Research Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old research quotes, research sayings, and research proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.     

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.     

Zora Neale Hurston

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?     

Albert Einstein

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

Helene Deutsch

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

Wilson Mizner

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

Wernher von Braun

No research is ever quite complete. It is the glory of a good bit of work that it opens the way for something still better, and this repeatedly leads to its own eclipse.     

Mervin Gordon

The common facts of today are the products of yesterday’s research.     

Duncan MacDonald

Research teaches a man to admit he is wrong and to be proud of the fact that he does so, rather than try with all his energy to defend an unsound plan because he is afraid that admission of error is a confession of weakness when rather it is a sign of strength.     

H.E. Stocher

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

Marston Bates

If men liked shopping, they'd call it research.     

Cynthia Nelms

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.      

Celia Green

In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.     

Bill Watterson

Imagination is the highest form of research.     

Albert Einstein

The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.     

Stephen King

Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it's the key to victory over fear and its cousin, depression.     

Robert McKee

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.      

Roger Ebert

What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.     

William Henry

Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.     

Arthur D. Little

He who does not research has nothing to teach.     

Proverb

Research: the distance between an idea and its realization.     

David Sarnoff

Research is a way of taking calculated risks to bring about incalculable consequences.     

Celia Green

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.     

Marcus Aurelius

We don't ask research to do what it was never meant to do, and that is to get an idea     

William Bernbach

I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.     

Bill Gates

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.     

Thorstein Veblen

Research must continue to be the centerpiece of intellectual life, and our commitment to research must grow, because our problems are growing.     

Ernest L. Boyer

Research is about following the gleam into the dark. It's also about being sensitive enough to know which fact is "the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders," as opposed to the fact that deadens and kills a delicate new project.     

Lauren Groff

Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.      

H. G. [Herbert George] Wells

Research now means a Google search.      

John Palfrey