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I don’t want to begin to theorize until I have more data.
  to form a theory (a belief about how something works or came about — often without having absolute proof)
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  • I don’t want to begin to theorize until I have more data.
  • Galileo theorized the motion of the stars.
  • Marx theorized that wealth would be concentrated amongst a few and that most people would live in abject poverty.
  • "Well, everyone’s been theorizing that Sebastian might be in a different dimension, since he’s untrackable," said Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • "Nobody actually knows, and they won’t tell us, so everybody sits around guessing and theorizing, and it’s all kind of pointless.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Except to pester Nina with questions, and to theorize and trade notes with my fellow A&O newbies about what was what, I kept to myself.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The behaviour of certain creatures he could theorize on for hours with V. C. de Silva.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Maybe, she theorized, the girl’s parents owned a plant nursery.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Kellerman had theorized it was a blindfold they had made the colonel wear.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I could only theorize that this was some psychic extension of the prudish way she doubtless had to cloak herself in the rigid Catholic community of prewar Cracow, a practice she must have found hard to abandon.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • There are those who would theorize that you haven’t gotten past your ex-wife.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Teresa seemed to ignore him, doing her own theorizing.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • AT lunch during the following days, Quentin and I worked on how to build a rocket, sketching out crude drawings and theorizing.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I will not bias your mind by suggesting theories or suspicions, Watson," said he; "I wish you simply to report facts in the fullest possible manner to me, and you can leave me to do the theorizing."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I was very tired and sleepy, and soon my theorizing passed into dozing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • What’s the use of theorizing?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • ’I don’t have time for theorizing now, Foaly.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Act first, theorize later; that’s also a formula, a devastatingly effective one!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The article had included an interview with a state trooper who theorized that many of these so-called "foo crashes" resulted from insects in the car.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The gold box, Wunderman theorized, was a kind of trigger.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Carlisle theorizes that it’s because their lives are so ruled by their transformations.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Police theorized that Pomeroy might actually have been killed near Highway 9 and washed into the Wildlife Preserve during the spring run-off.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • (The coroner, Dr. Robert Fenton, reported an appreciable difference in the body temperatures of the victims, and, on this basis, theorized that the order of execution had been: Mrs. Clutter, Nancy, Kenyon, and Mr. Clutter.) Attendant upon these beliefs was his conviction that the family had known very well the persons who destroyed them.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He had no interest in theorizing, conjecture, high-blown sentiments.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Watching the water run in rivulets over his hands, he theorized that silicon could be layered in a similar fashion onto a circuit, dramatically increasing its surface area and capacity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I theorize, I take walks, I admire the trees and houses.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Initially it was theorized that the Soviets had somehow staked out one particular route, that their submarines were able to follow it at high speed.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Gabriel theorized, not without truth, that in quiet discussion of any matter within reach of the speakers’ eyes, these are usually fixed upon it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She was thoroughly charming to him, but of course he theorized a little about his attachment.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Until he does, I’ll go on theorizing and the Freedom League will go on fulminating.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • If you thought toward something outside, it might be Padilla theorizing on the size of the universe; his scientific interest kept the subject from being grim.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His had been the life of a scientist, a man whose time was spent in theorizing in an office or, at best, in a laboratory.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • You’re out of temper with me this evening—I get on your nerves with my theorizing.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • So, they theorized, you don’t even attempt to hook up such a device.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • "Gang warfare, maybe," Eliot theorizes.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Snoopers were needed at once — whereupon we confirmed something that had been theorized: Bugs see by infrared.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Miss Boon theorized that Bram’s unfortunate daughter had inherited all of the Archmage’s power and none of his constitution.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He’d tried to discuss Dostoyevsky and drawn blank stares while theorizing about Raskolnikov’s need to suffer punishment.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Unlike the idle and well-to-do, they did not have the leisure for premature curiosity and theorizing about things that were not yet practical concerns.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Through my studies, I have learned that the great vampire philosopher Diogenes once theorized that there is a way to steal the status, the traits, the power of the Pravus.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • You might as well have asked a jockey to become a betting clerk as expect Leamas to abandon operational life for the tendentious theorizing and clandestine self-interest of Whitehall.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Tappan was heartened by the sympathies being expressed and theorized that the Africans’ tour may be extended to generate more interest and funds exceeding the $5,000 needed.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • My voice was never that important, but I’ll grant you it’s the reflection of a great many others whose projections were, because they never risked, they only theorized.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Even idleness is eager now—eager for amusement; prone to excursion-trains, art museums, periodical literature, and exciting novels; prone even to scientific theorizing and cursory peeps through microscopes.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • It is well and good to opine or theorize about a subject, as humankind is wont to do, but when moral posturing is replaced by an honest assessment of the data, the result is often a new, surprising insight.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • To explain the print’s permanence, detectives theorized that Holmes, known to have an avid interest in chemistry, had first poured a sheen of acid onto the floor to hasten by chemical reaction the consumption of oxygen in the vault.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • That was done purposely, because, even if the time had come for such a valuation—and it is far more important at the moment to know how much money women had and how many rooms than to theorize about their capacities—even if the time had come I do not believe that gifts, whether of mind or character, can be weighed like sugar and butter, not even in Cambridge, where they are so adept at putting people into classes and fixing caps on their heads and letters after their names.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • …in front of the camera and told how her parents were hypocrites and liars and how she was better, shacking up with some long-haired dope addick or whatever, and I thought, Now there’s a lunatic if I ever see one, but then I read about how all these professors are right there behind her, saying all how a university is the experiment grounds for the future and how it’s not enough to theorize about how society ought to be fixed, you have to act, even if some of the actions don’t turn out.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The American language that he described and argued for was seldom the actual tongue of the folks about him, but often a sort of Volapük made up of one part faulty reporting and nine parts academic theorizing.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Theorizing that they are still alive, could they, even with the help of a brilliant Martian race, have built such a town as this and aged it in so short a time?
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
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