130 Observe Quotes To Inspire You To Notice Everything

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Observation is one of the greatest sources of knowledge. Through observation, we can achieve true wisdom. To observe means to look at things minutely and understand them carefully. If we are observant then we stay aware of our surroundings, which helps us to make the right decisions in life.

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There are some people who say less, act less, but notice every small detail happening around them. Since they react less, people assume that they don’t observe things. But the thing is they notice every minute detail of behavior, relationship, and other things but chose not to show it.

Sometimes it is the quiet people who observe the most. It is even said that people who listen, think, and observe are considered to be dangerous. Because you don’t understand what is going on in their mind.

These motivational quotes are divided into these sections;

  • Observe Quotes
  • Observation Quotes
  • Quotes About Observation

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Observe Quotes

  1. “Master the art of observing.” – Unknown

  2. “Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman

  3. “First OBSERVE then SERVE.” – Linda K. Burton

  4. “As I get older, I get more quiet and just observe.” – Unknown                                                             
    Be Quiet And Observe Quotes
    Be Quiet And Observe Quotes

  5. “You can observe a lot by just watching.” – Yogi Berra                                                                       
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    observe quotes

  6. “You see, but you do not observe.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

  7. “Observe ‘what is’ with undivided awareness.” – Bruce Lee

  8. “Observation is awakening to revelation of life!” – George Prime

  9. “Learn to sit back and observe. Not everything needs a reaction.”

  10. “I just sit back and observe. You learn more that way.” – Unknown

  11. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” – Mary Oliver

  12. “A person playing a role will eventually forget their act. Pay attention.”

  13. “Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  14. “Look slowly and hard at something subtle and small.” – Philip Pearlstein

  15. “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.” – Pablo Picasso

  16. “It is useful to constantly observe, note, and consider.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

  17. “Sometimes it is the quiet observer who sees the most.” – Kathryn L. Nelson

  18. “When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something.” – Anita Krizzan

  19. “The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks, and observes.” – Bruce Lee

  20. “There are no secrets, no formulas. It’s just a matter of looking carefully.” – Colin Poole

  21. “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.” – Christopher Isherwood

  22. “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” – Marilyn vos Savant

  23. “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” – Henry Ford

  24. “Seeing is the consequence of optics; observing is the consequence of imaginative contemplation.” – Ian Semple

  25. “One can only see what one observes, and one observes only things which are already in the mind.” – Alphonse Bertillon

  26. “You can listen to what people say, sure. But you will be far more effective if you listen to what people do.” – Seth Godin

  27. “To be able to observe with a stranger’s eye helps one to see with an artist’s eye. What alienates us inspires.” – Jean Rostand

  28. “Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  29. “Without trying to change the way you’re walking, simply observe how it feels. Just take a moment to observe it, to notice it.”

  30. “If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell

  31. “I made a promise to keep a watch over myself, to remain master of myself, so that I might become a sure observer.” – Paul Gauguin

  32. “Observe, and in that observation, there is neither the “observer” nor the “observed” – there is only observation taking place.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

  33. “But when we observe, we are forced to pay attention. We have to move from passive absorption to active awareness. We have to engage.” – Maria Konnikova

  34. “Paying attention to the world around you will help you develop the extraordinary capacity to look at mundane things and see the miraculous.” – Michael Michalko

  35. “All of us are watchers – of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway – but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.” – Peter M. Leschak

  36. “The general root of superstition: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.”

  37. “We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.” – Maria Montessori

  38. “A paradox is a seeming contradiction, always demanding a change on the side of the observer. If we look at almost all things honestly we see everything has a character of paradox to it. Everything, including ourselves.” – Richard Rohr

  39. “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” – Susan Sontag

  40. “The child does not merely observe the world around him. He does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works, he works on it.” – John Holt

Observation Quotes

Being observant is a good quality. It helps us to know what is going on around us. It helps us to know people better. We tend to understand people better when we observe their actions rather than going by what they speak. These be quiet and observe quotes will help you to look at things from a different perspective.

Being silent at times and paying attention to what people say, what they do often helps us to process information in a better way. These wise and deep quotes by famous leaders, authors, personalities reflect on the importance of observing in life.

  1. “I observe and remain silent.” – Elizabeth I

  2. “Observe all men, thyself most.” – Benjamin Franklin

  3. “It pays to be silent and observe at times.” – Unknown

  4. “Art demands constant observation.” – Vincent van Gogh

  5. “Observation is an old man’s memory.” – Jonathan Swift

  6. “Observation, not old age, brings wisdom.” – Publilius Syrus                                                           
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    quotes observation

  7. “Observation – activity of both eyes and ears.” – Horace Mann

  8. “I mind my business but I definitely pay attention.” – Unknown

  9. “Observe, reflect, and become a little wiser every day.” – Unknown

  10. “If you deeply observe, everything is your teacher.” – Qasim Chauhan                                       
    Deep Observation Quotes
    Deep Observation Quotes

  11. “I may be quiet, but I observe and remember everything.” – Unknown

  12. “Theories crumble, but good observations never fade.” – Harlow Shapley

  13. “Facts have to be discovered by observation, not by reasoning.” – Bertrand Russell

  14. “Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.” – Wallace Stevens

  15. “Observe things as they are and don’t pay attention to other people.” – Huangbo Xiyun

  16. “To know what people really think, observe what they do, not what they say.” – Descartes

  17. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” – Unknown

  18. “The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment… not authority.” – Unknown

  19. “Extreme observation serves artists very well – perhaps it is the best teacher.” – Cynde Roof

  20. “People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” – Will Rogers

  21. “Observation and study are necessary to achieve mastery of light and form.” – Andrew Loomis

  22. “In the fields of observation chance favors only those minds which are prepared.” – Louis Pasteur

  23. “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” – Paul Cezanne

  24. “To learn by observation is traveling, people must also bring knowledge with them.” – Bayard Taylor

  25. “Those who cannot themselves observe can at least acquire the observation of others.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  26. “If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions. So listen twice, speak once.” – Unknown

  27. “Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

  28. “When I observe other animals, I understand their behavior. I can’t say the same for mankind.” – Anthony D. Williams

  29. “If you listen carefully enough, someone will tell you exactly the kind of person they are. Sit back, and listen.” – Unknown

  30. “A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.” – Alexis Carrel

  31. “The most satisfying and most basic art experience is looking – pure, unmediated observation and sensation.” – Roy Thurston

  32. “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” – George Bernard Shaw

  33. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.” – Sir, Arthur Conan Doyle, From The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

  34. “Seeing artistically does not happen automatically. We must constantly develop our powers of observation.” – Eugene Delacroix

  35. “Observe. Learn. Listen. Soak in as much as you can. Take experience as lessons. Learn from the mistakes of others.” – Unknown

  36. “I’m becoming more silent these days. I’m speaking less and less in public. But my eyes, god damn, my eyes see everything.” – Unknown

  37. “Sometimes the best thing to do is to be silent and watch things play out… saves you from unnecessary arguments.” – Unknown

  38. “To linger in the observation of things, other than the self, implies a profound conviction of their worth.” – Charles-Damian Boulogne

  39. “Sometimes you have to sit back… Watch… And observe… People will show you who they are without you saying a word.” – Unknown

  40. “The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation.” – Igor Stravinsky

  41. “Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say. I think more than I speak. And I observe more than you know.” – Unknown

  42. “When you are angry, observe things around you, observe people around you, learn from the situation around you, become silent.” – Unknown


  43. “It is the close observation of little things which is the secret of success in business, in art, in science, and in every pursuit of life.” – Samuel Smiles

  44. “Observe the life by cause and consequence. Explore the life by wisdom. Treat the life by equality. Complete the life by love.” – Gautama Buddha

  45. “I used to take on trust a man’s deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man’s words I go on to observe his deeds.” – Confucius

  46. “Observe the silence between your thoughts, actions, reactions, and you will feel the presence of spirit in the stillness of those spaces.” – Deepak Chopra

  47. “There is no better proof of a man’s being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  48. “Looking for truth? Observe people’s habitual behavior patterns/cycles. The truth is in their patterns and cycles. Not so much their words.” – Lalah Delia

  49. “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

  50. “We are all visitors to this time this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Unknown

  51. “The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.” – Bertrand Russell

  52. “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” – William Faulkner

  53. “The observation of nature is part of an artist’s life, it enlarges his form and knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.” – Henry Moore

  54. “There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.” – Sir William Osler

  55. “Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.” – Eckhart Tolle

  56. “Observation is like a muscle. It grows stronger with use and atrophies without use. Exercise your observation muscle and you will become a more powerful decoder of the world around you.” – Joe Navarro

  57. “People don’t tell me what I need to hear. I listen to the unsaid words, observe quietly, and read the unspoken words between the lines. The words they think they hide from me. This kind of listening is an art in itself.” – Unknown

  58. “Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.” – William S. Burroughs

  59. “There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge… observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.” – Denis Diderot

  60. We must remember that we do not observe nature as it actually exists, but nature exposed to our methods of perception. The theories determine what we can or cannot observe…Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one. Albert Einstein

Quotes About Observation

  1. “Observation capitalizes inspiration.” – Alex Faickney Osborn

  2. “Amusement to an observing mind is study.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  3. “Observation is the most enduring of the pleasures of life.” – George Meredith

  4. “Knowledge will not always take the place of simple observation.” – Arnold Lobel

  5. “Healthy scepticism is the basis of all accurate observation.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

  6. “Observation is a passive science, experimentation is an active science.” – Claude Bernard

  7. “You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

  8. “It is just observation that the people commonly intend the Public Good.” – Alexander Hamilton

  9. “In natural science the principles of truth ought to be confirmed by observation.” – Carl Linnaeus

  10. “You have to have some kind of power of observation, almost like a trained observer.” – Billy West

  11. “It is possible to interpret without observing, but not to observe without interpreting.” – Mason Cooley

  12. “I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.” – Charles Darwin

  13. “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.” – Francis Bacon

  14. “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” – Eric Hoffer

  15. “I am not accustomed to saying anything with certainty after only one or two observations.” – Andreas Vesalius

  16. “I like to think I’m a listener, and I’m fascinated by observing people – I suppose you just lock that in.” – Amanda Burton

  17. “The only way we can ever get through to the truth is by finding out what we are not. We do that by looking, by observation.” – Barry Long

  18. “I have learned the truth of the observation that the more one approaches great men the more one finds that they are men.” – Bernard Baruch

  19. “A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.” – George A. Romero

  20. “A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.” – Alexander Pope

  21. “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers

  22. “This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer.” – Franz Kafka

  23. “If you train your mind to search for the positive things about other people, you will be surprised at how many good things you can observe in them and comment upon.” – Alan Loy McGinnis

  24. “I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they’re going.” – Ray Bradbury

  25. “The observation of others is colored by our inability to observe ourselves impartially. We can never be impartial about anything until we can be impartial about our own organism.” – Alfred Richard Orage

  26. “There are really only three important things to remember in life: To care, to share, and to be fair. This is not a new idea at all, and yet, observing how most people live their lives, you might think it was.” – Frederick Lenz

  27. “Take just ONE minute today and look around you and within you and try for just that minute to understand the utterly amazing miracle and incredible perfection and beauty you are experiencing and observing!” – John Assaraf

  28. “Life is choice. All day, everyday. Who we talk to, where we sit, what we say, how we say it. And our lives become defined by our choices. It’s as simple and as complex as that. And as powerful. so when I’m observing that’s what I’m watching for. The choices people make.” – Louise Penny

  29. “Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

  30. “I think seeing is about truly looking, observing, and taking things in with an open mind. It’s easy to see things at face value but some of the most beautiful things are not apparent at first glance. The works that stick with me and that I find to be most beautiful are often not aesthetically inviting right off the bat. So I think having an open mind and allowing the lines to blur between art, music, fashion, food, what have you, all leads to cultivating a much more open and enjoyable aesthetic sensibility.” – Chloe Wise

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