I've just watched a video of a Philosophy Professor who said this in a conference:
"paraphrasing Kant, the scientist does not work as an observer of reality. He rather works as an interrogator whose job is to squeeze information out of it".
The professor has already passed away, so I can't ask him what quote this is based on.
(I'm assuming he wasn't making things up in front of his fellow professors, of course)
Although this is just a paraphrase, it sounds like it came from a famous quote.
Does anyone know which is it? At least what book it is probably from?