Quotes about the Power of Method

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Praise to the Method

It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.
René Descartes (March 31, 1596 –February 11, 1650), French philosopher and mathematician

The method is not an extraneous form, but the soul and notion of the content.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831), German philosopher

Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882), American poet and educator

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 painter

It is not the victory of science that distinguishes our nineteenth century, but the victory of scientific method over science.
Friedrich Neitzsche (October 15, 1844 –August 25, 1900), German philosopher

Let me stop there, but my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.
Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 –July 29, 1890), Dutch post-Impressionist painter

I must confess that most modern mysticism seems to me to be simply a method of imparting useless knowledge in a form that no one can understand
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 –November 30, 1900), Irish writer and poet

They see poetry in what I have done. No. I apply my methods, and that is all there is to it.
Georges Seurat (2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891), French post-Impressionist painter

The greatest invention of the nineteenth century was the invention of the method of invention.
Alfred North Whitehead (February 15,1861 –December 30, 1947), English philosopher and mathematician

Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are, in my opinion, more interesting than the inventions themselves.
George Pólya (December 13, 1887 – September 7, 1985), Hungarian mathematician.

The insidiousness of science lies in its claim to be not a subject, but a method.
Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould (February 6, 1879 – July 27, 1944), American writer and essayist

A method involving apparent obscurity is surely justified when it is the clearest, the simplest, the only method possible of saying in full what the writer has to say.
Richard Hughes (April 19, 1900 –April 28, 1976), British writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays

Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person.
Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970), American psychologist

However, as it is not Achilles but the method of measurement which fails to catch up with the tortoise, so it is not man but his method of thought which fails to find fulfillment in experience.
Alan Watts (January 6, 1915 –November 16, 1973), British philosopher, writer, best known as an interpreter of Eastern philosophy

If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.
Richard Stallman (born March 16, 1953), American software freedom activist and programmer

If you achieve good results using a poor method, isn’t that a much greater achievement than starting from better methods
Gen Urobuchi (born December 20, 1972), Japanese writer for visual and light novels

For the substance of our existence is not in the achievement, but in the method.
Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975), American fantasy and science fiction writer

In the end, I must proclaim that no good can be achieved of false means. For the substance of our existence is not in the achievement, but in the method.
Brandon Sanderson

Converting your own passions into a job is the fastest method for eliminating any passion you once had.
Timothy Ferriss (born July 20, 1977), American author, entrepreneur and public speaker


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