„You can observe a lot by watching.“

—  Yogi Berra

You Can Observe a Lot by Watching: What I've Learned About Teamwork From the Yankees and Life, John Wiley & Sons, 2008, ISBN 9780470079928

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American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

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„Now, one sees all that by observing, by being aware, watching, one is aware of all this. Then out of that awareness you see there is no division between the observer and the observed.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

Saanen, Switzerland (5 August 1973)
Context: Now, one sees all that by observing, by being aware, watching, one is aware of all this. Then out of that awareness you see there is no division between the observer and the observed. It is a trick of thought which demands security. Please don't madam, please. And by being aware it sees the observer is the observed, that violence is the observer, violence is not different from the observer. Now how is the observer to end himself and not be violent? Have you understood my question so far? I think so. Right? The observer is the observed, there is no division and therefore no conflict. And is the observer then, knowing all the intricacies of naming, linguistically caught in the image of violence, what happens to that violence? If the observer is violent, can the observer end, otherwise violence will go on? Can the observer end himself, because he is violent? Or what reality has the observer? Right sir? Is he merely put together by words, by experience, by knowledge? So is he put together by the past? So is he the past? Right? Which means the mind is living in the past. Right? obviously. You are living in the past. Right? No? As long as there is an observer there must be living in the past, obviously. And all our life is based on the past, memories, knowledge, images, according to which you react, which is your conditioning, is the past. And living has become the living of the past in the present, modified in the future. That's all, as long as the observer is living. Now does the mind see this as a truth, as a reality, that all my life is living in the past? I may paint most abstract pictures, write the most modern poems, invent the most extraordinary machinery, but I am still living in the past.

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„Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Objecting to the placing of observables at the heart of the new quantum mechanics, during Heisenberg's 1926 lecture at Berlin; related by Heisenberg, quoted in Unification of Fundamental Forces (1990) by Abdus Salam ISBN 0521371406

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„Miles clutched Quinn's elbow. "Don't Panic."
"I'm not panicking," Quinn observed, "I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, book Brothers in Arms

Variant: "Don't panic."
"I'm not panicking, I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining."
Source: Vorkosigan Saga, Brothers in Arms (1989)

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„If you can see, look. If you can look, observe.“

—  José Saramago, book Blindness

Se podes olhar, vê. Se podes ver, repara.
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„You can either watch TV or you can make TV.“

—  Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964

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„You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done.“

—  Kofi Annan 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations 1938 - 2018

Press conference http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1309/is_1_35/ai_54259243 regarding the use of force to gain compliance from Saddam Hussein (24 February 1998)

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„The only thing that you can get into without a lot of trouble is a lot of trouble.“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937


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„I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.“

—  Newton N. Minow United States attorney and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 1926

Speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, May 9, 1961 (the Wasteland Speech)
Context: When television is good, nothing--not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers--nothing is better.
But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and-loss sheet or rating book to distract you--and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.

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„Watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

As quoted in "Donald Trump: 'Strongly consider' shutting mosques" http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/politics/donald-trump-paris-attacks-close-mosques/index.html (16 November 2015), by Gregory Krieg, CNN (2015), Atlanta, Georgia: Cable News Network.
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„As an artist you can not stand for long in The Netherlands. You must see a lot and talk a lot about everything..“

—  Jacoba van Heemskerck Dutch painter 1876 - 1923

(translation from German, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018, original version, written by Jacoba in German:) Als Künstler kann man es nicht lange in Holland aushalten. Mann muss viel sehen und über alles sprechen..
citaat van Jacoba van Heemskerck (vertaling naar het Nederlands, Fons Heijnsbroek): Als kunstenaar kan je het niet lang uithouden in Nederland. Je moet immers veel [kunnen] zien en over van alles praten..
note on a postcard to Herwarth Walden, 17 May 1915; as cited by Arend H. Huussen Jr. in Jacoba van Heemskerck, kunstenares van het Expressionisme, Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague, 1982, p. 12

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„You can hope for lucky encounters only if you walk around a lot.“

—  A. J. Liebling American journalist 1904 - 1963

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