Quotations on Observation

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For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Countries, Rights, Observation, Reason, Relationships, Respect)

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Intuition, Invention, Observation, Thinking)

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Health, Wisdom, Hurt, Man, Observation, Rules)

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Keywords: Gain, Listening, Observation, Occupation, Talk, Will)

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Building, Conversation, Man, Observation, Spirit)

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Facts, Observation, Reflection, Result)

Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Nature, Observation, Reason, Reflection)

My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.
- James Dobson
(Keywords: Leadership, Women, Husbands, Observation, Waiting)

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
- Frederick Douglass
(Keywords: Growth, Battle, Nation, Observation, Reflection)

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made: In the Middle East and in the Muslim world, suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Keywords: Muslim, Objectives, Observation, World)

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
- Elliott Erwitt
(Keywords: Art, Observation, Photography)

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men - the man he is and the man he wants to be.
- William Feather
(Keywords: Men, Advertising, Man, Observation, Old, Philosophy)

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
- Henry Ford
(Keywords: Time, People, Observation, Waste)

We are told that the first part of the process is to select the very smallest seeds from the smallest plants, which is not at all unlikely, but I cannot speak to the fact from my own observation.
- Robert Fortune
(Keywords: Fact, First, Observation, Plants)

Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned from observation and experience.
- Paul Getty
(Keywords: Change, Experience, Observation, Rhetoric)

From the very commencement the student should set out to witness the progress and effects of sickness and ought to persevere in the daily observation of disease during the whole period of his studies.
- Robert James Graves
(Keywords: Progress, Disease, Observation, Sickness)

We may take it to be the accepted idea that the Mosaic books were not handed down to us for our instruction in scientific knowledge, and that it is our duty to ground our scientific beliefs upon observation and inference, unmixed with considerations of a different order.
- Asa Gray
(Keywords: Idea, Knowledge, Beliefs, Books, Duty, May, Observation, Order)

We learn this by the precepts that Jesus left. He observed that the people were looking outward, and assured them that the kingdom of God cometh not with outward observation; and for this reason, that it was only to be known in man.
- Elias Hicks
(Keywords: God, People, Man, Observation, Reason)

Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Keywords: Science, Experience, Observation, Reason, Trinity)

Even scientific knowledge, if there is anything to it, is not a random observation of random objects; for the critical objectivity of significant knowledge is attained as a practice only philosophically in inner action.
- Karl Jaspers
(Keywords: Knowledge, Action, Observation, Practice)

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.
- Franz Kafka
(Keywords: Knowledge, Observation, Self, World)

Good men, whether they be Christians or rationalists, do not desire to discriminate between races, but the distinctions implanted by Nature are too conspicuous to escape the observation of our senses.
- Arthur Keith
(Keywords: Nature, Men, Desire, Observation, Senses)

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Observation, Sea)

Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Keywords: History, Humanity, Light, Observation, World)

Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
- Harriet Martineau
(Keywords: Help, Laws, May, Observation, Vice)

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.
- Yukio Mishima
(Keywords: Truth, May, Observation, Theory, Universe)

We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
- Maria Montessori
(Keywords: Education, Power, Giving, Observation, Saying, Senses)

The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme.
- Simon Newcomb
(Keywords: Bed, Evening, Night, Observation, Result)

My observation is that after one hundred and twenty years of modernisation since the opening of the country, present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity.
- Kenzaburo Oe
(Keywords: Ambiguity, Country, Observation, Present, Years)

The lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can't be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office - that all of the world's problems aren't his predecessor's fault.
- Sarah Palin
(Keywords: Politics, Policy, Fault, Foreign policy, Observation, Office, Personality, President, Problems, World)

The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.
- Walter Pater
(Keywords: Life, Culture, Observation, Philosophy, Service, Spirit)

There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Men, Being, Man, Observation, Proof)

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
- Will Rogers
(Keywords: Men, Observation, Reading, Rest)

A careful analysis of the process of observation in atomic physics has shown that the subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement.
- Erwin Schrodinger
(Keywords: Meaning, Observation, Physics, Preparation)

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
- Walter Scott
(Keywords: Men, Life, Action, Existence, Honor, Observation, Worth, Years)

The first, or theoretic branch, that which explains the nature, production, and distribution of wealth, will be found to rest on a very few general propositions, which are the result of observation, or consciousness.
- Nassau William Senior
(Keywords: Nature, Wealth, Consciousness, First, Observation, Production, Rest, Result, Will)

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
- Samuel Smiles
(Keywords: Men, Wisdom, Perseverance, Attention, Observation, Old, Possession, Road, Understanding)

The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts, and persist in doing so, generation after generation, through all changes of opinion and detail, is the one that must rule all observation.
- Adam Smith
(Keywords: Detail, Facts, Observation, Opinion, Theory)

It is a great pity but tis certain from every day's observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.
- Laurence Sterne
(Keywords: Day, End, Fire, Man, May, Observation, Pity)

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- Wallace Stevens
(Keywords: Accuracy, Observation, Thinking)

Observation is an old man's memory.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Man, Memory, Observation, Old)

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
- Henry David Thoreau
(Keywords: Nature, Genius, Artist, Law, Man, Observation, Rules)

It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness pretty accurately by asking them, by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain, in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy.
- Polly Toynbee
(Keywords: Happiness, People, Joy, Now, Observation, Pain, Pretty)

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people, and in my observation one of the things they are most sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren
(Keywords: Money, People, Observation, Poets)

It is of great importance to note these meteors, even the small ones, as very little is yet known of them; and every observation, if carefully made, will some day help to show what they are.
- William John Wills
(Keywords: Day, Help, Importance, Observation, Will)

Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us.
- Francis Wright
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Facts, Meaning, Observation, Words)

We have seen that no religion stands on the basis of things known; none bounds its horizon within the field of human observation; and, therefore, as it can never present us with indisputable facts, so must it ever be at once a source of error and contention.
- Francis Wright
(Keywords: Religion, Contention, Error, Facts, Observation, Present)

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