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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 (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

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 (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

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

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

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

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.


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

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

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

Jean Rostand (1894-1977) French biologist and philosopher.

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 (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

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 (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

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 (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.