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Quotations about thought or thinking

Edward Abbey – We have never entered an animal’s mind

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Edward AbbeyWe have never entered into an animal’s mind and we can not know what it is like, or even if it exists. The risk of attributing too much is no greater than the risk of attributing too little.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)
The Great Chain of Life

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Aristotle – The mark of an educated mind

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

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Gautama Buddha – We are what we think

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BuddhaWe are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

Gautama Buddha   (563 BC-483 BC)

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Leo Tolstoy – Freethinkers are those who are. . .

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Leo TolstoyFreethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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Martin Luther King – Avoidance of thinking

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Martin Luther KingRarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Martin Luther King  

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Bertrand Russell – To think the world must conform to our prejudices

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Bertrand RussellWe all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think – in fact they do so.

Bertrand Russell   (1872-1970)

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Blaise Pascal – No mind is independent of circumstance

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Blaise PascalThe mind of the greatest man on earth is not so independent of circumstances as not to feel inconvenienced by the merest buzzing noise about him; it does not need the report of a cannon to disturb his thoughts. The creaking of a vane or a pulley is quite enough. Do not wonder that he reasons ill just now; a fly is buzzing by his ear; it is quite enough to unfit him for giving good counsel.

Blaise Pascal  

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Edward Abbey – Whatever we cannot understand

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Edward AbbeyWhatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)

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