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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree
of life springs ever green.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike;
there is but one step from envy to hate.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unlike grown-ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought;
what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws,
which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is.
Treat a man as he can and should be,
and he will become as he can and should be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be,
and you'll help them to become
what they are capable of becoming.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A useless life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be above it!
Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person hears only what they understand.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A noble person attracts noble people,
and knows how to hold on to them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An unused life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire,
but my heart is all my own.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All things are only transitory.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A creation of importance can only be produced when
its author isolates himself,
it is a child of solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Age merely shows what children we remain.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I just never subscribed to the theory that at age 55,
you fall off the face of the earth on the Tour.
I always felt that was too young of an age for that.
- Hale Irwin

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

In so far as such a theory is empirically correct it
will also tell us what empirical facts it should be
possible to observe in a given set of circumstances.
- Talcott Parsons

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

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

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

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
- Benito Mussolini

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

When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it
be the music that I wanted.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art,
a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system.
Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

Einstein explained his theory to me every day,
and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it.
- Chaim Weizmann

I do not believe in censorship, but I believe we already
have censorship in what is called marketing theory,
namely the only information we get in mainstream media is for profit.
- Sam Sheppard

The Freudian theory is one of the most important foundation
stones for an edifice to be built by future generations,
the dwelling of a freer and wiser humanity.
- Thomas Mann

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

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

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

Architecture doesn't come from theory.
You don't think your way through a building.
- Arthur Erickson

Nevertheless, the realization that breaking a pencil
point would have far less disastrous consequences played little or no role,
I believe, in this decision to explore theory!
- Rudolph A. Marcus

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

There is no controversy within science over the core
proposition of evolutionary theory.
- Kenneth Miller


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