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Observer Quotes


"The observer is the observed." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"All meaning is for an observer." - Carlos Gershenson

"I own 'The New York Observer.'" - Jared Kushner

"Every Observer writer wants to be a novelist." - Jared Kushner

"About myself - no. I'm unimportant, an observer, a wandering animal." - Christina Stead

"Which came first - the observer or the particle?" - Vanna Bonta

"I've always been quiet, more of an observer." - Isabel Lucas

"I"ve always been quiet, more of an observer." - Isabel Lucas

"The Observer, Sayings of the Week', 14 Oct 1951" - W Somerset Maugham

"Sometimes it is the quiet observer who see the most." - Kathryn L. Nelson

"An observer of human nature, sir,' said Mr Pickwick." - Charles Dickens

"You are not an observer, you are a participant." - Nhat Hanh

"I'm not a good observer. I'm not proud of it." - Richard Dawkins

"Every 'Observer' writer wants to be a novelist." - Jared Kushner

"I've always been quiet, more of an observer." - Isabel Lucas

"The value of art is in the observer." - Agnes Martin

"A husband without faults is a dangerous observer." - George Savile

"I like to think of myself as an observer." - Mia Wasikowska

"Is it possible to observe without the observer?" - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"An observer situated in a nebula and moving with the nebula will observe the same properties of the universe as any other similarly situated observer at any time." - Hermann Bondi

"In this day and age, much of journalism is about right or left, conservative or liberal, and 'The Observer' is just that: an observer. It is about truth." - Jared Kushner

"Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize." - Christopher Lasch

"The observer listens to nature: the experimenter questions and forces her to reveal herself." - Georges Cuvier

"...separation of the observer from the phenomenon to be observed is no longer possible." - Werner Heisenberg

"Passion, I've found, is not so attractive to the observer as to the participants ..." - Susan Dunlap

"The errors of the observer come from the qualities of the human mind." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer" - Mark Rothko

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

"When the heart craved something so forcefully, then reason became nothing but helpless observer." - Cornelia Funke

"To be a good bodybuilder you must be a good observer." - Serge Nubret

"The observer of beauty always receives a passion to share the beauty with others." - Timothy Keller

"Jealousy is a keen observer, but looks for all the wrong signs." - H L Mencken

"Tragedy is in the eye of the observer, and not in the heart of the sufferer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be successful in bodybuilding you have to be a good observer" - Frank Zane

"Everyone has a watched life. Everyone is both the observer and the observed." - Akiane Kramarik

"The observer cannot be left out of the description of the observation." - John Archibald Wheeler

"The way to eliminate ignorance is through steady, focused discrimination between the observer and the world." - Patanjali

"A curiously interested observer sees a great deal, a scientifically interested observer is worthy of all honor, and anxiously interested observer sees what others do not see, but a crazy observer sees perhaps the most, his observation is more intense and more persistent, just as the senses of certain animals are sharper than those of man." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Through the process of elimination, the observer or some aspect of awareness is indirectly quantified." - Vanna Bonta

"I'm an amused observer. I don't bet or gamble; that's the worst thing." - Pablo Francisco

"He alone is an acute observer, who can observe minutely without being observed." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"There's no way to remove the observer - us - from our perceptions of the world." - Stephen Hawking

"The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed." - Pierre Teilhard De Chardi

"You can say I give you this information as a dispassionate observer." - Bill Goldberg

"I'm very much an observer and a conduit of thoughts and ideas." - Ian Anderson

"General Custer was a close observer and student of personal character." - Buffalo Bill

"That is a secondary teacher conception - the writer as an observer." - Peter Bichsel

"The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"I was a close observer of the developments in molecular biology." - John Pople

"A fair observer only has to ask: If there is violence, who profits?" - Jack Schwartz

"You have to have some kind of power of observation, almost like a trained observer." - Billy West

"The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer." - Muhammad Iqbal

"I am a committed observer. I like staying in the background and seeing what's going on." - Valerie Trierweiler

"I have always been a very visual person and a keen observer." - Annie Lennox

"One who can see without seeming to see- That's an observer as good as three." - William Allingham

"As journalists, because you don't carry a gun, you sort of become this observer." - Tim Hetherington

"Reality is observer-determined - it's a spatio-temporal process, which fortunately means that things must change." - Robert Lanza

"Doesn't the theory of relativity concern literature too? In our world there is no longer any room for the privileged observer, as there is none for the observer of the universe - we are all within." - Nina Berberova

"Where the observer is at first a real goodness realized, later it is a sophisticated power holder. The observer is given power and control that belongs to oneness. When oneness has that power and that control, there is love." - John de Ruiter

"If the expansion of the space of the universe is uniform in all directions, an observer located in anyone of the galaxies will see all other galaxies running away from him at velocities proportional to their distances from the observer." - George Gamow

"There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold." - William Shakespeare

"By merely increasing or decreasing the amount of contrast in any area we can move the observer through the painting." - Mike Svob

"I've always tried to maintain that I don't have any advice to give. I'm a curious observer." - Aziz Ansari

"Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Observe, and in that observation there is neither the "observer" nor the "observed" - there is only observation taking place." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"The scupltor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature." - Bayard Ruskin

"At times, he even admitted that he'd been more an observer of the world than a participant in it..." - Nicholas Sparks

"A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"In no other sport is the connection between performer and observer so intimate, so frequently painful, so unresolved" - Joyce Carol Oates

"Politics, as any observer of the modern world knows, is the enemy of economics, everywhere and always." - John Derbyshire

"The goal is to be the observer of your thoughts and not let your thoughts control you." - Deepak Chopra

"Angelo, There is a kind of character in thy life, That to th' observer doth thy history Fully unfold." - William Shakespeare

"The thing is I never want to be an observer, it's only in retrospect that I wish I had observed." - Mary Tyler Moore

"He reads much; He is a great observer, and he looks Quite through the deeds of men." - William Shakespeare

"Hamlet is egotism as it appears to itself, and Don Quixote is egotism as it appears to the detached observer." - Hugh Kingsmill

"My life revolves around music and always will. I need to be a part of music and not an observer." - Rick Wakeman

"I am a keen observer of my own films; I also try to discover myself through the movies I make." - Imtiaz Ali

"I am an observer, I like to watch people. I am into psychology and people - how they act and such." - Dane Cook

"If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long." - Noam Chomsky

"Running is the one part of my life in which I fundamentally feel like the observer instead of the observed." - Chelsea Clinton

"Being a good observer is a great tool to have as a writer, just taking the world in." - Lauren Conrad

"Politicians often say to me, 'Articles in the 'Observer' don't get me votes, but you get me money.'" - Jared Kushner

"The sculptor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature." - John Ruskin

"I'm just an observer of Java, and where Microsoft wants to go with C is too early to tell." - Dennis Ritchie

"I guess I'm a very keen observer, and I'd like to think I have a good imagination." - Eric Bana

"The moment I am aware that I am aware, I am not aware. Awareness means the observer is not." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"While the 1980 book was being serialized in the Sunday Times, Charles attacked it through the Observer." - Anthony Holden

"What really matters for me is ... the more active role of the observer in quantum physics ... According to quantum physics the observer has indeed a new relation to the physical events around him in comparison with the classical observer, who is merely a spectator." - Wolfgang Pauli

"The creativity that comes from silence, from a quiet heart, feels different from that of ambition to both the creator and the observer. When the artist or the worker is out of the way, both the creator and the observer experience the art as simply a gift, an expression of the impersonal intelligence shared by all. The creator has no need to take credit for it, the observer no need to possess it." - Catherine Ingram

"When the mind goes beyond the thought of 'the me,' the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Any measurement must take into account the position of the observer. There is no such thing as measurement absolute, there is only measurement relative." - Jeanette Winterson

"In one word, to draw the rule from experience, one must generalize; this is a necessity that imposes itself on the most circumspect observer." - Henri Poincare

"No genuine observer can decide otherwise than that the homes of a nation are the bulwarks of personal and national safety and thrift." - J. G. Holland

"You cant be a casual observer of something humorous - you have to engage, you have to find it funny for the relationship between actor and audience to work." - Brendan Coyle

"History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God." - Albert Camus

"None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty." - Henry David Thoreau

"You are not a passive observer in the cosmos. The entire universe is expressing itself through you at this very moment." - Jean Houston

"The average man cannot believe that an artist may be as serious and highminded an observer of life as the professed man of science." - Aleister Crowley

"Ten minutes in a video store should convince any impartial observer that we live in a police state of consciousness, far more pervasive than the Nazis." - Hakim Bey

"An observer can't tell if a person is silent and still because inner life has stalled or because inner life is transfixingly busy." - Susanna Kaysen

"The difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter is a matter of perspective: it all depends on the observer and the verdict of history." - Pentti Linkola

"In modern physics, the universe is experienced as a dynamic inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way." - Fritjof Capra

"Fear sits and smiles and is predatory, immobile and silent and serene; an observer who conserves his energy and is content to wait." - John Scalzi

"PESSIMISM- philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile." - Ambrose Bierce

"I'm a great observer of delicate situations and women. I really like that bygone type of movement, and for a long time I had been looking for it." - Manolo Blahnik

"Life is the greatest experiment. Each of us is an experiment of one-observer and subject-making choices, living with them, recording the effects." - George A Sheehan

"I am an observer of life, a non-participant who takes no sides. I am in the regimented society, but not of it." - Moondog

"She seemed like a creature made to attract everyone and express nothing real, though it would take a master observer, like Magnus, to know it." - Cassandra Clare

"No genuine observer can decide otherwise than that the homes of a nation are the bulwarks of personal and national safety and thrift." - Josiah Gilbert Holland

"I am actually not at all a man of science, not an observer, not an experimenter, not a thinker. I am by temperament nothing but a conquistador" - Sigmund Freud

"What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly?" - Stephen King

"The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation." - Keith Haring

"We are often confident even when we are wrong, and an objective observer is more likely to detect our errors than we are." - Daniel Kahneman

"A foreign observer is struck by our gentleness: by the orderly behaviour of the English crowds, the lack of pushing and quarrelling, the willingness to form queues." - George Mikes

"It may be well to wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer." - Johannes Kepler

"In dream consciousness we make things happen by wishing them, because we are not only the observer of what we experience but also the creator." - Vilayat Inayat Khan

"The critic ... should be not merely a poet, not merely a philosopher, not merely an observer, but tempered of all three." - Margaret Fuller

"Silences, as every observer knows, have strange characteristics all their own - passionate silences, and hateful silences, and silences full of friendly, purring content." - Alice Duer Miller

"He is a dull observer whose experience has not taught him the reality and force of magic, as well as of chemistry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer." - Adam Smith

"The observer must learn to look at the picture as a graphic representation of a mood and not as a representation of objects." - Wassily Kandinsky

"The universe and the observer exist as a pair. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of the universe that ignores consciousness." - Andrei Linde

"I am a player in life, not an observer. I look at herpes the way you look at a scraped knee." - Doug Stanhope

"Photographs are detonators. They explode in us. We are the gaze as well as the gazed-at. The observer and the observed." - Edmundo Desnoes

"Gravity is neither a force nor a consequence of any space-time curvature. It is simply an orderly spatial illusion to non-spatial observer/s." - Kedar Joshi

"Being infinitely amazed, so do I give thanks to God, Who has been pleased to make me the first observer of marvelous things, unrevealed to bygone ages." - Galileo Galilei

"If fact were enough, you could take a photo of the subject. Unlike the sensitive observer, however, the camera never selects or comments, never adds or subtracts." - Paul Strisik

"I think that collaboration makes me a better director and observer and writer because I can look at things in a different way." - Saschka Unseld

"China is a keen observer of trends elsewhere in the world, and it's going to give our own innovators a run for their money." - Wayne Pacelle

"One can be a good critic and a moral observer, but one remains professionally detached as a writer and a filmmaker." - Jean-Luc Godard

"As a producer, I'm an objective observer, helping a band form their ideas into a cohesive album. It's a step back from the intimacy of creation." - Mark Hoppus

"I guess to the outside observer, all my movies look like musty old black-and-white artifacts, but my earlier movies had been more static and tableaux-ish." - Guy Maddin

"I always thought that my airplane conveyed a silent sermon. To the earthbound observer, its silhouette was the shape of the cross on which Jesus was crucified." - E.R. Trimble

"What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly?" - Anonymous

"PESSIMISM, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile." - Ambrose Bierce

"Only a thoughtless observer can deny that correspondences come into play between the world of modern technology and the archaic symbol-world of mythology." - Walter Benjamin

"Through characters, non-linear plot lines, or the involvement of multiple dimensions, it ultimately witnesses the physical world as inextricable from consciousness or the observer of that world." - Vanna Bonta

"I said, is quantum fiction. The first line of the story is Which came first, the observer or the particle? - and it goes from there." - Vanna Bonta

"The capacity to recognize significant factors in a given situation is limited by the context that arises from the level of consciousness of the observer." - David Hawkins

"I didn't just see myself as a film director here [in Life And Nothing More], but also as an observer of people who had been condemned to death." - Abbas Kiarostami

"Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture. A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it." - Robert Henri

"A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice." - Irving Babbitt

"Social situations, for me - it's very natural for me to be an observer. That's where I'm most comfortable. I observe things." - Ray Lamontagne

"I understand so very little. But I am not afraid to look: I am a good observer at last. My eyes are open, and I am not afraid." - Robert Charles Wilson

"What we need now is the description of the "describer" or, in other words, we need a theory of the observer." - Heinz von Foerster

"I was always the observer, trying to understand what was going on. I was always the new kid. Writing became my safe place." - Lisa Unger

"I was an observer. I liked to listen rather than openly express myself. This trait is something that I've retained over the years." - Giorgio Armani

"You can't be a casual observer of something humorous - you have to engage, you have to find it funny for the relationship between actor and audience to work." - Brendan Coyle

"The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself." - Bertrand Russell