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A theory can be proved by experiment;
by Manfred Eigen

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

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

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
- Manfred Eigen

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They didn't accept me theory - not a theory,
but just a thought I had about this character.
I noticed that this man only exists when the boy comes into the grocery.
- Omar Sharif

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of times when I sit down with the other comics and try to talk theory,
they say I'm being too serious.
- Joel Hodgson

A major fault, for example, is the fact that,
along with the materialist principle,
Darwin introduced into his theory of evolution reactionary Malthusian ideas.
- Trofim Lysenko

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

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral by funeral, theory advances.
- Paul Samuelson

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

Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television
doesn't influence our culture,
but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything
that relies on television.
- Val Kilmer

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

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

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

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

The proposition that humans have mental characteristics
wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
- Gary L. Francione

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

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

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

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

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

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

The standard growth theory tells us that economic growth
in per capita basis comes from mainly two sources:
capital deepening and total factor productivity growth,
or TFP growth.
- Toshihiko Fukui

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

But the fact a person denies that he is theorising
is no reason for taking him at his word and failing
to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements.
- Talcott Parsons

Architecture theory is very interesting.
- David Byrne

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

Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

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

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

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

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

Mr. DeMille's theory of sexual difference was that
marriage is an artificial state for women.
The want to be taken, ruled, raped.
That was his theory.
- Hedy Lamarr

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

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

A theory must be tempered with reality.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

I have this theory that the likeability question comes
up so much more with female characters created by female
authors than it does with male characters and male authors.
- Curtis Sittenfeld

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

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

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


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