Selected Quotes about Research

The lifeblood of our business is that R&D spend. There's nothing that flows through a pipe or down a wire or anything else. We have to continuously create new innovation that lets people do something they didn't think they could do the day before. -- Steve Ballmer

Over the next 6 years alone, we will invest another $40 billion in innovation, continuing to make us a top R&D spender in any industry. -- Steve Ballmer

The more important reason is that the research itself provides an important long-run perspective on the issues that we face on a day-to-day basis. -- Ben Bernanke

Just because you hang a shingle out saying "I'm a financial advisor or a broker with a bond to sell," isn't enough. Most people are a little more intelligent. They do some research. If they haven't heard of you or don't know somebody who knows you, they're not likely to deal with you. You can make the same case against the fax machines. -- Michael Bloomberg

Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see. -- Edward de Bono

I like to buy things I can understand. I do a lot of research on things. -- Warren Buffett

Research shows the presence of women raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption. -- Hillary Clinton

Don't invest in anything that you don't understand. Do your research first. -- Paul Clitheroe

When we consider a project, we really study it — not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. -- Walt Disney

Success on the Web require high-level corporate understanding of the Internet's capabilities and support of early test-and-invest projects. -- Bill Gates

I am more and more impressed with the possibilities of history's repeating itself on many different counts. You don't get very far in Wall Street with the simple, convenient conclusion that a given level of prices is not too high. -- Ben Graham

Industry analysis relates to the past and the future. Insofar as it relates to the past, the elements dealt with have already influenced the results of the companies in the industry and the average market price of their shares. -- Ben Graham

I would like to warn you against is spending a lot of time on over-detailed analyses of the company’s and the industry’s position, including counting the last bathtub that has been or will be produced. -- Ben Graham

I have every confidence in the threefold merit of this general method based on (a) sound logic, (b) simplicity of application, and (c) an excellent supporting record. At bottom it is a technique by which true investors can exploit the recurrent excessive optimism and excessive apprehension of the speculative public. -- Ben Graham

Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. -- Steve Jobs

People just can't wake up in the morning and say, "Now's the time to buy this. Now's the time to buy IBM. Now's the time to by GE. Now's the time to buy Dow Chemical. Now's the time to buy some biotechnology company," if they don't know something about it. You have to know the story. -- Peter Lynch

Many of the most important technological contributions of this century have come from university faculty members who began their research early in their careers and have worked in their areas of interest over a long period of time. -- David Packard

Believe me, it's (business) a crazy complicated journey. It really is experiment, experiment, experiment. -- Anita Roddick

Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. -- Zig Ziglar

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