A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people
are still thinking.
A conclusion is simply the place where someone decided to stop thinking.
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
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial
appearance of being right.
A lot of people I know believe in positive thinking, and so do I. I
believe everything positively stinks.
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move
toward higher levels.
All thinking men are atheists.
An ethic isn't a fact you can look up. It's a way of thinking.
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.
Are we thinking here, or is this just so much pointing and clicking?
As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.
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.
Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking
about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Brother, you can't go to jail for what you're thinking,.
Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
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
Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag
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.
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.
I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state appointed
psychiatrist is our 'friend.'.
I was going to buy a copy of 'The Power of Positive Thinking,' and then
I thought: what the hell good would that do?
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.
I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.
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.
If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.
If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot
think well, others will do their thinking for them.
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.
If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time
thinking that you don't do anything.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
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.
Limitations are inspiring: they lead to thinking, so I don't mind them.
May God prevent us from becoming 'right-thinking men'- that is to say,
men who agree perfectly with their own police.
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or
two he will feel as good as ever.
Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
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
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
-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.
People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens
are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can
digest without eating!
Pride is therefore pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is
thinking that makes what we read ours.
Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for
what it says than for what it makes you think.
Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and
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
-Edward de Bono
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of
-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
-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.
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.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't
The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that
we are still not thinking.
The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has, from
people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject
The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to
raise people's hopes.
The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply
rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo.
The thinking mind is best controlled by the imagination.
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.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.
Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
Thinking is hard work, which is why you don't see many people doing it.
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
Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are
merely rearranging their prejudices.
Thinking makes man great.
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.
Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.
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.
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
We're living longer, and thinking shorter.
What the fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter
he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
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.