Inquiry Matters!

There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

– Albert Einstein

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

– Mary Pettibone Poole

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

– James Baldwin

There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.

– Benjamin Disraeli

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.

– Mark Twain

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.

– Vin Scully

All models are wrong, but some are useful.

– George E. P. Box

Approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.

– John Tukey

In God we trust. All others must bring data.

– W. Edwards Deming

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

– Martin Rees

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

– Carl Sagan

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain–and most do.

– Dale Carnegie

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

– Zora Neale Hurston

There is nothing so practical as a good theory.

– Kurt Lewin

Being a scientist means living on the borderline between your competence and your incompetence. If you always feel competent, you aren’t doing your job.

– Carlos Bustamante

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

– Thorstein Veblen

You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Wernher von Braun

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

– Will Durant

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

– Albert Einstein

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.

– Mahatma Gandhi

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

– Niels Bohr

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.

– Adam Smith

I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.

– Walt Whitman