“Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international
reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.”
— George Bernard Shaw
“I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes
and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t
occurred to me to put them down.”
“Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.”
— Niels Bohr
In honor of Christopher Hitchens' birthday (4/13), this week's thinking quote comes
from God is Not Great.
"We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry,
openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake."
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
— Alice Walker
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre
No amount of energy will take the place of thought. A strenuous life with its
eyes shut is a kind of wild insanity.
-Henry Van Dyke
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking
that makes what we read ours.
- John Locke
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.
At a certain age some people's minds close up; they live on their intellectual fat.
-William Lyon Phelps
"Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to."
-Howard Mumford Jones
“For the first time she could see a man's head naked of its skull. Saw the cunning
thoughts race in and out through the caves and promontories of his mind long
before they darted through the tunnel of his mouth.”
-Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten but they may start a winning game."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thanks to Bruce Barnhart for submitting this quote:
"...thinking consists in knowing that the objective world is in reality, a subjective world, that it is the objectifcation of the subject."
“At Learning's fountain it is sweet to drink,
But 'tis a nobler privilege to think.”
-John Godfrey Saxe
"Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking."
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. "
"Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think."
-David Foster Wallace
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
-A. A. Milne
"The man with a new idea is a crank - until the idea succeeds."
Those who don't like thinking should at least rearrange their prejudices from time to time.
- Luther Burbank
"Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don't bite everybody."
“Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness,
making of every image a privileged place.”
― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
"Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting."
"Knowledge is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of
"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
― Horace Walpole
“Thinking is, indeed, essentially the negation of that which is immediately before us.”
Thanks to Bruce Barnhart for sending us this 'thought on thinking.'
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
“To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.”
― Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
“Let us reflect, if we wish to be brilliant. Too much improvisation empties the mind in a stupid way. Running beer gathers no froth.”
― Victor Hugo