In the book on supply market intelligence I recently wrote with Kelly Barner, we cover research tips to use for more efficient searching and better results, regardless if you are using Google or commercial for-fee databases. We stress that research is about careful reading and paying attention to detail. Careful reading requires one to be disciplined. At times, this can be difficult to achieve, especially if stress and time restraints are involved. College students and business professionals know all about researching when there is limited time. Hopefully these quotes will refresh and inspire, and will help with an upcoming research paper, or next project at work.

“The educated person is one who knows how to find out what he does not know.” ―George Simmel

“Anyone could be seduced by research when the results poured in. The trick was to love it when the results weren’t forthcoming, and the reasons why were elusive.”
―Lisa Genova, Still Alice

“Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it’s the key to victory over fear and it’s cousin, depression.” ―Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

“You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.” ―Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“’Google’ is not a synonym for research.” ―Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

“Be bold in research.” ―Khalid Masood

“Researching books gets you into nothing but trouble.” ―Sara Sheridan

Above quotes from Goodreads


“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” ―Albert Szent-Gryorgyi

“The trouble with research is that it tells you what people where thinking about yesterday, not tomorrow. It’s like driving a car using a rearview mirror.” ―Bernard Loomis

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien

“Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” ―Mark Twain

“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.” ―Jimmy Buffett

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ―Carl Sagan

Above quotes from FCG Media Solutions post


“All I’m armed with is research.” ―Mike Wallace

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” ―Wernher von Braun

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ―Zora Neale Hurston

Above quotes from Qualtrics Insights post written by Sam Lloyd