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  • Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

  • Research is a way of taking calculated risks to bring about incalculable consequences.

  • The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.

  • When curiosity turns to serious matters, it's called research.

  • Research is a passion with me; it drives me; it is my relentless master.

  • The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!

  • I find people call it research nowadays if they ever have to look anything up in a book.

  • When it comes to statistics, it's hard to know who to trust; research is almost always carried out by groups who know what they're looking for before they start and find the data they need to make their case.

  • All good research — whether for science or for a book — is a form of obsession.