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Harlow Shapley Quotes and Sayings

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Theories crumble, but good observations never fade.
- Harlow Shapley

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball.
Unfortunately, neither of them works.
- Charley Lau

Our tradition of political thought had its definite
beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle.
I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.
- Hannah Arendt

A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas
and theories as of obsessions.
- Emile M. Cioran

 

I wouldn't have thought that a wrong theory should
lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field
theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes.
- Edward Witten

The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail,
with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which
once seemed to possess eternal life.
- Arthur Koestler

Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is
that it should produce new facts.
The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one.
- Imre Lakatos

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In making theories, always keep a window open so that
you can throw one out if necessary.
- Bela Lugosi

While there I began to study the Asian religions as theories of mind.
- Daniel Goleman

Some of you may have been hoping that today I would
speak about Lucien Bouchard's latest economic theories.
But I have decided to spare him for the time being:
after all,
he is a man.
- Kim Campbell

Theories of love are found in the works of scientists,
philosophers, and theologians.
- Mortimer Adler

Most of the research which is done is determined by
the requirement that it shall,
in a fairly obvious and predictable way,
reinforce the approved or fashionable theories.
- Celia Green

During the many centuries that magic,
here on this planet, was presumed to have worked,
there were at least as many theories as to how magic
worked as there were cultures and religions.
- Lynn Abbey

We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts
and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers,
magazines and digests.
- Henry Miller

Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.
- Edith Hamilton

Our best theories are not only truer than common sense,
they make more sense than common sense.
- David Deutsch

On a group of theories one can found a school;
but on a group of values one can found a culture,
a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
- Ignazio Silone

Theories are patterns without value.
What counts is action.
- Constantin Brancusi

One of my theories is that men love with their eyes;
women love with their ears.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity;
rather,
the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
- George Eliot

One of our theories is that one can offset this excessive
compulsion toward the spectacular with a return to simplicity.
- Rem Koolhaas

There's no such thing as 'facts of life'.
Only standing theories that haven't been disproved as of yet.
- Simon Travaglia

Strong and convincing art has never arisen from theories.
- Mary Wigman

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as
a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy
because it is an exalted activity will have neither
good plumbing nor good philosophy:
neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
- John W. Gardner

Academics love to make theories about a body of work,
but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
- Jeanette Winterson

Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment.
- Allen Tate

The only time I commit to conspiracy theories is when
something way retarded happens.
Like Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone.
- Joe Rogan

And the continuity of our science has not been affected
by all these turbulent happenings,
as the older theories have always been included as
limiting cases in the new ones.
- Max Born

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

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

In art, theories are as useful as a doctor's prescription;
one must be sick to believe them.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories
both of religion and science.
But he regards these theories not as statements of
ultimate fact but as art-forms.
- John B. S. Haldane

Theories are always very thin and insubstantial,
experience only is tangible.
- Hosea Ballou

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories
for which we have no use.
- Gustave Flaubert

A work of art that contains theories is like an object
on which the price tag has been left.
- Alexander Pope

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children;
now I have six children,
and no theories.
- John Wilmot

Sure, science involves trial and error.
Scientists refine theories each day.
But as they do, they help us grasp more clearly the
wonders of the world and the universe.
- Tony Snow

It is a test of true theories not only to account for
but to predict phenomena.
- William Whewell

No religious position is loyally served by refusing
to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts.
- Norman Lamm

Very dangerous things, theories.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I am more fond of achieving than striving.
My theories must prove to be facts or be discarded as worthless.
My efforts must soon be crowned with success,
or discontinued.
- Carolyn Wells

Theories pass.
The frog remains.
- Jean Rostand

The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected
because they contain bad explanations,
not because they fail experimental tests.
- David Deutsch

The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th
century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
- M. H. Abrams

From whichever angle one looks at it,
the application of racial theories remains a striking
proof of the lowered demands of public opinion upon
the purity of critical judgment.
- Johan Huizinga

The artist discards all theories, both his own and those of others.
He forgets everything when he is in front of his canvas.
- Georges Rouault

Evolutionary cosmology formulates theories in which
a universe is capable of giving rise to and generating
future universes out of itself,
within black holes or whatever.
- Robert Nozick

Other psychological theories say a good deal about compensation.
- Allen Tate

Before I married, I had three theories about raising
children and no children.
Now, I have three children and no theories.
- John Wilmot

I know my theories and findings are hard for you to
accept because they are so original and extraordinary.
- Alex Chiu

Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again.
- Karl Popper

It is always incorrect to assume you can know what
someone's moral convictions are based on their philosophical theories.
- Stanley Fish

Theories of evolution must provide for the creative
acts which brought such theories into existence.
- Michael Polanyi

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian
elements have found in my writings something to hang
their peculiar beatnik theories on.
- Jack Kerouac

Facts do not speak for themselves.
They speak for or against competing theories.
Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.
- Thomas Sowell

I think the point to be understood is that we're all different.
I've never been a fan of theories of acting.
I didn't go to drama school, so I was never put through
a training that was limited by someone saying,
'This is the way you should act.'
- Ian Mckellen

Things are still in early stages, but one can imagine
that as we build up and systematize our theories of these associations,
and try to boil them down to their core,
the result might point us toward the sort of fundamental principles I advocate.
- David Chalmers

Every theory presented as a scientific concept is just that;
it's a theory that tries to explain more about the
world than previous theories have done.
It is open to being challenged and to being proven incorrect.
- Marvin Harris

The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring
to any particular scale of size or complexity,
nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy,
but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.
- David Deutsch

In my opinion, assassination theories will continue
to revolve around these assassinations as they have
around several other significant assassinations in American history.
The assassination of President Lincoln comes to mind.
- Louis Stokes

A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems;
a better mathematician is one who can see analogies
between proofs and the best mathematician can notice
analogies between theories.
- Stefan Banach

There is a class, moreover, by whom all these scientific theories,
and more are held as ascertained facts,
and as the basis of philosophical inferences which
strike at the root of theistic beliefs.
- Asa Gray

It is quite interesting that whilst there are tremendous theories,
in the 1960s when IT was born, everybody was supposedly
going to their cottage in the countryside to work in a virtual way.
- Richard Rogers

I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that
I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine.
I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then,
if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker
who will attain final success.
- Wilbur Wright

Like all social theories, internationalism must seek
its basis in the economic and technical fields;
here are to be found the most profound and the most
decisive factors in the development of society.
- Christian Lous Lange

In the little hall leading to it was a rack holding
various Socialist or radical newspapers,
tracts, and pamphlets in very small print and on very bad paper.
The subjects treated were technical Marxist theories.
- Agnes Smedley

In approaching our subject it will be best,
without attempting to shorten the path by referring
to famous theories of the drama,
to start directly from the facts, and to collect from
them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

And now, without having wearied my friends,
I hope, with detailed scientific accounts,
theories, or deductions, I will only say that I have
endeavoured to tell just the story of the adventure itself.
- Joshua Slocum

We shall suffer no attachment to literature,
no taste for abstract discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories,
to seduce us from our devotion to the cause of the oppressed,
the down trodden, the insulted and injured masses of our fellow men.
- George Ripley

I believe without exception that theory follows practice.
Whenever there is a conflict between theory and practice,
theory is wrong.
As far as I'm concerned, we make theories for what people have done.
- David Baker

On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples;
on the other hand,
in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these
very theories we abhor and verbally condemn.
- Emanuel Celler


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