Famous Quotes & Quotations About Thinking:
A lawyer's brief will be brief, before a freethinker thinks freely.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
~ Victor Hugo.
A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
~ Doris Lessing.
At a certain age some people's minds close up; they live on their intellectual fat.
~ William Lyon Phelps.
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.
~ Alan Alda.
Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller, 1972.
Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers.
~ Bruce Calvert.
Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.
~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.
Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.
~ Confucius, Analects.
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh.
Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.
~ Voltaire, 1767.
Few minds wear out; more rust out.
~ Christian N. Bovee.
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once a week.
~ George Bernard Shaw.
For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
~ Luther Burbank.
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
~ William Drummond, Academical Questions.
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
~ Niels Bohr.
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree.
~ James Douglas.
Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew. They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers, and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming. But they would be even more surprised to encounter a species defined as a thinking animal if, in fact, the creature very rarely indulged in actual thinking.
~ Steve Allen.
Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.
~ Author Unknown.
Irons rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
~ Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508.
It is well for people who think, to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean.
~ Luther Burbank.
Men can live without air a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months - and without a new thought for years on end.
~ Kent Ruth.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
~ Bertrand Russell.
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