Midnight thinking

I’ve mentioned before that I love to collect quotes; in fact, I’ve been doing it since I was a young man. Today I went to my files and pulled out a sampling of my favorite quotes on Thinking, which I’m sharing with you here.

Feel free to collect and file them yourself. Or pin one up to inspire your thinking this week.

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-class mind is only happy when it is thinking.            –AA Milne

Those who labor with their minds govern others; those who labor with their strength are governed by others. –Meng-Tzu

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in public and private life, have been the consequences of action without thought.    -Bernard Baruch

Thought is action in rehearsal. –Sigmund Freud

Great leaders don’t think outside the box – they bury it. And then they make darn sure none of their followers are tempted to dig it up again.   –Jeff O’Leary

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

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.   –BF Skinner

The biggest lesson I have learned is the stupendous importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are, for your thoughts make you what you are; by changing our thoughts, we can change our lives.   –Dale Carnegie

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without [necessarily] accepting it.   –Aristotle

More Thinking resources can be found in my book, How Successful People Think.


  1. Quotes Kit on February 26, 2020 at 12:36 am

    You’re quotes are amazing helping a lot of people.Keep it up and keep sharing your value able thoughts.

  2. Hasnain Ali on March 19, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Hi Jhon! Great Quotes.

  3. quotes kit on June 24, 2020 at 8:28 am

    greats quotes.

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