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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

Thoughts are things; they have tremendous power. Thoughts of doubt and fear are pathways to failure. When you conquer negative attitudes of doubt and fear you conquer failure. Thoughts crystallize into habit and habit solidifies into circumstances.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
You live with your thoughts -- so be careful what they are.
We are what we think. All that we are arises With our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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.
Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.
Thoughts have power; thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.
When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
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 defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
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.
The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness.
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary of the talkers who talk.
Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
Do not think that what your thoughts dwell upon is of no matter. Your thoughts are making you.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Make not your thoughts you prisons.
The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.
If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.
As you think, so shall you become.
Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.
Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought.
Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.
If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
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.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
Far more numerous are those as such; who think too little and talk too much.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
I think therefore I am.
The power of thought, the magic of the mind.
As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever, is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. [Philippians 4:8]
If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.
In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.
Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.
Think success, don't think failure. At work, in your home, substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When you face a difficult situation, think, I'll win, not I'll probably lose. When you compete with someone else, think, I'm equal to the best, not I'm out-classed. When opportunity appears, think I can do it, never I can't. Let the master thought I-will-succeed dominate your thinking process. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success. Thinking failure does the exact opposite. Failure thinking conditions the mind to think other thoughts that produce failure.
Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. and honor the reward of action.
What's going on in the inside shows on the outside.
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.
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.
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.
You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.
Thinking and Thought: Thoughts are funny little things, They can make paupers or make kings.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life [Matthew 6:27]
Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough.
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.
A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner.
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
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.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men.
Humans have the ability to shift perspective. We can experience the world through our senses. Or we can remove ourselves from our senses and experience the world even less directly. We can think about our life, rather than thinking in our life. We can think about what we think about our life, and we can think about what we think about that. We can shift perceptual positions many times over.
There is a big difference between thinking: I'm in a relationship and something's wrong. Therefore something must be wrong with the relationship. and thinking I'm in a relationship and we've got problems. This is evidence that you are different than me.
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought.
It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature.
A man is literally what he thinks
We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks, if we agree with him.
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.
It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.
We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them -- so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe is right.
All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
Thoughts are the shadows of our sensations -- always darker, emptier, simpler than these.
If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.
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.
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.
I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.
Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.
Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
In America we can say what we think, and even if we can't think, we can say it anyhow.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
Carve every word before you let it fall.
Every thought we think is creating our future.
Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.
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.
We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That is voting.
Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age.
A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking.
Life consists in what a person is thinking of all day.
I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
He that thinks he is the happiest man, really is so. But he that thinks he is the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
Man is what he believes.
Learn to think like a winner. Think positive and visualize your strengths.
One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.
A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
No matter how hard you work for success if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.
A man's life is what his thoughts make of it.
Gaining control of your thoughts is as easy as sitting by the ocean and controlling the waves.
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think, then how little we are able to convey! The phantom is through the mind and out of the window before we can lay salt on
In order to be able to set a limit to thought, we should have to find both sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what cannot be thought).
A man's thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.
Everyone has to learn to think differently, bigger, to open to possibilities.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.
THINK. Think about your appearance, associations, actions, ambitions, accomplishment.
They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.
Great thoughts always come from the heart.
All grand thoughts come from the heart.
A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Think all you speak, but speak not all you think.
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting golden Delicious .
No man can ever be greater than his loftiest thoughts.
Some have half-baked ideas because their ideals are not heated up enough.
Some people study all their life, and at death they have learned everything except how to think.
Tell your boss what you think of him and the truth shall set you free.
The brain that bubbles with phrases has hard work to collect its thoughts.
Think then act safely.
The reason there are so few good talkers in public is that there are so few thinkers in private.
Think twice before you speak, then say it to yourself first.
Thinking is only a process of talking to yourself.
To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices, bias and habits.
Thinking things has been done through the ages; knowing things remains to be done.
Vacant minds must have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them.
Thought is made in the mouth.
When someone you greatly admire and respect appears to be thinking deep thoughts, they are probably thinking about lunch.
Man is the only creature who has a nasty mind.
Every thought you entertain is a force that goes out, and every thought comes back laden with its kind.
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.
Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them.
Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg by the side of which more will be laid.
How can they expect a harvest of thought who have not had the seed time of character.
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.
A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as this brain.
Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.
I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.
Arouse the mind without resting it on anything.
A man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of all his years.
What stops people in their tracks is a small mental packet of energy. It is called a thought. They think I can't.
It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
Some persons do first, think afterward, and then repent forever.
The birth of thought in the depths of the spirit, the shaping and ordering of it into periods, the translation into signs, and above all the transference of it from one spirit to another, the communication that is, if only for an instant, the meeting of two beings, with the unforeseeable consequences that such a meeting always causes, is in fact a miracle; except that the moment one stops to think about it one can't even write a letter.
Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.
Thoughts is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.
Men 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 habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.
Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.
The thought pattern characteristic of the right brain lends itself to the formation of original ideas, insights, discoveries. We might describe it as the kind of thought prevalent in early childhood, when everything is new and everything has meaning. If you have ever walked along a beach and suddenly stopped to pick up a piece of driftwood because it looked to you like a leaping impala or a troll, you know the feeling of pleasure that comes from the sudden recognition of a form. Your Design mind (right brain) has perceived connections and had made a pattern of meaning. It takes logical, rational acts and facts of the world you know, the snippets of your experience, the bits and pieces of your language capabilities, and perceives connections, patterns, and relationships in them.
A hundred wagon loads of thoughts will not pay a single ounce of debt.
Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.
The how thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ifs.
Modern man likes to pretend that his thinking is wide-awake. But this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason.
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Thinking is heavily endorsed.
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
You become what you think about.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.
It's only a thought, and a thought can be changed.
I have known countless people who were reservoirs of learning, but never had a thought.
No brain is stronger than its weakest think.
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
If you make people think they're thinking they'll love you: but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
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.
An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.
The average person thinks he isn't.
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don't bite everybody.
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.
My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it. and never destroy it.
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.
He that never thinks can never be wise.
Sooner or later, false thinking brings wrong conduct.
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think.
The more we are filled with thoughts of lust the less we find true romantic love.
Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven.
Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.
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.
There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.
Those that think must govern those that toil.
It was at a particular moment in the history of my own rages that I saw the Western world conditioned by the images of Marx, Darwin and Freud; and Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western world. The simplistic popularization of their ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence.
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.
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.
What was once thought can never be unthought.
How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
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.
If I held all the thoughts of the world in my hand, I would be careful not to open it.
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.
What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.
We are ashamed of our thoughts and often see them brought forth by others.
A man's what he thinks about all day long
There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into power.
Thought makes every thing fit for use.
The revelation of Thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.
If a man sits down to think, he is immediately asked if has a headache.
What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice. Our thoughts are often worse than we are, just as they are often better.
Each thought is a nail that is driven In structures that cannot decay; And the mansion at last will be given To us as we build it each day.
I think and that is all that I am.
The problem with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than their minds.
Man must get his thoughts, words and actions out of this vast moral jungle. We are not predators. We are, hopefully, more than instinctive killers and selfish brutes. Why take such a dim view of our potentialities and capabilities?
I thought so hard I got a headache.
To think is to practice brain chemistry.
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
There are lots of people who cannot think seriously without injuring their minds.
Thought is the parent of the deed.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, --till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.
For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour.
I am not what I think. I am thinking what I think.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.
The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts.
Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.
One thought fills immensity.
He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong, so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn.
The surprises of thought are like those of love: they wear out. But here too you can carry on for a long time doing your conjugal duty.
No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.
Thoughts of themselves have no substance; let them arise and pass away unheeded. Thoughts will not take form of themselves, unless they are grasped by the attention; if they are ignored, there will be no appearing and no disappearing.
Thinking more than others about our own thoughts is not self-centeredness. It means that if asked what's on our mind, we are less likely to mention being aware of the world around us, and more likely to mention our inner reflections. But we are less likely to mention thinking about other people.
The deeper thought is, the taller she becomes.
The thought that we conceive in our soul is the image built later in our heart to think in our mind and then practically see in our life."~Anuj Somany