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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.
~By Sarah Palin ~


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


There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


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.
~By Joseph E. Stiglitz ~


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


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.
~By Thomas Sydenham ~


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


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


I am inspired by many mediums and use them to express varied aspects of my philosophies and life observations.
~By Judith Anderson ~


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


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.
~By Erwin Schrodinger ~


Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.
~By Vera Rubin ~


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


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


It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
~By Michael Behe ~


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.
~By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~


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.
~By Laurence Sterne ~


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


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


The reports of the eclipse parties not only described the scientific observations in great detail, but also the travels and experiences, and were sometimes marked by a piquancy not common in official documents.
~By Simon Newcomb ~


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.
~By Francis Wright ~


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.
~By Recep Tayyip Erdogan ~


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


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


Truth in science is always determined from observational facts.
~By David Douglass ~


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


It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
~By Ansel Adams ~


I saw, in looking over Cooper, elements of a comet of 1825 which resemble what I get out for this, from my own observations, but I cannot rely upon my own.
~By Maria Mitchell ~


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.
~By Asa Gray ~


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.
~By William John Wills ~


I made observations for three hours last night, and am almost ill today from fatigue; still I have worked all day, trying to reduce the places, and mean to work hard again tonight.
~By Maria Mitchell ~


Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way.
~By Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~


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.
~By Yukio Mishima ~


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


Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
~By Max Euwe ~


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.
~By Francis Wright ~


I never expected this to catch on in the way it did! Of course similar observations have been made by any number of people, and the distinction is obvious to anyone who thinks about the subject a little.
~By David Chalmers ~


No matter what a woman's appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize - as her personal problem - observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.
~By Naomi Wolf ~


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.
~By Adam Smith ~


Theories crumble, but good observations never fade.
~By Harlow Shapley ~


Those who have heard me speak from time to time know that quite often I cite the observation of that great American author, Mark Twain, who said, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
~By J. D. Hayworth ~


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


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.
~By Will Rogers ~


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


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.
~By Robert Fortune ~


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


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


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.
~By John Buford ~


But it really wasn't until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.
~By Donald Johanson ~


My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
~By George Washington ~


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.
~By Elliott Erwitt ~


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.
~By Anne Sullivan ~


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.
~By Peter Wright ~


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


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


However, the models also predict unambiguously that the atmosphere is warming faster than the surface of the earth; but all the available observational data unambiguously shows the opposite!
~By David Douglass ~


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.
~By Nassau William Senior ~


A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
~By George Berkeley ~


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


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


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.
~By William Osler ~


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.
~By Walter Pater ~


The curious defiled past him, after squeezing the Presidential fingers into the room, and settled either on the sofa or chairs or remained standing for protracted observations.
~By Henry Villard ~


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.
~By Henry James Sumner Maine ~


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.
~By Denis Diderot ~


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.
~By Denis Diderot ~


In the end, they pardoned me and packed me off to a home for the shell-shocked. Shortly before the end of the war, I was discharged a second time, once again with the observation that I was subject to recall at any time.
~By George Grosz ~


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


It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory.
~By Arthur Eddington ~


My observations of Japanese naval fighting men, their abilities and equipment led me to believe that they gave a better account of themselves than we did.
~By Jack Adams ~


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.
~By Robert James Graves ~


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.
~By Donna Tartt ~


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


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
~By George Bernard Shaw ~


I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
~By Edmund Burke ~


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.
~By Karl Jaspers ~


To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne.
~By Lee De Forest ~


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


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


In dealing with the China problem, the British and American side, which had particularly strong interests in China, should have based its judgments about the origins of the problem on direct observation of the actual circumstances at the time.
~By Hideki Tojo ~


I will not comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats' personal assessments and observations.
~By Hillary Clinton ~


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.
~By Francis Crick ~


Hence, even in the domain of natural science the aid of the experimental method becomes indispensable whenever the problem set is the analysis of transient and impermanent phenomena, and not merely the observation of persistent and relatively constant objects.
~By Wilhelm Wundt ~


From the standpoint of observation, then, we must regard it as a highly probable hypothesis that the beginnings of the mental life date from as far back as the beginnings of life at large.
~By Wilhelm Wundt ~


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.
~By Kenzaburo Oe ~


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


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


Based on observations of the policies of my own government, I viewed this action as an acceptable option.
~By Timothy McVeigh ~


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.
~By Henry David Thoreau ~


Observation is an old man's memory.
~By Jonathan Swift ~


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


It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.
~By Michael Behe ~


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


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.
~By Joseph Addison ~


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.
~By Franz Kafka ~


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.
~By William Feather ~


No observational problem will not be solved by more data.
~By Vera Rubin ~


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.
~By Polly Toynbee ~


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


That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated propositions which involve reference to empirical observations within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
~By Talcott Parsons ~

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