Top 195 Witness Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Witness Quotes from famous people such as Isaac Wright Jr., Mary Harris Jones, Jerry Saltz, Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Pope John XXIII, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Even on the witness stand at trial, there were people u

Even on the witness stand at trial, there were people up there and I had no clue who they were. I had never seen them a day in my life and they were pointing the finger at me saying that I was their boss.
Isaac Wright Jr.
You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand.
Mary Harris Jones
Art is changing. Again. Here. Now. Opportunities to witness this are rare, so attend and observe.
Jerry Saltz
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Every Christian must be convinced of his fundamental and vital duty of bearing witness to the truth in which he believes and the grace that has transformed him.
Pope John XXIII
Liturgy and worship were never meant to be confined to the cathedrals and sanctuaries. Liturgy at its best can be performed like a circus or theater – making the Gospel visible as a witness to the world around us.
Shane Claiborne
I want my work to influence public conversation, to turn heads, and to bear witness to this problem that’s raging in our cities. If journalism helps me with that, I’ll draw on journalism… and I’m not going to worry too much if academics get troubled over that distinction.
Matthew Desmond
Growing up, I got a chance to witness a lot of struggle in my neighborhood. A lot of people struggled, myself included. As I got older I noticed that there was still a lot of struggling going on.
The concept of a literature of witness – of bearing witness – has embedded in it the need for action. One must not simply hide in the shadows and type; one must also stand in the light.
Luis Alberto Urrea
My witness is the empty sky.
Jack Kerouac
Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed me in ‘Kings of Summer,’ which was his debut feature. I got to witness the passion and hunger that first-time directors bring to projects, and ever since, then I’ve been very intrigued when I’ve come across a project with a less experienced director.
Erin Moriarty
Lovers often invest their first meetings with retrospective significance, as if to try to conjure the elements of the numinous out of the stubborn witness of the everyday.
Christopher Hitchens
The Holy Ghost bears witness to us of the truth and impresses upon our souls the reality of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, so surely that no earthly power or authority can separate us from that knowledge.
James E. Faust
We cannot guarantee that a humanitarian catastrophe of the extent of the Holocaust will not happen again. On the contrary, we witness a catalogue of atrocities every day in wars across the globe.
Peter Maurer
The idea of ‘Voice of Witness’ is to let survivors and witnesses of human-rights abuses tell their story at length. It started with a course that I co-taught at U.C. Berkeley journalism school back in 2003.
Dave Eggers
I have never witnessed, nor will I live long enough to witness, a more simplistic crime than me stealing your identity.
Frank Abagnale
It’s a journalist’s job to be a witness to history. We’re not there to worry about ourselves. We’re there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.
Robert Fisk
It’s easy to talk a good game in an echo chamber, it’s easy to witness to people who think exactly the same way you do, but to test your convictions by going outside your comfort zone is where the ideological battle needs to go.
Dana Loesch
Evolutionary psychology has often been a field whose most prominent practitioners get embroiled in controversy – witness the 2010 case of Harvard professor Marc Hauser, whose graduate students came forward to say he’d been faking evidence for years.
Annalee Newitz
The young people I teach now know they are being sold down the river before we even start studying the trends and numbers. That’s the toughest part of being a high school economics teacher… being a witness when our children realize that the greatest deficit of all is a deficit of leadership.
Kurt Bills
We now witness the constructive work on a foundation that will endure through the ages. That foundation is the god of science – revealed to us in terms that will harmonize with our intelligence.
John Fiske
I got married in Florence, Italy. My husband and I were in love but totally broke, so we eloped and got married in Italy, where he was going on a business trip. We had to pull a guy off the street to be our witness. It was incredibly romantic. Florence is still one of my favorite cities in the world.
Libba Bray
I was reared in a Jehovah’s Witness household. I was taught that every man should be judged by his deeds and not his color, and I firmly stand where my grandmother left me.
Jill Scott
I was a witness to lots of death… Saving a human life was something really, really beautiful… no matter who they are. Not only Israeli people owe me their lives. I guarantee many terrorists, many Palestinian leaders, owe me their lives – or in other words, they owe my Lord their lives.
Mosab Hassan Yousef
We witness so many people lose themselves in this industry, and sacrifice who they really are for success and accolades.
KiKi Layne
No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you’d like to witness history.
Richard Sherman
Whether permitted to live to witness the abolition of slavery or not, I felt assured that, as I demanded nothing that was not clearly in accordance with justice and humanity, some time or other, if remembered at all, I should stand vindicated in the eyes of my countrymen.
William Lloyd Garrison
There is no law saying you have to die before your assets can be passed to loved ones. In fact, gifting earlier can be a lovely way to witness how your money helps your family thrive.
Suze Orman
I welcome the role that people of faith play in building Britain’s future – and the Catholic communion in particular is to be congratulated for so often being the conscience of our country, for helping ‘the least of these’ even when bearing witness to the truth is hard or unpopular.
Gordon Brown
My father is a Jehovah’s Witness, and he raised us under a very strict hand.
Damon Wayans
I am the Rangers manager who ended up in a witness stand in the high court, thinking: ‘Is this what it’s come to?’ There were people involved at our football club who had no right to be there and should never have been near the place.
Ally McCoist
I was proud to witness American Jewish organizations fo

I was proud to witness American Jewish organizations found the Save Darfur Coalition in June 2004 to mobilize a coordinated interfaith response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster.
Jan Schakowsky
A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.
Mahatma Gandhi
I don’t know; I think I’d be gloomy without some faith that there is a purpose and there is a kind of witness to my life.
John Updike
I’m not really any religion. I still study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, so I say I’m Apostolic Pentecostal Jehovah’s Witness Seventh-Day Adventist Jew.
Tyka Nelson
Throughout my career, I had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a CIA officer.
John O. Brennan
I don’t think a reporter necessarily becomes an arm of law enforcement. I think a reporter is like any other citizen. If a citizen can do his or her duty as a witness, if they have information about a crime, or if they have information about a criminal group, I think that there’s a duty on the part of the citizen.
Edwin Meese
The biggest insult is that I’ve been called an exaggerator… I tell the truth as I know it. I don’t glamorize the nightmare and horror that I witness; I just digest it and spew it back, with venom.
Lydia Lunch
Witness protection just makes for exciting stories and it’s a really rich sort of place to grab stories from… people starting over completely, saying goodbye to their lives before… it never ends in terms of story opportunities.
Mary McCormack
Where the grifter is shameless, the grafter shrinks from exposure, which could only endanger the racket. He is greedy but not creatively ambitious. He toils in mundane self-dealing, insider trading, bribe taking, witness tampering, and other forms of workaday corruption.
Jacob Weisberg
I’m just a living witness that you can be an imperfect soldier and still be in the army fighting for God Almighty. Don’t you think you got to be perfect ’cause I ain’t.
Steve Harvey
It is a beautiful thing to witness when my kids ask about the baby in my belly whenever I have been pregnant.
Abby Johnson
I was married for nine years before my husband and I separated and eventually divorced. Just as I’d watched my parents arguing and fighting, my son watched his parents arguing and fighting. It was like history repeating itself, and I felt terrible about him having to witness that.
Regina King
Every time I walk through the White House gates, if you don’t stop and take it in and recognize that you are a witness to history, it’s time for you, frankly, to get a new job.
Kristen Welker
Writers obviously have to bear witness to the harsh face of the age.
Alexander McCall Smith
Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness: the work.
Eduardo Chillida
I had the chance to witness the evolution of the Nuclear Deal into Dr. Singh’s legacy as he assiduously, piece by piece, crafted the Indo-US nuclear deal against all odds, including risking his government.
Sunil Mittal
When it’s good, cinema can be one of the most important things in a person’s life. A film can be a catalyst for change. You witness this and it is an incredibly spiritual experience that I’d never lived before; well, maybe only in a football match.
Gael Garcia Bernal
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
George Santayana
The heart of the gospel is that you don’t know Jesus without the witness of the church. It’s always mediated.
Stanley Hauerwas
The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.
Robert Rauschenberg
I enjoyed being a teammate of Deion Sanders. He brings different elements to the game that many people would not even realize, and to watch and witness a superior talent like him and watch him prepare and train, and study the game is truly amazing.
Emmitt Smith
Yes, long hours and a hard life for my parents, but for a six to seven year old every new day dawned with fresh excitement when you have not a care in the world, and so much to learn and witness.
Vernon L. Smith
Please call your second witness, and then call your mother, she worries.
Colin Mochrie
The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives of innocent people. That’s why I believe in the importance of bearing witness, to become a voice for the voiceless.
Bianca Jagger
It would be really cool to have my dad here to witness this, to see his grandchildren, to see this woman that I chose to share my life with, to just come walk on set and be like, ‘Ah, this is how you make TV shows and movies.’
Sterling K. Brown
Segregated Witness was forced onto the miners by the community.
Tone Vays
It’s a silent witness to the Lord when people go into shopping malls, and everyone is bustling, and you see that Chick-fil-A is closed.
S. Truett Cathy
I would say history is a clear witness to many of the problems that have erupted when two partners from the same industry or same country have come together.
Sunil Mittal
I have never, ever, as God is my witness, contrived a single debate in a single show.
Skip Bayless
There is a force of exultation, a celebration of luck, when a writer finds himself a witness to the early morning of a culture that is defining itself, branch by branch, leaf by leaf, in that self-defining dawn, which is why, especially at the edge of the sea, it is good to make a ritual of the sunrise.
Derek Walcott
Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.
Dar Williams
The interesting thing is I grew up a Jehovah's Witness

The interesting thing is I grew up a Jehovah’s Witness and I had a very, very strict upbringing.
Danielle Colby
Everyone in America likely has a bullying story, whether as the victim, bully or as a witness.
Mike Honda
One way of paying tribute to my parents was ‘bearing witness’ as the Quakers do – writing down everything that was happening instead of turning my back on it and pretending that it was all great.
Roz Chast
Being in recovery for a lot of years now, I’ve worked with a lot of people who’ve gotten sober and sat with a lot of folks who are suffering. Bearing witness is a really underrated thing; it’s a big damn deal.
Mary Gauthier
The Holy Ghost is manifested to men and women on the earth both as the power and as the gift of the Holy Ghost. The power can come upon a person before baptism; it is the convincing witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
David A. Bednar
Quality-of-life policing is based on probable cause – an officer has witnessed a crime personally or has a witness to the crime.
William Bratton
Anyone that has been lucky enough to go to the races and witness the magnificent spectacle of a competitive race will know how people like me can instantly fall in love with the power and beauty of race horses in full gallop.
Victoria Pendleton
During the Mueller investigation, Roger Stone lied to federal investigators and allegedly pressured one potential witness. Not good. Never good.
Trish Regan
For me, it’s more about being there, bearing witness to history, bearing witness to what’s happening, what our country, the position our country is taking overseas. I want policy-makers to see the fruits of their decisions, basically, and to try and influence foreign policy.
Lynsey Addario
Bitcoin Cash was created by people who don’t approve of Segregated Witness.
Tone Vays
There comes a day when you’ve become comfortable in your skin. But God as my witness, I am going to try to do everything I can to keep this ass together for as long as I possibly can – without going against nature.
Zoe Saldana
Life is so fast these days, and we’re exposed to so much information. Television makes us a witness to such misery.
Gates McFadden
I think the core of fans’ relationship is one that vacillates schizophrenically and mercurially from reverence to resentment. Fans fetishize the players’ athletic genius and both deify it and demonize it; witness the way awe turns into anger whenever a player holds out or flips off the offensive coordinator.
David Shields
I promised never to let the Rwandan Genocide die because I knew the Rwandans didn’t have much power internationally and certainly didn’t have the resources. I felt it was my duty having witnessed it, and having stayed to witness it, that I had to talk about it and keep it going.
Romeo Dallaire
The Profile in Courage Award recognizes elected officials who choose to do what is right, not what is easy, so that we might learn from their example. Each time we give the award, we bear witness to the past for the sake of the future.
Jack Schlossberg
I like to do really good things. But ‘good’ – witness Charles Dickens – doesn’t mean ‘not popular.’
Roger Rees
Sometimes it’s interesting to see something that you’re not used to seeing, which is the main ingredient of life, and it’s removed from the usual entertainment. I think it’s important to give the opportunity to people to witness the life of somebody who was not public.
Michel Gondry
My mother had Alzheimer’s, and it’s a desperately, desperately cruel thing to witness.
Gemma Jones
The older you get, the better you get, because you’ve seen more. You don’t necessarily have to go through a lot, but you have to witness it in order to recreate it.
Janet McTeer
The Great Migration can get forgotten if we don’t pay attention or bear witness to it. It’s part of my personal history and the history of millions of African Americans who left those oppressive conditions for better lives in the North. It’s important to put that on the page.
Jacqueline Woodson
Apple has a culture of excellence that is, I think, so unique and so special. I’m not going to witness or permit the change of it.
Tim Cook
My message to France and Europe is that we will make sure Venezuela won’t witness the rise of another Pinochet. And we will do it the democratic way.
Nicolas Maduro
As a musician I’m kind of nomadic, Waldo-like. I show up in different places, and I’m witness to unbelievable things.
Yo-Yo Ma
With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history.
Ibrahim Babangida
It can be very thrilling being able to witness Viola Davis do her thing for hours and hours, but there are also no windows, and you’re just in a room for fourteen hours trying to keep it together.
Liza Weil
It is the chief joy of all holy beings to witness the joy and happiness of those around them.
Ellen G. White
As a writer, I tend to be drawn to marginal people – writers, poet-prophets, seers, eccentrics – who embody the deeper ambivalences of their societies and bear deeper witness to their world than the famous figures we are used to celebrating, or demonizing, in our histories.
Pankaj Mishra
If you reflect often on how His Atonement has changed you, and if you give thanks often, you will find that your witness of Him gains power to touch the hearts of others. When those you invite out of your own testimony feel that witness, they will come to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
Henry B. Eyring
My children just want to get at the world; it is so pleasantly surprising to witness that.
Michael Leunig
To consider only one other such witness: the followers of the Buddha have at least as much right to appeal to individual and social experience in support of the authority of the Eastern saviour.
William Kingdon Clifford
Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering.
Matthieu Ricard
I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to

I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging.
George W. Bush
Being a Jehovah’s Witness, it was really a trip. We had to go from door to door, and we weren’t allowed to associate with the other children. It was a lot of rules.
Sherri Shepherd
Presidents and prime ministers, whether they live in the rich or the poor world, are insulated and isolated from the devastating impact of global poverty. They read the statistics, but they rarely witness at first hand the misery and degradation of life on a dollar a day.
Jonathan Dimbleby
If we don’t bear witness as citizens, as people, as individuals, the right that we have had to life is sacrificed. There is a silence, instead of a speaking presence.
Jane Rule
I was brought up in the War. I was an adolescent in the Second World War. And I did witness in London a great deal of the Blitz.
Harold Pinter
We habitually engage in meddling with nature. Until this century most of this meddling was good. Witness the preservation of the European countryside. But since then we’ve smoked it up and littered it and dumped too much in too many waters. I don’t think it’s our privilege to behave this way.
Lewis Thomas
Great comforts do, indeed, bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree of it; the weak child is oftener in the lap than the strong one.
William Gurnall
Universities should be about more than developing work skills. They must also be about producing civic-minded and critically engaged citizens – citizens who can engage in debate, dialogue and bear witness to a different and critical sense of remembering, agency, ethics and collective resistance.
Henry Giroux
Short of finding a place on the witness protection programme, you don’t get many opportunities to completely reinvent your life. Going to university changes that. Away from home, away from parents, away from anyone who remembers you from school, you can pretend to be far cooler and more experienced than you are.
Charlie Brooker
I call God to witness that as a private person I have done nothing unbeseeming an honest man, nor, as I bear the place of a public man, have I done anything unworthy of my place.
Francis Walsingham
It’s nice to witness these discoveries at first hand.
Michael Aspel
There remains a degree of anti-black intellectualism in entertainment. Middle and upper-middle class blacks have often been portrayed as buffoons in popular culture; witness the characters of Carlton Banks on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and Braxton P. Hartnabrig on ‘The Jamie Foxx Show.’
John Ridley
Once in a while, I still witness occasionally sexist behavior and comments from men (which experience has taught me you should always deflect with humour rather than anger). Old habits die hard, after all, and it’s unrealistic to expect dinosaurs to fall silent overnight.
Maelle Gavet
I’ve always sensed for myself an obligation to bear witness to my time.
Athol Fugard
Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life.
Peter Zumthor
Being a Jehovah’s Witness, I don’t celebrate birthdays or holidays. I don’t vote.
Pain is the mind. It’s the thoughts of the mind. Then I get rid of the thoughts, and I get in my witness, which is down in my spiritual heart. The witness that witnesses being. Then those particular thoughts that are painful – love them. I love them to death!
Ram Dass
But – but the greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up. That’s what grace is for. We’re going to fall, but we’ve got to get back up. And you’ve got to improve. And that’s what I’m all about.
Tim Tebow
Some people are cool with the fact that their bodies bear witness to this great thing they produced, their children, and I understand that. But on a personal level, it makes me feel better that my breasts are not down to my knees when I’m undressed in front of my husband.
Patricia Heaton
Well, you know, one lawyer says I’m the only witness and I’m not credible. Another lawyer says this witness – there’s tons of evidence that’s been available for years.
Patty Hearst
I think it was the ability of the theater to communicate ideas and extol virtues that drew me to it. And also, I was, and remain, fascinated by the idea of an audience as a community of people who gather willingly to bear witness.
August Wilson
It was a privilege to experience life beyond the cliches and to witness the vibrancy, chaos, and multiculturalism of Bengal first hand.
Sue Perkins
After reviewing all of the evidence and witness testimony in this investigation, I believe that President Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, and I will vote for both articles of impeachment.
Conor Lamb
When you deal with your brother, be pleasant, but get a witness.
In a play you can witness your audience live, understand how they feel. It lets you evaluate yourself and measure your growth.
Every day, I witness innovative technologies being used to not only address social challenges but to build stronger communities – here in the U.S. and across the globe.
Tae Yoo
Looking back, I am grateful for so many friends who helped me in my youth to gain a testimony of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. First, I exercised simple faith in their testimonies, and then I received the divine witness of the Spirit to my mind and to my heart.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
They that are intoxicated by self-conceit have interposed themselves between it and the Divine and infallible Physician. Witness how they have entangled all men, themselves included, in the mesh of their devices. They can neither discover the cause of the disease, nor have they any knowledge of the remedy.
A writer is not a prophet, is not a philosopher; he’s just someone who is witness to what is around him. And so writing is a way to… it’s the best way to testify, to be a witness.
J. M. G. Le Clezio
Speak the truth, and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there, do seem to stir and move to bear you witness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And I remember that the editors wanted to have a witness to say that this was really the case, because it was a very sharp picture of the just the face, the head of the fetus inside the womb.
Lennart Nilsson
I think the process is one of using the camera and soun

I think the process is one of using the camera and sound in the way a detective uses a magnifying glass: to find the clues. They’re discovery devices, not performance devices – you’re watching things the way a cat does. You’re not judging. You’re there to witness something.
D. A. Pennebaker
There are five requirements for an accused to turn state witness. One of the requirements is that the accused does not appear to be the most guilty.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago
God, who knows our most secret thoughts and who sees all, is witness to the purity of my principles. They are not founded on this barbarous ferocity that takes pleasure in shedding human blood.
Toussaint Louverture
Ultimately, it is only the witness who convinces people, not the teacher.
Blase J. Cupich
I find it abhorrent to see a whale being slaughtered and do nothing but bear witness.
Paul Watson
Parents who struggle to get a witness of the Savior into the heart of a child will be helped as they seek for a way to bring the words and the spirit of the Book of Mormon into the home and all the lives in their family.
Henry B. Eyring
Standing as a witness in all things means all things – big things, little things, in all conversations, in jokes, in games played and books read and music listened to, in causes supported, in service rendered, in clothes worn, in friends made.
Margaret D. Nadauld
Few disagree with the view that the 21st century will witness the return of Asia to the centrestage of global economic activity.
Sanjaya Baru
Too often, governments are quick to use excessive force and even pervert the course of justice to keep oil and gas flowing, forests logged, wild rivers dammed and minerals extracted. As the Global Witness study reveals, citizens are often killed, too – especially if they’re poor and indigenous.
David Suzuki
Even as a child, I was witness to protests against a film or a play or a book. All through my growing years, I found various people or organisations protesting against something.
Manoj Bajpayee
I absolutely love my job. I feel so privileged: I get to travel the world, I get to witness history… and I’m constantly inspired by the different amazing characters I meet along the way.
Clarissa Ward
In the World War nothing was more dreadful to witness than a chain of men starting with a battalion commander and ending with an army commander sitting in telephone boxes, improvised or actual, talking, talking, talking, in place of leading, leading, leading.
J. F. C. Fuller
You’re more likely to see someone fatally struck by lightning than witness a case of in-person voter fraud.
Tom Perez
For God is my witness that I neither preached, affirmed, nor defended them, though they say that I did.
Jan Hus
New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is a fitting host to its many international visitors, who can come to witness first-hand what a vibrant multicultural democracy looks like.
Ban Ki-moon
So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good.
Adam Levine
The world may be driven by the same ancient impulses. We will continue to see human struggles and successes. We will witness human glory and tragedies.
Narendra Modi
To witness history and science being made in front of your eyes is the rush.
Ginger Zee
I can assure the people of Mississippi that, as God is my witness, I strongly oppose the Blair-Holt Act and will fight harder than any human being alive to protect law-abiding Mississippians Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Angela McGlowan
It’s very embarrassing to talk of your own work before shooting for it and even before it is released. I have been a witness to many of our actors turning red-faced after their films release. I’d rather not be there.
R. Madhavan
Jesus’ own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God’s ways and vision for us.
Adam Hamilton
I wonder: when a Jehovah’s Witness dies and goes to Heaven, does God hide behind the door and pretend He’s not home?
Brian Celio
The term ‘perjury trap’ means interviewing someone for no underlying crime and no other purpose except with the hope that the person forgets something, or another witness remembers things differently. Either way, somebody gets charged with perjury.
Michael Caputo
I should like to use another word: ‘audience’ or ‘reader’ or ‘listener’ seems inadequate. I suggest the old word ‘witness,’ which includes the act of seeing and knowing by personal experience, as well as the act of giving evidence.
Muriel Rukeyser
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
Woodrow Wilson
I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War, I would begin it myself.
Augustus Sol Invictus
It doesn’t take a bruise or a broken bone for a child to be a victim of domestic violence. Kids who witness domestic violence are victims, too.
Amy Klobuchar
If in a country, most of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few, then this country can hardly witness harmony and stability.
Wen Jiabao
One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.
Jean Giraudoux
If economic progress is not translated into better quality of life and respect for citizens’ rights, we will witness more Tahrir Squares in Africa.
Mo Ibrahim
It makes me so desperately sad to witness just how unforgivably wretched our world has become.
Ralph Steadman
I've always loved reporting from the field most of all.

I’ve always loved reporting from the field most of all. There’s something about doing live TV and being there as it happens that’s always appealed to me. I think there’s great value to bearing witness to these events as they’re actually happening.
Anderson Cooper
I have lived long enough to witness the vanishing of wild mammals, butterflies, mayflies, songbirds and fish that I once feared my grandchildren would not experience: it has all happened faster than even the pessimists predicted.
George Monbiot
For a scientist, it is a unique experience to live through a period in which his field of endeavour comes to bloom – to be witness to those rare moments when the dawn of understanding finally descends upon what appeared to be confusion only a while ago – to listen to the sound of darkness crumbling.
George Emil Palade
His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but into bold witness.
Charles Stanley
I’m a Jehovah’s Witness.
The Tom Green I got to witness and see inside the ‘Big Brother’ house, I would say he was probably the most difficult to live with because he is literally a roller coaster. You don’t really know which Tom you are going to get on an hour-to-hour basis. And that was kind of difficult.
Eva Marie
As writers, it is our job not only to imagine, but to witness.
Dani Shapiro
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
A common and highly effective method for challenging a statement is to compare it to the previous statements of the witness for consistency and to compare it with the physical evidence.
Robert P. McCulloch
In the 1970s, a lot of critics didn’t understand video. I got a lot of bad reviews. But film-makers didn’t understand what we were doing, either. There were actual fistfights between film-makers and video-makers. I was witness to one.
Bill Viola
When the Second World War started, I was only five but I still remember… Being a witness… I wanted people to remember what happened in our country and elsewhere.
Krzysztof Penderecki
Americans are worried about climate change because they can already witness its effects. They see its signature in the drought in California, where record heat has dried the state’s fertile soil.
Brian Schatz
I have long been a supporter of the Head Start program because each and every year I witness the dramatic positive impact that early intervention services have on children’s lives in my congressional district.
Lucille Roybal-Allard
The Jewish calendar, which is lunar, is a calendar of witness. The Sanhedrin, Jewry’s Congress, met in Jerusalem toward the end of every month to wait for the new moon.
Joshua Cohen
The fundamental idea which defines a human being as a Muslim is the declaration of faith: that there is a creator, whom we call God – or Allah, in Arabic – and that the creator is one and single. And we declare this faith by the declaration of faith, where we… bear witness that there is no God but God.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
It’s rather naive, apart from being ethically objectionable, to assume that our investigators travel around the country with bags of money trying to bribe witnesses to lie on the witness stand. We just don’t operate that way.
Jim Garrison
When writing on black life, whites have often been unwelcome, usually called upon to give witness or hauled in as the accused.
Darryl Pinckney
I think it is so great right now that we are in an age where there’s an African American president in office. I think it is important for our generation to really witness that.
Sufe Bradshaw
We are always full of the types of people who retire or die. But they are never saying ‘This guy is really unbelievable; we’re alive to witness an exceptional performer.’ I think we should recognise that while we are still racing.
Toto Wolff
You witness a lot as a journalist, and what you witness becomes a part of you.
Francisco Goldman
To act: that is what the writer would like to be able to do, above all. To act, rather than to bear witness. To write, imagine, and dream in such a way that his words and inventions and dreams will have an impact upon reality, will change people’s minds and hearts, will prepare the way for a better world.
J. M. G. Le Clezio
We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions.
Cornel West
A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something.
Whittaker Chambers
There’s certainly an attitude in some measure of the conservative movement that I believe won’t accept the legitimacy of any Democratic president, and I think Obama did fall victim to that – witness the ‘birthers.’
David Brock
I was born again. It happens to Episcopalians. Sometimes it doesn’t hit you till you’re 47 years old. It changed my whole life for the better… I spent a lot of time giving Christian witness all over the country to church groups and stuff.
Ann B. Davis
There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers; we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which we do not actually witness.
William Godwin
You don’t really get to witness what athletes go through. Like, the sacrifices and stuff like that. It’s by far the most amazing, beautiful thing.
Steven Adams
People say that F1 is blessed with the ‘best drivers in the world,’ but I want to witness the ‘total best drivers in the world,’ and this means taking away the elements that make their job easier.
Niki Lauda
Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make.
John Ruskin
Since 1970, I’ve been using text and ephemera as well as photographs in order to tell stories of one kind or another. There’s a thread that runs through all the work that is to do with bearing witness. The photographs are about asking questions, though, not answering them.
Jim Goldberg
There are very few things of virtuosity or genius that you can actually witness.
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Contrary to popular assumptions, the Bible is not a rec

Contrary to popular assumptions, the Bible is not a record of the blessed good, but rather the blessed bad. That’s not a typo. The Bible is a record of the blessed bad. The Bible is not a witness to the best people making it up to God; it’s a witness to God making it down to the worst people.
Tullian Tchividjian
A writer’s work is to witness things.
Edward Hoagland
Perhaps the most telling witness against the claim of accurate history for the Bible comes when we read the earliest narrative of the crucifixion found in Mark’s gospel and discover that it is not based on eyewitness testimony at all.
John Shelby Spong
I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some of the biggest moments in football history mere yards away from the action, but I wanted to go out on a high rather than stay too long. I didn’t want to get to the stage where people say, ‘Oh blimey, Motty’s lost it. He’s getting the players wrong, and his voice is going.’
John Motson
The great thing about celebrity culture is that they can’t seem to stop themselves from displaying their ridiculous behaviour. I feel it’s my job as a serious investigative journalist to witness all kinds of behaviour and then report back to the audience through the prism of my own anger and bitterness.
Kathy Griffin
Growing up around Amish farmland, I enjoyed the opportunity to witness firsthand their love of family, of the domestic arts – sewing, quilting, cooking, baking – as well as seeing them live out their tradition of faith in such a unique way.
Beverly Lewis
Testimony is personal knowledge, based upon the witness of the Holy Ghost, that certain facts of eternal significance are true.
David A. Bednar
Life isn’t something you possess. It’s something you take part in, and you witness.
Louis C. K.
One of the things I try to work with white people on is letting go of our criteria about how people of color give us feedback. We have to build our stamina to just be humble and bear witness to the pain we’ve caused.
Robin DiAngelo