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Talcott Parsons Quotes and Sayings

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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

If there are four equations and only three variables,
and no one of the equations is derivable from the others
by algebraic manipulation then there is another variable missing.
- Talcott Parsons

A theoretical system does not merely state facts which
have been observed and that logically deducible relations
to other facts which have also been observed.
- Talcott Parsons

Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they
are relevant to the solution of these problems.
- Talcott Parsons

 

Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know,
that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.
- Talcott Parsons

That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated
propositions which involve reference to empirical observations
within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
- Talcott Parsons

Thus, in general, in the first instance,
the direction of interest in empirical fact will be
canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

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Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation
of general statements about empirical fact with the
logical elements and structure of theoretical systems.
- Talcott Parsons

The part an actor played on stage was once written
on a separate roll of paper.
- Talcott Parsons

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

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

The importance of certain problems concerning the facts
will be inherent in the structure of the system.
- Talcott Parsons

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

Of course there may well be particular reasons why
Spencer rather than others is dead,
as there were also particular reasons why he rather
than others made such a stir.
- Talcott Parsons

The functions of the family in a highly differentiated
society are not to be interpreted as functions directly
on behalf of the society,
but on behalf of personality.
- Talcott Parsons

A gloss is a total system of perception and language.
- Talcott Parsons

Now obviously the propositions of the system have reference
to matters of empirical fact;
if they did not,
they could have no claim to be called scientific.
- Talcott Parsons

If observed facts of undoubted accuracy will not fit
any of the alternatives it leaves open,
the system itself is in need of reconstruction.
- Talcott Parsons

The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by
the s subsequent investigation,
that this development has been in large part a matter
of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights
and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other.
- Talcott Parsons

The conception that, instead of this,
contemporary society is at or near a turning point
is very prominent in the views of a school of social scientists who,
though they are still comparatively few,
are getting more and more of a hearing.
- Talcott Parsons

The system becomes logically closed when each of the
logical implications which can be derived from any
one proposition within the system finds its statement
in another proposition in the same system.
- Talcott Parsons

It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact,
intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact -
hence changing general statements about it -
and,
not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

The implications of these considerations justify the
statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge
even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life -
involves implicitly,
if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense.
- Talcott Parsons

From all this it follows what the general character
of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is,
in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself.
- Talcott Parsons

It is probably safe to say that all the changes of
factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory,
resulting in a very great theoretical development,
are completely trivial from any point of view except
their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

Among those who are satisfactory in this respect it
is desirable to have represented as great a diversity
of intellectual tradition,
social milieu and personal character as possible.
- Talcott Parsons

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) PHOTO

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott PHOTO

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington PHOTO

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When life offers you a dream so far
beyond any of your expectations,
it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

It is far more impressive when others
discover your good qualities without your help.
- Judith Martin

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny
can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

I intend to live forever.
So far, so good.
- Steven Wright

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others,
but far enough ahead to motivate them.
- John C. Maxwell

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

Trust in yourself.
Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black


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