The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed.
Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.
You can observe a lot by watching.
Watch what the idiots are doing, and do the opposite.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.
The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.
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 to see for themselves.
The essence of a quote is the compression of a mass of thought and observation into a single saying.
Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.
If you only observe you will lack understanding. To fully understand anything you must get involved in the activity.
Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.
The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.
I always know what's happening on the court. I see a situation occur, and I respond.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
A few observation and much reasoning lead to error;
many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. 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.
How many attractions for us have our passing fellows in the streets, both male and female, which our ethics forbid us to express, which yet infuse so much pleasure into life. A lovely child, a handsome youth, a beautiful girl, a heroic man, a maternal woman, a venerable old man, charm us, though strangers, and we cannot say so, or look at them but for a moment.
In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
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.
Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
We learn this by the precepts that Jesus left.
He observed that the people were looking outward, and assured them that the kingdom of God cometh not with outward observation; and for this reason, that it was only to be known in man.
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.
A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life.
1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
In my many years as a Representative in Congress it is my observation that the district that is best represented is the district that is wise enough to select a man of energy, intelligence, and integrity and reelects him year after year. A man of this type and character serves more efficiently and effectively the longer he is returned by his people.
An actor rides in a bus or railroad train;
he sees a movement and applies it to a new role. The whole garment in which the actor hides himself is made of small externals of observation fitted to his conception of a role.
Nothing exists until or unless it is observed.
An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Inventive man has invented nothing -- nothing from scratch.
If he has produced a machine that in motion overcomes the law of gravity, he learned the essentials from the observation of birds.
Censure is willingly indulged, because it always implies some superiority: men please themselves with imagining that they have made a deeper search, or wider survey than others, and detected faults and follies which escape vulgar observation.
I know not any thing more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.
General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it.
I must acknowledge an interest, or rather a dismay, in discussing this 'family memoir,' for from experience and observation I have come to regard the American Nuclear Family in the last 50 years as the enemy of individual determination, of personal autonomy--in short, as a disease.
The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
Laws and customs may be creative of vice;
and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
The incomprehensibleness of women is an old theory, but what is that to the curious wondering observation with which wives, mothers, and sisters watch the other unreasoning animal in those moments when he has snatched the reins out of their hands, and is not to be spoken to! . It is best to let him come to, and feel his own helplessness.
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.
The cure for admiring the house of lords is to go and look at it.
To linger in the observation of things other than the self implies a profound conviction of their worth.