Thinking Quotes

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
Henry David Thoreau
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Benjamin Disraeli

Each generation writes off earlier errors as the result of bad thinking, of less able minds - - And then confidently embarks on making fresh errors of its own.
Michael Crichton, Prey
Orthodoxy means not thinking - - Not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
George Orwell, 1984
Sir william bragg - the important thing in science is not so much to...
Terry goodkind - no one ever goes into battle thinking god is on...

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.
Diana Rankin
Ralph charell - avoid the crowd. do your own thinking...
The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking.
Albert Schweitze
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein
We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
James W. Fulbright, March 27, 1964
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
Barry Switze
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Albert Einstein
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Napoleon Bonaparte
That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Take time to deliberate but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Old Hickory Jackson
The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.
Terry Pratchett, Eric
High living and high thinking are poles apart.
B. J. Gupta
Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Congealed thinking is the forerunner of failure... make sure you are always receptive to new ideas.
George Crane
Stop thinking about your difficulties, whatever they are, and start thinking about God instead.
Emmet Fox
Common - Sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
We have ignored cultural literacy in thinking about education... We ignore the air we breathe until it is thin or foul. Cultural literacy is the oxygen of social intercourse.
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., Speech during 1952 Presidential Campaign
I always have a quotation for everything - - It saves original thinking.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Some of your countrymen were unable to distinguish between their native dislike for war and the stainless patriotism of those who suffered its scars. But there has been a rethinking and now we can say to you, and say as a nation, thank you for your courage.
Ronald Reagan
Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not. You can crash through... whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.
Vernon Howard
There is an art of which every man should be a master the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all.
William Hart Coleridge
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of thingsbut there are times when we stop. We sit sill. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
James Carroll
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Zig Zigla
Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.
James Ramsey
He had the entertainment of thinking that if he had for that moment stopped the clock it was to promote the next minute this still livelier motion.
Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Eighth, Chapter 2
Learning builds daily accumulation, but the prictice of Tao builds daily simplification. Simplify and simplify, until all contamination from relative, contridictory thinking is eliminated. Then one does nothing, yet nothing is left undone. One who wins the world does so by not meddling with it. One who meddles with the world loses it.
Lao - Tzu, Tao te Ching
Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.
Alfred A. Montapert
Diversity the art of thinking independently together.
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes
That orgy of wishful thinking that has passed for logic in the present century.
F. W. Lawvere
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Kin Hubbard