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My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior. ...
by A. E. van Vogt

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
- A. E. van Vogt

I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
- A. E. van Vogt

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
annual when I was about 12 years old.
- A. E. van Vogt

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased
that a story of mine had been honored.
I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers
and I was impressed with him.
- A. E. van Vogt

 

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise.
Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission,
it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
- A. E. van Vogt

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a
month because I expected my writing to pay my way.
- A. E. van Vogt

Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result
of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
- A. E. van Vogt

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In a sense, there's a great truth to that,
but, also I was a great reader.
- A. E. van Vogt

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.
- A. E. van Vogt

I figure that that has a ten year cycle.
At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried
that I would run into what is known as the writer's block,
the feeling of not being able to do these things.
- A. E. van Vogt

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple
fellow from Canada who seldom,
if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called
literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile
worked in an office for a living.
- A. E. van Vogt

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that
this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do;
with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.
- A. E. van Vogt

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics,
I wrote the beginnings of many stories.
I would get an idea, and then write the beginning,
and then never touch it again.
- A. E. van Vogt

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without
the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting.
I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms
of the usage of the English language.
- A. E. van Vogt

Chum was a British boy's weekly which,
at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book;
and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas
presents for male children.
- A. E. van Vogt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have a theory about that, if you have to say something,
if you have encourage for one second a prospective acting student -
he should not go in to acting.
- Dabney Coleman

The basic theory in twistor theory is not to add extra dimensions.
- Roger Penrose

Freud was a hero.
He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors.
He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which
turned these terrors to stone.
- R. D. Laing

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 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

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

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

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

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

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete
until you have made it so clear that you can explain
it to the first man whom you meet on the street.
- David Hilbert

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

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

Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

Normal science does not aim at novelties of fact or theory and,
when successful, finds none.
- Thomas Kuhn

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

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

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

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

I was a teacher for a long time.
I taught at a community college: voice,
theory, humanities.
And nowadays, music education is a dying thing.
Funding is being cut more and more and more.
- Jon Secada

I call it like the domino theory of reality.
If you can go one step at a time and it seems to make sense,
you can then take your audience into an area that is relatively outlandish.
- Ivan Reitman

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

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

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
- H. L. Mencken

In this movement of colors I find the essence,
which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory.
- Robert Delaunay

A unified theory would put us at the doorstep of a
vast universe of things that we could finally explore with precision.
- Brian Greene

In the absence of evidence, superstition.
It's a Middle Ages thing.
That's my theory anyway.
- Tucker Carlson

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

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

Some men have a silly theory about beautiful women -
that somewhere along the line they'll turn into a monster.
That movie gave them a chance to watch it happen.
- Salma Hayek

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

The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles,
but not to found a strong and lasting accord between
all the elements which compose the nation.
- Giuseppe Mazzini

As the new endogenous growth theory suggests,
TFP growth is closely related to accumulation of the intangible capitals,
such as human capital and research and development.
- Toshihiko Fukui

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

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 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

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

I became intrigued with colour theory.
The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute,
a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season,
amused me.
- John Barton

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution;
and a government ill executed,
whatever may be its theory, must, in practice,
be a bad government.
- Joseph Story

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


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