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Manfred Eigen Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A theory must be tempered with reality.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial,
gossip among men, especially if it is about women,
is called theory, or idea, or fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

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

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

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

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

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

The problem is that replacement of Quantum Mechanics
by Quantum Field Theory is still very demanding.
- Martin Fleischmann

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

According to the now almost universally accepted theory,
all the races of mankind had a common origin.
- Ellsworth Huntington

I have just got a new theory of eternity.
- Albert Einstein

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

I had become interested in economics,
an interest that was transformed into a lifetime dedication
when I met with the mathematical theory of general economic equilibrium.
- Gerard Debreu

In the book, I make the point that here we have string
theory and here we have twistor theory and we don't
know if either one of them is the right approach to nature.
- Roger Penrose

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge
of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.
- Talcott Parsons

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

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher
is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
- Ty Cobb

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

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

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

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

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence:
Abolish all private property.
- Karl Marx

My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter.
I'm an honest songwriter.
- Billy Bragg

The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ,
the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church
while our Saviour was on earth,
and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
- Charles Hodge

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

Rational behavior requires theory.
Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.
- W. Edwards Deming

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

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

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

Never abandon a theory that explains something until
you have a theory that explains more.
- John McCarthy

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action;
yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
- Virginia Woolf

And capital punishment, however ineffective it may
be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to,
is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory.
- Benjamin Tucker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The state of the world, of course, is constantly changing,
and so is theory.
- Teresa de Lauretis

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'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

Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is,
and not with any theory of it.
- Gerrit Smith

Songwriting is different from music,
although I don't deny now that it would be nice to
have a little more background in music theory.
- Neil Diamond

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

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

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

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

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

Although I know a lot of the previous shuttle flights,
in theory, had their tasks laid out;
but there were still some changes that came along for them.
- Linda M. Godwin

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


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