the mind Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about the mind
  1. #1
    “‘What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgments?’
    ‘What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others from the harsh judgments of your mind?’”
  2. #2
    “A man’s at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he don’t want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there.”
  3. #3
    “He who is without discrimination and whose mind is always uncontrolled, his senses are unmanageable, like the vicious horses of a driver.”
  4. #4
    “O mind, remember thy deeds! O mind, remember, remember thy deeds! Remember!”
  5. #5
    “you tell me to quiet down cause my opinions make me less beautiful but i was not made with a fire in my belly so i could be put out i was not made with a lightness on my tongue so i could be easy to swallow i was made heavy half blade and half silk difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow”
  6. #6
    “Failure is a state of mind. It’s like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”
  7. #7
    “Terror threatened to overwhelm her. She fought it the only way she knew: “I shall not fear. Fear is the mind killer . . . ”
  8. #8
    “There are few persons who have not, at some period of their lives, amused themselves in retracing the steps by which particular conclusions of their own minds have been attained. The occupation is often full of interest and he who attempts it for the first time is astonished by the apparently illimitable distance and incoherence between the starting-point and the goal.”
  9. #9
    “The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much.”
  10. #10
    “You seemed locked inside of your mind, and I can’t know what’s going on in there, and it scared me.”
  11. #11
    “A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care, wisdom does.”
  12. #12
    “I’ve had to spend my entire life hammering out the emotions of others, and myself, in my mind. If my mind is clearer, sometimes, than yours, it’s because I’ve had more practice.”
  13. #13
    “Ever seen an abacus? You know, those centipedelike things with wooden beads in rows. They’re sold mostly in knickknack import shops, for wall decoration. But, in fact, an abacus is an adding machine, calculator, and computer. On second thought, that’s not quite true. The abacus is just a visual record of the computations going on in the mind of the person using it.”
  14. #14
    “Katsa found that the more comfortable she grew with opening her mind to him, the more practiced she became with closing it as well.”
  15. #15
    “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly - you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.”
  16. #16
    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favour. If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart... If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”
  17. #17
    “Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind — or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body.”
  18. #18
    “Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance.”
  1. #19
    “It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.”
  2. #20
    “Power is of the individual mind, but the mind’s power is not enough. Power of the body decides everything in the end, and only Might is Right.”
  3. #21
    “The human mind is a fearful instrument of adaptation, and in nothing is this more clearly shown than in its mysterious powers of resilience, self-protection, and self-healing.”
  4. #22
    “He knew that the mind could produce anything the mind could conceive and believe.”
  5. #23
    “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
  6. #24
    “Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened. The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, “Now what?”
  7. #25
    “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”
  8. #26
    “As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.”
  9. #27
    “I love the dark hours of my being.
    My mind deepens into them.
    There I can find, as in old letters,
    the days of my life, already lived,
    and held like a legend, and understood.”
  10. #28
    “A small part of my mind remembered an alternate pattern of events and then lost it, as if I had woken from a comfortable sleep and looked around, pulled the bedclothes over me, and returned to my dream.”
  11. #29
    ″ One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far in other times: you should keep it strictly in the presence of God. ”
  12. #30
    “Always it is thus with my new students, and especially with the human ones; the mind is the last muscle they train or use, and the one that they regard the least.”
    Christopher Paolini
    the mind
  13. #31
    “[L]et no one rule your mind or body.”
  14. #32
    “It is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in and flighty, rushing wherever it listeth; a tamed mind brings happiness.”
  15. #33
    “Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. If I yielded now, I would lose more than an argument. I would lose custody of my own mind. This was the price I was being asked to pay, I understood that now. What my father wanted to cast from me wasn’t a demon: it was me.”
  16. #34
    “His body is a paradox of mass and lightness, crafted to slip through air with the ease of an arrow. His mind is impressed with a single command: run. He pursues speed with superlative courage, pushing beyond defeat, beyond exhaustion, sometimes beyond the structural limits of bone and sinew. In flight, he is nature’s ultimate wedding of form and purpose.”
  17. #35
    “He believed with complete conviction that no animal was permanently ruined. Every horse could be improved. He lived by a single maxim: ‘Learn your horse. Each one is an individual, and once you penetrate his mind and heart, you can often work wonders with an otherwise intractable beast.‘”
  18. #36
    “The racehorse, by virtue of his awesome physical gifts, freed the jockey from himself. When a horse and a jockey flew over the track together, there were moments in which the man’s mind wedded itself to the animal’s body to form something greater than the sum of both parts.”

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  1. #37
    “The individual human mind. In a child’s power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all your shouted ‘Amens!‘, ‘Holy, Holies!’ and ‘Hosannahs!’ An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes, or the parting of waters!”
  2. #38
    “A dull mind ... is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which [an] inference started was purely problematic.”
  3. #39
    “The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth.”
  4. #40
    “If you clear out all of that space in your mind you would have a door way.”
  5. #41
    “As the child’s mind was growing into knowledge, his mind was growing into memory.”
  6. #42
    “What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to make it think of something else.”
  7. #43
    “Leadership is fragile. It is more a matter of mind and heart than resources, and it seemed that we no longer had the heart for those things that demanded discipline, commitment, and risk.”
  8. #44
    “The subconscious mind is ruled by suggestion, it accepts all suggestions – it does not argue with you – it fulfils your wishes.”
  9. #45
    “Your subconscious mind does not argue with you. It accepts what your conscious mind decrees. If you say, ‘I can’t afford it,’ your subconscious mind works to make it true. Select a better thought. Decree, ‘I’ll buy it. I accept it in my mind.’ ”
  10. #46
    “All things that have happened to you are based on thoughts impressed on the subconscious mind through belief. The subconscious mind will accept your beliefs and accept your convictions.”
  11. #47
    “Whatever your conscious mind assumes and believes to be true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring to pass. Believe in good fortune, divine guidance, right action, and all the blessings of life.”
  12. #48
    “Know that in your deeper mind are infinite intelligence and infinite power.”
  13. #49
    “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
  14. #50
    “As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
  15. #51
    “I never imagined losing my mind was going to be such hard work.”
  16. #52
    “Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain.”
  17. #53
    “I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.”
  18. #54
    “There is in us a tendency to locate the shaping forces of our existence outside ourselves. Success and failure are unavoidably related in our minds with the state of things around us.”
  1. #55
    “Tell me where is fancy bred,
    Or in the heart, or in the head?”
  2. #56
    “Jasnah held up a finger to quiet her. ‘All things have three components: the soul, the body, and the mind. That place you saw, Shadesmar, is what we call the Cognitive Realm—the place of the mind.‘”
  3. #57
    “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
  4. #58
    “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to.”
  5. #59
    “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
  6. #60
    “How will I teach this mind what it is to have a soul? How will I teach this mind to understand pain? How will I teach it to want to take on another person’s suffering?”
  7. #61
    “A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.”
  8. #62
    “Your mind was made to know and love God.”
  9. #63
    “A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God.”
  10. #64
    And the mind that has conceived a plan of living must never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived. That goes for societies as well as for individuals.
  11. #65
    “I saw that when AM withdrew from my mind, and allowed me the exquisite ugliness of returning to consciousness with the feeling of that burning neon pillar still rammed deep into the soft gray brain matter. He withdrew, murmuring to hell with you. And added, brightly, but then you’re there, aren’t you.”
  12. #66
    “Death holds up an all-seeing mirror, ‘the mirror of past actions’, to our eyes, in which the consequences of all our negative and positive actions are clearly seen and there is a weighing of our past actions in the light of their consequences, the balance of which will determine the kind of existence or mental state we are being driven to enter.”
  13. #67
    “AM touched me in every way I had ever been touched, and devised new ways, at his leisure, there inside my mind.”
  14. #68
    “If, upon looking outwards towards the external expanse of the sky, There are no projections emanated by the mind, and if, on looking inwards at one’s own mind, There is no projectionist who projects [thoughts] by thinking them, Then, one’s own mind, completely free from conceptual projections, will become luminously clear.”
  15. #69
    “Knowledge, the thing known, and the mind which knows,
    These make the threefold starting-ground of act.”
  16. #70
    “Please wake me when I’m free
    I cannot bear captivity
    4 I would rather be stricken blind
    Than 2 live without expression of mind.”
  17. #71
    “All phenomena are [ultimately] selfless, empty, and free from conceptual elaboration.”
  18. #72
    “The nature of the mind, which is all-knowing, aware of everything, empty and radiant, is established to be the manifestly radiant and self-originating pristine cognition, present from the beginning, just like the sky...”

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  1. #73
    “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman – probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.”
  2. #74
    “My mind possessed the wisdoms of the ages, and there were no words adequate to describe them.”
  3. #75
    “Except later it was Freak who taught me that remembering is a great invention of the mind, and if you try hard enough you can remember anything, whether it happened or not.”
  4. #76
    “The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still.”
  5. #77
    “You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images.”
  6. #78
    “Your heart will fix itself. It’s your mind you need to worry about. Your mind where you locked the memories, your mind where you have kept pieces of the ones that hurt you, that still cut through you like shards of glass. ”
  7. #79
    “Death carries off a man who is gathering flowers and whose mind is distracted, as a flood carries off a sleeping village.”
  8. #80
    “Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”
  9. #81
    “Not only did I rediscover every experience of my life, I had to live each unfulfilled desire as well—as though they’d been fulfilled. I saw that what transpires in the mind is just as real as any flesh and blood occurrence
  10. #82
    “The enemy knows that if he can get enough wrong things going on in our heads, they will eventually begin to come out of our mouths.”
  11. #83
    “Your life will not get straightened out until your mind does.”
  12. #84
    “The mind is the leader or forerunner of all actions.”
  13. #85
    “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
  14. #86
    “Remember, you become what you think. Think discouraging thoughts, and you’ll get discouraged.”
  15. #87
    “Your mind is like a computer that has had a lifetime of garbage programmed into it.”
  16. #88
    “I find it very difficult to let a friend or beloved go into that country of no return. I answer the heroic question, “Death, where is thy sting?” with “It is here in my heart, and my mind, and my memories.”
  17. #89
    “Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.”
  18. #90
    “It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption.”
  1. #91
    “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
  2. #92
    “O, full of scorpions is my mind!”
  3. #93
    “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
  4. #94
    “The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist.”
  5. #95
    “He said positive liberty is self-mastery—the rule of the self, by the self. To have positive liberty, he explained, is to take control of one’s own mind; to be liberated from irrational fears and beliefs, from addictions, superstitions and all other forms of self-coercion.”
  6. #96
    “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”
  7. #97
    “The mind of man is capable of anything.”
  8. #98
    The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.
  9. #99
    “The mind is its own place, and in it self
    Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.”
  10. #100
    “Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs, are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air.”
  11. #101
    “A noble mind finds its purest joy in the accomplishment of its duty, and to that willingly sacrifices its inclination.”
  12. #102
    “Isabel was a young person of many theories; her imagination was remarkably active. It had been her fortune to possess a finer mind than most of the persons among whom her lot was cast . . .”
  13. #103
    “Even a feeble-minded man wants to be like other men.”
  14. #104
    The other two waited respectfully while M. Bouc struggled in mental agony.
  15. #105
    What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman’s mind?
  16. #106
    A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
  17. #107
    “They ordered the extermination
    of all minds they couldn’t control.”
  18. #108
    “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture. . . . Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
  1. #109
    “Our happiness or unhappiness depends to an important degree upon the habit of mind we cultivate.”
  2. #110
    “You do not need to be a victim of worry. Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit.”
  3. #111
    “When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.”
  4. #112
    “The greatest secret for eliminating the inferiority complex, which is another term for deep and profound self-doubt, is to fill your mind to overflowing with faith. Develop a tremendous faith in God and that will give you a humble yet soundly realistic faith in yourself.”
  5. #113
    “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
  6. #114
    “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
  7. #115
    “He felt himself trembling without control and he wanted to cry out loudly to stop the runaway horse of his brain. He had to find something! He raged in his mind. I won’t let it go!”
  8. #116
    “He turned away from the bar as if he could leave the question there. But questions had no location; they could follow him around.”
  9. #117
    “The ambition of Caesar and of Napoleon pales before that which could not rest until it had seized the minds of men and controlled even their unborn thoughts.”
  10. #118
    “It is better to give others a piece of your heart than a piece of your mind.”
  11. #119
    “No, he is not vicious, nor is he in the least demented. His mind is a wonder chamber, from which he can extract treasures that you and I would give years of our life to acquire.”
  12. #120
    “Knowledge is the power of the mind. Wisdom is the power of the soul.”
  13. #121
    “Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.”
  14. #122
    Mind is the Maker, for no reason at all, for all this creation, created to fall.”
  15. #123
    “Maybe a thing has to be smart enough to lose its mind.”
  16. #124
    “But the mind is like a phantom that lives only in the past or future. Its only power over you is to draw your attention out of the present.”
  17. #125
    ″[A liberal education] brings the mind into form,—for the mind is like the body.”
  18. #126
    “The only thought to liberate the mind is that which leaves it alone, certain of its limits and of its impending end.”
  1. #127
    “Each is a proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual.”
  2. #128
    “You must use your mind to get things off your mind.”
  3. #130
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye. . . . The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. —J. Bronowski”
  4. #131
    “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
  5. #132
    “Meaning grows with the mind, but the shape and form of the act remains.”
  6. #133
    “Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind.”
  7. #134
    “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
  8. #135
    “The hardship of the exercises is intended less to strengthen the back than to toughen the mind.”
  9. #136
    “Habit will be your champion. When you train the mind to think one way and one way only, when you refuse to allow it to think in another, that will produce great strength in battle.”
  10. #137
    “Sutra 1.2: yogas citta-vrtti-nirodhah”
    Translation: Yoga is the control of the mind.
  11. #138
    “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
  12. #139
    “Inside my head is a tumble of incoherent screams that sound an awful lot like someone speaking in tongues. Apparently my inner voice is Pentecostal.”
  13. #140
    “The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.”
  14. #141
    “Let us at least say of religion that it means that every part of the body is infused with mind, not that the mind is overwhelmed and drowned in body. For the principal attribute of the Gods, without or within us, is mind.”
  15. #142
    My dear,
    Is it true that your mind is sometimes like a battering
    Running all through the city,
    Shouting so madly inside and out
    About the ten thousand things
    That do not matter?”
  16. #143
    “Imprisonment of the body is bitter; imprisonment of the mind is worse”
  17. #144
    “An androgynous mind was not a male mind. It was a mind attuned to the full range of human experience, including the invisible lives of women.”
  18. #145
    “The central movement of the mind is the desire for unrestricted liberty and (...) this movement is invariably accompanied by its opposite, a dread of the consequences of liberty.”
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