Quotation Explorer - 'Theory'

It's all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory.
Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities. - Edgar Allan Poe
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. - Immanuel Kant
No book or theory can serve as a substitute for lived experience. - Marty Rubin
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. - H. L. Mencken
The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks. How nonphysicists would scoff if they were able to follow the odd course of developments! - Albert Einstein
Social dynamic theory is philosophy, not politics. There can't be only one correct answer, or there would only be one book." Sharon L Reddy, Worldcon, 1995. - Sharon L. Reddy
I have a theory that movies operate on the level of dreams, where you dream yourself. - Meryl Streep
The theory of karma exists not to bring fear to your heart but to ensure you do not lose hope and give up at the first obstacle that hits your path. - Pooja Ruprell
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. - Karl R. Popper
String theory makes sense to me because the universe is a symphony that creates harmony with the vibration of our strings. - Kamand Kojouri
I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. - Hunter S. Thompson
I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin. - Zooey Deschanel
Asked in 1919 whether it was true that only three people in the world understood the theory of general relativity, [Eddington] allegedly replied: 'Who's the third? - Arthur Stanley Eddington
Emilio, I am getting rusty and old, I cannot follow the highbrow theory developed by Oppenheimer's pupils any more. I went to their seminar and was depressed by my inability to understand them. Only the last sentence cheered me up. It was: "And this is Fermi's theory of beta decay. - Enrico Fermi
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
In Einstein's theory of relativity the observer is a man who sets out in quest of truth armed with a measuring-rod. In quantum theory he sets out with a sieve. - Sir Arthur Eddington
There is nothing more practical than a good theory.
It can be shown that for any nutty theory, beyond-the-fringe political view, or strange religion there exists a proponent on the Net. The proof is left as an exercise for your kill-file.
Jesus is God is the unified field theory of Christianity". - R. Alan Woods
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody 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
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. - Mark Russell
Prison is the only place, where Darwin's Theory of Evolution may seem to work. Survival of the fittest does only work, where the fittest is defined as the most loving. - Raphael Zernoff
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private liberty. - A.E. Samaan
True freedom exists beyond the bounds of our faculty of reason because rational beings can only reason practical freedoms even if first conceived in theory or as an idea. - Adam Kovacevic
Theory is like a book.It's full of meaningless words, a few want to read it and where stays the movie. - Tim Goossens
I have a theory that the truth is never told during the 9 to 5 hours. - Hunter S. Thompson
Without an adequate theory, reality is irrelevant.
Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. - R. Buckminster Fuller
My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing. - Jessica Alba
I'm the Ted Bundy of string theory. - Sam Harris
Similar to theory of relativity, view towards life changes with passage of time! - Malik Pommy
As Richard has pointed out on several occasions, I subscribe to the irregular verb theory of life: I am a trained investigator, you have a healthy curiosity, she/he is a nosy parker. - Val McDermid
My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is. - Chuck Reid
Our ancient Indian Rishis realized that SPACE is a distinct entity with its own properties and called it AAKASA...The West realized it only when Einstein published his Theory of Relativity.... - Ankala V Subbarao
The universe is big, its vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that's the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me. - Steven Moffat
The evolution of higher and of lower forms of life is as well and as soundly established as the eternal hills. It has long since ceased to be a theory; it is a law of Nature as universal in living things as is the law of gravitation in material things and in the motions of the heavenly spheres. - Henry Fairfield Osborn
Terrorism has no religion is a theory, and the religion of terrorism is a real threat and practical thing. - Satyendra Singh 'Shyamal'
No ideology or psychological theory can possibly do justice to the full range of human experience. - Marty Rubin
The funny thing is if in England, you ask a man in the street who the greatest living is, he will say Richard Dawkins. And indeed, Dawkins has done a marvelous job of popularizing Darwinism. But Dawkins' basic theory of the gene being the object of evolution is totally non-. Ernst W. Mayr - Darwinian
A theory must be tempered with reality. - Jawaharlal Nehru
My theory in anything you do is to keep exploring, keep digging deeper to find new stuff. - Blythe Danner
Smart people still enjoy wide open spaces, much more even than their less bright neighbors, but when they hang with friends they're less happy. One theory as to why is that they feel like they're wasting time. - Satoshi Kanazawa
The American government is premised on the theory that if the individual man is to be free, his ideas, his beliefs, his ideology, his philosophy, must be placed beyond the reach of government. - William O. Douglas
If human life were long enough to find the ultimate theory, everything would have been solved by previous generations. Nothing would be left to be discovered. - Stephen Hawking
As discussed earlier, when it comes to music, most of us tend to have confidence in our taste even though we may totally lack knowledge regarding historical development or compositional theory. I frequently hear, "I don't know anything about art" but hardly ever, "I don't know anything about music". - Michael Findlay
My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? - Erma Bombeck
Police Officer Angry Aggression Theory (POAAT) is why you need to video record the police before they shoot you. Always start the video camera at the first contact, as it can go sour at any time and without warning. - Steven Magee
Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement. - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Never be ashamed of madness, instead be ashamed of people that are ashamed of madness. Without a little bit of insanity, we would have never had the Theory of Relativity, electricity, airplanes, cars or your beloved iPhone. Madness got you that. - Shannon L. Alder
The last I knew you were going to a party. just a few friends at the McEvoys' you told me. The science club, you told me. What happened? You got into a fight about the theory of relativity? Did creationists crash the party and start a rumble? - Tami Hoag
When the conventional wisdom of physics seemed to conflict with an elegant theory of his, Einstein was inclined to question that wisdom rather than his theory, often to have his stubbornness rewarded. - Walter Isaacson
Another great contribution to science of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (A) was his Theory of Light. He said that light reflected by different objects comes to us, but only a part of the rays enter our eyes. That is the reason why we do not see distant objects clearly. - Infallible Imam (A) (www.alhassanain.org/english/?com=book&id=721)
Say whatever, plan whatever (I really don't care), but the action and the result is the important the other is theory. - Deyth Banger
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. - Friedrich Engels
I know the strategy, I know the logic, I know the way but everything is on theory, but fuck me without action it's just a one peace which isn't assembled! - Deyth Banger
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. - Albert Einstein
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. - Alexis de Tocqueville
Don’t know if it’s good or bad that a Google search on Big Bang Theory lists the sitcom before the origin of the Universe - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Why, on the theory of Creation, should there be so much variety and so little real novelty? - Charles Darwin
Theory of public goods. Theory that if I take you euro (as an elected state government) and give fifty cents back... you will be happier and I will be satisfied. - Radovan Kavický
I've got a theory, it could be bunnies...I've got a theor-Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposesThey've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses.And what's with all the carrots-?What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?Bunnies, bunnies it must be bunnies!...or maybe midgets... - Joss Whedon
Marx made theory... Lenin applied it with his sense of large-scale social organization... And Henry Ford made the work of the socialist state possible. - Diego Rivera
Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. - Wernher Von Braun
If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. - Judith Hayes
In theory there's no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. - Yogi Berra
Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world. - Denis Diderot
I'm a word man. See, there's this theory about the nature of tragedy, that Aristotle didn't mean catharsis for the audience but a purgation of emotions for the actors themselves. The audience is just a witness to the event taking place on stage. - Jim Morrison
The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith? - Charles Darwin
Read no history--nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. - Benjamin Disraeli
I have a theory that the answers to all of life's major questions can found in a John Mayer song. - Susane Colasanti
Choice Theory explains that, for all practical purposes, we choose everything we do. - William Glasser
No one but a theorist believes his theory; everyone puts faith in a laboratory result but the experimenter himself. - Albert Einstein
I don't discuss evolution, to believe the theory is to deny many known evidences about the existence of a supreme creator (God) those who hold on to that view are in denials of reality and are by so doing ignorant - Oluseyi Akinbami
At school we learn the theory to do the practice, but they didn't teach you that in real life you learn from the practice to know the theory - Goitsemang Mvula
He had a theory that musicians are incredibly complex, and know far less than other artists what they want and what they are; that they puzzle themselves as well as their friends; that their psychology is a modern development, and has not yet been understood. - E.M. Forster
I ascribe to Mark Twain's theory that the last person who should be President is the one who wants it the most. The one who should be picked is the one who should be dragged kicking and screaming into the White House. - Bill Hicks
Make Theory Talk is an art which is rare in the world. - Umair Hassan
The farther the experiment is from theory the closer it is to the Nobel Prize.
Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles. - James D. Watson
If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder. - H.L. Mencken
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
Without theory, practice is but routine born of habit. Theory alone can bring forth and develop the spirit of inventions. - Louis Pasteur
What is especially striking and remarkable is that in fundamental physics a beautiful or elegant theory is more likely to be right than a theory that is inelegant. - Murray Gell-Mann
The formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word. It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence. - National Academy of Sciences
Father Roger Boscovich is often credited as the father of modern atomic theory. - Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Marriage is based on the theory that when man discovers a brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go work in the brewery. - George Jean Nathan
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. - Yogi Berra
Control Master Theory suggests that our psychological problems come about in much the same way: our decision to make ourselves unhappy because one or both of our parents were unhappy is just as altruistic as our friend's decision to run through flames to save his daughter. - Lewis Engel
James had a theory about caged birds, one he hoped to prove when he became a scientist someday. He believed that all birds that had their freedom taken from them eventually lost their voices. Once that happened, they could never find their true song. - Alice Hoffman
God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. - Sir William Bragg
My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted. - Steven Wright
You make experiments and I make theories. Do you know the difference? A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.{Remark to scientist } Albert Einstein - Herman Francis Mark
From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption -- but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance - Dalai Lama XIV
King was a transformed person. Evil was no longer a theory. - Troy Jackson
Probability theory is nothing more than common sense reduced to calculation. -1819 - Pierre Simon Laplace
Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. - Niels Bohr
It is the theory that decides what we can observe. - Albert Einstein
And to think of all colors in the world, blood chose to be red." ~ The Fray Theory - Nelou Keramati
You will achieve what you want to achieve, only if you can cope with the theory of altruism. - Michael Bassey Johnson
There are three kinds of people in this world. One say I believe in God. Another say, I don’t believe in God, it doesn’t exist. Third one says, I have my life to live; I don’t want to believe in imaginary stuff in life and I am not here to prove your theory on imagination is wrong or right. - Vivek Thangaswamy
I" theory take a later of course without "O" and you will see that all are build with "I". - Deyth Banger
In this nonfundamentalist understanding of faith, practice is more important than theory, love more important than law, and mystery is seen as an insight into truth rather than an obstacle. It is the great lie of our time that all religious faith has to be fundamentalist to be valid. - Andrew Sullivan
I have a theory about pink pastry boxes. So much joy comes from those boxes. When someone walks into a room with a pink pastry box, joy immediately fills the room. World peace? Three words. Pink pastry box. I get a big cup of coffee and finalize my plans for world domination. - Liza Palmer
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. - Samuel Smiles
If we are going to stick to this damned quantum-jumping, then I regret that I ever had anything to do with quantum theory.
Every theory of love, from Plato down, teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself. - G. Stanley Hall
Evolution is a theory with more holes than a Dutch dam of swiss cheese. - Eoin Colfer
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
The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. - Richard Dawkins
Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix. - Yvonne Coleman
The Law of Attraction is a theory. Cosmic Ordering is a practice putting that theory to work. - Stephen Richards
As to the doubt of the soul I discover it to be false: a mood not a conclusion. My conclusion is the Faith. Corporate, organized, a personality, teaching. A thing, not a theory. It. - G.K. Chesterton
I'm most disturbed by the theory of rubber resilience in children; as if its much easier to bounce back with youth. I see them more like Steel. When heated, they can be bent either which way. But if it's not corrected by the time things cool down, they can be forever changed. - Zack W. Van
If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world.
My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare. - Mike Myers
I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially to the extent to which it has been applied, will be one of the greatest jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity it has. - Malcolm Muggeridge
Think good and positive thoughts and you will attract good and positive things, think bad and negative thoughts and you will attract bad and negative things. It’s as simple as that in theory, but it takes time to master it fully, it takes time, patience and practice. - Jeanette Coron
Holographic Theory shows that it is possible for our bodies to make decisions based on the experience of others. - Phil 'Philosofree' Cheney
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. - H. L. Mencken
The theory of evolution is outstandingly the most important theory in biology.
You have gone through enough theory, now it's time to take actions. - Amit Kalantri
I'll show you my theory, if you show me yours. - Fox Mulder
To understand Darwin's work, you have to distinguish between his theory of descent and his theory of natural selection. THe full name of the first is the theory of descent with modification. Some call it the fact of evolution, and some call it the doctrine of evolution. - Lee Spetner
Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. - Niels Bohr
I thought of my mother (...). Freud wrote that no man is secure in the love of his mother can ever be a failure. Well, I had been busy proving that theory wrong. - Scott Spencer
Democracy can't work. Mathematicians, peasants, and animals, that's all there is-- so democracy, a theory based on the assumption that mathematicians and peasants are equal, can never work. Wisdom is not additive; its maximum is that of the wisest man in a given group. - Robert A. Heinlein
I have a strong theory that you can tell a lot about someone by their coffee order - Emmie Lee Dean
The 'Big Bang' idea of pseudo armchair pundits, too is as much a theory as a human-like big buffoon, that your so-called 'holy' books call god. - Fakeer Ishavardas
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