My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
George Washington, in The writings of George Washington, American Stationers Co., 1836, p.301
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Supervision is also part of the process of building capacity and transferring knowledge. The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
The great extension of our experience in recent years has brought light to the insufficiency of our simple mechanical conceptions and, as a consequence, has shaken the foundation on which the customary interpretation of observation was based.
Perceptual reality is different for different species. In certain species it is a mode of observation, so what we call scientific fact is actually not ultimate truth, it is perceptual experience, and it's a mode of observation.
The way our group or class does things tends to determine the proper objects of attention, and thus prescribe the directions and limits of observation and memory.
A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.frederick douglass
It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men - the man he is and the man he wants to be.
It is a trite but true observation, that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts.
Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned from observation and experience.
When people endure a traumatic event, they are either defeated or made stronger. On Sept. 11, I told New Yorkers, 'I want you to emerge stronger from this.' My words were partially a hope and partially an observation that people in New York City handle big things better than little things. I could not be more proud of the way my city responded.
Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
It's my observation that gardeners and gardening for a very long time have had to take a back seat. Architects are very famous; they've got huge projects. What goes on in and around them has been relegated to a very minor role.
Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.
We must trust to nothing but facts: these are presented to us by nature and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.
Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past; prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass, though but slowly.leonardo da vinci
It seems to me, when I see nature, that I see it ready made, completely written but then, try to do it! All this proves that one must think of nothing but them [impressions]; it is by dint of observation and reflection that one makes discoveries.
Even if it had not been possible to reproduce the disease in animals and consequently to verify the hypothesis, this simple observation would have been sufficient to demonstrate the way in which the disease was propagated.
My observation is that after one hundred and twenty years of modernisation since the opening of the country, present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity.
Facts have to be discovered by observation, not by reasoning
Much of my work in this period was concerned with exploring the logic of economic models, but also with attempting to reconcile the models with every day observation.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
The gap between our feelings and our social observation is dangerously wide.
Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us.