observation

A Quote by unknown on observation and persistence

Anything which is not directly observed tends to persist.

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on company, death, faith, family, observation, responsibility, spirit, success, and vision

Less than three weeks before his death, in one of Watson's last public statements about his company, he observed: It's this family spirit-combined with vision and faith-that has been responsible, perhaps more than anything else, for IBM's success.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas and Marva Belden in The Life of Thomas J. Watson, 1962, Little, Brown and Co.

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A Quote by Thomas G. West on force, morality, nations, observation, principles, privacy, understanding, and virtue

The founders of this nation understood that private morality is the fount from whence sound public policy springs. Replying to Washington's first inaugural address, the Senate stated: "We feel, sir, the force and acknowledge the justness of the observation that the foundation of our national policy should be lain in private morality. If individuals be not influenced by moral principles it is in vain to look for public virtue."

Thomas G. West

Source: The Federalist Papers & American Founding, ed. Charles R. Kesler, NY, The Free Press, 1987.

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on community, observation, science, present, time, understanding, unity, universe, and virtue

It is especially important in this discussion to recognize the unity of the total process, from that first unimaginable moment of cosmic emergence through all its subsequent forms of expression until the present. This unbreakable bond of relatedness that makes of the whole a universe becomes increasingly apparent to scientific observation, although this bond ultimately escapes scientific formulation or understanding. In virtue of this relatedness, everything is intimately present to everything else in the universe. Nothing is completely itself without everything else. This relatedness is both spatial and temporal. However distant in space or time, the bond of unity is functionally there. The universe is a communion and a community. We ourselves are that communion become conscious of itself.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Dream of the Earth, 1988, p. 91.

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A Quote by Stefan Kanfer on aphorisms, observation, privacy, and truth

An aphorism is a personal observation inflated into a universal truth, a private posing as a general.

Stefan Kanfer

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A Quote by Socrates on experience, honor, observation, practice, reality, and world

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on discovery, observation, patience, and reason

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on acceptance, confidence, decisions, knowledge, observation, science, and truth

For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal. It does not follow that every item which we confidently accept as physical knowledge has actually been certified by the Court; our confidence is that it would be certified by the Court if it were submitted. But it does follow that every item of physical knowledge is of a form which might be submitted to the Court. It must be such that we can specify (although it may be impracticable to carry out) an observational procedure which would decide whether it is true or not. Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: The Philosophy of Physical Science, The University of Michigan Press, 1958

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on assumptions, body, discovery, exploring, knowledge, life, observation, science, scientists, universe, and water

Let us suppose that an ichthyologist is exploring the life of the ocean. He casts a net into the water and brings up a fishy assortment. Surveying his catch, he proceeds in the usual manner of a scientist to systematize what it reveals. He arrives at two generalizations: (1) No sea-creature is less than two inches long. (2) All sea-creatures have gills. These are both true of his catch, and he assumes tentatively that they will remain true however often he repeats it. In applying this analogy, the catch stands for the body of knowledge which constitutes physical science, and the net for the sensory and intellectual equipment which we use in obtaining it. The casting of the net corresponds to observation; for knowledge which has not been or could not be obtained by observation is not admitted into physical science. An onlooker may object that the first generalization is wrong. "There are plenty of sea-creatures under two inches long, only your net is not adapted to catch them." The icthyologist dismisses this objection contemptuously. "Anything uncatchable by my net is ipso facto outside the scope of icthyological knowledge. In short, "what my net can't catch isn't fish." Or-to translate the analogy-"If you are not simply guessing, you are claiming a knowledge of the physical universe discovered in some other way than by the methods of physical science, and admittedly unverifiable by such methods. You are a metaphysician. Bah!"

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: The Philosophy of Physical Science, The University of Michigan Press, 1958

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on facts, justice, and observation

Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four, ch. 1, 1890.

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