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Quotations about thought or thinking

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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Bertrand Russell – Men fear thought as they fear nothing else

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Bertrand RussellMen fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

Bertrand Russell   (1872-1970)

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