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A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.
~ George Santayana

 

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A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person.
~ Edgar Watson Howe

 

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A theory is the more impressive the greater is the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates and the more extended the range of its applicability.
~ Albert Einstein

 

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

 

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Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
~ Albert Einstein

 

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Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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Every theory is a self-fulfilling prophecy that orders experience into the framework it provides.
~ Ruth Hubbard

 

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Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin ''helping'' them. Such a world does not exist -- never has.
~ Gerda Lerner

 

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

 

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In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
~ Denis Diderot

 

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It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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It is theory that decides what can be observed.
~ Albert Einstein

 

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Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.
~ Voltaire

 

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No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory is good except on condition that one use it to go on beyond.
~ Andre Gide

 

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One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
~ Jean Rostand

 

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Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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Some theories are good for nothing except to be argued about.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.
~ Mark Russell

 

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The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
~ Sherlock Holmes

 

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