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Theory Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Theory

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

In the book, I make the point that here we have string
theory and here we have twistor theory and we don't
know if either one of them is the right approach to nature.
- Roger Penrose

The problem is that replacement of Quantum Mechanics
by Quantum Field Theory is still very demanding.
- Martin Fleischmann

First, Darwinian theory tells us how a certain amount
of diversity in life forms can develop once we have
various types of complex living organisms already in existence.
- Phillip E. Johnson

I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time,
somehow things will work out in the end.
- Larry Bird

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone:
Died of a Theory.
- Jefferson Davis

My theory is, independent movies only work if you're
willing to push the material and do something different.
- Balthazar Getty

I love it now that a large minority of people who are
handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled.
This is all part of the game, like queer theory.
- Leslie Fiedler

My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
- Mike Myers

Here is the real domino theory - gay man to gay man,
bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby,
they all fall down and someday it will come to you.
- Anna Quindlen

I never wanted to do the same kind of movies over and over anyway,
so my theory on it all is I'm just gonna try and dodge
the label and keep doing what I am doing.
- Matt Damon

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

I don't like writing essays or theory.
- Adrian Mitchell

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

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge
of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.
- Talcott Parsons

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

Songwriting is different from music,
although I don't deny now that it would be nice to
have a little more background in music theory.
- Neil Diamond

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

Read no history: nothing but biography,
for that is life without theory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue:
it is an intellectual crime.
- 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

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is,
it doesn't matter how smart you are.
If it doesn't agree with experiment,
it's wrong.
- Richard P. Feynman

Meanwhile, the originator of a theory may have a very lonely time,
especially if his colleagues find his views of nature unfamiliar,
and difficult to appreciate.
- Peter D. Mitchell

I had become interested in economics,
an interest that was transformed into a lifetime dedication
when I met with the mathematical theory of general economic equilibrium.
- Gerard Debreu

So when you ask me how string theory might be tested,
I can tell you what's likely to happen at accelerators
or some parts of the theory that are likely to be tested.
- Edward Witten

My theory is, if you can do comedy and you can be in
a scene with someone like Brad Garrett and hold your own,
you've really got a future in this business.
- Faith Ford

It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just
theory will always be confirmed by experiment.
- Thomas Malthus

In essence, String Theory describes space and time,
matter and energy, gravity and light,
indeed all of God's creation...
as music.
- Roy H. Williams

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

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial,
gossip among men, especially if it is about women,
is called theory, or idea, or fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

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

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder,
you must expect him to scream, and you need not be
surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence:
Abolish all private property.
- Karl Marx

I'm a firm believer that in the theory that people
only do their best at things they truly enjoy.
It is difficult to excel at something you don't enjoy.
- Jack Nicklaus

A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.
- Edgar Watson Howe

The oldest theory of contract is I think negative.
- Frederick Pollock

The monopoly of science in the realm of knowledge explains
why evolutionary biologists do not find it meaningful
to address the question whether the Darwinian theory is true.
- Phillip E. Johnson

It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence
in the observational results that are put forward until
they are confirmed by theory.
- Arthur Eddington

I have a tendency to often share the point of view
of the conspiracy theory.
- Marion Cotillard

Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance.
- Morris Kline

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

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

This success led my theoretical group to the chemical reactivity theory,
extending more and more widely the range of compound
and reactions that were discussed.
- Kenichi Fukui

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

I am not the kind of girl who can trust a theory based on one person.
- Brigitte Boisselier

Many, many, many small moves of many kinds can bring a way to manage change.
The theory can come later.
- Flora Lewis

My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.
- Charles Lamb

The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ,
the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church
while our Saviour was on earth,
and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
- Charles Hodge

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much.
Circumstances affect it so much.
- Derek Bailey

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

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

Life is so unlike theory.
- Anthony Trollope

We don't regard any scientific theory as the absolute truth.
- Kenneth Miller

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

Postmodernism is an academic theory,
originating in academia with an academic elite,
not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.
- Catharine MacKinnon

I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple:
drink in different pubs to your other half.
- Jilly Cooper

I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot
by people outside of school,
it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough
they'd take sympathy on me.
- Daniel Johns

Suspense is very important.
Even though this is humor and they're short stories,
that theory of building suspense is still there.
- Sergio Aragones

The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure
he is one of God's children,
but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.
- H. L. Mencken


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