Research Is to See What Everybody Else Has Seen and Think What Nobody Has Thought | Quote Investigator [...]

By way of explaining why the discipline of philosophy is more demanding than that of physics, Arthur Schopenhauer put it thusly:

So the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees. (Source)

This idea in various forms has been used to convey the essence of scientific research, creative process and discovery in many walks of life.

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