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Observation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Observation

Please enjoy these Observation Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Travel World Attention

We only see what we want to see,
and hear what we want to hear
- don Miguel Ruiz

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability
to investigate systematically and truly all that comes
under thy observation in life.
- Marcus Aurelius

Science is simply common sense at its best,
that is, rigidly accurate in observation,
and merciless to fallacy in logic.
- Thomas Huxley

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

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All ideas come about through some sort of observation.
It sparks an attitude; some object or emotion causes
a reaction in the other person.
- Graham Chapman

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

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

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession
of individual men by travelling the old road of observation,
attention, perseverance, and industry.
- Samuel Smiles

Now the identification of individual sounds by phonetic
observation is an artificial way of proceeding.
- Roman Jakobson

But what is of great importance to me is observation
of the movement of colors.
- Robert Delaunay

Shortly after this, I placed my command on our extreme left,
to watch and fight the enemy should he make another attack,
and went to Cemetary Hill for observation.
- John Buford

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract
instead of under observation.
- Walter Winchell

It has been my observation that most people get ahead
during the time that others waste.
- Henry Ford

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation,
and for some men it is quite as difficult to record
an observation in brief and plain language.
- William Osler

But I make the observation that no one of us would do things exactly alike.
- David Dinkins

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since
few men are wise enough to rule themselves,
even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
- Edward Abbey

He grows daily more capable of following any inspiration
without technical effort,
and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation.
- Eugen Herrigel

Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the
pledge that assures fidelity.
- Ellen Key

Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable.
- Robert Delaunay

My observation is that women are merely waiting for
their husbands to assume leadership.
- James Dobson

If you make listening and observation your occupation
you will gain much more than you can by talk.
- Robert Baden-Powell

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition,
all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim

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

The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation,
explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
- Bruce Barton

Where conscious subjectivity is concerned,
there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed.
- John Searle

There's certainly nothing original about the observation
that conscious experience poses a hard problem.
- David Chalmers

One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur

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

I think most people see drawing as subservient to the subject,
a sort of meditation, a studying, a searching observation,
in my case, for its own sake.
- Peter Wright

It is a common observation, that the more solicitous
any people are about dress,
the more effeminate they are.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

The materials of the novelist must be real;
they must be gathered from the field of humanity by his actual observation.
- Goldwin Smith

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

Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
- Max Euwe

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

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

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

Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to
an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
- Franz Kafka

Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned
from observation and experience.
- Paul Getty

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.
- Claude Bernard

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

The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment...
not authority.
- Thomas Huxley

People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
- Will Rogers

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off
with falsehoods and nonsense,
when their growing powers of observation and discrimination
excite in them a desire to know about things.
- Anne Sullivan

Observation more than books and experience more than persons,
are the prime educators.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

A few observation and much reasoning lead to error;
many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
- Alexis Carrel

Children have very sharp powers of observation -
probably sharper than adults -
yet at the same time their emotional reactions are
murky and much more primitive.
- Donna Tartt

Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe,
or to lay out for observation.
- Samuel Richardson

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

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- Wallace Stevens

Much of my work in this period was concerned with exploring
the logic of economic models,
but also with attempting to reconcile the models with every day observation.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur

Reason, observation, and experience;
the holy trinity of science.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Observation is an old man's memory.
- Jonathan Swift

The true spirit of conversation consists in building
on another man's observation,
not overturning it.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

But my observation has been, certainly in the news business,
you've got to give 110 percent.
- Sam Donaldson

The inquiries of the jurist are in truth prosecuted
much as inquiry in physic and physiology was prosecuted
before observation had taken the place of assumption.
- Henry James Sumner Maine

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

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

I confidently affirm that the greater part of those
who are supposed to have died of gout,
have died of the medicine rather than the disease -
a statement in which I am supported by observation.
- Thomas Sydenham

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

The meaning of this observation is unclear,
but it raises the unfortunate possibility of ambiguous triplets;
that is,
triplets which may code more than one amino acid.
However one would certainly expect such triplets to be in a minority.
- Francis Crick

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

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

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections,
to discover the concealed beauties of a writer,
and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
- Joseph Addison

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

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


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