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William JamesThoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

William JamesThere is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Blaise PascalIf we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Arthur SchopenhauerReading is thinking with some one else's head instead of one's own.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Lao-TzuAs soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Robert FrostThinking is not to agree or disagree. That's voting.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Henry FordThinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Friedrich NietzscheThoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier, simpler.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

George Bernard ShawFew 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, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawI do not know what I think until I write it.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuStop thinking, and end your problems.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Blaise PascalAll of humanity’s problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Mahatma GandhiA man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Wolfgang GoetheAll intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheTo think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Immanuel KantDare to think!

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

David HumeWhat a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call “thought”.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

Ambrose BierceI think that I think, therefore I think that I am.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

William ShakespeareYond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Julius Caesar

Ayn RandI am. I think. I will.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandMen who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe ancestor of every action is a thought.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandThere are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandWealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

William BlakeFirst thought is best in Art, second in other matters.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThere is one art of which people should be masters - the art of reflection.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliNurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Philip SidneyThey are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don't bite everybody.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

VauvenarguesGreat thoughts come from the heart.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Sam GoldwynIf I look confused it is because I am thinking.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Khalil GibranYou talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Paul ValeryOur most important thoughts are those that contradict our emotions.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Paul ValerySometimes I think; and sometimes I am.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantThe trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Sigmund FreudWhere does a thought go when it's forgotten?

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

VoltaireMadness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Alfred North WhiteheadWe think in generalities, but we live in detail.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

William JamesA great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

William JamesThe greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Jean Jacques RousseauIt is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Carl SaganI think people in power have a vested interest to oppose critical thinking.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Walt DisneyFirst, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

William ShakespeareMy words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

ConfuciusTo study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Martin Luther KingRarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

David Lloyd GeorgeIndependent thinking is not encouraged in a professional Army. It is a form of mutiny. Obedience is the supreme virtue.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Latin Quotes

René DescartesI think therefore I exist.

Cogito ergo sum.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher


Funny Quotes

George CarlinI think I am, therefore, I am. I think.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian


Ancient Greek

Bias of PrieneThink what you are doing.

Νόει το πραττόμενον.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece

CleobulusThink of something worthy.

Φρόνει τι κεδνόν.

—  Cleobulus, 6th cent. BC, Ancient Greek Poet, one of the 7 sages


Movie Quotes

Zorba the Greek (1964)You think too much.That is your trouble. Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.

—  from the film Zorba the Greek (1964)

Contempt (1963)- Why the thoughtful air?
- Maybe because I'm thinking of something. That surprise you?

—  from the film Contempt (1963)


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