Quotes about Creative Method

Realization of creative method in phenomenal Worlds


Creative Method

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
Sun Tzu (544BC – 496 BC), Chinese general, and philosopher, the author of The Art of War

If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.
Francis Bacon (January 22, 1561 –April 9, 1626), English philosopher

There is method in my madness.
William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564–April 23, 1616), English poet and playwright

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.
Napoléon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821), French military and political leader

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
Friedrich Von Schlegel (March 10, 1772 –January 12, 1829), German poet and critic

Shall we educate ourselves in what is known, and then casting away all we have acquired, turn to ignorance for aid to guide us among the unknown?
Michael Faraday (September 22,1791 –August 25,1867), English scientist

Art and science have their meeting point in method.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (May 25, 1803 –January 18, 1873), English novelist, poet, playwright

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891), American short story writer

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
Claude Monet (November 14,1840 – December 5, 1926), French Impressionist painter

There is a method in his madness, and the rudimentary idea in my mind is growing. It will be a whole idea soon, and then, oh, unconscious cerebration.
Bram Stoker (November 8, 1847 –April 20,1912), Irish author

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.
Henri Poincare (April 29, 1854 –July 17, 1912), French mathematician, physicist and philosopher

The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900), Irish writer and poet

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.
Oscar Wilde 

My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements, and operate the device entirely in my mind.
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 –January 7, 1943), Serbian-American inventor, engineer and physicist

His [Thomas Edison] method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 per cent of the labor. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor’s instinct and practical American sense. In view of this, the truly prodigious amount of his actual accomplishments is little short of a miracle.
Nikola Tesla

Edison was by far the most successful and, probably, the last exponent of the purely empirical method of investigation. Everything he achieved was the result of persistent trials and experiments often performed at random but always attesting extraordinary vigor and resource. Starting from a few known elements, he would make their combinations and permutations, tabulate them and run through the whole list, completing test after test with incredible rapidity until he obtained a clue. His mind was dominated by one idea, to leave no stone unturned, to exhaust every possibility.
Nikola Tesla

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 –November 2, 1950), Irish playwright

You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930),British writer and physician

You can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get rich by the creative method and not by the competitive one.
Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911), American author

A distinction is made between artists who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Neither if these methods should be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Often both are used in turn by the same man…
Henri Matisse (December 31,1869 –November 3, 1954), French artist

He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.
G.K. Chesterton (May 29, 1874 –June 14, 1936), English writer

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 –April 18, 1955), German-born theoretical physicist

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.
Albert Einstein

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967), American realist painter

All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 –June 3, 1924), German-language writer

New material demands new methods, and new methods fling a challenge to old convention.
Lawren Harris (October 23, 1885 – January 29, 1970), Canadian painter

The first rule of style is to have something to say. The second rule of style is to control yourself when, by chance, you have two things to say; say first one, then the other, not both at the same time.
George Pólya (December 13, 1887 – September 7, 1985), Hungarian mathematician

Sometimes I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is a method in his madness.
Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 –January 12, 1976), English crime writer

My way is to seize an image the moment it has formed in my mind, to trap it as a bird and to pin it at once to canvas. Afterward I start to tame it, to master it. I bring it under control and I develop it.
Joan Miro (April 20,1893 –December 25, 1983), Spanish painter, sculptor

My own approach is based upon three considerations: First – hands off! Whenever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph, I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present.
Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965), American documentary photographer and photojournalist

For time flows on, and if it did not, it would be a bad prospect for those who do not sit at golden tables. Methods become exhausted; stimuli no longer work. New problems appear and demand new methods. Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must also change. Nothing comes from nothing; the new comes from the old, but that is why it is new.
Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898 –August 14, 1956), German poet, playwright

Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods?
James Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955), American novelist, journalist, poet

I cannot contribute anything to this world because I only have one method: agony.
Emil Cioran (April 8,1911 –June 20, 1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist

That’s the method: restructure the world we live in in some way, then see what happens.
Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013), American science fiction writer

Madness in method, that’s genius.
Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986), American science fiction write

I change my method and field of reference from book to book because I can never believe in the same thing two times running.
Italo Calvino (October 15,1923 –September 19, 1985), Italian journalist and writer

Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress.
Paul Karl Feyerabend (January 13, 1924 – February 11, 1994), Austrian-born philosopher of science

We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire.
Kary Mullis (born December 28, 1944) , American biochemist, author, Nobel Prize-winning

Many times I find myself using a variety of methods on one painting to help it be the most exciting.
Stephen Quiller (born 1946), American painter

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
Ralph D. Sawyer, American author and historian

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
John Christian Bovee, American author

Writers are method actors. They become their character. They feel what he or she feels. They switch between viewpoints, always with a clear sense of their own selves as writers, and yet somehow losing themselves in their Ar.
Suzy Davies, Amtrican author

When I paint I try to have one foot in my unconscious mind and the other foot on the ground. If I fall over I start again.
Anthony Wait, British painter

Symbolic World

By method I mean certain and simple rules, such that if a man observe them accurately, he shall never assume what is false as true … but will always gradually increase his knowledge and so arrive at a true understanding of all that does not surpass his powers.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

The first was never to accept anything for true which I did not clearly know to be such; that is to say, carefully to avoid precipitancy and prejudice, and to comprise nothing more in my judgment than what was presented to my mind so clearly and distinctly as to exclude all ground of doubt.
René Descartes

As for methods I have sought to give them all the rigour that one requires in geometry, so as never to have recourse to the reasons drawn from the generality of algebra.
Augustin-Louis Cauchy (21 August 1789 – 23 May 1857), French mathematician and physicist

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
Harrington Emerson (August 2, 1853 – September 2, 1931), American efficiency engineer and business theorist

Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899), American lawyer

Method consists of a set of operations by which the machinery of thoughts set going and kept at work on any subject.
John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952), American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer

We have learnt that the exploration of the external world by the methods of physical science leads not to a concrete reality but to a shadow world of symbols, beneath which those methods are unadapted for penetrating. Feeling that there must be more behind, we return to our starting point in human consciousness – the one centre where more might become known. There we find other stirrings, other revelations than those conditioned by the world of symbols… Physics most strongly insists that its methods do not penetrate behind the symbolism. Surely then that mental and spiritual nature of ourselves, known in our minds by an intimate contact transcending the methods of physics, supplies just that… which science is admittedly unable to give.
Arthur Stanley Eddington (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944), English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician

In learning any art the important things to learn are, first, Principles, and second, Method. This is true of the art of producing ideas.
James Webb Young (1886-1973), American advertising executive

But a science is exact to the extent that its method measures up to and is adequate to its object.
Gabriel Marcel (7 December 1889 – 8 October 1973), French philosopher, playwright

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
Werner Karl Heisenberg (December 5, 1901 – February 1, 1976), German theoretical physicist

The successful development of science requires a proper balance to be maintained between the method of building up from observations and the method of deducing by pure reasoning from speculative assumptions.
Paul A.M. Dirac (8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984), English theoretical physicist

The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you actually don’t know.”
Robert M. Pirsig (September 6, 1928 – April 24, 2017), American writer and philosopher

But our ways of learning about the world are strongly influenced by the social preconceptions and biased modes of thinking that each scientist must apply to any problem. The stereotype of a fully rational and objective ‘scientific method,’ with individual scientists as logical (and interchangeable) robots, is self-serving mythology.
Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002), American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

Now, the invention of the scientific method and science is, I’m sure we’ll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn’t withstand the attack then down it goes.
Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001), English author, humorist

Life is full of signs. The trick is to know how to read them. Ghosh called this heuristics, a method for solving a problem for which no formula exists.
Abraham Verghese (born 30 May 1955), American and Ethiopian physician-author

Science, at its core, is simply a method of practical logic that tests hypotheses against experience. Scientism, by contrast, is the worldview and value system that insists that the questions the scientific method can answer are the most important questions human beings can ask, and that the picture of the world yielded by science is a better approximation to reality than any other.
John Michael Greer (born 1962), American author

Social world

If you want to make a stand, help others make a stand, and if you want to reach your goal, help others reach their goal. Consider yourself and treat others accordingly: this is the method of Humanity.
Confucius (551 – 479 BC), Chinese spiritual teacher and philosopher

This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom.
Buddha (563 – 483 BC), Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher

That’s what education should be,” I said, “the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way.
Plato (427–347 BC), Greek philosopher

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527), Italian diplomat, politician, philosopher

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 –February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

The people need a master only as long as they have no understanding of their own. The more it acquires understanding, the more the government is bound to change its methods and to disappear. The most noble end of government is to become dispensable, so that everyone must govern himself.
Johann Gottfried Herder (25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803), German philosopher, theologian, poet

When a father inquired about the best method of educating his son in ethical conduct, a Pythagorean replied: “Make him a citizen of a state with good laws.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ( August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831), German philosopher

To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885), French poet, novelist, and dramatist

The only way I know to drive out evil from the country is by the constructive method of filling it with good
Calvin Coolidge (John Calvin Coolidge Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933), the 30th President of the United States (1923–29)

A sufficient and sure method of civilization is in the influence of good women.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), American Transcendentalist philosopher, essayist

Human beings owe a debt of love to one another because there is no other method of paying the debt of love and care which all of us owe to providence.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864), American novelist

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935), American settlement activist, social worker, public philosopher

Leo Tolstoy’s life has been devoted to replacing the method of violence for removing tyranny or securing reform by the method of non¬resistance to evil. He would meet hatred expressed in violence by love expressed in self¬suffering.
Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), the leader of the Indian independence movement, philosopher

Kindness. The only possible method when dealing with a living creature. You’ll get nowhere with an animal if you use terror, no matter what its level of development may be. That I have maintained, do maintain and always will maintain. People who think you can use terror are quite wrong. No, no, terror is useless, whatever its colour – white, red or even brown! Terror completely paralyses the nervous system.
Mikhail Bulgakov (15 May 1891 – 10 March 1940), Russian writer, physician

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.
John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968), American author

These people don’t see that if you encourage totalitarian methods, the time may come when they will be used against you instead of for you.
George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) , English novelist, essayist, journalist

I’ve met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.
Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000), Austrian-born American film actress and inventor

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art.
John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), the 35th President of the United States (1961 – 1963)

Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.
Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986), American science fiction writer

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, ‘No, I won’t do it, I won’t behave his way anymore. I’m lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving,’ and then you do it.
Leo Buscaglia (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998), American author and motivational speaker

I would like to bring to people something like happiness. I would like to discover a method so that if I want it to rain, it will start right away to rain. If one of my friends is ill, I’d like to play a certain song and he will be cured; when he’d be broke, I’d bring out a different song and immediately he’d receive all the money he needed.
John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), American jazz saxophonist and composer

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968), American Baptist minister and activist

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Christ furnished the spirit and motivation while Gandhi furnished the method.
Martin Luther King Jr.

May I say just a word to those of you who are struggling against this evil. Always be sure that you struggle with Christian methods and Christian weapons. Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Whenever I meet people for the first time, I get them to talk for ten minutes. Then I size them up from the exact opposite perspective of all they’ve told me. Do you think that’s crazy?
“No,” I said, shaking my head, “I’d guess your method works quite well.”
Haruki Murakami (born January 12, 1949), Japanese writer

The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.”
Seth Godin ( born July 10, 1960), American entrepreneur, author, public speaker

Voting is not a right. It is a method used to determine which politician was most able to brainwash you.
Dennis E. Adonis (born October 10, 1975), American author

Inner world

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius (September 28, 551 B.C. – 479 B.C.)

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD), Roman emperor and philosopher

Happiness is not a destination, it’s a method of travel.
Juan de la Cruz (January 25, 1542 –December 14, 1591), Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint and a priest

. . .it is not my design to teach the method that everyone must follow in order to use his reason properly, but only to show the way in which I have tried to use my own.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 –February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance.
Margaret Cavendish (1623 – 15 December 1673), English fiction-writer, poet, philosopher, scientist

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), American Transcendentalist philosopher, essayist

But profound as psychology is, it’s a knife that cuts both ways (…). I have purposely resorted to this method, gentlemen of the jury, to show that you can prove anything by it. It all depends on who makes use of it. Psychology lures even most serious people into romancing, and quite unconsciously. I am speaking of the abuse of psychology, gentlemen.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), Russian writer and philosopher

I am the primitive of the method I have invented.
Paul Cezanne (19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906), French Post-Impressionist painter

Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 –November 30, 1900), Irish writer and poet

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy.
Oscar Wilde

Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music — his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting — that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal.
Oscar Wilde

… you must eliminate from your thoughts all doubt and uncertainty that you will get well; that you will succeed; that you will gain your point and get what you want. You may have some uncertainty as to methods, but you must have none as to ultimate results. You may not feel certain that you will succeed today, or next week, but you must feel certain that you will succeed sometime.
Wallace D. Wattles (September 20,1860 –August 15, 1911), American author

Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.
Constantin Stanislavski (17 January 1863 – 7 August 1938), Russian theatre director and actor

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
Hermann Hesse (2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962), German-born Swiss novelist and poet

Every one’s got their own ways of working. I know that. I give my inspectors a free hand always. Every one’s got to find out for themselves what method suits them best.
Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), English crime novelist, short story writer

Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
Agatha Christie

Yoga is, as I can readily believe, the perfect and appropriate method of fusing body and mind together so that they form a unity which is scarcely to be questioned. This unity creates a psychological disposition which makes possible intuitions that transcend consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda (Mukunda Lal Ghosh) (5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952), Indian yogi and guru

Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevents all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Like the healing light of the sun, yoga is beneficial equally to men of the East and to men of the West. The thoughts of most persons are restless and capricious; a manifest need exists for yoga: the science of mind control.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Because we want to be inwardly secure, we are constantly seeking methods and means for this security, and thereby we create authority, the worship of another, which destroys comprehension, that spontaneous tranquility of mind in which alone there can be a state of creativeness.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986), philosopher, speaker and writer

Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used.
Thich Nhat Hanh (born October 11, 1926), Vietnamese Buddhist monkand peace activist

Humor is an excellent method of keeping a tight rein on unproductive displays of emotion.
Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Louise Mertz) (September 29, 1927 – August 8, 2013), American author

If you listen to your own inner voice, it will tell you where you are now, and which method will work best for you in your evolution towards the light.
Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) (born April 6, 1931), American author and spiritual teacher

Meditation is not a means of forgetting the ego; it is a method of using the ego to observe and tame its own manifestations.
Mark Epstein (born 1953), American author and psychotherapist

Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss, and the only job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he chooses.
Caleb Carr (born August 2, 1955), American author and military historian


5. Objective world

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
Confucius (551 – 479 BC), Chinese spiritual teacher and philosopher

In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack–the
direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to
an endless series of maneuvers.
Sun Tzu (c. 544-496 BC), Chinese military general and philosopher, the author of The Art of War

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Greek philosopher

The proper method for inquiring after the properties of things is to deduce them from experiments.
Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March1726/27), English mathematician, astronomer and physicist

There is in nature a parallel unity which corresponds to the unity in the mind and makes it available. This methodizing mind meets no resistance in its attempts. The scattered blocks, with which it strives to form a symmetrical structure, fit. This design following after finds with joy that like design went before. Not only man puts things in a row, but things belong in a row.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), American Transcendentalist philosopher, essayist

The fundamental qualities for good execution of a plan is first; intelligence; then discernment and judgment, which enable one to recognize the best method as to attain it; the singleness of purpose; and, lastly, what is most essential of all, will-stubborn will.
Marshal Ferdinand Foch ( (2 October 1851 – 20 March 1929), French general and Marshal

The method of phenomenology is to go back to things themselves
Edmund Husserl (8 April 1859 – 27 April 1938), German philosopher
You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930),British writer and physician

The statistical method shows the facts in the light of the ideal average but does not give us a picture of their empirical reality. While reflecting an indisputable aspect of reality, it can falsify the actual truth in a most misleading way. This is particularly true of theories which are based on statistics. The distinctive thing about real facts, however, is their individuality. Not to put too fine a point on it, once could say that the real picture consists of nothing but exceptions to the rule, and that, in consequence, absolute reality has predominantly the character of irregularity.
Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

The most practical of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a definite plan.
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970), American self-help author

The historical method includes the presupposition that history is a unity in the sense of a closed continuum of effects in which individual events are connected by the succession of cause and effect….This closedness means that the continuum of historical happenings cannot be rent by the interference of supernatural transcendent powers and that therefore there is no “miracle” in this sense of the word.
Rudolf Karl Bultmann (20 August 1884 – 30 July 1976), German Lutheran theologian and professor

Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory-let the theory go.
Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), English crime novelist, short story writer

The study of thinking machines teaches us more about the brain than we can learn by introspective methods. Western man is externalizing himself in the form of gadgets.
William S. Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997), American writer and artist

Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method is assimilation, not study.
Idries Shah (16 June 1924 – 23 November 1996), author and teacher in the Sufi tradition

There is no best way to make art, but there are a lot of better ways.
Darby Bannard (September 23, 1934 – October 2, 2016), American abstract painter

In this method, you don’t ask, What do I want from life? You ask a different set of questions: What does life want from me? What are my circumstances calling me to do? In this scheme of things we don’t create our lives; we are summoned by life.
David Brooks (born August 11, 1961), American author, political and cultural commentator

The method as action

You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
Charles Bruxton (18 November 1823 – 10 August 1871), English brewer, philanthropist, writer

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), the 32nd President of the United States ( 1933- 1945)

More of me comes out when I improvise.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker

I don’t know what that Method is. Acting is life, to me, and should be.
Vivien Leigh ( Novembe 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967), English stage and film actress

Play begins as a major feature of mammalian evolution and remains as a major method of becoming reconciled with our present universe. Brian Sutton-Smith ((July 15, 1924 – March 7, 2015), New Zealandian and American scholar and play theorist

“Now” is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
Barbara Sher (born 14 August 1935), American author

At all times it is better to have a method.
Mark Caine (born 20 October 1944), American author

Try again; you have millions of alternatives. Fill yourself with the bullets of hope and you will kill failure with one shot.
Israelmore Ayivor ( Born 16 December, 1989), Ghanaian author