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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels

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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

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

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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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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. André Gide

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The world can doubtless never be well known by theory: practice is absolutely necessary; but surely it is of great use to a young man, before he sets out for that country, full of mazes, windings, and turnings, to have at least a general map of it, made by some experienced traveler.

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Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. Immanuel Kant

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

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Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible. Hosea Ballou

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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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Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.

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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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Unaware of the absurdity of it, we introduce our own petty household rules into the economy of the universe for which the life of generations, peoples, of entire planets, has no importance in relation to the general development. Alexander Herzen

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

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

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To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well. Albert Camus

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

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Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed. Edith Hamilton

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

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

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"... objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny..." Stephen Jay Gould