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Observing Quotes

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Be an Observer of Life.
Gaining wisdom from carefully observing life
is not a substitute for action -
it is a prerequisite for informed action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Inspirational Life-Lesson

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

I learned a lot in those first years in Miami,
while struggling just for survival, by observing my father's fortitude.
- Desi Arnaz

Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors,
at a pedigree show.
In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.
- Melvin Maddocks

 

I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts
and grinding out conclusions.
- Charles Darwin

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd,
like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees,
will often be stung for his curiosity.
- Alexander Pope

Only by observing this condition would the results
of our work be regarded as fully conclusive and as
having elucidated the normal course of the phenomena.
- Ivan Pavlov

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I like to think I'm a listener, and I'm fascinated by observing people -
I suppose you just lock that in.
- Amanda Burton

I didn't go to acting school, but I've been observing
my fellow man for 66 years now,
and I would think that's the best school there is.
- Wilford Brimley

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature,
and especially the ordering of nature,
it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded
starting point for literature.
- Gao Xingjian

I feel like the writer observing the grief,
but it is difficult to be detached from it.
- Hugh Leonard

The devil himself had probably redesigned Hell in the
light of information he had gained from observing airport layouts.
- Anthony Price

I love observing people.
- Liv Tyler

The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing
birds are then the wind and sea are both aft.
- Lawrence Hargrave

I love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely.
I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings,
but with the powers of observing.
- Mary Oliver

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

The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable
of observing the facts which he examines.
- Marc Bloch

We're looking at Earth science, observing our planet.
Also space science, looking at the ozone in the atmosphere around our Earth.
Also looking at life science.
And on a human level, using ourselves as test subjects.
- Laurel Clark

At the moment you are no longer an observing,
reflecting being; you have ceased to be aware of yourself;
you exist only in that quiet,
steady thrill that is so unlike any excitement that you have ever known.
- May Sinclair

For me the march was a labor - a labor of love -
but I was busy handing out flyers for the National
Association of Black Social Workers,
so I really wasn't standing in the crowd listening and observing.
I was busy.
- Andre Braugher

I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures,
observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church;
study,
teaching, and writing have always been my delight.
- Venerable Bede

I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty
was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory,
owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in
the period of oscillation.
- Pieter Zeeman

Cultivating literature as I do upon a little oatmeal,
and driving, when in a position to be driven at all,
in that humble vehicle, the 'bus, I have had,
perhaps, exceptional opportunities for observing their
mutual position and behaviour;
and it is very peculiar.
- James Payn

I'm just observing the world.
I was born into it, like you were, and then I found
out there were some really disturbing aspects to being alive,
like the fact that you weren't going to be alive forever -
that bothered me.
- David Cronenberg

I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had.
And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would.
I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that
comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled.
- Sigourney Weaver

The human mind evolved always in the company of the human body,
and of the animal body before it was human.
The intricate connections of mind and body must exceed our imagination,
as from our point of view we are peculiarly prevented from observing them.
- John Desmond Bernal

We are determined that our nation shall cease to be
a burden on other countries but shall contribute positively to world prosperity,
while observing fully the fair trade practices in international commerce.
- Shigeru Yoshida

When I left Europe in 1987 I did so with the thought
that my relevance as a composition teacher would benefit
from a certain cool distance to certain tendencies
I had been observing for several years with increasing disquiet.
- Brian Ferneyhough

At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains,
water, trees and flowers.
One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body,
of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants.
- Egon Schiele

One gets into a strange psychological,
almost hypnotic, state of mind while on the firing
line which probably prevents the mind's eye from observing
and noticing things in a normal way.
- Fritz Kreisler

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people.
You're there, listening to every word,
but part of you is observing.
Everything is useful to a writer, you see -
every scrap,
even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
- Graham Greene

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For everything I observe or experience,
I create a story - not sometimes, but always.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look closely... See with new eyes...
Don't just pass by what is familiar without a thought.
Pay attention and look closely.
There is beauty - there is discovery -
there in a whole new world hiding
beneath the face of the familiar.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can observe a lot by just watching.
- Yogi Berra

The universe we observe has precisely
the properties we should expect
if there is, at bottom, no design,
no purpose, no evil, no good,
nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- Charles Darwin

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was saying earlier that it's really strange -
you can almost step outside yourself and observe yourself running,
and that's what I was doing.
- Marcus Allen

Nothing can teach you what it's like to work on a film set,
and the best education there can be for an actor is
to walk up the street and observe human nature.
- Rosamund Pike

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God.
Observe the stars, millions of them,
twinkling in the night sky,
all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
- Sai Baba

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
- Alexander Hamilton

Who will observe the observers?
- Arthur Eddington

Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in
an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it.
- Simon Newcomb

With regard to the moral and religious condition of the slaves,
I cannot, either from what I observe,
or from what is told me, consider it in any way gratifying.
- Frederick Law Olmsted

Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words.
Man approaches it through forests of symbols,
which observe him with familiar glances.
- Charles Baudelaire

What we observe is not nature itself,
but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
- Werner Heisenberg

Observe that it is a great error to believe that all
mediums of art are not closely tied to their time.
- Camille Pissarro

It is necessary to take an active part in politics
to observe how often the welfare of the party organization
is put before the issues,
even before the welfare of the commonwealth.
- Charles Edison

It may be proper to observe, that I had now passed
the utmost frontier of the white settlements on that border.
- William Bartram

All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it.
- Joseph Joubert

There are many types of participation.
One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action,
but without being an active participant.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Supposing everyone lived at one time what would they say.
They would observe that stringing string beans is universal.
- Gertrude Stein

Evolution is fascinating to watch.
To me it is the most interesting when one can observe
the evolution of a single man.
- Shana Alexander

I try not to observe myself in the process of composing
a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula,
which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
- Thom Gunn

I adopt a very simple approach.
I observe and reflect real life and ordinary people
and sooner or later that raises a laugh.
- Alberto Sordi

Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe,
or to lay out for observation.
- Samuel Richardson

To know a man, observe how he wins his object,
rather than how he loses it; for when we fail,
our pride supports us - when we succeed,
it betrays us.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Observe, record, tabulate, communicate.
Use your five senses.
Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel,
learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
- William Osler

Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen?
Chance favors only the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur

One of the things that has been truly incredible to observe though,
is the amount of venture investment that has gone into
early stage security technology.
- John W. Thompson

I can do nothing with the enemy save observe him.
- John Buford

In so far as such a theory is empirically correct it
will also tell us what empirical facts it should be
possible to observe in a given set of circumstances.
- Talcott Parsons

Geologists don't do that!
We go out in the field and observe, and then we can
try to make a model with computerization;
but it's not the first thing.
- Nils-Axel Morner

Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name-calling
and you are likely to have identified the side with
the weaker argument and they know it.
- Charles R. Anderson

What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing
but shapes and variations in the structure of space.
- Erwin Schrodinger


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