Friday, April 03, 2009

Thinking -

A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out.

I don't think so," said René Descartes. Just then, he vanished.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

We would worry less about what people think of us, if we knew how seldom they did!

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. -- Arab Proverb

Man's mind is a watch that needs winding daily. -- Welsh Proverb

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.-- Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

Thinking is sometimes injurious to health. -- Aristotle

Our life is what our thoughts make it.-- Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.)

And the bartender says to Rene Descartes, 'Another beer?' And Descartes says, 'I think not,' and disappears. - Alfred Bester (1913 &endash;-1987)

The average person thinks he isn't. -- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911:

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. -Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)

Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought. Robert Browning (1812-1889) "A Death in the Desert."

A man cannot think himself out of mental evil, for it is actually the organ of thought that has become diseased, ungovernable, and, as it were, independent. He can only be saved by faith or will. The moment his mere reason moves, it moves in the old circular rut. -- G K Chesterton

The mind of each man is the man himself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.:
William Cowper (1731-1800) Retirement, 623

Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons. Will Cuppy (1884 &endash; 1949)

Leave Him [God] out of our explanations, and the life of thought is decapitated... Without God, everything dries up. ... Martin C. D'Arcy (1888-1976)

There are some days I practise positive thinking and some days I am not positive I am thinking. ~ John M. Eades

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.... Meister Eckhart, Body, Mind and Spirit

My brother, sister, friend - read, study, think, and read again. You were made to think. It will do you good to think; to develop your powers by study. God designed that religion should require thought, intense thought, and should thoroughly develop our powers of thought.-- Charles G. Finney

Thought is fugitive; the mind does not repeat itself; if you do not catch the whisperings of the oracle as they come to you, they are lost forever. You must--and this is absolutely essential--convince yourselves that what is offered you this very moment will never be offered again. --Jean Guitton (1901-1999) _A Student's Guide to Intellectual Work_ [1951], Chapter Eight: "Notes and Courses"

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head." ~ Eric Hoffer

Rule your mind or it will rule you.-- Horace

Most people's minds are like concrete- thoroughly mixed and permanently set. - Seen outside a Manchester church, by David Jackman, in The Communicators Commentary, Ruth 2.

Then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
John Keats
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. -- John Locke

Machines should work. People should think-- Larry Lorenzoni

"It is a great mistake ... to suppose that we who are called 'conservatives' hold desperately to certain beliefs merely because they are old, and are opposed to the discovery of new facts. On the contrary, we welcome new discoveries with all our hearts, and we believe that our cause will come to its rights again only when youth throws off its present intellectual lethargy, refuses to go thoughtlessly with the anti-intellectual current of the age, and recovers some genuine independence of mind. In one sense, indeed, we are traditionalists ... But on the whole, in view of the conditions that now exist, it would perhaps be more correct to call us 'radicals' than to call us 'conservatives' ... We are seeking in particular to arouse youth from its present uncritical repetition of current phrases into some genuine examination of the basis of life; and we believe that Christianity flourishes not in the darkness, but in the light. A revival of the Christian religion, we believe, will deliver mankind from its present bondage. Such a revival will not be the work of man, but the work of the Spirit of God. But one of the means which the Spirit will use, we believe, is an awakening of the intellect ... The new Reformation, in other words, will be accompanied by a new Renaissance; and the last thing in the world that we desire to do is to discourage originality or independence of mind. J. Greshem Machen

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. Charles Mackay

Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here! Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx 1890 - 1977

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples,don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. -- Bill Meyer

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it. --A. A. Milne, _The House at Pooh Corner_

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
John Milton, Paradise Lost
She ransacked her mind but there was nothing in it.
Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) "Them," pt. 1 ch. 15, 1969.

An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman, standing; an American, pacing; an Irishman, afterward. Austin O'Malley

There was a young student called Fred
Who was questioned on Descartes and said:
'It's perfectly clear
That I'm not really here,
For I haven't a thought in my head.
V. R. Ormerod
The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God's facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he knows that all truth is God's truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith. He is called to love God with all his mind; and part of what this means is that, when confronted by those who, on professedly rational grounds, take exception to historic Christianity, he must set himself not merely to deplore or denounce them, but to out-think them. It is not his business to argue men into faith, for that cannot be done; but it is his business to demonstrate the intellectual adequacy of the biblical faith and the comparative inadequacy of its rivals, and to show the invalidity of the criticisms that are brought against it. This he seeks to do, not from any motive of intellectual self-justification, but for the glory of God and of His gospel. A confident intellectualism expressive of robust faith in God, whose Word is truth, is part of the historic evangelical tradition. If present-day Evangelicals fall short of this, they are false to their own principles and heritage. - J. I. PACKER

You can think best when you're happiest. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.- Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) in "The Book of Success," ed. Richard Shea, 1993.

You say that my way of thinking cannot be tolerated? What of it? The man who alters his way of thinking to suit others is a fool. My way of thinking is the result of my reflections. It is part of my inner being, the way I am made. I do not contradict them, and would not even if I wished to. For my system, which you disapprove of, is also my greatest comfort in life, the source of all my happiness - it means more to me than my life itself. -- The Marquis de Sade

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. -- Thomas Szasz

Thoughts have power. Thoughts are energy. You can make your world or break it by your thinking. - Susan Taylor

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Henry David Thoreau, Walden(1854),I,Economy

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

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