“Being prepared to receive what thought is not prepared to think is what deserves the name of thinking.”
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
Thanks to Josetxu V for sending us this thought on thinking.
"Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Society has but little connection with such beginnings. The worm is in man´s heart. That is where it must be sought. One must follow and understand this fatal game that leads from lucidity in the face of existence to flight from light."
“Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
-John F. Kennedy
“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”
“Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“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
"I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions… Don’t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can’t. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.”
“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.”
-Edgar Allan Poe
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
-Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
"Thought is the sculptor that can create the person you want to be."
-Henry David Thoreau
"To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead."
"Thinking is skilled work. It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically - without learning how and without practicing.