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

assumptions quote by Hosea Ballou

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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."

assumptions quote by Albert Camus

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"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge."

assumptions quote by Igor Stravinsky

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"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one."

assumptions quote by H.L. Mencken

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"The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom."

assumptions quote by George MacDonald

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"Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do neccesary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity."

assumptions quote by Lois McMaster Bujold

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"Assumptions are the termites of relationships."

assumptions quote by Henry Winkler

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"Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by."

assumptions quote by John Sales

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"By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions."

assumptions quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller

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"Equation (1.2-9) is a second order, nonlinear, vector, differential equation which has defied solution in its present form. It is here therefore we depart from the realities of nature to make some simplifying assumptions..."

assumptions quote by Bate

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"Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?"

assumptions quote by C. S. Lewis

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"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge."

assumptions quote by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

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"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed."

assumptions quote by Herman Melville

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"That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions."

assumptions quote by George Santayana

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"The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept."

assumptions quote by John W. Gardner

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"The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given 'disease.' The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom."

assumptions quote by Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell

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"Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to know what it means....[A] machine might be imagined where the assumptions were put in at one end, while the theorems came out at the other, like the legendary Chicago machine where the pigs go in alive and come out transformed into hams and sausages. No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does."

assumptions quote by Henri Poincare

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"What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts."

assumptions quote by George Bernard Shaw

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"Our risk models are based on at least 50 assumptions, none of which has been scientifically demonstrated. For example, we assume that there is no difference between continuous (as in animal tests) or intermittent (as in human experience) dosages. But that ignores our growing knowledge of the way in which DNA repairs the human system . . .We feed rodents `all-you-can-eat' buffets every day, yet we know that caloric intake is the single greatest contributing cause of cancer [in rodents]. In fact, we found you can modify the cancer causing impact of one of the most potent carcinogens from 90% down to less than 3%, just by cutting caloric intake 20%."

assumptions quote by Dr. Ronald Hart

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"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in."

assumptions quote by Alan Alda

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"When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four."

assumptions quote by Samuel Johnson

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"What most people don't seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one."

assumptions quote by Margaret Mitchell

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"Treat with utmost respect your power of forming opinions, for this power alone guards you against making assumptions that are contrary to nature and judgments that overthrow the rule of reason."

assumptions quote by Marcus Aurelius

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"There never comes a point where a theory can be said to be true. The most that one can claim for any theory is that it has shared the successes of all its rivals and that it has passed at least one test which they have failed."

assumptions quote by Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

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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."

assumptions quote by Lord Chesterfield

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"The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the result with the result obtained from doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing."

assumptions quote by James Newman

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"The psychological context of dream-contents consists in the web of associations in which the dream is naturally embedded. Theoretically we can never know anything in advance about this web, but in practice it is sometimes possible, granted long enough experience. Even so, careful analysis will never rely too much on technical rules; the danger of deception and suggestion is too great. In the analysis of isolated dreams above all, this kind of knowing in advance and making assumptions on the grounds of practical expectation or general probability is positively wrong. It should therefore be an absolute rule to assume that every dream, and every part of a dream, is unknown at the outset, and to attempt an interpretation only after carefully taking up the context. We can then apply the meaning we have thus discovered to the text of the dream itself and see whether this yields a fluent reading, or rather whether a satisfying meaning emerges."

assumptions quote by Carl Gustav Jung

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"The narrower the mind, the broader the statement."

assumptions quote by Ted Cook

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

assumptions quote by G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

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

assumptions quote by Michel de Montaigne

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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."

assumptions quote by Jean Baudrillard

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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."

assumptions quote by Denis Diderot

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"I never guess. It is a shocking habit -- destructive to the logical faculty."

assumptions quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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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."

assumptions quote by Gerda Lerner

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

assumptions quote by Ruth Hubbard

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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."

assumptions quote by G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

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"Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of speculation; but which ought to be called Gambling."

assumptions quote by William Cobbett

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"A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact."

assumptions quote by Edward W. Howe

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"A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person."

assumptions quote by Edward W. Howe

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"A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."

assumptions quote by Bernard Baruch

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"Beware of assumptions! Whatever you assume to be possible -- or impossible will have a tendency to become real for you."

assumptions quote by Source Unknown

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"Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him into all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night."

assumptions quote by Jeremiah Joseph

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"The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play)."

assumptions quote by Michel Foucault

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"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 priori assumptions about the meaning of the word understand."

assumptions quote by Heisenberg

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"It is important to note that multiculturalism does not share the postmodernist stance. Its passions are political; its assumptions empirical; ..."

assumptions quote by Joyce Appleby

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"We are most likely bound to fail (crash) when we jump ahead of our understanding and dive into unfounded assumptions (conclusions)"

assumptions quote by quiksylvr

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"“Because there is sanity and insanity, there is justice and injustice, there are allies and foes, there is understanding and there are assumptions, there are truths and lies. So when one talks about war. It’s hard to take sides, generalize or form any reasonable opinion”"

assumptions quote by quiksylvr

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"Assumptions are generally likely to be as a result of improper (inadequate) understanding"

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