Thinking Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs and Thoughts to Make You Think

A careful collection of thinking quotes, thinking sayings as well as thinking proverbs to make you think deeply. Enjoy!

It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought. ~Thomas Alva Edison.

Irons rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. ~Leonardo da Vinci

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~Galileo Galilei

What luck for rulers, that men do not think. ~Adolph Hitler

Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest. ~Author Unknown

Men can live without air a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months – and without a new thought for years on end. ~Kent Ruth

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you really make them think they’ll hate you. ~Donald Robert Perry

Deliberate often – decide once. ~Latin proverb

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~William James

A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is. ~Max R. Hickerson

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

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. ~William Drummond

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. ~Emily P. Bissell

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

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

Talking without thinking is shooting without aiming. ~Chinese proverb

Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action.  Twice would have been quite enough. ~Confucius

You and I are not what we eat; we are what we think. ~Walter Anderson

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

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor ~Victor Hugo

We are what our thinking makes us. ~Nigerian proverb

Thinking is the essence of wisdom. ~Persian proverb

Our job is not to make up anybody’s mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking. ~Author Unknown

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. ~Terry Josephson

Thinking evil is much the same as doing it. ~Greek proverb

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~Albert Einstein

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. ~Soren Kierkegaard

Some people get lost in thought because it’s such unfamiliar territory. ~G. Behn

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. ~John F. Kennedy

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. ~Will Durant

Few minds wear out; more rust out. ~Christian N. Bovee

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~Voltaire

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. ~John Dewey

Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don’t bite everybody. ~Stanislaw Lec

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. ~Albert Szent-Gyorgi

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. ~Sir William Lawrence Bragg

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking. ~David Joseph Schwartz

Thoughts are toll-free, but not hell-free. ~German proverb

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. ~James Thurber

For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while. ~Luther Burbank

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office. ~Robert Frost

Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers. ~Bruce Calvert

A great many people mistake opinions for thought. ~Herbert V. Prochnow

Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information. ~John Erskine

Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to. ~Howard Mumford Jones

All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work. ~Thomas J. Watson

The direction of a man’s thought is always the decisive factor in his personality. His whole outer life will be determined by the inward inclination of his mind. ~ Erich Sauer

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. ~Albert Schweitzer

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think. ~Clarence Darrow

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

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. ~Marcus Aurelius

If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain. ~Charles B. Newcomb

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

If you’re going to think anyway, you might as well think big. ~Donald Trump

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head. ~Mark Twain

A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return. ~Francis Bacon

The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking. ~Robert H. Schuller

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

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. ~Plato

A man’s conversation is the mirror of his thoughts. ~Chinese proverb

Your silent thoughts are like the roots of a plant. They remain hidden in the dark recesses of the earth, but from them stems the whole plant – its life and form, its strength and beauty. From them and through them the plant lives and dies. So, too, your thoughts, although hidden, are your real, vital force. ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~Henry Ford

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