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"Objectivity is just male subjectivity." - Jonathan Coe

"Transparency is the new objectivity" - David Weinberger

"One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity." - Paulo Freire

"Objectivity? I've always had an objective." - Jessica Mitford

"Feminist objectivity means quite simply situated knowledges" - Donna J. Haraway

"Objectivity? I always have an objective." - Jessica Mitford

"Objectivity and justice have nothing to do with one another." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Your life must focus on the maximization of objectivity." - Charlie Munger

"I write with as much objectivity as I can." - Ernest Gaines

"A creation needs not only subjectivity, but also objectivity." - Stephen Chow

"Being a psychologist did enable me to maintain objectivity." - Pamela Stephenson

"Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity." - Robert Morgan

"I don't know if there's such a thing as objectivity." - Jehane Noujaim

"My only master and my only mistress are the facts and objectivity. I have no others." - Vincent Bugliosi

"To see another with clarity and objectivity, one first must master stillness." - Alberto Villoldo

"Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing." - Christiane Amanpour

"Objectivity is the delusion that observations could be made without an observer." - Heinz von Foerster

"The middle class male thinks he has a monopoly on objectivity." - Grayson Perry

"I don't believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness." - Margot Adler

"Quantitative methods are no more synonymous with objectivity than qualitative methods are synonymous with subjectivity." - Mike Patton

"Objectivity is a subject's delusion that observing can be done without him" - Heinz von Foerster

"I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not" - Michael Pollan

"The capacity for inner dialogue is a touchstone for outer objectivity." - Carl Jung

"Objectivity is a fallacy...there are different opinions, but you dont give them equal weight." - Robert Bazell

"I do' believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness." - Margot Adler

"'Fact checking' is opinion journalism pretending to be some sort of heightened objectivity." - James Taranto

"Objectivity has about as much substance as the emperor's new clothes." - Connie Miller

"I rather despise claims to objectivity in philosophy; the point of view is the thing." - Lin Yutang

"I didn't want to lose my subjectivity and my objectivity about my work." - Vincent Gallo

"Objectivity can only be the author's and therefore subjective, even if he is editing a newsreel." - Andrei Tarkovsky

"After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth." - Helene Deutsch

"Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth." - Abraham Maslow

"I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not." - Michael Pollan

"Perfect objectivity is always impossible, no matter who writes a person's biography." - Pamela Stephenson

"Objectivity and again objectivity, and expression: no hindside-before-ness, no straddled adjectives (as "addled mosses dank"), no Tennysonianness of speech; nothing-nothing that you couldn't, in some circumstance, in the stress of some emotion, actually say." - Ezra Pound

"It is only by being exchanged that the products of labor acquire a socially uniform objectivity as values, which is distinct from their sensuously varied objectivity as articles of utility." - Juliet B. Schor

"Objectivity and again objectivity, and expression: no hindside-before-ness, no straddled adjectives ('as addled mosses dank'), no Tennysonianness of speech; nothing-nothing that you couldn't, in some circumstance, in the stress of some emotion, actually say." - Ezra Pound

"The real evil isn't the objects of technology but the tendency of technology to isolate people into lonely attitudes of objectivity. It's the objectivity, the dualistic way of looking at things underlying technology, that produces the evil." - Robert M Pirsig

"Scientists are not the paragons of rationality, objectivity, openmindedness and humility that many of them might like others to believe." - Marcello Truzzi

"Burn with that consuming fire of objectivity that forces a man to renew efforts that are doomed to failure." - Stanislaw Lem

"When can our brain's innate objectivity begin to flourish? Only when our inappropriate Self-centered subjectivity begins to dissolve." - James H. Austin

"In a mathematical proposition, for example, the objectivity is given, but therefore its truth is also an indifferent truth." - Soren Kierkegaard

"News objectivity is a twentieth-century myth. We only complain about propaganda when we don't agree with it." - Frank Miller

"Objectivity and presence of mind are essential in such positions where sacrificial temptations are not always resistable." - Leonid Shamkovich

"If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity" - Josh Lanyon

"Objectivity consists in understanding that the only one who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything." - Vladimir Kramnik

"There is no journalist without opinions, and there's no real objectivity, but we can strive toward it." - Asne Seierstad

"Although self-reported endorsement of sexist attitudes did' predict hiring bias, self-reported objectivity in decision making did." - Cordelia Fine

"Although self-reported endorsement of sexist attitudes didn't predict hiring bias, self-reported objectivity in decision making did." - Cordelia Fine

"Objectivity is of the very essence of photography, its contribution and at the same time its limitation" - Paul Strand

"There comes a point, in literary objectivity, when the author's self- effacement is hard to distinguish from moral cowardice." - Edward Abbey

"It doesn't take objectivity to know what you want, and you're not objective enough to know what you need." - Amy Neftzger

"The president's need for complete candor and objectivity from advisers calls for great deference from the courts." - Warren E Burger

"Far from being magisterial in its objectivity, science was conditioned by history, society, and the prejudices of scientists." - Thomas Kuhn

"It does' take objectivity to know what you want, and you're not objective enough to know what you need." - Amy Neftzger

"Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence - not detachment and objectivity." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The absolutist parades his good solid grounding in observation, reason, objectivity, truth and fact; the relativist sees only fetishes." - Simon Blackburn

"It's impossible to work under conditions where they confused negativity with objectivity. You can't fool the fans." - Marv Albert

"Journalists hold themselves apart, and above, the common person. They have rules designed to ensure their objectivity and impartiality." - Michael Arrington

"Objectivity is almost a choice you make. As a burlesque performer, I didn't choose to be objectified." - Esme Bianco

"It doesn't take objectivity to know what you want, and you're not objective enough to know what you need." - Amy Neftzger

"You need the kind of objectivity that makes you forget everything you've heard, clear the table, and do a factual study like a scientist would." - Steve Wozniak

"Every man has a feminine side, and every woman a masculine side. It is important to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition with objectivity." - Paulo Coelho

"The quality an artist must have is objectivity in judging his work, plus the honesty and courage not to kid himself about it." - William Faulkner

"We hew and saw and plane facts to make them dovetail with our prejudices, so that they become mere ornaments with which to parade our objectivity." - Paul Eldridge

"Objectivity means trying to give all sides a hearing. It does not, in my view, mean treating all sides as equal." - Christiane Amanpour

"The subjectivist states his judgements, whereas the objectivist sweeps them under the carpet by calling assumptions knowledge, and he basks in the glorious objectivity of science." - I. J. Good

"The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth. For suffering is objectivity that weighs upon the subject" - Theodor Adorno

"The scientific attitude implies the postulate of objectivity-that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan; that there is no intention in the universe." - Jacques Monod

"It was when reporters became journalists and when objectivity gave way to searching for truth, that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist." - Georgie Anne Geyer

"Self-criticism, like self-administered brain surgery, is perhaps not a good idea. Can the 'self' see the 'self' with any objectivity?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"The loss of objectivity in moral thought does not lead to liberation. It leads to oppression. Secular ideologies preach liberty, but they practice tyranny." - Nancy Pearcey

"Objective is the wrong word. Rather, it's fairness. Objectivity is a false God. Instead we should strive for fairness and transparency." - Ken Auletta

"Darwin paid particular attention to disconfirming evidence. Objectivity maintenance routines are totally required in life if you're going to be a great thinker." - Charlie Munger

"Objectivity is very hard to achieve. It needs some research and patience. If you want to do something honest, you have to explore it a little longer." - Michel Gondry

"It was when 'reporters' became 'journalists' and when 'objectivity' gave way to 'searching for the truth,' that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist." - Georgie Anne Geyer

"The case against the notion of historical objectivity is like the case against international law, or international morality; that it does not exist." - Isaiah Berlin

"I don't believe in objectivity. I observe the observer's paradox every moment I'm filming. Your presence is changing everything; there's no mistaking it. And you have a responsibility." - Lucy Walker

"But particularly when the media profess to strive toward objectivity, gatekeepers play a crucial role in helping people navigate the news to make educated political decisions." - Eric Alterman

"Objectivity is the subject subjugating the object. That is how you assert yourself. You make yourself the active voice and the object is the passive no-voice." - Emily Levine

"I emerged in that incredible moment in the 1980s when all kinds of social questions about subjectivity and objectivity, about who was making, who was looking." - Carrie Mae Weems

"Postmodernism was a reaction to modernism. Where modernism was about objectivity, postmodernism was about subjectivity. Where modernism sought a singular truth, postmodernism sought the multiplicity of truths." - Miguel Syjuco

"I'm not a slave to objectivity. I'm never quite sure what it means. And it means different things to different people." - Peter Jennings

"The cable news channels have cleverly seized on the creed of objectivity and redefined it in populist terms. They attack news based on verifiable fact for its liberal bias, for, in essence, failing to be objective, and promise a return to genuine objectivity." - Chris Hedges

"Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny - and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do)." - Stephen Jay Gould

"One influential philosophical position about the use of probability in science holds that probabilities are objective only if they are based on micro-physics; all other probabilities should be interpreted subjectively, as merely revealing our ignorance about physical details. I have argued against this position, contending that the objectivity of micro-physical probabilities entails the objectivity of macro-probabilities." - Elliott Sober

"Many journalists become very defensive when you suggest to them that they are anything but impartial and objective. The problem with those words "impartiality" and "objectivity" is that they have lost their dictionary meaning. They've been taken over. "Impartiality" and "objectivity" now mean the establishment point of view." - John Pilger

"Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called objectivity. Objectivity does not exist. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only." - Oriana Fallaci

"We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only." - Oriana Fallaci

"A lot of journalism wants to have what they call objectivity without them having a commitment to pursuing the truth, but that doesn't work. Objectivity requires belief in and a commitment toward pursuing the truth - having an object outside of our personal point of view." - Nate Silver

"Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist." - Lise Meitner

"The old scientific ideal of episteme - of absolutely certain, demonstrable knowledge - has proved to be an idol. The demand for scientific objectivity makes it inevitable that every scientific statement must remain tentative for ever." - Karl Popper

"I make no pretensions to 'objectivity,' a fraudulent concept in an era of industrialized and politicized science in which intellectual mercenaries too often serve power and greed, the ambitions of competing nation-states, or the requirements of commerce." - Hazel Henderson

"My books deliberately provide no answers or messages. Im drilled in the habit of objectivity and also aware that the steady drip of fiction has more power than facts to shape opinion, so I handle it with caution." - Karen Traviss

"I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between "life" and "death"; between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance-submission." - Erich Fromm

"It's an academic book, and it's discussed under academic criteria. German historians cultivate so-called objectivity. They persuade themselves that they can switch off the subjective and therefore the unsettling." - Gotz Aly

"There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing." - Christiane Amanpour

"Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity-a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs." - Anthony Boucher

"What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind,' but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them criticially." - Ayn Rand

"Objectivity does not exist. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only." - Oriana Fallaci

"Islam is a religion based upon knowledge, and a denial of the possibility and objectivity of knowledge would involve the destruction of the fundamental basis upon which not only the religion, but all the sciences are rooted." - Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas

"Those [American Jews] who favor the [Israeli] attack on Gaza are certainly guilty of such overwhelming emotional and cultural attachment to Israel and Israelis, that they long ago ceased viewing this conflict with any remnant of objectivity." - Glenn Greenwald

"Economics seeks to be a science. Science is supposed to be objective and it is difficult to be scientific when the subject matter, the participant in the economic process, lacks objectivity." - George Soros

"The bottom line about the information possessed by non-Western peoples is that the information becomes valid only when offered by a white scholar recognized by the academic establishment; in effect, the color of the skin guarantees scientific objectivity." - Vine Deloria Jr

"In stamping photography with the patent of realism, society does nothing but confirm itself in the tautological certainty that an image of reality that conforms to its own representation of objectivity is truly objective." - Pierre Bourdieu

"When you take a photo at 1/1000 of a second, the moment can become an eternal fact, an eternal moment. So we have a philosophical problem of objectivity and subjectivity." - Eikoh Hosoe

"According to quantum mechanics there is no such thing as objectivity. We cannot eliminate ourselves from the picture. We are part of nature, and when we study nature there is no way around the fact that nature is studying itself." - Gary Zukav

"I never aspire to be objective because I don't believe in objectivity. It's important to be truthful, and it's important to make sure that the audience has a solid sense of what the expectation should be of a particular film." - Rory Kennedy

"If the playwright is strong enough to hold on to reasonable objectivity in the face of either hostility or praise, he'll do his work the way he was going to anyway." - Edward Albee

"The objectivity of the IPCC documents is laudable. But the fact that the group recognizes its model weaknesses and is trying to improve them doesn't make its conclusions stronger or more believable." - Orrin H. Pilkey

"I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between life and death; between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance-submission." - Erich Fromm

"I've always been a visual person, I'm formerly a graphic designer. I've always seen myself as an observer. I like to maintain objectivity and don't get too intimately involved in my subjects." - Sufjan Stevens

"The myth of objectivity made nonfiction increasingly unread. In feature articles, we could be playful in the opening and clever in the end but in the middle it was back to the boring basics." - Lee Gutkind

"Surely to root politics out of art is a highly necessary undertaking: for the freedom of art, like that of science, depends entirely upon its objectivity and non-practical, non-partisan passion." - Wyndham Lewis

"One thing a lyricist must learn is not to fall in love with his own lines. Once you learn that, you can walk away from the lyric and look at it with a reasonable degree of objectivity." - Hal David

"There is also an artistic element which is lead by the film maker. Issues of what is reality and objectivity are as always relevant as someone is going to edit the film." - Ben Edwards

"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

"Science is based on the possibility of objectivity, on the possibility of different people checking out for themselves the observations made by others. Without that possibility, there is no empirical principle capable of deciding between different arguments and theories." - Jose Padilha

"The virtual suppression of ethical discussion after 1845 produces the semblance of purely descriptive analysis, dressed in the mantle of positivist objectivity, analysis which is, in fact, strung to a framework of crude, because unexplicated, moral assumptions." - John Carroll

"He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." - Gore Vidal

"Certain media-related developments in the country are raising questions regarding its objectivity and credibility. Paid news and the declining roles of the editors and their editorial freedom is posing a major threat to the Indian media." - Mohammad Hamid Ansari

"I did very extensive diligence on Al Jazeera English, the network from which Al Jazeera America is going to be derived, and it's really very clear that they have long since established a reputation for excellence and integrity and objectivity." - Al Gore

"I think objectivity is like this strange myth that people think you're supposed to achieve, but actually, the dirty little secret is that it's not attainable any more than pure justice is attainable by the courts." - Sebastian Junger

"Of course, Einstein was a very great scientist indeed, and I have enormous respect for him, and great admiration for the discoveries he made. But he was very committed to a view of the objectivity of the physical world." - John Polkinghorne

"My books deliberately provide no answers or messages. I'm drilled in the habit of objectivity and also aware that the steady drip of fiction has more power than facts to shape opinion, so I handle it with caution." - Karen Traviss

"It should be totally fine to question the objectivity of scientists and the power structures in scientific institutions. The physical laws of the universe are objective, but human beings in any context are not. That includes with regard to science. To some extent, the supposed objectivity of science has given a lot of extra cover to very subjective and eccentric approaches to exploring aspects of ourselves and the universe around us." - Jeff Vandermeer

"For years, we just accepted the premise that the reporters from that J-school mentality of neutrality and objectivity were just laying out the facts. We just assumed that Walter Cronkite was unbiased. In hindsight, it is clear that Walter Cronkite was biased, and that he used feigned objectivity as the cudgel to change the American narrative from being a right of center one to being a left of center one." - Andrew Breitbart

"The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective. What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework - that to me is the art of photography." - Berenice Abbott

"If you're deeply engaged in an event, you're part of it. But if you're outside of it, disinterested, you are the regard that registers history. And that disinterestedness is different from objectivity. The objective view sees only the event, while the disinterested one participates as well as views by creating that link to history. It's a type of viewing that's both inside and out of the event, that brings to the viewing the capacity for human emotion, for compassion, but holds it openly. And objectivity excludes the human element, and is therefore not a point of view open to humans." - Cole Swensen

"Education is the best means-probably the only means-by which nations can cultivate a degree of objectivity about each other's behavior and intentions. It is the means by which Russians and Americans can come to understand each others' aspirations for peace and how the satisfactions of everyday life may be achieved....." - J William Fulbright

"How then did we come to the "standard model"? And how has it supplanted other theories, like the steady state model? It is a tribute to the essential objectivity of modern astrophysics that this consensus has been brought about, not by shifts in philosophical preference or by the influence of astrophysical mandarins, but by the pressure of empirical data." - Steven Weinberg

"[I shall not] discuss scientific method, but rather the methods of scientists. We proceed by common sense and ingenuity. There are no rules, only the principles of integrity and objectivity, with a complete rejection of all authority except that of fact." - Joel Henry Hildebrand

"A common fallacy in much of the adverse criticism to which science is subjected today is that it claims certainty, infallibility and complete emotional objectivity. It would be more nearly true to say that it is based upon wonder, adventure and hope." - Cyril Norman Hinshelwood

"Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms. Guided by the former, art turns into a copy of the environment's objectivity or the individual's psychic history. Guided by the latter, art is redeemed, makes the world into its instrument, and forges, beyond spatial and temporal prisons, a personal vision." - Jorge Luis Borges

"I have a feeling Virtual Reality will further expose the conceit that 'reality' is a fact. It will provide another reminder of the seamless continuity between the world outside and the world within, delivering another major hit to the old fraud of objectivity. 'Real,' as Kevin Kelly put it, 'is going to be one of the most relative words we'll have.'" - John Perry Barlow

"A good stylist should have narcissistic enjoyment as he works. He must be able to objectivize his work to such an extent that he catches himself feeling envious and has to jog his memory to find that he is himself the creator. In short, he must display that highest degree of objectivity which the world calls vanity." - Karl Kraus

"Writers who think THEY are being criticized when only that writing is being criticized are beyond a teacher's reach. Writing can only be learned when a writer coldly separates himself from what he has written and looks at it with the objectivity of a plumber examining a newly piped bathroom to see if he got all the joints tight." - William Zinsser

"Objectivity, in this sense, means that a person's statements about the world can be trusted if they are submitted to established rules deemed legitimate by a professional community. Facts here are not aspects of the world, but consensually validated statements about it." - Michael Schudson

"No matter how honest scientists think they are, they are still influenced by various unconscious assumptions that prevent them from attaining true objectivity. Expressed in a sentence, Fort 's principle goes something like this: People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels." - Colin Wilson

"We should be empty of clutching, empty of self, empty of all the old ideas of substance. We should be "lost in the objectivity of world-love", as I have elsewhere put it; or, perhaps better, we should let ourselves be only an empty space filled with brightness. Life lived like that is "eternal" life." - Don Cupitt

"Words bend our thinking to infinite paths of self-delusion, and the fact that we spend most of our mental lives in brain mansions built of words means that we lack the objectivity necessary to see the terrible distortion of reality which language brings." - Dan Simmons

"There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. ... It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory." - Karl Popper

"He had thought more than other men, and in matters of the intellect he had that calm objectivity, that certainty of thought and knowledge, such as only really intellectual men have, who have no axe to grind, who never wish to shine, or to talk others down, or to appear always in the right." - Hermann Hesse

"[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion." - Anton Chekhov

"The news is a public service. It's a way to inform people of what's going on in their world. And when you make it about ratings and make it about ad dollars, there's no incentive to inform people. The incentive is to be sensationalistic and get as many people to watch as you can without any regard for truth or objectivity." - Michael Schur

"Martin, Dave, and I get together and rough out a few songs and put them on cassettes for some reference...With the actual music, I'm not interested in objectivity, quite the opposite. I want a solely and totally subjective experience...A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children." - Ian Anderson

"Is religion subjective? Nay, its soul is in objectivity, in an Other whose Life is our true life, whose Love is our love, whose Joy is our joy, whose Peace is our peace, whose burdens are our burdens, whose Will is our will. Self is emptied into God, and God in-fills it." - Thomas Raymond Kelly

"[In geology,] As in history, the material in hand remains silent if no questions are asked. The nature of these questions depends on the "school" to which the geologist belongs and on the objectivity of his investigations. Hans Cloos called this way of interrogation "the dialogue with the earth," "das Gesprach mit der Erde."" - Reinout Willem van Bemmelen

"I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry." - P. J. O'Rourke



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