Thinking Quotes

39 of the best book quotes about thinking
  1. #1
    “O Judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason!”
  2. #2
    “We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.”
  3. #3
    “You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”
  4. #4
    Free thinkers at seventeen!
  5. #5
    “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”
  6. #6
    “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
  7. #7
    “There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.”
  8. #8
    “Think a little,” I replied, “you are quite as capable as I am of finding out the way, even if you do not know the real reason of your failure.”
  9. #9
    “Little Lotte thought of everything and nothing.”
  10. #10
    “O teach me how I should forget to think.”
  11. #11
    “I began to experience the most powerful advantage of money: the ability to think of things besides money.”
  12. #12
    “And once you are in motion, do not allow your thoughts to distract you. Think without thinking, so that you act as if out of instinct and not reason.”
  13. #13
    “No brain at all, some of them, only grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake, and they don’t think.”
  1. #14
    “But time to think? If you’re not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can’t think of anything else but the danger, then you’re playing some game or sitting in some room where you can’t argue with the four wall televisor. Why? The televisor is ‘real.’ It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be, right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn’t time to protest, ‘What nonsense!‘”
  2. #15
    “I would also contend that if you had to choose between giving a man a noble disposition or teaching him to think clearly, you’d do better to teach him to think clearly. Too many problems in this world are caused by men with noble dispositions and clouded minds.”
  3. #16
    “I won’t tell you what to believe, Eragon. It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else’s notions thrust upon you.”
  4. #17
    “Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
  5. #18
    “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.”
  6. #19
    “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or
    wake at night alone,
    I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
    I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”
  7. #20
    “‘Now I am depressed myself,’ I said. ‘That’s why I never think about these things. I never think and yet when I begin to talk I say the things I have found out in my mind without thinking.‘”
  8. #21
    Men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at stool.
  9. #22
    “Things are not quite as bad as you think.”
  10. #23
    “From now on you’re going to have to think. There’s a reason why we’re born with brains in our heads, not rocks.”
  11. #24
    “I’m going to write it down because maybe if I do I won’t have to think about it. And I won’t get upset.”
  12. #25
    “I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves.”
  13. #26
    “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk as much. (...) It’s nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one’s heart, like treasures. I don’t like to have them laughed at or wondered over.”
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  1. #27
    “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
  2. #28
    “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.”
  3. #29
    “On its own, being a decent person is no guarantee that you will act well, which brings us back to the one protection we have against demagogues, tricksters, and the madness of crowds . . . : clear and reasoned thinking.”
  4. #30
    “Too many problems in this world are caused by men with noble dispositions and clouded minds.”
  5. #31
    “Wise? No, I’ve just learned how to think.”
  6. #32
    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
  7. #33
    Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.
  8. #34
    “While dressing or shaving or getting breakfast, say aloud a few such remarks as the following: ‘I believe this is going to be a wonderful day. I believe I can successfully handle all problems that will arise today. I feel good physically, mentally, emotionally. It is wonderful to be alive. I am grateful for all that I have had, for all that I now have, and for all that I shall have. Things aren’t going to fall apart. God is here and He is with me and He will see me through. I thank God for every good thing.‘”
  9. #35
    “Magic is the art of thinking, not strength or language . . . ”
  10. #36
    “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
  11. #37
    “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.”
  12. #38
    “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that.”
  13. #39
    “Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”
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