The habit of observation is one of the most valuable in life, its worth can never be too highly estimated, and it is one that cnn easily be cultivated. Never do anything without observing that all you do is correct. Do not ever take a walk without having your eyes and ears open, and ,,1ways try and remember what you see and hear. By this means you will acquire more knowledge than can ever be learned from books, as you will find the information in exactly the form you are capnble of rcceiving it. Read books and newspapers, but above all acquire observing habits, for they will be always with you, and ever. ready to store your mind with the truths of nature.
This article was originally published with the title "Observation" in Scientific American 13, 10, 80 (November 1857)