Top 88 Observations Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Observations Quotes from famous people such as Glenn Greenwald, Priyamvada Natarajan, Bob Elliott, Daniel Kahneman, Jeff Jordan, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The highest compliment one can give a writer is not to

The highest compliment one can give a writer is not to say that one wholeheartedly agrees with his observations, but that he provoked – really, forced – difficult thinking about consequential matters and internal questioning of one’s own assumptions, often without quick or clear resolution.
Glenn Greenwald
I am a phenomenologist – I work on developing theoretical models that are constrained by observations.
Priyamvada Natarajan
I like jokes, but Ray and I, we never did jokes. We weren’t in that line of humor. We each contributed our own kind of observations. I’m glad to have people look at and laugh at and respect and get some creative juice out of what we did by observing.
Bob Elliott
It doesn’t take many observations to think you’ve spotted a trend, and it’s probably not a trend at all.
Daniel Kahneman
I had a spectacular four years as OpenTable CEO and remain an active executive chairman. I think, for me, some of the interesting observations there are, you know, global is important, mobile is extremely important. And then, network businesses are very attractive.
Jeff Jordan
From my personal observations, the Spanish style of play, with a large number of passes, is somewhat similar to the Brazilian one.
A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
George Berkeley
The stories I write are often literal to events that have happened or observations that I’ve made, and sometimes they’re fantastical.
Mark Mothersbaugh
Dogs who live in each other’s company are calm and pragmatic, never showing the desperate need to make known their needs and feelings or to communicate their observations, as some hysterical dogs who know only the company of our species are likely to do.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Darwin didn’t walk around the Galapagos and come up with the theory of evolution. He was exploring, collecting, making observations. It wasn’t until he got back and went through the samples that he noticed the differences among them and put them in context.
Craig Venter
Unadulterated, unsweetened observations are what the real nature-lover craves. No man can invent incidents and traits as interesting as the reality.
John Burroughs
I am deeply impressed with the way dark matter has explained cosmological observations.
Jim Peebles
The curious defiled past him, after squeezing the Presidential fingers into the room, and settled either on the sofa or chairs or remained standing for protracted observations.
Henry Villard
I laugh at absurdity hardest, then stories, then observations, then bearded men on roller skates.
T. J. Miller
It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.
Michael Behe
I think journalists and filmmakers are keen observers. And actors must also be sharp observers as they draw their characters and their stories from what they experience around them. After all, that is what actors, filmmakers, journalists are trained to be: observers. And then they do something with their observations.
Pat Mitchell
You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions.
Mos Def
I will continue to make films to express my thoughts that come from my observations, from the society we live in.
Anubhav Sinha
Expectations are not based on reality. They are observations, expected realities, or beliefs of what you think will happen. Expectations of others stop us from acting as our highest selves and reaching our full potential.
Jay Shetty
To me, my favorite joke on a stand-up special is when someone says something and you go, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been thinking that my whole life, I’ve just never said it to anyone else.’ Those little kinda quiet, personal observations you make that nobody else has talked about yet.
Either data supports the observations or they don’t. Voting doesn’t work in science.
Alan Stern
While I started out with a vague understanding that diversity would be important, my own observations have led me to realize that achieving greater levels of diversity is in fact vital to our long-term success.
Wendy Kopp
Garry Shandling’s stand-up specials were masterpieces of tightly crafted stories that delivered both hard jokes and hard truths. He was neurotic and self-deprecating, and his observations on life cut deep.
Nell Scovell
InSight will get to the ‘core’ of the nature of the interior and structure of Mars, well below the observations we’ve been able to make from orbit or the surface.
John M. Grunsfeld
Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics.
Stephen Hawking
I can encourage my daughter to love her body, but what really matters are the observations she makes about my relationship with my own body.
Brene Brown
One finds the truth by making a hypothesis and comparing observations with the hypothesis.
David Douglass
Well, there’s just some universal truths in a way that I’ve just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there’s these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other.
The Tweets that I have written that are most popular are the ones that are the kind of universal girly concerns and observations.
Mindy Kaling
I am not interested to sing in Bollywood. I sing for only those actors whom I admire. I sing free of cost for them. I want to take independent music ahead, and my songs are completely based on my observations.
Yo Yo Honey Singh
I’m neurotic by nature, but I’m wary of becoming more of a play than a comic – you don’t want people coming to see a man having a breakdown for two hours. I’d prefer them coming to hear my astute and witty observations.
Jon Richardson
Your success is in your point of view. It's your life t

Your success is in your point of view. It’s your life that you’re talking about; it’s your observations. That’s the best lesson that I ever had.
Billy Crystal
Physics tells us observations can’t be predicted absolutely. Rather, there’s a range of possible observations each with a different probability.
Robert Lanza
I seem to have a natural tendency to want to share my own observations and feelings with other people, and writing seems to be the way I’m best equipped to do that.
Jerry Spinelli
In the numerous observations made in my laboratory upon this object, we have only once seen a combination of vessels in which there might be a direct communication between a small artery and a vein, though the two observers could not come to a final conclusion on the point.
August Krogh
There’s people who live life authentically and there’s people who live a life of fabrication. And it begins with the question of how you’re gonna do your time. And these are observations I made about Folsom when I was there with Dustin Hoffman when he was directing ‘Straight Time.’
Michael Mann
I can’t control what people think. I’m not trying to manipulate people’s thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It’s machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
Mos Def
One of the interesting things about Twitter is looking how famous people choose to use it. Take someone like Steve Martin, who I follow: it’s all sorts of comic gems, nothing private, nothing personal – all jokes. Other celebrities are overtly personal – like Charlie Sheen. I do a mix of observations and updates.
Rob Lowe
Until the 1990s, there were few reliable observations about movement at the scale of the entire universe, which is the only scale dark energy effects. So dark energy could not be seen until we could measure things very, very far away.
Adam Riess
My own day-to-day observations confirm that many Americans can barely make change. At the supermarket where I buy groceries, I’ve watched more than one encounter at the cash register where both customer and clerk are befuddled at the prospect of double-checking the sums.
Priyamvada Natarajan
In the moment of making films, I want to share my observations of life, not of other films.
Alexander Payne
Whenever I work on a part, I look at the world through the filter of the character and I pick things they might use through my observations of real life.
Jeff Bridges
Whatever I learned reading ‘Scientific American,’ nothing can finally compete with your own observations.
Jim Harrison
Evolution is a fact. It is the best explanation of what is known from observations. It’s a theory as powerful as the theory of gravity.
Donald Johanson
Based on observations of the policies of my own government, I viewed this action as an acceptable option.
Timothy McVeigh
But it really wasn’t until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.
Donald Johanson
The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur.
William Bartram
We have a telescope that takes images, and we use a very nice computer program to isolate the moving images. And then, every potentially new asteroid is vetted by eye, so we take a look at each one, and then we send our observations to the Minor Planet Center.
Carrie Nugent
I’m really more prolific than most stand-ups. My act changes. I do fold in new experiences, new observations, whatever you want to call it.
Paula Poundstone
It is true that in quantum theory we cannot rely on strict causality. But by repeating the experiments many times, we can finally derive from the observations statistical distributions, and by repeating such series of experiments, we can arrive at objective statements concerning these distributions.
Werner Heisenberg
You make observations, write theories to fit them, try experiments to disprove the theories and, if you can’t, you’ve got something.
Kary Mullis
Cuvier had preceded Lamarck in specifying the kinds and degrees of variation, which his own observations and critical judgment of the reports of others led him to admit.
Richard Owen
One of my first observations about New York that I was so fascinated with was that you’d be at a stoplight, and you’re with everybody; there’s a homeless dude and some weird celebrity and a cop and someone who looks exactly like you.
Kevin Morby
I try to write characters that are as real, emotionally and psychologically, as I can make them; I feel the same way about setting. This often means that I’m drawing from my experiences and observations.
Lauren Oliver
Even the best novelists are rarely congratulated on the quality of their observations about contemporary life.
Michelle Dean
Webb will return extremely interesting measurements of chemistry in the Martian atmosphere. And most importantly, these Mars data will be immediately available to the planetary community to enable them to plan even more detailed Mars observations with Webb in future cycles.
Heidi Hammel
Some may look on my work as being corny or old hat and wonder if my observations on the typical family are passe, what with the single-parent family and mixed family units.
Bil Keane
Extraordinary observations require extraordinary evidence.
Buzz Aldrin
I’m not ‘Grace.’ That album is like a brick onto itself. It’s like a coffin that I put certain feelings and observations in so that they can be capsulized forever. I wanted to put them there so I would be free to move on.
Jeff Buckley
The real reason why general relativity is widely accepted is because it made predictions that were borne out by experimental observations.
Brian Greene
It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
Michael Behe
I think there’s value in experience and observations that link past to present.
Bill Kurtis
Throughout my career as a songwriter, I've had a knack

Throughout my career as a songwriter, I’ve had a knack for writing songs that were about me and my life experiences and observations.
Richie Sambora
No matter what a woman’s appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize – as her personal problem – observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.
Naomi Wolf
I saw, in looking over Cooper, elements of a comet of 1825 which resemble what I get out for this, from my own observations, but I cannot rely upon my own.
Maria Mitchell
I can’t control what people think. I’m not trying to manipulate people’s thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It’s machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
Mos Def
I just talk about the funny things in my life, and the idea is that my observations reflect the lives of my audience – so people are really laughing at themselves. This is the theory, anyway, and I am aware that in print, that it doesn’t appear to be very funny. But it is, and I am definitely funny.
Dominic Holland
First, I used some of my own experiences and observations from attending a public high school. Secondly, I joined in some Internet chat rooms for gays and lesbians.
Ellen Muth
The existence of dark matter and dark energy are inferred from observations! They are not theoretical constructs. Though invisible, both reveal their presence through the effects that they exert on motions of celestial bodies and in the case of dark matter – the bending of light as well.
Priyamvada Natarajan
Fear comes from your past observations. That fear settles inside you. It becomes your psyche. Something triggers it and it fuels that subconscious. There is no logic to it.
As a comedian, you’re making so many observations, so many measurements. You might catch someone’s eyes as you’re telling a joke, and they can have this sort of glazed expression on their face, and that can set all your dials off.
Sean Lock
I’m not a trained actor. I have neither read acting books nor gone to acting school. But I have certain fundamentals on how I approach a character; the basic skeleton of my preparation is based on observations from real life.
Vikrant Massey
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
Virginia Woolf
The reports of the eclipse parties not only described the scientific observations in great detail, but also the travels and experiences, and were sometimes marked by a piquancy not common in official documents.
Simon Newcomb
There are areas of the Earth that I would absolutely think no one lived in based on daytime observations. But then at night, lights pop up in those areas.
Sunita Williams
That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated propositions which involve reference to empirical observations within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
Talcott Parsons
I never expected this to catch on in the way it did! Of course similar observations have been made by any number of people, and the distinction is obvious to anyone who thinks about the subject a little.
David Chalmers
The main reason I write the daily observations is because I want to know where I’m wrong. So lots of times if somebody points something out it helps me, and I want to have a diversified bet of uncorrelated bets.
Ray Dalio
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
William Hazlitt
Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.
Vera Rubin
Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
Paul Wellstone
One of the great joys of a creative life is that your observations and loose moments aren’t lost forever; they live in your work.
Pamela Druckerman
Funny is as funny does, and funny puts on a walrus mask and slowly gyrates in a mall food court. I laugh at absurdity hardest, then stories, then observations, then bearded men on roller skates.
T. J. Miller
It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
Ansel Adams
I’ve always written observations on the world, and now there’s two of them. The virtual world is a new thing, and it doesn’t really exist, but people are in it a lot.
Joe Walsh
Each of my novels has come from a different place, and the processes are not always entirely conscious. I have lived off and on in America for a number of years and so have accumulated observations, found things interesting, been moved to tell stories about them.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Science is very vibrant. There are always new observations to be found. And it’s all in the interest in challenging the authority that came before you. That’s consistent with the punk rock ethos that suggests that you should not take what people say at face value.
Greg Graffin
Based on a lifetime of observations and a few decades in the markets, I understand that societies, beliefs and fashions all move in long arcs of time. We call these arcs several things: cycles, periods, eras.
Barry Ritholtz