An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.


Marston Bates


Enough research will tend to support your conclusions.


Arthur Bloch


Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.


Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977, German rocket pioneer)


Not many appreciate the ultimate power and potential usefulness of basic knowledge accumulated by obscure, unseen investigators who, in a lifetime of intensive study, may never see any practical use for their findings but who go on seeking answers to the unknown, without thought of financial or practical gain.


Eugenie Clark (1922-, American marine biologist, author)


After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.


Helene Deutsch (1884-1982, American psychiatrist)


If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be research.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.


William Henry (1774-1836, British chemist)


To write it, it took three months; to conceive it -- three minutes; to collect the data in it -- all my life.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.


George V. Higgins (1939-, American novelist)


Research is usually a policeman stopping a novel from progressing.


Brian Moore (1921-, Irish novelist)


Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.


Arthur D. Little


If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.


Sir Peter Medawar (1915-1987, British immunologist)


If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


Research is subordinated (not to a long-term social benefit) but to an immediate commercial profit. Currently, disease (not health) is one of the major sources of profit for the pharmaceutical industry, and the doctors are willing agents of those profits.


Walter Modell


Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.


Linus Pauling (1901-1994, American chemist, 2-time Nobel Prize winner)


If you want to avoid being cheated, ask for prices at three different stores.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Scientific research consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought.


Author Unknown


Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


Lost in a gloom of uninspired research.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


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