An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into power.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Thought makes every thing fit for use.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To think is to act.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We are ashamed of our thoughts and often see them brought forth by others.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We are the prisoners of ideas.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Preparing for the worst is an activity I have taken up since I turned thirty-five, and the worst actually began to happen.


Delia Ephron


Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.


Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863, British priest, hymn writer)


Do you suffer your thoughts to tamper with evil; and to dally with wrong-doing? If so; you are not sincere. God will regard your thoughts; for thoughts are heard in heaven. If you willingly sin in thought; if you are base and guilty there; because you think that no eye will see your thoughts; the guilt and baseness will sooner or later break into the outlets of word and deed -- from thought to wish -- from wish to purpose -- from purpose to word -- from word to act -- from act to habit -- from delight in the imagination to consent in the will -- from deed to repeated transgression; such is the genesis of sin.


Frederick Farrar (1831-1903, British clergyman, author)


Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.


Federico Fellini


Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.


Paul Fix


Thinking in words slows you down and actually decreases comprehension in much the same way as walking a tightrope too slowly makes one lose one's balance.


Lenore Fleischer


If I held all the thoughts of the world in my hand, I would be careful not to open it.


Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657-1757, Scientist, man of letter)


Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Man does not simply exist, but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.


Viktor Frankel


What was once thought can never be unthought.


Carl J. Friedrich (1901-1984, German-born professor, state advisor)


It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition.


Northrop Frye (1912-1991, Canadian literary critic)


We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.


James W. Fulbright (1905-1995, American democratic politician)


To think is to say no.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Thought is, perhaps, the forerunner and even the mother of ideas, and ideas are the most powerful and the most useful things in the world.


George Gardner


We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts 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 (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Those that think must govern those that toil.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


If I look confused it is because I am thinking.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Thought would destroy their paradise.


Thomas Gray (1716-1771, British poet)


A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner.


Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British conservative statesman)


In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.


Robert Hall


Predetermine the objectives that you want to accomplish. Think big, act big, and set out to accomplish big results!


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


How you look at a situation is very important, for how you think about a problem may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. When you get discouraged or depressed, try changing your attitude from negative to positive and see how life can change for you. Remember, your attitude toward a situation can help you to change it -- you create the very atmosphere for defeat or victory.


Franco Harris


Every thought we think is creating our future.


Louise L. Hay (American metaphysical teacher, lecturer, author)

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It's only a thought, and a thought can be changed.


Louise L. Hay (American metaphysical teacher, lecturer, author)

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Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Carve every word before you let it fall.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.


Jenny Holzer


Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think.


Doug Horton


The more we are filled with thoughts of lust the less we find true romantic love.


Doug Horton


Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough.


Doug Horton


Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought.


Doug Horton


Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven.


Doug Horton


Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Sooner or later, false thinking brings wrong conduct.


Julian S. Huxley (1877-1975, British writer, biologist)


Which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Clear your mind of can't.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it. and never destroy it.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


In America we can say what we think, and even if we can't think, we can say it anyhow.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Nothing pains some people more than having to think.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


When I write down my thoughts, they do not escape me. This action makes me remember my strength which I forget at all times. I educate myself proportionately to my captured thought. I aim only to distinguish the contradiction between my mind and nothingness.


Isidore Ducasse, Comte De Lautreamont (1846-1870, French author, poet)


Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don't bite everybody.


Stanislaw J. Lec (1909-1966, Polish writer)


Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


It doesn't hurt to be optimistic. You can always cry later.


Lucimar Santos de Lima


When I'm getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


When I'm getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


Though the mills of God grind slowly; yet, they grind exceeding small.


Friedrich Von Logau


Thinking clearly and effectively is the greatest asset of any human being. We are constantly reminded that the one superiority that man has over other animals is the ability to think. It is primarily our ability to think that sets us apart from other animals.


Harry Lorayne (1930-, American memory expert, author, lecturer)


The average person thinks he isn't.


Larry Lorenzoni


Thoughts are like a flame: small thoughts produce small heat, big thoughts make an inferno.


Jim Lu


I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.


Charles MacKay (1814-1889, Scottish poet, song writer)


The birthplace of success for each person is in his Inner-Consciousness. The Inner-Consciousness will use whatever it is given. If constructive thoughts are planted, positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure and failure will follow.


Sidney Madwed


Thinking and Thought: Thoughts are funny little things, They can make paupers or make kings.


Sidney Madwed


If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable. One must fight one's way through before regaining one's original primal state. If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts, will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.


Ramana Maharshi


You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.


Ramana Maharshi


Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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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 (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.


Steve Martin (1945-, American actor, comedian, screenwriter, playwright, writer)


No brain is stronger than its weakest think.


Thomas L. Masson


I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study. I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


People for the most part err, and are afterwards able to reform. They are distressed in mind and perplexed in their thoughts, and then they arise to vigorous reformation.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


I have known countless people who were reservoirs of learning, but never had a thought.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.


Eugenio Montale (1896-1981, Italian poet)


The Law of Attraction attracts to you everything you need, according to the nature of your thought life. Your environment and financial condition are the perfect reflection of your habitual thinking. Thought rules the world.


Joseph Edward Murphy (1919-, American surgeon)


No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.


George Jean Nathan (1882-1958, American critic)


If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Thoughts are the shadows of our sensations -- always darker, emptier, simpler than these.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


When we talk in company we lose our unique tone of voice, and this leads us to make statements which is no way correspond to our real thoughts.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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