„Some writers write every morning, or every day. I don´t tend to do that. I am of the Wendy Wasserstein mind. Going to the movies is research. Walking down Central Park and seeing cute boys in tank tops is research. Going to the Museum of Modern Art is research. Having dinner with my best friends is research. Because research, when it comes to being a playwright, most importantly means living. It means experiencing and engaging with the world…“

On his research process in “"a cautionary tale" part II: Interview with Playwright Christopher Oscar Peña” http://www.theaterspeak.org/2013/07/part-ii-of-cautionary-tale-at-flea.html (Theaterspeak; 2013 Jul 15)

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„Every time I see some piece of medical research saying that caffeine is good for you, I high-five myself. Because I'm going to live forever.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

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„I have a simple algorithm, which is, wherever you see paid researchers instead of grad students, that's not where you want to be doing research.“

—  Larry Page American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur 1973

Plenary speech, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_3OCq_vTWM AAAS Annual conference, San Francisco (February 2007).

„Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.“

—  Marston Bates American entomologist 1906 - 1974

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„Research, he calls it. Research.“

—  Robert Silverberg American speculative fiction writer and editor 1935

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„Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.“

—  Wernher von Braun German, later an American, aerospace engineer and space architect 1912 - 1977

In an interview in the New York Times (16 December 1957), cited in a footnote on page 32 of "Work, Society, and Culture" by Yves Reni Marie Simon, and also in a footnote (in German) on page 360 of "Vita activa oder Vom taetigen Leben" by Hannah Arend (1981)


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—  Alan Axelrod American historian 1952

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„My aunt is convinced I have a "flair for research."“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Moviegoer

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—  C. N. R. Rao Indian chemist 1934

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