quotations about thinking
To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.
MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles", The Writings of Madame Swetchine
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet
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.
THOMAS EDISON, attributed, The Great Book of Best Quotes of All Time
I think, therefore I am.
RENÉ DESCARTES, Principes de la Philosophie
Better to think wrongly with your own head, than to think rightly with the head of another.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
WILLIAM JAMES, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul
All power is indeed weak compared with that of the thinker. He sits upon the throne of his Empire of Thought, mightier far than they who wield material sceptres.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, "A Liberal Decalogue", New York Times Magazine, December 16, 1951
Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?
THOMAS CARLYLE, Heroes and Hero Worship
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
FRAN LEBOWITZ, The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Thinking is an experimental dealing with small quantities of energy, just as a general moves miniature figures over a map before setting his troops in action.
SIGMUND FREUD, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
In martial arts, as in life, you quickly learn not to think too much. You have to do. While you're thinking, you open spaces where an opponent can successfully strike at you. The more you think, the more vulnerable you become.
JOSEPH CARDILLO, Be Like Water
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Asimov on Science Fiction
Willpower is not some mythical force that we either have or don't have. Willpower is our decision to use higher-mind thinking instead of lazing around in the clutches of our primal mind.
A. B. CURTISS, Depression Is a Choice
Ultimately, thinking is a very inefficient method of processing data.
FREDERICK LENZ, Surfing the Himalayas
I don't believe in thought. Too much thinking.
PHILIP MOELLER, The Roadhouse in Arden
Man is distinguished from the brute animals in proportion as thought prevails over sense: but in the healthy processes of the mind, a balance is constantly maintained between the impressions from outward objects and the inward operations of the intellect:--for if there be an overbalance in the contemplative faculty, man thereby becomes the creature of mere meditation, and loses his natural power of action.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, "Notes on Hamlet"
Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don't realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.
ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now
There is nothing worth thinking but it has been thought before; we must only try to think it again.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
Curtsy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time.
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice Through the Looking Glass