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"Observations always involve theory." - Edwin Powell Hubble

"Observations always involve theory." - Edwin Hubble

"Extraordinary observations require extraordinary evidence." - Buzz Aldrin

"Theories crumble, but good observations never fade." - Harlow Shapley

"Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions." - Jean Paul

"There's more to life than making shallow, fairly obvious observations." - Jerry Seinfeld

"Detailed descriptions, abstract ambitions, relevant observations, your's and mine." - Ellen Hopkins

"I love making observations. That one is a classic example." - Stephen Colbert

"Balloon: Thing to take meteroric observations and commit suicide with." - Mark Twain

"Extraordinary observations require extraordinary evidence to make them believable." - Carl Sagan

"Reality is in the observations, not in the electron." - Werner Heisenberg

"Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations." - Sigmund Freud

"You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions." - Mos Def

"All our scientific observations of the universe and quanta can only, in the end, be observations of ourselves." - Alan Moore

"Physics tells us observations can't be predicted absolutely. Rather, there's a range of possible observations each with a different probability." - Robert Lanza

"Difficulties arise when reported observations seem to conflict with 'facts' that the majority of scientists accept as established and immutable. Scientists tend to reject conflicting observations.....Nevertheless, the history of science shows that new observations and theories can eventually prevail." - Ian Stevenson

"A theory is just a mathematical model to describe the observations." - Karl Popper

"I can envision observations and experiments that would disprove any evolutionary theory I know." - Stephen Jay Gould

"I never gossip. I observe. And then relay my observations to practically everyone." - Gail Carriger

"We fail in even the simplest of all scientific observations-nobody looks up anymore." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Wrong hypotheses, rightly worked from, have produced more useful results than unguided observations." - Augustus De Morgan

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

"Genius makes its observations in shorthand; talent writes them out at length." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it." - Pascual Jordan

"I am not accustomed to saying anything with certainty after only one or two observations." - Andreas Vesalius

"I need to write down my observations. Even the tiniest ones; they're the most important." - Tove Jansson

"Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations." - Stephen Hawking

"Measurements, observations, descriptions can only be considered scientific when they are independently confirmed by other people." - Jose Padilha

"She wrote to him fairly regularly, from a paradise of triple exclamation points and inaccurate observations." - J D Salinger

"One finds the truth by making a hypothesis and comparing observations with the hypothesis." - David Douglass

"To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake." - Alexander Pope

"I think there's value in experience and observations that link past to present." - Bill Kurtis

"I laugh at absurdity hardest, then stories, then observations, then bearded men on roller skates." - T J Miller

"Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Nothing comes out more clearly in astronomical observations than the immense activity of the universe." - Maria Mitchell

"Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions." - Vera Rubin

"The fundamental difficulty in myothermic observations is the smallness of the changes involved and their rapidity." - Archibald Hill

"Science emerges from the other progressive activities of man to the extent that new concepts arise from experiments and observations, and that the new concepts in turn lead to further experiments and observations." - James Bryant Conant

"With each passing year, experimental observations further undermine the claim of a large positive feedback from water. In fact, observations suggest that the feedback is close to zero or may even be negative." - William Happer

"I like my jokes to be built on a foundation of ideas, or at least smart observations." - George Carlin

"Through my observations, it became clear that most of society's rules and customs are rooted in fear and superstition!" - RuPaul

"Trust not my reading, nor my observations, Which with experimental seal do warrant The tenor of my book." - William Shakespeare

"Science is not infallible, but it has something religion lacks: a process of testing claims against real-world observations." - PZ Myers

"Experimental observations are only experience carefully planned in advance, and designed to form a secure basis of new knowledge." - Ronald Fisher

"History, human or geological, represents our hypothesis, couched in terms of past events, devised to explain our present-day observations." - M. King Hubbert

"I strongly believe in the existence of God, based on intuition, observations, logic, and also scientific knowledge." - Charles Hard Townes

"On the whole, the evidence indicates that model trends in the troposphere are very likely inconsistent with observations..." - David Douglass

"Get growing. Back yourself and make mistakes. It's your mistakes and observations that are your greatest tutors." - Costa Georgiadis

"Through my own observations. I am convinced that an absolutely honest and direct inquiry into oneself will lead to understanding." - Bruce Lee

"They who depend upon manifest observations will philosophize better than those who persist in opinions repugnant to the senses." - Galileo Galilei

"The ability to make witty observations is commonly refered to as "cynism" by people who lack it." - George Bernard Shaw

"Every man is a valuable member of society, who, by his observations, researches, and experiments, procures knowledge for men," - James Smithson

"All observations of life are harsh, because life is. I lament that fact, but I cannot change it." - Margaret Atwood

"Observations indicate that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate. It will expand forever, getting emptier and darker." - Stephen Hawking

"We doubt that any facts actually exist. We only have observations and interpretations. Most of the interpretations remain questionable." - Peter J. Carroll

"It is my observations, though, that happiness limits the amount of suffering one is willing to inflict upon others" - Jacqueline Carey

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

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

"Every science consists in the coordination of facts; if the different observations were entirely isolated, there would be no science." - Auguste Comte

"Based on observations of the policies of my own government, I viewed this action as an acceptable option." - Timothy Mcveigh

"When general observations are drawn from so many particulars as to become certain and indisputable, these are jewels of knowledge." - Isaac Watts

"In the moment of making films, I want to share my observations of life, not of other films." - Alexander Payne

"It doesn't take many observations to think you've spotted a trend, and it's probably not a trend at all." - Daniel Kahneman

"Of Cooking. This is an art of various forms, the object of which is to give ordinary observations the appearance and character of those of the highest degree of accuracy. One of its numerous processes is to make multitudes of observations, and out of these to select only those which agree, or very nearly agree. If a hundred observations are made, the cook must be very unhappy if he cannot pick out fifteen or twenty which will do for serving up." - Charles Babbage

"[Those] who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries, but they also make very poor observations." - Claude Bernard

"In NVC, no matter what words others may use to express themselves, we simply listen for their observations, feelings, needs, and requests." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Expose every belief to the light of reason, discourse, facts, scientific observations; question everything, be sceptical because this is the only chance at life you will ever get." - James Randi

"One of the first observations to make in conversation is the state, or the character, and the education of the person to whom we speak." - Suzanne Curchod

"Taking experimental results and observations for granted and putting the burden of proof on the theory means taking the observational ideology for granted without having ever examined it." - Paul Feyerabend

"It's likely that only vibrations of love and gratitude appear in nature, and observations of nature shows this to be true." - Masaru Emoto

"From all our observations we may collect with certainty, that misery is the lot of man, but cannot discover in what particular condition it will find most alleviations." - Samuel Johnson

"Science is a process for learning about nature in which competing ideas about how the world works are measured against observations." - Richard P Feynman

"The world was to Shakespeare a great stage of fools on which he was utterly bewildered. His pregnant observations of life are not coordinated into any philosophy." - George Bernard Shaw

"To voice something you're feeling and put observations into words with another person who is totally present is a creative act embodying soul and love." - Jean Shinoda Bolen

"I began this disorderly and almost endless collection of scattered thoughts and observations in order to gratify a good mother who knows how to think." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"String theory seems to be incompatible with a world in which a cosmological constant has a positive sign, which is what the observations indicate." - Lee Smolin

"We every day and every hour say things of another that we might more properly say of ourselves, could we but apply our observations to our own concerns." - Michel De Montaigne

"From my numerous observations, I conclude that these tubercle bacilli occur in all tuberculous disorders, and that they are distinguishable from all other microorganisms." - Robert Koch

"Of course, if one ignores contradictory observations, one can claim to have an "elegant" or "robust" theory. But it isn't science." - Halton Arp

"I've always felt you don't have to be completely detached, emotionally uninvolved to make precise observations. There's nothing wrong with feeling great empathy for your subjects." - Jane Goodall

"The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"All observations point to the fact that the intellectual woman is masculinized; in her, warm, intuitive knowledge has yielded to cold unproductive thinking." - Helene Deutsch

"We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the truth." - Hippocrates

"If a writer is true to his characters they will give him his plot. Observations must play second fiddle to integrity." - Phyllis Bottome

"We are now at the point in the age of global warming hysteria where the IPCC global warming theory has crashed into the hard reality of observations." - Roy Spencer

"The key to my work is that I stopped, physically, to observe something. I raised my camera and recorded my observations." - Julius Shulman

"Scientists construct facts by constantly making decisions about what they will consider significant, what experiments they should pursue, and how they will describe their observations." - Ruth Hubbard

"I carry some kind of consideration and weight and observations about what is going on in the world, but I don't go to execute it." - Michal Rovner

"Anthropologists are great at novelistic observations. I would be thrilled if this novel would encourage anthropologists to write what they see in fictional form." - Lily King

"In estimating the amount of dark matter, cosmologists developing the standard model have to make some rather strong assumptions about their observations." - John Moffat

"Taking experimental results and observations for granted and putting the burden of proof on the theory means taking the observational ideology for granted without having ever examined it." - Paul Karl Feyerabend

"To appropriately respond to an emergency requires a very clear mind, to cooly analyze what the observations are and how to fix it." - Buzz Aldrin

"Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics." - Stephen Hawking

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

"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." - Jack Adams

"My duty is that of a chronicler; and if I perform that conscientiously, the lessons which my observations suggest will need no pointing out." - Bayard Taylor

"I love astute observations and really great wordplay. I love the way that Louis C.K. observes life, and I love the way Patton Oswalt talks about it." - Greg Behrendt

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

"Throughout my career as a songwriter, I've had a knack for writing songs that were about me and my life experiences and observations." - Richie Sambora

"Numerous observations made upon fevers, somnambulisms, and other human maladies, seem to prove that the moon does exercise some mysterious influence upon man." - Jules Verne

"The real reason why general relativity is widely accepted is because it made predictions that were borne out by experimental observations." - Brian Greene

"Data adds concrete information to a teacher's observations and intuition, but it will never replace experience, personal relationships, and cultural understanding." - Jose Ferreira

"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." - Henry Villard

"In the same way that Shakespeare was writing very much for his time, he was also unearthing observations that would last for generations beyond him." - Alexis Denisof

"While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations." - Aristotle

"I'm really more prolific than most stand-ups. My act changes. I do fold in new experiences, new observations, whatever you want to call it." - Paula Poundstone

"Space and time may have a structure as intricate as the fauna of a rich ecosystem, but on a scale far larger than the horizon of our observations." - Martin Rees

"We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts." - William Hazlitt

"The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own." - Virginia Woolf

"I can encourage my daughter to love her body, but what really matters are the observations she makes about my relationship with my own body." - Brene Brown

"Only listen to the observations of the enlightened because everyone else is self-centered, egocentric and bound by the net of desire." - Frederick Lenz

"The stories I write are often literal to events that have happened or observations that I've made, and sometimes they're fantastical." - Mark Mothersbaugh

"You make observations, write theories to fit them, try experiments to disprove the theories and, if you can't, you've got something." - Kary Mullis

"First, I used some of my own experiences and observations from attending a public high school. Secondly, I joined in some Internet chat rooms for gays and lesbians." - Ellen Muth

"Cuvier had preceded Lamarck in specifying the kinds and degrees of variation, which his own observations and critical judgment of the reports of others led him to admit." - Richard Owen

"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." - Talcott Parsons

"Evolution is a fact. It is the best explanation of what is known from observations. It's a theory as powerful as the theory of gravity." - Donald Johanson

"The Tweets that I have written that are most popular are the ones that are the kind of universal girly concerns and observations." - Mindy Kaling

"Genius and science have burst the limits of space, and few observations, explained by just reasoning, have unveiled the mechanism of the universe. Would it not also be glorious for man to burst the limits of time, and, by a few observations, to ascertain the history of this world, and the series of events which preceded the birth of the human race?" - Georges Cuvier

"I therefore concluded, and decided unhesitatingly, that there are three stars in the heavens moving about Jupiter, as Venus and Mercury about the Sun; which at length was established as clear as daylight by numerous other observations. Referring to his pioneering telescope observations." - Galileo Galilei

"Science is a dynamic undertaking directed to lowering the degree of the empiricism involved in solving problems; or, if you prefer, science is a process of fabricating a web of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiments and observations and fruitful of further experiments and observations." - James Bryant Conant

"A theory is a good theory if it satisfies two requirements: it must accurately describe a large class of observations on the basis of a model that contains only a few arbitrary elements, and it must make definite predictions about the results of future observations." - Stephen Hawking

"The astronomer is, in some measure, independent of his fellow astronomer; he can wait in his observatory till the star he wishes to observe comes to his meridian; but the meteorologist has his observations bounded by a very limited horizon, and can do little without the aid of numerous observers furnishing him contemporaneous observations over a wide-extended area." - James Pollard Espy

"It is one thing to impose drastic measures and harsh economic penalties when an environmental problem is clear-cut and severe....It is foolish to do so when the problem is largely hypothetical and not substantiated by observations....we do not currently have any convincing evidence or observations of significant climate change from other than natural causes." - Frederick Seitz

"Science is composed of laws which were originally based on a small, carefully selected set of observations, often not very accurately measured originally; but the laws have later been found to apply over much wider ranges of observations and much more accurately than the original data justified." - Richard Hamming

"The thesis that the living creatures have always been composed different species was established in a time where no sufficient observations had been made and when science hardly existed. This thesis is denied every day by those who have made accurate observations, who have long time observed nature and who have had the benefit from studying our musei's large and rich collections." - Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

"To command their professors of astronomy to refute their own observations is to command them not to see what they do see and not to understand what they do understand." - Galileo Galilei

"I venture to define science as a series of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiment and observation and fruitful of further experiments and observations. The test of a scientific theory is, I suggest, its fruitfulness." - James Bryant Conant

"Exercising the right of occasional suppression and slight modification, it is truly absurd to see how plastic a limited number of observations become, in the hands of men with preconceived ideas." - Francis Galton

"Well-established theories collapse under the weight of new facts and observations which cannot be explained, and then accumulate to the point where the once useful theory is clearly obsolete." - Al Gore

"Thus science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths; neither with the collection of observations, nor with the invention of experiments, but with the critical discussion of myths, and of magical techniques and practices." - Karl Popper

"I believe that mathematical reality lies outside us, that our function is to discover or observe it, and that the theorems which we prove, and which we describe grandiloquently as our "creations," are simply the notes of our observations." - G H Hardy

"There's certainly a portion of my brain that is always tuned to making wry observations about the world, but that portion of my brain was alive and well before Twitter." - Roxane Gay

"A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought." - George Eliot

"Lucian was beginning to get used to hearing her small observations at night. More than anything, he realized he liked her voice in the dark. It made him feel less lonely." - Melina Marchetta

"I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?" - Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

"Invention despoils observations, insinuation invalidates memory. A stewpot of bad habits, all of it - so that imaginative writers wind up, by and large, a shifty crew, sunk in distortion, misrepresentation, illusion, imposture, fakery." - Cynthia Ozick

"I have no idea why, and this is others observations of me - I tend to be in the realm of these very complicated personalities. I guess I enjoy corralling that." - Susan Downey

"If you've got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs - rethinking the world isn't an option." - PZ Myers

"Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed." - Ivan Illich

"I am proud to find, from two astronomical observations, that Chapel Hill lies right in the orbit of Jupiter and his satellites, and that the period of his revolution is about twelve years." - William Hooper

"No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion." - David Hume

"Let your observations and comparisons produce in your mind an abhorrence of domination and power, the parent of slavery, ignorance, and barbarism, which places man upon a level with his fellow tenants of the woods." - Abigail Adams

"There are three types of men in the world. One type learns from books. One type learns from observations. And one type just has to urinate on the electric fence himself." - Will Rogers

"A hypothesis is empirical or scientific only if it can be tested by experience. A hypothesis or theory which cannot be, at least in principle, falsified by empirical observations and experiments does not belong to the realm of science." - Francisco J. Ayala

"....there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people." - James Burgh

"Film is so much about that intensity of focus that there always needs to be some tension and some forward motion. The novel goes into a series of lovely observations about the world, but you've got to find the story." - Lenny Abrahamson

"There is nothing by which I have, through life, more profited than by the just observations, the good opinion, and the sincere and gentle encouragement of amiable and sensible women." - Sir Samuel Romilly

"The observations that have developed over the years have given us perspective about where we fit in. We are newcomers, really recent arrivals on a planet that is four and a half billion years old." - Sylvia Earle



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