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René DescartesIt is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Mark TwainAge is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Lord ChesterfieldA weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lao-TzuTo a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

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

Arthur ClarkeA well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Mahatma GandhiI will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

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

Mahatma GandhiYou can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

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

Winston ChurchillAll of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur SchopenhauerThe brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Blaise PascalClarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Gore VidalThe unfed mind devours itself.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Francis BaconSeek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

G. K. ChestertonDo not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

La RochefoucauldEveryone speaks well of his heart; no one dares speak well of his mind.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldThe mind is always the dupe of the heart.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Paul ValeryTo enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Frank TygerThere's more to be feared from closed minds than from closed doors.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

William JamesYou can alter your life by altering the state of your mind.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Vince LombardiThe good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Franklin RooseveltMen are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Marcel ProustAll the mind's activity is easy if it is not subjected to reality.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

NapoleonThere are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the mind.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Funny Quotes

Woody AllenMy brain: it's my second favorite organ.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Fred AllenWhat's on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Robert FrostThe brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet


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