Quotations on Theory

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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Bizarre, Inexplicable, states, Theory, Universe, Will)

At that time, the academic orientation was rather technical contrary to that of the university, where art theory is very important. The teachers were renowned artists and among the best of that time.
- Ralph Allen
(Keywords: Art, Time, Artists, Teachers, Theory, University)

About seven years later I was given a book about the periodic table of the elements. For the first time I saw the elegance of scientific theory and its predictive power.
- Sidney Altman
(Keywords: Power, Time, Elegance, First, Theory, Years)

Technique! The very word is like a shriek of outraged Art. It is the idiot name given to effort by those who are too weak, too weary, or too dull to play the game. The mighty have no theory of technique.
- Leonard Bacon
(Keywords: Art, Effort, Name, Play, Theory, Word)

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
(Keywords: People, Conflict, Practice, Theories, Theory, Wrong)

I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
- Larry Bird
(Keywords: Work, Time, End, Theory, Will)

It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Nature, Belief, Acceptance, Existence, Rejection, Spirits, Theory, Unbelief, Unity)

I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Computer, Facts, Mind, Theory, Will)

At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations.
- Amar Bose
(Keywords: Body, Expectations, Fortune, Network, Theory, Understanding, Years)

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
(Keywords: Art, Film, Theory, Universe)

What remains constant for me, during the last 15 years, has been the conviction that the cold war was a calamity for the entire world, and that it can be justified by no consideration of theory, nor by any supposed national interest.
- Earl Browder
(Keywords: War, Calamity, Consideration, Conviction, Interest, Theory, World, Years)

My mom would give me a piece to play, but I wouldn't do any theory because when it came time to do it I would sneak back upstairs and watch TV. So, I had these kind of nonchalant lessons for years, then it just started soaking in.
- Vanessa Carlton
(Keywords: Mom, Time, Play, Theory, Years)

Sense data are much more controversial than qualia, because they are associated with a controversial theory of perception - that one perceives the world by perceiving one's sense-data, or something like that.
- David Chalmers
(Keywords: Perception, Sense, Theory, World)

If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court, no one can tell when it will appear again.
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Keywords: Court, Theory, Will)

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father, that as soon as some people learn that in this book which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, I ascribe certain motions to the Earth, they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Keywords: Father, People, Earth, Theory, Will)

My object will be, first, to show by what connections the history of the fossil bones of land animals is linked to the theory of the earth and why they have a particular importance in this respect.
- George Cuvier
(Keywords: History, Animals, Earth, First, Importance, Land, Respect, Theory, Will)

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins
(Keywords: Doubt, Earth, Evolution, Open, Sun, Theory, Today)

A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.
- Richard Dawkins
(Keywords: Religion, God, Physics, Theory, Universe)

You know, some of the good part of blog theory was that blogs would be like diaries that the world could read. They would be spontaneous, whatever pops into your mind, as a diary would be.
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Keywords: Diaries, Mind, Theory, World)

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
(Keywords: Being, May, Right, Theory, Wrong)

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Action, Theory, Worth)

Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.
- Richard P. Feynman
(Keywords: God, Deep, End, Evil, Man, Mystery, Struggle, Theory, Uncertainty)

The theory of evolution is totally inadequate to explain the origin and manifestation of the inorganic world.
- John Ambrose Fleming
(Keywords: Evolution, Theory, World)

The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
- Milton Friedman
(Keywords: Government, Civilization, Order, Self, Theory, World)

The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention argues that no two countries that are both part of the same global supply chain will ever fight a war as long as they are each part of that supply chain.
- Thomas Friedman
(Keywords: War, Conflict, Countries, Fight, Prevention, Theory, Will)

Your candor is worth everything to your cause. It is refreshing to find a person with a new theory who frankly confesses that he finds difficulties, insurmountable, at least for the present.
- Asa Gray
(Keywords: Candor, Cause, Difficulties, Present, Theory, Worth)

If the theory turns out to be right, that will be tremendously thick and tasty icing on the cake.
- Brian Greene
(Keywords: Right, Theory, Will)

Given the devaluation of literature and of the study of foreign languages per se in the United States, as well as the preponderance of theory over text in graduate literature studies, creative writing programs keep literature courses populated.
- Marilyn Hacker
(Keywords: Literature, states, Study, Theory, United, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Being, Open, Theories, Theory, World)

If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
- Stephen Hawking
(Keywords: Time, People, Scientists, Theory, Universe)

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?
- Stephen Hawking
(Keywords: Fire, Rules, Theory, Universe)

You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It's the same thing with psychotherapy.
- James Hillman
(Keywords: War, Blame, Fault, Theory, Vietnam)

Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it's also in the system, the society.
- James Hillman
(Keywords: Society, Theory, Trouble, Wrong)

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Science, Common sense, Fact, Theory, Ugly)

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Power, Existence, Right, Struggle, Theory, Thinking, World)

All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Experience, Freedom, Theory, Will)

The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, always united theory and applications in equal measure.
- Felix Klein
(Keywords: Mathematicians, Measure, Theory, United)

You buy any book on color theory today, and it's just complete poppycock. Everybody comes out of school painting pink, purple and green. The whole damn cartoon industry has pink purple and green on their mind.
- John Kricfalusi
(Keywords: Mind, Painting, School, Theory, Today)

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
(Keywords: Theories, Theory, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: Marriage, Women, Difference, State, Theory, Want)

I say let's respond as best we can to the victims and their families.
- Christian Lous Lange
(Keywords: Society, Civilization, Development, Community, Facts, Mankind, Respect, Spiritual, Theory, World)

The state of the world, of course, is constantly changing, and so is theory.
- Teresa de Lauretis
(Keywords: State, Theory, World)

I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won't matter if I get this guy out.
- Bill Lee
(Keywords: Earth, Now, Space, Sun, Theory, Will, Years)

If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years for mainstream science to come around. Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so.
- James Lovelock
(Keywords: Science, Evolution, Theory, Years)

Agricultural practice served Darwin as the material basis for the elaboration of his theory of Evolution, which explained the natural causation of the adaptation we see in the structure of the organic world. That was a great advance in the knowledge of living nature.
- Trofim Lysenko
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Evolution, Living, Practice, Theory, World)

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
(Keywords: Women, Theory, World)

My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years.
- Margaret Mahy
(Keywords: Work, Living, Night, Theory, Writer, Writers, Years)

It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just theory will always be confirmed by experiment.
- Thomas Malthus
(Keywords: Truth, Philosophy, Theory, Will)

There are a lot of people out there who are just waiting that we fail. They brought up the theory that we're one-hit wonders and they want us to fall flat on our noses, just to prove them right.
- Mark McGrath
(Keywords: People, Noses, Right, Theory, Waiting, Want, Wonders)

My job was to teach the whole corpus of economic theory, but there were two subjects in which I was especially interested, namely, the economics of mass unemployment and international economics.
- James Meade
(Keywords: Economics, Job, Theory, Unemployment)



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