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All theory is against freedom of the will;
by Samuel Johnson

All theory is against freedom of the will;
all experience for it.
- Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

 

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

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The feeling of friendship is like that
of being comfortably filled with roast beef;
love, like being enlivened with champagne.
- Samuel Johnson

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson [also attributed to Oscar Wilde]

Allow children to be happy in their own way,
for what better way will they find?
- Samuel Johnson

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state,
and so is most beneficial to us.
- Samuel Johnson

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
- Samuel Johnson

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him,
for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
- Samuel Johnson

A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything
than he does of his dinner.
- Samuel Johnson

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

A am a great friend of public amusements,
they keep people from vice.
- Samuel Johnson

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated,
has not the art of getting drunk.
- Samuel Johnson

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince;
but,
one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
- Samuel Johnson

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;
his aim is so exalted that riches,
office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
- Samuel Johnson

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
- Samuel Johnson

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
- Samuel Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty
as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
- Samuel Johnson

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which
a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
- Samuel Johnson

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
- Samuel Johnson

All travel has its advantages.
If the passenger visits better countries,
he may learn to improve his own.
And if fortune carries him to worse,
he may learn to enjoy it.
- Samuel Johnson

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
- Samuel Johnson

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation,
but the only riches she can call her own.
- Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.
- Yogi Berra

I'm very manipulative towards directors.
My theory is that everyone on the set is directing the film,
we're all receiving art messages from the universe
on how we should do the film.
- Jeff Bridges

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

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

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

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

I started working and publishing in price theory by 1938.
- George Stigler

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

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

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

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

My theory about creativity is that the more money one has,
the more creative one can be.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I have never believed in the Wizard of Oz theory of consulting,
that I am all-knowing and all-seeing,
and that everyone around me is kind of a backbencher.
- David Axelrod

Essential to the theory of evolution is the premise
that everything has come into being by itself.
- Walter Lang

If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court,
no one can tell when it will appear again.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

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

Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before.
It's absolutely of its time.
Music moved into the set theory thing,
and moved out of it.
- Harrison Birtwistle

In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were
developed in order to test the theory about how long
particular elements could be,
as parts of so-called free improvisations.
- Evan Parker

Every theory of love, from Plato down,
teaches that each individual loves in the other sex
what he lacks in himself.
- G. Stanley Hall

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence,
that theory must take into account and explain the
mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.
- Arthur Keith

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

What I always try to do is to respond to the song;
I've always rebelled against theory.
- Mark Knopfler

We completely reject the theory of evolution.
- John Ambrose Fleming

My theory is if you have a religion,
it's a good one.
Because some people don't have any at all.
- Tom T. Hall

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

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

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

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


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