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    I am at my happiest when I'm problem solving and a large part of writing is for me a lovely labor in problem solving. Every act of discovery in writing involves a process of figuring out why I'm not seeing what I need to see. Niggling feelings, discomforts, a sense that you've forgotten or overlooked something, a sudden curiosity about what if here? - these are priceless. They are the bases of problems and lead the way.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    Judo has helped me to understand that pictorial space is above all the product of spiritual exercises. Judo is, in fact, the discovery by the human body of a spiritual space.
    — Yves Klein
    I'm not looking to step in and make 'big, bold changes' - I think reddit is great, and the team has a lot of good features already in the pipeline to improve functionality for users and mods, help with subreddit discovery, improve the API, and help bring reddit to more people.
    — Yishan Wong
    tags: people  help  discovery 
     
    The art of creation lies in the gift of perceiving the particular and generalizing it, thus creating the particular again. It is therefore a powerful transforming force and a generator of creative solutions in relation to a given problem. It is the currency of human exchanges, which enables the sharing of states of the soul and conscience, and the discovery of new fields of experience.
    — Yehudi Menuhin
    Einstein has a feeling for the central order of things. He can detect it in the simplicity of natural laws. We may take it that he felt this simplicity very strongly and directly during his discovery of the theory of relativity. Admittedly, this is a far cry from the contents of religion. I don't believe Einstein is tied to any religious tradition, and I rather think the idea of a personal God is entirely foreign to him.
    — Wolfgang Pauli
    When I run, I think about everything: physics, family problems, plans for the weekend. I haven't made any big discoveries on a run, but it does give me time to think through problems. Some solutions are obvious, but they are only obvious when you are relaxed enough to find them.
    — Wolfgang Ketterle
    Organization is simply the means by which the acts of ordinary men can be made to add up to extraordinary results. To this idea of progress that does not wait on some lucky break, some chance discovery, or some rare stroke of genius, but instead is achieved through systematic, cumulative effort, the engineer has contributed brilliantly.
    — William Wickenden
    It is this ideal of progress through cumulative effort rather than through genius-progress by organised effort, progress which does not wait for some brilliant stroke, some lucky discovery, or the advent of some superman, has been the chief gift of science to social philosophy.
    — William Wickenden
    Gold and iron at the present day, as in ancient times, are the rulers of the world; and the great events in the world of mineral art are not the discovery of new substances, but of new and rich localities of old ones.
    — William Whewell
    tags: time  present  world  discovery 
     
    Editors seek out the first novels with the seductiveness of Don Juans; the pleasure of discovery is one of the obvious reasons.
    — William Targ
    Whoever wishes to acquire a deep acquaintance with Nature must observe that there are analogies which connect whole branches of science in a parallel manner, and enable us to infer of one class of phenomena what we know of another. It has thus happened on several occasions that the discovery of an unsuspected analogy between two branches of knowledge has been the starting point for a rapid course of discovery.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    I embrace emerging experience, I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.
    — William Stafford
    I don't see writing as a communication of something already discovered, as "truths" already known. Rather, I see writing as a job of experiment. It's like any discovery job; you don't know what's going to happen until you try it.
    — William Stafford
    But if you want to know the truth, the weirdest thing that has happened has been my discovery that people who attend the conventions are filled with love.
    — William Shatner
    tags: truth  people  discovery 
     
    You know, the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story, you follow a lead and that leads you to something else and then by the time you finish, the story is nothing like you expected.
    — William Shatner
    The great discovery of the nineteenth century, that we are of one blood with the lower animals, has created new ethical obligations which have not yet penetrated the public conscience. The clerical profession has been lamentably remiss in preaching this obvious duty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Henry Adams was scared shitless, politically, by the discovery that England isn't alien to a boy from Boston, but it was true, and it is true. It's a Boston and coastal Massachusetts thing. Henry Adams blocked it out.
    — William Monahan
    tags: true  discovery  boys  england  adam 
     
    This idea that things are designed to go back to nature or industry for ever which is our articulation of these two metabolisms are actually a discovery not an invention.
    — William McDonough
    tags: nature  discovery  ideas 
     
    Our schools offer no conception of the scientific process of discovery. They do not encourage creative thought, in fact, they stifle it through too much rigidity in teaching. If we set out to give as little help as possible to originality in science, we could hardly devise a better plan than our education system. Youngsters ought to be told what is unknown about ourselves and our universe as well as what is known.
    — William Lipscomb
    Without the errors, wrong turns and blind alleys, without the doubling back and misdirection and fumbling and chance discoveries, there was not one bit of joy in walking the labyrinth.
    — William Least Heat-Moon
    tags: chance  joy  wrong  discovery 
     
    Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it.
    — William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
    Leo Strauss's discoveries in the history of political philosophy had the effect of liberating his students from the yoke of contemporary thought.
    — William Kristol
    The scientific discovery appears first as the hypothesis of an analogy; and science tends to become independent of the hypothesis.
    — William Kingdon Clifford
    tags: discovery 
     
    Many discoveries must have been stillborn or smothered at birth. We know only those which survived.
    — William Ian Beardmore Beveridge
    tags: discovery  birth 
     
    Nature is nowhere accustomed more openly to display her secret mysteries than in cases where she shows tracings of her workings apart from the beaten paths; nor is there any better way to advance the proper practice of medicine than to give our minds to the discovery of the usual law of nature, by careful investigation of cases of rarer forms of disease.
    — William Harvey
    Satan will be ready to help forward such thoughts as a fit medium to lift thee up , and slacken thy care in duty for the future. Such discoveries do indeed bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree and measure of it. The weak child may be, yea, is, oftener in the lap than the strong.
    — William Gurnall
    In the New Testament it is taught that willing and voluntary service to others is the highest duty and glory in human life. . . . The men of talent are constantly forced to serve the rest. They make the discoveries and inventions, order the battles, write the books, and produce the works of art. The benefit and enjoyment go to the whole. There are those who joyfully order their own lives so that they may serve the welfare of mankind.
    — William Graham Sumner
    Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery.
    — William Golding
    Of all the discoveries which men need to make, the most important, at the present moment, is that of the self-forming power treasured up in themselves. They little suspect its extent, as little as the savage apprehends the energy which the mind is created to exert on the material world.
    — William Ellery Channing
    Hence the vogue for double majors. It isn't enough anymore to take a bunch of electives in addition to your primary focus, to roam freely across the academic fields, making serendipitous connections and discoveries, the way that American higher education was designed (uniquely, among the world's systems) to allow you to do.
    — William Deresiewicz
    Great discoveries are made accidentally less often than the populace likes to think. Commenting on how an accident led to the discovery of X-rays.
    — William Cecil Dampier
    tags: discovery 
     
    Dissonance / (if you are interested) / leads to discovery.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: discovery 
     
    So much of writing is discovery. Sometimes I feel like a rat in a maze, trying to discover the way out. My little heart is beating, and I'm racing down a path thinking, this is the route, it will get me there, as I turn this way and then that.
    — Will Hobbs
    Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
    — Will Durant
    In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
    — Will Durant
    For me photography was the means to the end, but they made it the most important thing. (On the discovery of X-ray photography.)
    — Wilhelm Rontgen
    Great discoveries are made accidentally less often than the populace likes to think.
    — Wilhelm Rontgen
    tags: discovery 
     
    The discovery of orgone energy was made through consistent, thorough study of energy functions, first in the realm of the psyche, and later in the realm of biological functioning.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    tags: energy  discovery 
     
    You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore your self! There is power in you - the power to change yourself and to change the world.
    — Wilferd Peterson
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