Quotations The Best Quotes About Thoughts And Thinking  

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A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. Marcus Aurelius

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What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. Gautama Buddha

27 5
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Cicero

26 5
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. John Dewey

26 7
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. Albert Einstein

20 3
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin Disraeli

20 3
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

21 4
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius

21 4
As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts. Gautama Buddha

19 3
Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him. James Allen

16 2
In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties. Francis Bacon

18 3
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement. Claude M. Bristol

18 3
Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty. Ralph Waldo Emerson

20 5
Thought is the parent of the deed. Thomas Carlyle

15 2
Make not your thoughts you prisons. William Shakespeare

16 3
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever, is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. -- Philippians 4:8

18 5
The surprises of thought are like those of love: they wear out. But here too you can carry on for a long time doing your conjugal duty. Jean Baudrillard

16 4
Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness. Gautama Buddha

17 5
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Gautama Buddha

13 2
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. William Hazlitt

12 2
Far more numerous are those as such; who think to little and talk to much. John Dryden

12 2
A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking. Ralph Waldo Emerson

12 3
All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts. James Allen

12 3
The power of thought, the magic of the mind. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

9 1
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

10 2
We are ashamed of our thoughts and often see them brought forth by others. Ralph Waldo Emerson

13 5
Life consists in what a person is thinking of all day. Ralph Waldo Emerson

15 7
A man is literally what he thinks James Allen

8 1
The revelation of Thought takes men out of servitude into freedom. Ralph Waldo Emerson

9 2
For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

9 2
Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail. David Hare

9 2
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings. William James

9 2
We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought. Norman Cousins

10 3
He that thinks he is the happiest man, really is so. But he that thinks he is the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton

11 4
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography. Anita Brookner

11 4
A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all. Georges Bernanos

11 4
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. James Allen

11 4
There are lots of people who cannot think seriously without injuring their minds. John Jay Chapman

8 2
Carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

8 2
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Ralph Waldo Emerson

8 2
Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you. F. Scott Fitzgerald

9 3
Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. Walter Lippmann

9 3
There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

10 4
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them. Gautama Buddha

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One thought fills immensity. William Blake

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Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man. Amos Bronson Alcott

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I was a freethinker before I knew how to think. George Bernard Shaw

5 0
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

10 5
The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts. Christian Nevell Bovee

8 3
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win. G. K. Chesterton