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Thinking Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Thinking

Please enjoy these Thinking Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

 

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

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People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
- Robert Frost

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

Success is a state of mind.
If you want success,
start thinking of yourself as a success.
- Joyce Brothers

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone
and into your appreciation zone.
- Martha Beck

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Thinking is what most people resort to after all else fails.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
- Winston Churchill

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

When all else fails, try thinking.
- Anonymous

Thinking is necessary, but not sufficient, for living a great life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
- W. Clement Stone

Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict
between thinking and feeling.
- Carl Jung

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.
- Walter Lippmann

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

The only place where your dream becomes impossible
is in your own thinking.
- Robert H. Schuller

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

There is a magnet in your heart
that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness,
thinking of others first;
when you learn to live for others,
they will live for you.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Positive thinking will let you do everything
better than negative thinking will.
- Zig Ziglar

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

My vision of a real humanity is of pure individuals
relating to each other, but not tied in any relationship.
They will be loving to each other,
but not being possessive of each other.
They will be sharing with each other
all their joys and all their blessings,
but never even in their dreams thinking of dominating,
thinking of enslaving the other person.
- Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)

The only roadblock to success is limited thinking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

To keep your thinking young, stay curious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking
becomes clear - nothing is missing.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

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.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My hand is the extension of the thinking process -
the creative process.
- Tadao Ando

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings -
about human feelings and frailties.
- Anne Stevenson

We must trust our own thinking.
Trust where we're going.
And get the job done.
- Wilma Mankiller

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids.
But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that.
- Prince William

Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads
one inevitably to the consideration of problems which
are no longer psychological but spiritual.
- Paul Tournier

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard

How we think shows through in how we act.
Attitudes are mirrors of the mind.
They reflect thinking.
- David Joseph Schwartz

Success is a lousy teacher.
It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
- Bill Gates

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

Rarely 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, Jr.

Positive thinking has acquired a bad reputation -
which I believe to be totally undeserved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.
- Martha Smith

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
- Plato

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

Weather means more when you have a garden.
There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking
how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox

A good designer must rely on experience,
on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness.
No magic will do.
- Niklaus Wirth

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
- George S. Patton

Some people are born on third base and go through life
thinking they hit a triple.
- Barry Switzer


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