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Thinking Quotes

Updated on March 14, 2014

The Power of Thought

The mind is a mysterious, powerful part of human beings. Throughout the day, if you were able to keep track of your thoughts, how many different things would you figure go through the mind?

Although there are conflicting opinions about how many thoughts we think daily, the average is between 2-4 thousand daily. Thinking is also a part of our days while working, helping the kids with homework, or planning for tomorrow while drifting off to sleep.

They say that the mind is a powerful thing, and many great minds have uttered some memorable quotes throughout history. Here are but just a few great quotes about thinking that may make you really think....

~ A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ Thinking is the essence of wisdom. ~ Persian Proverb

~ Those who know how to think need no teachers. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

~ What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks. ~ Romanian Proverb

~ It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. ~ Rene Descartes

~ Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goeth

~ I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. ~ Harold Kushner

~ Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny. ~ Tryon Edwards

~ Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax. ~ Charles F. Kettering

~ Don't think, just do. ~ Horace

~ Man's greatness lies in his power of thought. ~ Blaise Pascal

~ Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. ~ Henri Bergson

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

~ If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. ~ Mary Kay Ash

~ People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them. ~ Eric Hoffer

~ Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. ~ Rene Descartes

~ The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. ~ Nancy Witcher Astor

~ Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. ~ John Adams

~ I think, therefore I'm single.~ Lizz Winstead

~ Act quickly, think slowly. ~ Greek proverb

~ As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big. ~ Donald Trump

~ A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

~ There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. ~ Alfred Korzybski

~ 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

~ Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ~ Coco Chanel

~ A boaster and a liar are cousins. ~ Proverb

~ The eye is bigger than the belly. ~ Proverb

~ We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. ~ J. William Fulbright

~ Where all think alike, no one thinks very much. ~ Walter Lippmann

~ We only think when we are confronted with a problem. ~ John Dewey

~ Think of the going-out before you enter. ~ Arabian Proverb

~ Men should strive to think much and know little. ~ Democritus

~ An honest man nearly always thinks justly. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

~ Don't ever let anybody teach you to think; it is the curse of the world. ~ Theodore H. White

~ You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot. ~ Ben Stein

~ Tact is the unsaid part of what you think; it's opposite, the unthought part of which you say. ~ Henry Van Dyke

~ Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based. ~ Deepak Chopra

~ My hand does the work and I don't have to think; in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow. It's like a dam in the brain that bursts. ~ Edna O'Brien

~ Thinking is like loving or dying. Each of us must do it for ourselves. ~ Josiah Royce

~ Thinking is heavily endorsed.~ Mal Pancoast

~ No brain is stronger than its weakest think. ~ Thomas L. Masson

~ The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. ~ Christopher Morley

~ Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ A new thinker is only one who does not know what the old thinkers have thought. ~ Frank Moore Colby

~ If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

~ Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. ~ George Bernard Shaw

~ All men think all men mortal, but themselves. ~ Edward Young

~ The way a man's mind runs is the way he is sure to go. ~ Henry B. Wilson

~ Life’s greatest thoughts usually come to you when you forget you’re thinking. ~ Anonymous

~ People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people. ~ Charles F. Kettering

~ When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~ Marcus Aurelius

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

~ If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. ~ Bruce Lee

~ Thought creates character. ~ Annie Besant

~ Let your performance do the thinking. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

~ If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. ~ Bruce Lee

~ Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. ~ Anne Frank

~ A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.~ Arthur McBride Bloch

~ Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy. ~ John Dewey

~ A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. ~ Albert Einstein

~ Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be. ~ Lakshmi Mittal

~ College totally changed my life. It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy. ~ Steve Martin

~ We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, through the stimuli of our daily environment. ~ Napoleon Hill

~ Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.~ Napoleon Hill


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      Shana Hurt 

      7 years ago from Boonville

      Thank you, Binaya.Ghimire and kentuckyslone, and thanks for reading!

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      7 years ago

      Nice collection of quotes and a very well laid out hub!

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      It's a bright morning in Kathmandu. I felt delighted to read these lines.


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