Theories Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Theories Quotes from famous authors such as Walter Pater, Mike Nichols, Celia Green, Douglas Rushkoff, Michael Polanyi. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!

With this sense of the splendour of our experience and of its awful brevity, gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch, we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.
Walter Pater
All the theories that acting is reacting to imaginary circumstances as though they are real, and directing is turning psychology into behavior, those are all stabs at something that can’t be taught. All the great actors can’t talk about what they do, and they don’t want to begin to talk about it. They just do it.
Mike Nichols
Most of the research which is done is determined by the requirement that it shall, in a fairly obvious and predictable way, reinforce the approved or fashionable theories.
Celia Green
While we may blame the Internet for the ease with which conspiracy theories proliferate, the net is really much more culpable for the way it connects everything to almost everything else. The hypertext link, as we used to call it, allows any fact or idea to become intimately connected with any other.
Douglas Rushkoff
Theories of evolution must provide for the creative acts which brought such theories into existence.
Michael Polanyi
Other psychological theories say a good deal about compensation.
Allen Tate
You have to be careful when you use beauty as a guide. There are many theories people didn’t think were beautiful at the time but did find beautiful later – and vice versa.
Lisa Randall
I don’t have any theories about acting, and I don’t think about how to do it, except that an actor shouldn’t take himself too seriously, and shouldn’t try to make acting something it isn’t.
James Garner
Grand economic theories rarely last more than a few decades. Some, if they are particularly in tune with technological or political events, may make it to half a century. Beyond that, little short of military force can keep them in place.
John Ralston Saul
There are 15 main theories in physics, and we know all of them. If there weren’t a finite number of theories, there would not be a point to physics.
Ivar Giaever
Academics love to make theories about a body of work, but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
Jeanette Winterson
On a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.
Ignazio Silone
I think the reasons I retired stay the same. I don’t want to change my style. I can’t take a punch like I used to for whatever reason. I’ve heard all sorts of theories as to why that would happen, but I can’t do it.
Chuck Liddell
Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action.
Constantin Brancusi
We shall suffer no attachment to literature, no taste for abstract discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories, to seduce us from our devotion to the cause of the oppressed, the down trodden, the insulted and injured masses of our fellow men.
George Ripley
The development of the New Architecture encountered serious obstacles at a very early stage of its development. Conflicting theories and the dogmas enunciated in architects’ personal manifestos all helped to confuse the main issue.
Walter Gropius
Humans are pattern-seeking animals, consciously and subconsciously imposing designs and theories on to past events. We do this in both our private lives and when looking at history.
David Olusoga
To put it bluntly, there isn’t one economic theory that can single-handedly explain Singapore’s success; its economy combines extreme features of capitalism and socialism. All theories are partial; reality is complex.
Ha-Joon Chang
I usually allocate time each week to work on topics outside of the normal workflow. These topics can be multi-year strategies for work, theories of how the world is changing, or just something refreshingly different or new.
Reid Hoffman
Although psychoanalysis has influenced me personally, it has had curiously little influence on my writing. This may be because writers learn from other writers, not from theories.
Janet Malcolm
I think it’s great when people accuse me, almost always falsely, of promoting conspiracy theories, because that shows how effective I am at messaging and how effectively I can use social media.
Mike Cernovich
You have to test your hypothesis against other theories. Certainty in the face of complex situations is very dangerous.
Richard Holbrooke
In my opinion, assassination theories will continue to revolve around these assassinations as they have around several other significant assassinations in American history. The assassination of President Lincoln comes to mind.
Louis Stokes
Some people have facts; these can be proven. Some people have theories; these can be disproven. But people with opinions are mindless and have their minds made up about it.
P. J. O’Rourke
There are many theories about the best way to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere – some are ludicrous, others are at least worth study. The most commonly discussed plan is to lace the sky with reflective chemicals.
Michael Specter
I believed excessively in Conspiracy Theories – though maybe not as much as the U.S. government does.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Evolution is among the most well-established theories in the scientific community. To doubt it sounds to biologists as absurd as denying relativity does to physicists.
Leonard Mlodinow
Is evolution a theory, a system, or an hypothesis? It is much more: it is a general condition to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must bow and which they must satisfy henceforward if they are to be thinkable and true.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Physics has a history of synthesizing many phenomena into a few theories.
Richard P. Feynman
Today’s preoccupation with physical theories of everything takes a wrong turn from the purpose of science – to question all things relentlessly. Modern physics has become like Swift’s kingdom of Laputa, flying absurdly on an island above the earth and indifferent to what is beneath.
Robert Lanza
The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected because they contain bad explanations, not because they fail experimental tests.
David Deutsch
Music always turns into music. As soon as I play a key, push a key down, there’s no theory any more. When I go and I hear a sound on the keyboard, all theories go out the window.
Keith Jarrett
The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
M. H. Abrams
People love conspiracy theories.
Neil Armstrong
The Secret Doctrine is the common property of the countless millions of men born under various climates, in times with which History refuses to deal, and to which esoteric teachings assign dates incompatible with the theories of Geology and Anthropology.
Helena Blavatsky
My approach has never been to start from theories to arrive at facts, but on the contrary, to try to bring out from the facts the explanatory thread without which they appear incomprehensible and elude effective action.
Maurice Allais
We do not talk – we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.
Henry Miller
I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up.
George Benson
I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.
Wilbur Wright
When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence.
John Bolton
I realized that you could formulate theories about human and social phenomena in language and pictures and whatever you wanted on the computer, and you didn’t have to go through this straitjacket, adding a lot of numbers.
Herbert A. Simon
Good intentions and grand theories do not make a good programme. Programmes work best when they’re based on a detailed und­er­standing of the problem being solved and how they are implemented on the ground.
Abhijit Banerjee
Apparently, my father was funny. I didn’t really know him, but people have theories that the gag-smith gene trickles down through the blood amongst other terrible traits like a big nose and a temper.
Aisling Bea
How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments.
David Hilbert
Some voters live in a so-called populist bubble, where they hear nationalist and xenophobic messages, learn to distrust fact-based media and evidence-based science, and become receptive to conspiracy theories and suspicious of democratic institutions.
Anne Applebaum
The menstruation taboo is ancient, and there are so many theories about it. For some, it is fear of blood, and for some, period blood is toxic. If you read the theories about menstruation, you might even laugh.
Radhika Apte
I think the point to be understood is that we’re all different. I’ve never been a fan of theories of acting. I didn’t go to drama school, so I was never put through a training that was limited by someone saying, ‘This is the way you should act.’
Ian Mckellen
Corporate America limits the world to consumerism. Science can limit it to the material world. Even religion limits it to a lot of theories that can explain everything. I think we need cinema to break that apart and remind us that we’re not in control, and we don’t understand as much as we think do.
Scott Derrickson
While there I began to study the Asian religions as theories of mind.
Daniel Goleman
For decades, the men at Area 51 thought they’d take their secrets to the grave. At the height of the Cold War, they cultivated anonymity while pursuing some of the country’s most covert projects. Conspiracy theories were left to popular imagination.
Annie Jacobsen
I happen to be a conservative, but one need not accept the Right’s theories wholesale to acknowledge the sometimes negative effects of government action on health care.
J. D. Vance
Higher education should provide an environment to test new ideas, debate theories, encounter challenging information, and figure out what one believes.
Kirsten Powers
I have very strong theories about magazine publishing. And I think that it is the most personal form of journalism. And I think that a magazine is an old friend.
Hugh Hefner
Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is that it should produce new facts. The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one.
Imre Lakatos
Irrespective of economic theories, we will take decisions in the larger interest of the poor people.
Amit Shah
People are always asking for the latest developments in the unification of this theory with that theory, and they don’t give us a chance to tell them anything about one of the theories that we know pretty well. They always want to know things that we don’t know.
Richard P. Feynman
Sure, science involves trial and error. Scientists refine theories each day. But as they do, they help us grasp more clearly the wonders of the world and the universe.
Tony Snow
Forget the conspiracy theories! God gave us the right to vote, and He gave the United States, and all of its citizens, freedom through democracy.
Monica Johnson
Theories of love are found in the works of scientists, philosophers, and theologians.
Mortimer Adler
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
You learn that the interest is in what you don’t yet know and that theories evolve. But we nonetheless have progress and improved knowledge over time.
Lisa Randall
Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
Walter Pater
String theory’s biggest prediction is that gravity exists. That’s good. That’s a lot more than preceding theories could do.
Sheldon Lee Glashow
You make observations, write theories to fit them, try experiments to disprove the theories and, if you can’t, you’ve got something.
Kary Mullis
In other words, unlike some people with new theories, we will go out, we’ll go into a school and we get products and the products are evaluated, whether it’s by teachers or others. The scores are quantified and then we compare performances.
Robert Sternberg
I’m not angry or anything at Sonnen, but I will say one thing – I hope nobody gets offended; I don’t wanna sound disgusting, and I am certainly not fan of any anthropologic theories – but you can see on that guy’s face that he is limited and stupid, and his IQ is not higher than the size of the shoes he’s wearing.
Mirko Cro Cop
I have a few theories and trains of thought that I wouldn’t expose because they are not anyone’s business. I hold them sacred, it’s how I feel, it’s my opinion, not up for debate, and not meant to be shared.
Joe Budden
We tend to think of science as finding equations, like E=MC2, that are simple and elegant. But maybe some theories are complicated, and we can only find the simple ones.
Hod Lipson
I’m very interested in theories in how we exist: how people exist and how souls exist separate from their bodies or their brains.
Angourie Rice
Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I have three children and no theories.
John Wilmot
I have no useful theories about love and marriage.
Michael Cunningham
I really can’t abide conspiracy theories, because I believe that everything in the world stems from idiocy and incompetence. That’s certainly true of most of what’s happened in Russia under Putin.
Masha Gessen
Let the historians and the Ph.D. students work out their doctrines. I’m not interested in theories per se.
Lee Kuan Yew
It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
Michio Kaku
Theorists can create all sorts of theories which go beyond the Standard Model. But there’s not one bit of experimental evidence to point out which way you should go.
Burton Richter
And now, without having wearied my friends, I hope, with detailed scientific accounts, theories, or deductions, I will only say that I have endeavoured to tell just the story of the adventure itself.
Joshua Slocum
Textbook science is beautiful! Textbook science is comprehensible, unlike mere fascinating words that can never be truly beautiful. Elementary science textbooks describe simple theories, and simplicity is the core of scientific beauty. Fascinating words have no power, nor yet any meaning, without the math.
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Scientific research involves going beyond the well-trodden and well-tested ideas and theories that form the core of scientific knowledge. During the time scientists are working things out, some results will be right, and others will be wrong. Over time, the right results will emerge.
Lisa Randall
Like all social theories, internationalism must seek its basis in the economic and technical fields; here are to be found the most profound and the most decisive factors in the development of society.
Christian Lous Lange
American government did not originate in any abstract theories about liberty and equality, but in the actual experience gained by generation after generation of English colonists in managing their own political affairs. The Revolution did not make a breach in the continuity of their institutional life.
Charles A. Beard
Events are moving so fast and what in one moment seems impossible, the next is happening. I’m sure historians will, in time, provide theories and analysis, but for now I think most of us simply want the tide stemmed.
Lucy Powell
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
Alexander Pope
I know my theories and findings are hard for you to accept because they are so original and extraordinary.
Alex Chiu
Something that confirms all fears and many conspiracy theories about government is finding out what our elected representatives would put into law if they could.
P. J. O’Rourke
It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the news from Washington – witch hunts, conspiracy theories and Republicans tearing each other apart over who is ideologically pure and who is apostate. It’s a real set of carnival sideshows.
Andrew Rosenthal
Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make more sense than common sense.
David Deutsch
The problem with people who live in a world of speeches and books and theories is they don’t know how to fix things in the real world when they go wrong. They feign ignorance, blame others, and make another eloquent speech.
Kathleen Troia McFarland
From whichever angle one looks at it, the application of racial theories remains a striking proof of the lowered demands of public opinion upon the purity of critical judgment.
Johan Huizinga
There’s no such thing as ‘facts of life’. Only standing theories that haven’t been disproved as of yet.
Simon Travaglia
Things are still in early stages, but one can imagine that as we build up and systematize our theories of these associations, and try to boil them down to their core, the result might point us toward the sort of fundamental principles I advocate.
David Chalmers
There are lots of theories that the simpler a comic character is drawn the more relatable they become. People can imprint themselves onto the gaps in the picture. The skill of cartooning is often working out how much can be stripped away.
Charles Forsman
One problem with the focus on speculation is that it tends to promote the growth of the great intellectual cancer of our times: conspiracy theories.
Gary Weiss
The wild open-market theory that died in 1929 had a run of just over thirty years. Communism, a complete melding of religious, economic, and global theories, stretched to seventy years in Russia and forty-five years in central Europe, thanks precisely to the intensive use of military and police force.
John Ralston Saul
Contrary to what professional economists will typically tell you, economics is not a science. All economic theories have underlying political and ethical assumptions, which make it impossible to prove them right or wrong in the way we can with theories in physics or chemistry.
Ha-Joon Chang
When you build your network, keep yourself open to new ideas, concepts, and theories. Some of them may even contradict and challenge long-held points of view. This isn’t beneficial only to someone in my profession, but to every line of work.
Cathy Engelbert
I want to do a certain thing in the world, and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
So Pakistan is a country that I’m very fond of and have spent a lot of time, but it is a country where conspiracy theories have a life of their own.
Peter Bergen
The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.
John B. S. Haldane
We’ve heard some theories, but there is a lot of mystery surrounding my adoption.
Patti Stanger
Although scientists can often be as resistant to new ideas as anyone, the process of science ensures that, over time, good ideas and theories prevail.
Dean Ornish
A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
Emil Cioran
Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again.
Karl Popper
Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.
Edith Hamilton
The primary difference that I have found between the system of education in India and other countries, particularly the U.S., is that they focus on problem solving and relating theories to reality around them. These two things are lacking in the education system in India.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
There are a lot of theories about Shakespeare.
Christina Ricci
The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring to any particular scale of size or complexity, nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy, but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.
David Deutsch
The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.
Arthur Koestler
Disaffection, alienation and conspiracy theories are commonplace among European Muslims, but dangerous Islamist radicalism and the Islamic State’s ‘foreign fighter’ recruitment successes tend to be specific to certain European towns, districts and ghettos.
Terry Glavin
Scientists tend to build a reputation on refuting the theories of those who have gone before. Yet, whatever we hypothesize, observe, measure or record about the natural world, it leaves more unanswered questions.
Robert Winston
I tried to develop some theories that took account of the uncertainty in the world and the complexity in the world.
Herbert A. Simon
Counter-knowledge covers the propagation of false legends and conspiracy theories often used for political purposes or fundamentalist religious propaganda.
Antony Beevor
When I am talking about politics, it is not about reading a book, theories on policies, but awareness on what is our right as a citizen of a democratic country.
Andrea Jeremiah
Many studies or theories by political scientists fit some subset of cases that a court decides, but literally no theory can account for all of them, particularly when it comes to studying a complex institution like the Supreme Court.
David Stras
Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment.
Allen Tate
I was shocked to find that there were actually climate scientists who wouldn’t share the raw data, but would only share their conclusions in summary graphs that were used to prove their various theories about planet warming. In fact I began to smell something really bad, and the worse that smell got, the deeper I looked.
Burt Rutan
I had some hesitations about philosophy because, if you worked out a philosophical theory, it was hard to know whether you were going to be able to prove it or whether other theories had just as good a claim on belief.
Stephen Cole Kleene
I think that writers are best served by sticking to their writing. Not having loads of theories about the best way to position the writing. I think that if the writing is good and the point of view is strong, the writing is going to take care of itself.
Hilton Als
The Left always promote their fake news and conspiracy theories – pushing the lies of ‘racism,’ ‘sexism,’ ‘homophobi-ism,’ ‘Islamophobi-ism.’ They support NFL thugs lying about so-called ‘police brutality,’ which doesn’t exist.
Jesse Lee Peterson
I love conspiracy theories. I used to just live on it. You know it’s all hype and garbage, but you’re still really paranoid afterwards. It’s fun entertainment.
Doug Stanhope
One of my personal theories of ‘The Mayor’ is that I feel like the show arrived on the scene at a time when people were feeling a little bit fatigued about anything that had to do with politics.
Channing Dungey
The history of science shows that theories are perishable. With every new truth that is revealed we get a better understanding of Nature and our conceptions and views are modified.
Nikola Tesla
I believe we need to lay race theories to rest: Democracy – and identity – is difficult enough without ‘scientific’ obfuscation.
Jens Martin Skibsted
In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary.
Bela Lugosi
It is quite interesting that whilst there are tremendous theories, in the 1960s when IT was born, everybody was supposedly going to their cottage in the countryside to work in a virtual way.
Richard Rogers
Our great cultural error is to assume that ‘truth’ arrives only through reductive theories.
Siri Hustvedt
The only time I commit to conspiracy theories is when something way retarded happens. Like Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone.
Joe Rogan
It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.
Jack Kerouac
I am not at all interested in theories about cinema. I am only interested in images and people and sound. I am really a very simple person.
Claire Denis
People like RZA and DJ Premier are really on the balcony to scope my musical theories. They also help me focus on making sure I make money, making sure I get the notoriety I should, just regular stuff that friends do when you’re in the business. And to call them friends is amazing.
Adrian Younge
As a historian, I’m sceptical about conspiracy theories because the world is far too complicated to be managed by a few billionaires drinking scotch behind some closed doors. But I do think that the voters are correct in sensing that they’re really losing power. And in reaction, they give the system an angry kick.
Yuval Noah Harari
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
Some people say, ‘Do you have any theories on acting?’ And I say, well maybe: I think you can start with zero and end with zero. You don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to go for the result.
Robert Duvall
I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists, in that, having read about empirical data, they too can think of what hypotheses and theories might account for that data. So there’s a continuity between philosophy and science in that way.
Robert Nozick
Free market economists frequently see minimum wage legislation as mere political intervention. However, there are decent economic theories which show that, under certain circumstances, minimum wages can be beneficial, as it makes workers more productive.
Ha-Joon Chang
Unlike many in the conservative camp, I accept theories of global warming, and accept that man-made activity has played a part in global warming. My differences have only been on what the solutions should be.
Bradley A. Smith
And the continuity of our science has not been affected by all these turbulent happenings, as the older theories have always been included as limiting cases in the new ones.
Max Born
Gerald Jonas’s book about stuttering is called ‘The Disorder of Many Theories.’ Back theory seems to suffer from the same ‘Rashomon’ effect: as with almost every human problem, there is no dearth of answers and no answer.
David Shields
There can be theory but, you know, the problem is you’ve got to be able to test it. So theories are one thing, testing is another.
Brian Schmidt
The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
George Eliot
My office is just off my master bedroom. One of my theories is I needed to double-door it with three kids at home.
Pam Shriver
Theories, for me, are just about freeing your mind. It doesn’t mean the theory is going to work like a scientific theory works. It’s about freeing your mind and making you think a different way.
Steve Martin
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
Very dangerous things, theories.
Dorothy L. Sayers
In art, theories are as useful as a doctor’s prescription; one must be sick to believe them.
Maurice de Vlaminck
I wouldn’t have thought that a wrong theory should lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes.
Edward Witten
I began my work in the ’70s, teaching at a university in Bangladesh, and these economic theories that I had learned stopped ringing true for me, as I saw the misery of people living all around me.
Muhammad Yunus
Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.
Hannah Arendt
We have to challenge lies. We have to challenge falsehoods and conspiracy theories. If you don’t, they fester – unchecked and unchallenged.
Brianna Keilar
Science is based on the possibility of objectivity, on the possibility of different people checking out for themselves the observations made by others. Without that possibility, there is no empirical principle capable of deciding between different arguments and theories.
Jose Padilha
People have many theories about comedy, but being just plain funny is the one most important thing.
Gilbert Gottfried
Facts do not speak for themselves. They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.
Thomas Sowell
A weakness of many of the self-oriented play theories is that they often sound too much like vain consumerism instead of being about the more passionate and willful character of human play, which involves a willingness, even if a fantasy, to believe in the play venture itself.
Brian Sutton-Smith
You know what I’m intrigued by? Like, space and wormholes and Stephen Hawking’s theories and Richard Dawkins’s theories. That’s what I care about.
Peaches Geldof
Stop trusting neo-liberal theories, and realize what happens when neo-liberals take over.
Alberto Fernandez
Not only did corporate media not condemn leading Democrats’ refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election, the media were also super spreaders of wild conspiracy theories about how Trump and Russia colluded to steal the election from Clinton.
Mollie Hemingway