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  • Objective is the wrong word. Rather, it's fairness. Objectivity is a false God. Instead we should strive for fairness and transparency. -- Ken Auletta
  • Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny - and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do). -- Stephen Jay Gould
  • Objectivity is just male subjectivity. -- Jonathan Coe
  • Objectivity? I always have an objective. -- Jessica Mitford
  • Objectivity? I've always had an objective. -- Jessica Mitford
  • Being a psychologist did enable me to maintain objectivity. -- Pamela Stephenson
  • Objectivity and justice have nothing to do with one another. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Objectivity is a subject's delusion that observing can be done without him -- Heinz von Foerster
  • Objectivity is the delusion that observations could be made without an observer. -- Heinz von Foerster
  • After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth. -- Helene Deutsch
  • Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth. -- Abraham Maslow
  • Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing. -- Christiane Amanpour
  • Objectivity is a fallacy...there are different opinions, but you dont give them equal weight. -- Robert Bazell
  • Objectivity can only be the author's and therefore subjective, even if he is editing a newsreel. -- Andrei Tarkovsky
  • It's impossible to work under conditions where they confused negativity with objectivity. You can't fool the fans. -- Marv Albert
  • Objectivity and presence of mind are essential in such positions where sacrificial temptations are not always resistable. -- Leonid Shamkovich
  • Objectivity is almost a choice you make. As a burlesque performer, I didn't choose to be objectified. -- Esme Bianco
  • Objectivity is of the very essence of photography, its contribution and at the same time its limitation -- Paul Strand
  • Objectivity consists in understanding that the only one who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything. -- Vladimir Kramnik
  • Objectivity means trying to give all sides a hearing. It does not, in my view, mean treating all sides as equal. -- Christiane Amanpour
  • I'm not a slave to objectivity. I'm never quite sure what it means. And it means different things to different people. -- Peter Jennings
  • Darwin paid particular attention to disconfirming evidence. Objectivity maintenance routines are totally required in life if you're going to be a great thinker. -- Charlie Munger
  • Objectivity is the subject subjugating the object. That is how you assert yourself. You make yourself the active voice and the object is the passive no-voice. -- Emily Levine
  • Objectivity does not exist. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only. -- Oriana Fallaci
  • There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing. -- Christiane Amanpour
  • Even scientific knowledge, if there is anything to it, is not a random observation of random objects; for the critical objectivity of significant knowledge is attained as a practice only philosophically in inner action. -- Karl Jaspers
  • Objectivity and again objectivity, and expression: no hindside-before-ness, no straddled adjectives (as "addled mosses dank"), no Tennysonianness of speech; nothing-nothing that you couldn't, in some circumstance, in the stress of some emotion, actually say. -- Ezra Pound
  • The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent. -- Gore Vidal
  • Of course, Einstein was a very great scientist indeed, and I have enormous respect for him, and great admiration for the discoveries he made. But he was very committed to a view of the objectivity of the physical world. -- John Polkinghorne
  • Objectivity, in this sense, means that a person's statements about the world can be trusted if they are submitted to established rules deemed legitimate by a professional community. Facts here are not aspects of the world, but consensually validated statements about it. -- Michael Schudson
  • A lot of journalism wants to have what they call objectivity without them having a commitment to pursuing the truth, but that doesn't work. Objectivity requires belief in and a commitment toward pursuing the truth - having an object outside of our personal point of view. -- Nate Silver
  • There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can't forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws. -- George A. Romero
  • But I'm not objective when I'm acting. -- Laura Innes
  • A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective. -- Andre Gide
  • I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not -- Michael Pollan
  • Perfect objectivity is always impossible, no matter who writes a person's biography. -- Pamela Stephenson
  • I'm a little concerned about this notion everybody wants us to be objective. -- Peter Jennings
  • The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. -- George Orwell
  • I'm open to comments. I'm open to objective points of view, because I've been very narrow and very subjective. -- Richard Donner
  • One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are. -- Cal Thomas
  • Even though money seems such an objective topic, it can also be the most intimate, and possibly harmful, part of a relationship. -- Christie Hefner
  • He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form. -- John Crowe Ransom
  • If the attainment of peace is the ultimate objective of all statesmen, it is, at the same time, something very ordinary, closely tied to the daily life of each individual. -- Eisaku Sato
  • Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A creation needs not only subjectivity, but also objectivity. -- Stephen Chow
  • Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity. -- Robert Morgan
  • I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not. -- Michael Pollan
  • Journalists hold themselves apart, and above, the common person. They have rules designed to ensure their objectivity and impartiality. -- Michael Arrington
  • But particularly when the media profess to strive toward objectivity, gatekeepers play a crucial role in helping people navigate the news to make educated political decisions. -- Eric Alterman
  • Postmodernism was a reaction to modernism. Where modernism was about objectivity, postmodernism was about subjectivity. Where modernism sought a singular truth, postmodernism sought the multiplicity of truths. -- Miguel Syjuco
  • He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog. -- Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Certain media-related developments in the country are raising questions regarding its objectivity and credibility. Paid news and the declining roles of the editors and their editorial freedom is posing a major threat to the Indian media. -- Mohammad Hamid Ansari
  • My books deliberately provide no answers or messages. I'm drilled in the habit of objectivity and also aware that the steady drip of fiction has more power than facts to shape opinion, so I handle it with caution. -- Karen Traviss
  • Science is based on the possibility of objectivity, on the possibility of different people checking out for themselves the observations made by others. Without that possibility, there is no empirical principle capable of deciding between different arguments and theories. -- Jose Padilha
  • I did very extensive diligence on Al Jazeera English, the network from which Al Jazeera America is going to be derived, and it's really very clear that they have long since established a reputation for excellence and integrity and objectivity. -- Al Gore
  • I don't believe that there's such a thing as objectivity in much of journalism, but I think there is a serious effort to and a regard for facts and into taking that stuff seriously is very important to the public discourse and it's very important to democracy. -- Jann Wenner
  • Nobody knows why we're alive; so we all create stories based on our imagination of the world; and as a community, we believe in the same story. In India, every person believes his/ her own mythosphere to be real. Indian thought is obsessed with subjectivity; Greek thought with objectivity. -- Devdutt Pattanaik
  • You can write a radical Norwegian or a conservative Norwegian. And when I changed to a conservative Norwegian, I gained this distance or objectivity in the language. The gap released something in me, and in the writing, which made it possible for the protagonist to think thoughts I had never myself thought. -- Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only. -- Oriana Fallaci
  • After spending 460 days as a hostage, I did emerge a fundamentally changed person. But I think, like everyone does as they grow older and probably wiser, I can look back at my earlier life - my history, my mistakes, the joy I felt as a young woman traveling the world - with some objectivity and even some humor. -- Amanda Lindhout
  • I love objectivity when mine. -- Brian Spellman
  • Transparency is the new objectivity -- David Weinberger
  • One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity. -- Paulo Freire
  • Feminist objectivity means quite simply situated knowledges -- Donna J. Haraway
  • Your life must focus on the maximization of objectivity. -- Charlie Munger
  • I write with as much objectivity as I can. -- Ernest Gaines
  • The middle class male thinks he has a monopoly on objectivity. -- Grayson Perry
  • The capacity for inner dialogue is a touchstone for outer objectivity. -- Carl Jung
  • To see another with clarity and objectivity, one first must master stillness. -- Alberto Villoldo
  • I don't believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness. -- Margot Adler
  • 'Fact checking' is opinion journalism pretending to be some sort of heightened objectivity. -- James Taranto
  • I didn't want to lose my subjectivity and my objectivity about my work. -- Vincent Gallo
  • Quantitative methods are no more synonymous with objectivity than qualitative methods are synonymous with subjectivity. -- Mike Patton
  • My only master and my only mistress are the facts and objectivity. I have no others. -- Vincent Bugliosi
  • There is no journalist without opinions, and there's no real objectivity, but we can strive toward it. -- Asne Seierstad
  • News objectivity is a twentieth-century myth. We only complain about propaganda when we don't agree with it. -- Frank Miller
  • Although self-reported endorsement of sexist attitudes didnā??t predict hiring bias, self-reported objectivity in decision making did. -- Cordelia Fine
  • The president's need for complete candor and objectivity from advisers calls for great deference from the courts. -- Warren E. Burger
  • Wisdom is the God-given ability to see life with rare objectivity and to handle life with rare stability. -- Elizabeth George
  • Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence - not detachment and objectivity. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • When can our brain's innate objectivity begin to flourish? Only when our inappropriate Self-centered subjectivity begins to dissolve. -- James H. Austin
  • Far from being magisterial in its objectivity, science was conditioned by history, society, and the prejudices of scientists. -- Thomas Kuhn
  • There comes a point, in literary objectivity, when the author's self- effacement is hard to distinguish from moral cowardice. -- Edward Abbey
  • The absolutist parades his good solid grounding in observation, reason, objectivity, truth and fact; the relativist sees only fetishes. -- Simon Blackburn
  • In a mathematical proposition, for example, the objectivity is given, but therefore its truth is also an indifferent truth. -- Soren Kierkegaard
  • Burn with that consuming fire of objectivity that forces a man to renew efforts that are doomed to failure. -- Stanislaw Lem
  • To simply dismiss the concept of God as being unscientific is to violate the very objectivity of science itself. -- Wernher von Braun
  • Scientists are not the paragons of rationality, objectivity, openmindedness and humility that many of them might like others to believe. -- Marcello Truzzi
  • If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity -- Josh Lanyon
  • Self-criticism, like self-administered brain surgery, is perhaps not a good idea. Can the 'self' see the 'self' with any objectivity? -- Joyce Carol Oates
  • Subjectivity ceases to exist only when the mutation-like leap is made from subjectivity to objectivity, from individual existence to universal existence. -- Piet Mondrian
  • The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth. For suffering is objectivity that weighs upon the subject -- Theodor Adorno
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  • The case against the notion of historical objectivity is like the case against international law, or international morality; that it does not exist. -- Isaiah Berlin
  • The quality an artist must have is objectivity in judging his work, plus the honesty and courage not to kid himself about it. -- William Faulkner
  • No matter how hard we strive for objectivity, writers are biased toward tension - those moments in which character is forged and revealed. -- Brad Stone
  • We look into our hearts and see objectivity; we look into our minds and see rationality; we look into our beliefs and see reality. -- Kathryn Schulz
  • The loss of objectivity in moral thought does not lead to liberation. It leads to oppression. Secular ideologies preach liberty, but they practice tyranny. -- Nancy Pearcey
  • You need the kind of objectivity that makes you forget everything you've heard, clear the table, and do a factual study like a scientist would. -- Steve Wozniak
  • The subjectivist states his judgements, whereas the objectivist sweeps them under the carpet by calling assumptions knowledge, and he basks in the glorious objectivity of science. -- I. J. Good
  • We hew and saw and plane facts to make them dovetail with our prejudices, so that they become mere ornaments with which to parade our objectivity. -- Paul Eldridge
  • Every man has a feminine side, and every woman a masculine side. It is important to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition with objectivity. -- Paulo Coelho
  • I emerged in that incredible moment in the 1980s when all kinds of social questions about subjectivity and objectivity, about who was making, who was looking. -- Carrie Mae Weems
  • It was when reporters became journalists and when objectivity gave way to searching for truth, that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist. -- Georgie Anne Geyer
  • The scientific attitude implies the postulate of objectivity-that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan; that there is no intention in the universe. -- Jacques Monod
  • I don't believe in objectivity. I observe the observer's paradox every moment I'm filming. Your presence is changing everything; there's no mistaking it. And you have a responsibility. -- Lucy Walker
  • When you take a photo at 1/1000 of a second, the moment can become an eternal fact, an eternal moment. So we have a philosophical problem of objectivity and subjectivity. -- Eikoh Hosoe
  • It's an academic book, and it's discussed under academic criteria. German historians cultivate so-called objectivity. They persuade themselves that they can switch off the subjective and therefore the unsettling. -- Gotz Aly
  • It is only by being exchanged that the products of labor acquire a socially uniform objectivity as values, which is distinct from their sensuously varied objectivity as articles of utility. -- Juliet B. Schor
  • Surely to root politics out of art is a highly necessary undertaking: for the freedom of art, like that of science, depends entirely upon its objectivity and non-practical, non-partisan passion. -- Wyndham Lewis
  • If the playwright is strong enough to hold on to reasonable objectivity in the face of either hostility or praise, he'll do his work the way he was going to anyway. -- Edward Albee
  • Economics seeks to be a science. Science is supposed to be objective and it is difficult to be scientific when the subject matter, the participant in the economic process, lacks objectivity. -- George Soros
  • In order for sensation to accede to the objectivity of things, it must itself be changed into a thing. The agent of change is language: the sensations are turned into verbal objects. -- Octavio Paz
  • I've always been a visual person, I'm formerly a graphic designer. I've always seen myself as an observer. I like to maintain objectivity and don't get too intimately involved in my subjects. -- Sufjan Stevens
  • I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between "life" and "death"; between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance-submission. -- Erich Fromm
  • What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind,' but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them criticially. -- Ayn Rand
  • [Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion. -- Anton Chekhov
  • The myth of objectivity made nonfiction increasingly unread. In feature articles, we could be playful in the opening and clever in the end but in the middle it was back to the boring basics. -- Lee Gutkind
  • In stamping photography with the patent of realism, society does nothing but confirm itself in the tautological certainty that an image of reality that conforms to its own representation of objectivity is truly objective. -- Pierre Bourdieu
  • Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity-a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs. -- Anthony Boucher
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