On Experimenting

‘When you’re experimenting you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, and you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion.’
— Fred Astaire

‘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

‘The true method of knowledge is experiment.’
— William Blake

‘It is important to do what you don’t know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.’
— Carlos Castaneda

‘I love fools’ experiments, I am always making them.’
— Charles Darwin

‘Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.’
— Denis Diderot

‘The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.’
— Thomas Alva Edison

‘No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.’
— Albert Einstein

‘The physicist’s greatest tool is his wastebasket.’
— Albert Einstein

‘All life is an experiment.’
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.’
— M. C. Escher

‘Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.’
— Richard P. Feynman

‘Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.’
— Benjamin Jowett

‘The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.’
— Charles F. Kettering

‘God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.’
— Pablo Picasso

‘If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.’
— Spencer Silver (inventor of Post-it adhesive)

‘I did not think; I experimented.’
— Wilhelm Konrad von Röentgen

‘It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow.’
— Isaac Stern

‘Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth.’
— H. G. Wells

‘Basic research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing.’
— Werhner von Braun