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Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 2:27 PM EDT
Aug 24 2016

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
-Jerry Seinfeld

A conclusion is simply the place where someone decided to stop thinking.
-Variously attributed

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard

A king can stand people's fighting, but he can't last long if people start thinking.
-Will Rogers

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
-Thomas Paine

A lot of people I know believe in positive thinking, and so do I. I believe everything positively stinks.
-Lew Col

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.
-Albert Einstein

All thinking men are atheists.
-Ernest Hemingway

An ethic isn't a fact you can look up. It's a way of thinking.
-Theodore Sturgeon

An expert is a man who has stopped thinking- he knows!
-Frank Lloyd Wright

And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.
-Junot Diaz

Are we thinking here, or is this just so much pointing and clicking?
-Variously attributed

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.
-Donald Trump

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.
-Ann Landers

Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
-Bruce Lee

Brother, you can't go to jail for what you're thinking,.
-Frank Loesser

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
-Thomas Szasz

Determine to do some thinking for yourself. Don't live entirely upon the thoughts of others. Don't be an automaton.
-James Cash Penney

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
-Malcolm S. Forbes

Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.
-Oswald Chambers

Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about.
-Bill Maher

Fundamentalism is terrifying because it is based purely on emotion, rather than intelligence. It prevents followers from thinking as individuals and about the good of the world.
-Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

I always have a quotation for everything- it saves original thinking.
-Dorothy L. Sayers

I can't concentrate when I'm thinking.
-Yogi Berra

I suspect our human 'thinking processes' often 'break down,' but you rarely notice anything's wrong, because your systems so quickly switch you to think in different ways, while the systems that failed are repaired or replaced.
-Marvin Minsky

I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state appointed psychiatrist is our 'friend.'.
-Jack Handey

I was going to buy a copy of 'The Power of Positive Thinking,' and then I thought: what the hell good would that do?
-Ronnie Shakes

I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.
-Peter De Vries

I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
-Terry Pratchett

I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.
-Gertrude Berg

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

If I had a dollar for every time I thought about you, I would start thinking about you.
-Bill Murray

If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.
-Samuel Goldwyn

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
-George Orwell

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
-Don Marquis

If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking that you don't do anything.
-John Malkovich

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

Keep on thinking. Keep your thinking close to the ground, where it belongs. Don't ever trade your liberty for another man's offer to do your thinking and make your mistakes for you.
-Poul Anderson

Limitations are inspiring: they lead to thinking, so I don't mind them.
-Mike Nichols

May God prevent us from becoming 'right-thinking men'- that is to say, men who agree perfectly with their own police.
-Thomas Merton

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
-Don Marquis

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
-Joseph Joubert

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
-Edward de Bono

No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you.
-Helen Fielding

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking.
-Margaret Chase Smith

Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people.
-J. Fitzjames Stephen

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.
-Brooks Atkinson

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
-Norman Cousins

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
-Iris Murdoch

Pride is therefore pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
-Benedict Spinoza

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
-John Locke

Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.
-Louis L'Amour

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.
-James Thurber

Sometimes it feels like I'm thinking against the wind.
-Mortimer J. Adler

The concept of logical thinking is selection and this is brought about by the processes of acceptance and rejection. Rejection is the basis of logical thinking.
-Edward de Bono

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

The country that draws a broad line between its fighting men and its thinking men will find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.
-William F. Butler

The emblem of a philosophy is not that it contains a set of specific thoughts, but that it generates a way of thinking.
-Stanley R. Delaney

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
-Matthew Arnold

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.
-Ray Bradbury

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

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.
-Martin Heidegger

The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has, from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.
-Christopher Hitchens

The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people's hopes.
-Freeman Dyson

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo.
-Albert Schweitzer

The thinking mind is best controlled by the imagination.
-Carson McCullers

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
-A.A. Milne

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
-Albert Einstein

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
-Hannah Arendt

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
-G.C. Lichtenberg

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

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.
-Buckminster Fuller

Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
-Carl Jung

Thinking is hard work, which is why you don't see many people doing it.
-Sue Grafton

Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.
-Ray Bradbury

Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
-William James

Thinking makes man great.
-Blaise Pascal

To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
-William Hazlitt

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.
-Grace McGarvie

Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought. Thinking implies disagreement; and disagreement implies nonconformity; and nonconformity implies heresy; and heresy implies disloyalty- so, obviously, thinking must be stopped. But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

We always plan too much and always think too little.
-Joseph A. Schumpeter

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
-Santosh Kalwar

We need to get back to reasoning and thinking things through. The future generation is being brought up in greed and without a true understanding of civics. There is no more emphasis on knowledge and time. As a society we need to process ideas and understand what certain principles are based upon.
-Richard Dreyfuss

We're living longer, and thinking shorter.
-Esther Dyson

What the fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
-Marie Corelli

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
-John Adams


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