Famous Quotes on Research and Well-Being

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Lifelong learning is an important part of well-being, and research helps you learn. What are you wondering about? Researching your questions is an adventure that will grow your mind well. Here are some famous quotes on the well-being benefits of research:

“If we knew what we were doing it wouldn’t be research.” – Albert Einstein

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. ” – Zora Neale Hurston

“I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.” – Bill Gates

“Humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.” – Marie Curie

“Train yourselves. Don’t wait to be fed knowledge out of a book. Get out and seek it. Make explorations. Do your own research work. Train your hands and your mind. Become curious. Invent your own problems and solve them. You can see things going on all about you. Inquire into them. Seek out answers to your own questions.” – Irving Langmuir

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“Research: the quest for in-depth knowledge and wisdom.” –  Lailah Gifty Akita

“Through research each scientist grows as a human being and helps others to do likewise.” – Pope John Paul II

“All I’m armed with is research.” Mike Wallace

“There are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at moments defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been before.” –  Barack Obama

“… research itself provides an important long-run perspective on the issues that we face on a day-to-day basis. ” Ben Bernanke

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wernher von Braun

“Research is creating new knowledge.” Neil Armstrong

“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

“Why do we do basic research? To learn about ourselves.” – Walter Gilbert

“What we find changes who we become.” – Peter Morville

“Research is the highest form of adoration.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“It is my sincere desire that my research and hard work will help create a world where we all learn to walk this Earth, safe, enlightened and free from the perils of cruelty, ignorance, and all the other dark and sinister forces … ” – Alexei Maxim Russell

“Love permeates all things and laws. Scientists should research it more.” – Toba Beta

“But an attentive researcher – like you – might be able to see something that all the experts can’t see, if she asks the right questions.” – Katherine Howe

“Find out what’s really out there. I never said to be like me, I say be like you and make a difference.” – Marilyn Manson

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.” – Thorstein Veblen

“Most of the knowledge and much of the genius of the research worker lie behind his selection of what is worth observing. It is a crucial choice, often determining the success or failure of months of work, often differentiating the brilliant discoverer from an otherwise admirable but entirely unproductive plodder.” – Alan Gregg

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”Eden Phillpots

“My brain is only a receiver. In the universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” – Nikola Tesla

“I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless.” – Anna Wintour

“Research is the name given the crystal formed when the night’s worry is added to the day’s sweat.” – Martin H. Fischer

“Investing in science education and curiosity-driven research is investing in the future.” – Ahmed Zewail

“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” –  Charles F. Kettering

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” – George Washington Carver

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” – Arthur Clarke

“Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.” – Marston Bates

“When entering on new ground we must not be afraid to express even risky ideas so as to stimulate research in all directions.” – Claude Bernard

“Great scientific advances spring from pure research. Even scientists renowned for their ‘useful’ applied discoveries often achieved success only when they abandoned their ostensible applied-science goal and allowed their minds to soar … ” – Jacques Cousteau

“Research has been called good business, a necessity, a gamble, a game. It is none of these – it’s a state of mind.” – Martin H. Fischer

“To do successful research, you don’t need to know everything, you just need to know one thing that isn’t known.” –  Arthur L. Schawlow

“The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.” – Celia Green

“There seems no limit to research, for as been truly said, the more the sphere of knowledge grows, the larger becomes the surface of contact with the unknown.” –  Sir William Cecil Dampier

“Innovation is the key to the future, but basic research is the key to future innovation.” – Jerome Isaac Friedman