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.