the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter,
than the gloom of despair.
- Thomas Jefferson

I grow daily to honour facts more and more,
and theory less and less.
A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing;
a sentence printed,
if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
- Thomas Carlyle

Don't confuse hypothesis and theory.
The former is a possible explanation;
the latter,
the correct one.
The establishment of theory is the very purpose of science.
- Martin H. Fischer

Funeral by funeral, theory advances.
- Paul Samuelson

An argument fatal to the communist theory,
is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property
is one of the elements of our nature.
- Herbert Spencer

Their films would probably be better if they'd seen a few more films,
which runs counter to this idiotic theory that you
run the risk of being influenced if you see too much.
- Jacques Rivette

Notwithstanding these major arguments the wave theory
initially did not meet with complete acceptance.
- Max von Laue

Our theory is, if you need the user to tell you what you're selling,
then you don't know what you're selling,
and it's probably not going to be a good experience.
- Marissa Mayer

Every theory is a self-fulfilling prophecy that orders
experience into the framework it provides.
- Ruth Hubbard

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

There is no falsification before the emergence of a better theory.
- Imre Lakatos

On the basis of Lorentz's theory, if we limit ourselves
to a single spectral line,
it suffices to assume that each atom (or molecule)
contains a single moving electron.
- Pieter Zeeman

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- George Santayana

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.
The question which divides us is whether it is crazy
enough to have a chance of being correct.
My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
- Niels Bohr

The classical example of a successful research programme
is Newton's gravitational theory:
possibly the most successful research programme ever.
- Imre Lakatos

A theory must be tempered with reality.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Each pursues his own theory, little solicitous to correct
or improve it by an attention to what is advanced by his opponents.
- Thomas Malthus

Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation
between theory and experiment differs sharply from
the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism.
- Imre Lakatos

Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love
of concepts and mathematics,
was a marvelous experience.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

If the theory turns out to be right,
that will be tremendously thick and tasty icing on the cake.
- Brian Greene

My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it.
- Tommy Lasorda

I wanted a theory that would allow one to live outside
the office with the same philosophy one uses inside it.
- Kenneth L. Pike

A theory can be proved by experiment;
but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.
- Manfred Eigen

I worked hard learning harmony and theory when I was
growing up in Chicago in the 1920s.
- Lionel Hampton

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.
- Edward Tufte

The absurd consequences of neglecting structure but
using the concept of order just the same are evident
if one examines the present terminology of information theory.
- Rudolf Arnheim

As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory:
beauty can be perceived but not explained.
- Arthur Cayley

Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical
reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit
and disregard the totality of human nature.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Einstein was searching for String Theory.
It not only reconciles General Relativity to Quantum Mechanics,
but it reconciles Science and the Bible as well.
- Roy H. Williams

I would say that, intellectually, Catholicism had no
more impact on me than did social theory.
- Paul Farmer

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without
experience is mere intellectual play.
- Immanuel Kant

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of
the theory of evolution in the classroom.
- Phyllis Schlafly

My theory about Jack is that he's not a very good parent.
- Victor Garber

Architecture theory is very interesting.
- David Byrne

My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything -
even if you have no clue what you're doing.
- Jessica Alba

It really is a nice theory.
The only defect I think it has is probably common to
all philosophical theories.
It's wrong.
- Saul Kripke

Verbal and nonverbal activity is a unified whole,
and theory and methodology should be organized or created to treat it as such.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Christianity is not a theory or speculation,
but a life; not a philosophy of life,
but a life and a living process.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Beck said he didn't believe in the theory of a song
coming through you as if you were an open vessel.
I agree with him to a certain extent.
- Sheryl Crow

According to the now almost universally accepted theory,
all the races of mankind had a common origin.
- Ellsworth Huntington

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness:
To believe in the indestructible element within one,
and not to strive towards it.
- Franz Kafka

I learnt the theory of movement, which I still teach sometimes.
I was very, very ambitious to learn a skill.
- Diane Cilento

In theory it may seem all right to some,
but when it comes to being made the instrument of the Lord's vengeance,
I myself don't like it.
- Robert Gould Shaw

A theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong.
A model has a third possibility: it may be right,
but irrelevant.
- Manfred Eigen

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is,
and not with any theory of it.
- Gerrit Smith

There was a long history of speculation that in quantum gravity,
unlike Einstein's classical theory, it might be possible
for the topology of spacetime to change.
- Edward Witten

It was not until I got my first job,
at the University of Washington in Seattle,
and began playing chess with Don Gordon,
a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
- Douglass North

I'm a games and theory kind of guy.
I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
- Neil Patrick Harris

There is no complete theory of anything.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Even before I came to Chicago, I had gotten interested
in the existence of dispersion of prices under conditions
which economic theory said would yield a single price.
- George Stigler

Good art theory must smell of the studio,
although its language should differ from the household
talk of painters and sculptors.
- Rudolf Arnheim


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