Thinking Quotes


The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

Think before you speak. Read before you think.

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Answers    Man    Questions    Thinking

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.

Quote Me Everyday

Santosh Kalwar

Quote Me Everyday

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.

Götzen-Dämmerung

Friedrich Nietzsche

Götzen-Dämmerung

With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.

Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.

Comedy    Emotions    Feeling    Life    Thinking    Tragedy

Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
"An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.

Peril at End House

Agatha Christie

Peril at End House

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Art    Artist    Artistic    Contemplating    Dreams    Experience    Fantasy    Fun    Imagination    Life    Perception    Perspective    Poetry    Reading    Reality    Solitude    Songwriting    Thinking    Thoughts    Universe    Vicarious    Writing

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.

Hit    Sages    Thinking    Violence

Your mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.

Art    Clarity    Mind    Paranoia    Thinking

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens

Letters to a Young Contrarian

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a
sense
of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.

Backwards    Brilliance    Change    Contests    Data    Facts    Forget    Government    Happiness    Ignorance    Information    Motion    Peace    Philosophy    Politics    Popular    Questioning    Taxation    Thinking    War    Worry

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Complex    Hard    Simple    Thinking    Truth    Wisdom    Worth

Cogito ergo sum.
(I think, therefore I am.)

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.

God    Rational    Religion    Thinking

Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.

Uglies

Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. A second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. A first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.

Irony    Mob    Thinking

People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.

We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them

How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.

Soulless

Gail Carriger

Soulless

Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.
If you could hear other people’s thoughts, you’d overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn’t know one from the other. It’d drive you insane. What’s true? What’s not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

Action    Goodness    Harmony    Purity    Thinking

Are you in great physical pain, or is that your thinking expression?

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.

Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.

Thinking about something is like picking up a stone when taking a walk, either while skipping rocks on the beach, for example, or looking for a way to shatter the glass doors of a museum. When you think about something, it adds a bit of weight to your walk, and as you think about more and more things you are liable to feel heavier and heavier, until you are so burdened you cannot take any further steps, and can only sit and stare at the gentle movements of the ocean waves or security guards, thinking too hard bout too many things to do anything else.

The End

Lemony Snicket

The End

My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.

Helping    Mother    Sylvia plath    The bell jar    Think    Thinking    Too much    Worse    Yourself

It's a fact—
everyone
is ignorant in some way or another.
Ignorance is our deepest secret.
And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it.
Here is a quick test:
If you have
never
changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never
questioned
the basics, and if you have
no wish
to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who,
in your opinion
, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.
It will do
both
of you good.

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live --moreover, the only one.

Death    Existence    Life    Reason    Thinking

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.


I think, therefore I am
is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
I feel, therefore I am
is a truth much more universally valid, and it applies to everything that's alive. My self does not differ substantially from yours in terms of its thought. Many people, few ideas: we all think more or less the same, and we exchange, borrow, steal thoughts from one another. However, when someone steps on my foot, only I feel the pain. The basis of the self is not thought but suffering, which is the most fundamental of all feelings. While it suffers, not even a cat can doubt its unique and uninterchangeable self. In intense suffering the world disappears and each of us is alone with his self. Suffering is the university of egocentrism.

Immortality

Milan Kundera

Immortality

Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits...

Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.

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So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too.

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