Research Quotes

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Better ask twice than lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

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The research worker remains a student all his life.
In research the front line is almost always in a fog.
The dead hand of research lies heavy on too many novels.


Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
Research has been defined as guerilla warfare on the unknown.
When curiosity turns to serious matters, it's called research.


Research is the search of people who don't know what they want.
The investigator should have a robust faith—and yet not believe.

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Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.


After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.


The joy of research must be found in doing, since every other harvest is uncertain.
Blind alleys and garden paths leading nowhere are the principal hazards in research.
The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.
If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.
Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.


Motto for a research laboratory: What we work on today, others will first think of tomorrow.
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.
Research means going out into the unknown with the hope of finding something new to bring home.
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.
Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.
You can have a research career if and only if you do research without trying to have a research career.
The subject matter of research is no longer nature in itself, but nature subjected to human questioning.
Knowing how hard it is to collect a fact, you understand why most people want to have some fun analyzing it.


"Research" means "to search again." Why not? Sometimes, a new interpretation emerges that is of vast importance.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
The gift for investigation appears at an early age: the demon of research speaks to men whilst they are still young.
Research is four things: brains with which to think, eyes with which to see, machines with which to measure and, fourth, money.
If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble.  Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.


We find that in research a certain amount of intelligent ignorance is essential to progress; for, if you know too much, you won't try the thing.


One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.
The trouble with research is that it tells you what people were thinking about yesterday, not tomorrow. It's like driving a car using a rearview mirror.
The latest research on polls has turned up some interesting variables. It turns out, for instance, that people will tell you any old thing that pops into their heads.
When a man after long years of searching chances upon a thought which discloses something of the beauty of this mysterious universe, he should not therefore be personally celebrated.  He is already sufficiently paid by his experience of seeking and finding.

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Scientific research was much like prospecting: you went out and you hunted, armed with your maps and your instruments, but in the end your preparations did not matter, or even your intuition. You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.


Market research can establish beyond the shadow of a doubt that the egg is a sad and sorry product and that it obviously will not continue to sell. Because after all, eggs won't stand up by themselves, they roll too easily, are too easily broken, require special packaging, look alike, are difficult to open, won't stack on the shelf.