Quotes of Conjecture

“ Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories. ”

- John Wilmot

“ Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. ”

- Charles Lamb

“ There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself? ”

- Cormac McCarthy

“ It is with theories as with wells; you may see to the bottom of the deepest if there be any water there, while another shall pass for wondrous profound when it is merely shallow, dark, and empty. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ Great theories are expansive; failures mire us in dogmatism and tunnel vision. ”

- Stephen Jay Gould

“ It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough — as most wrong theories are! ”

- H. G. Wells

“ Experience arises together with theoretical assumptions not before them, and an experience without theory is just as incomprehensible as is (allegedly) a theory without experience. ”

- Paul Feyerabend

“ Truth is more deceptive than falsehood, for it is more frequently presented by those from whom we do not expect it, and so has against it a numerical presumption. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head. Tthis world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid. ”

- Bob Dylan

“ Second guesses in putting are fatal. ”

- Bobby Locke

“ Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed. ”

- Edith Hamilton

“ Suppose they gave a war, and no one came? ”

- Leslie Parrish Bach

“ Laywers, I suppose, were children once. ”

- Jane Bryant Quinn

“ She looked at me penetratingly. So I suppose you can figure out what happened next. ”

- Iggy Pop

“ It would have been the equivalent of Jackson Pollock's attempts to copy the Sistine Chapel. ”

- Malcolm Cowley

“ A fool is a person who guesses and gets it wrong, a clever man is one who guesses, regardless of time period, and gets it right. ”

- Voltaire

“ I guess it's a cliche, but I can't think of anybody who didn't like him. ”

- Dennis Weaver

“ I guess I didn't enjoy drawing very much. It was like homework. ”

- Robert Crumb

“ Every conjecture we can form with regard to the works of God has as little probability as the conjectures of a child with regard to the works of a man. ”

- Thomas Reid

“ We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances. ”

- E.M. Bounds

“ I don't know much about history, and I wouldn't give a nickel for all the history in the world. History is more or less bunk. It is tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. ”

- Henry Ford

“ The exact sciences also start from the assumption that in the end it will always be possible to understand nature, even in every new field of experience, but that we may make no a prior assumptions about the meaning of the word understand. ”

- Unknown

“ For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him. When we love anyone with our whole hearts, life begins when we are with that person; it is only in their company that we are really and truly alive… ”

- William Barclay

“ We hate the very idea that our own ideas may be mistaken, so we cling dogmatically to our conjectures. ”

- Karl Popper

“ To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjectures. ”

- Anatole France

“ You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. ”

- William Hazlitt

“ In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions. ”

- Catherine II

“ There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. ”

- Mark Twain
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