Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Thought Quotes from famous persons: Joan Didion, Wilhelm Wundt, Adam Yauch, Alexandra Petri, Mao Zedong. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Thought Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.
Thanks to postmodernism, we tend to see all facts as meaningless trivia, no one more vital than any other. Yet this disregard for facts qua facts is intellectually crippling. Facts are the raw material of thought, and the knowledge of significant facts makes sophisticated thought possible.
When I started performing, there was no Internet; I didn’t really have anything to copy. I kind of had to just make up what I thought burlesque was, based on photographs of Sally Rand or whatever.
When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought.
I do not find it easy to articulate thoughts about religion. I remain the sort of person who turns off ‘Thought for the Day’ when it comes on the radio.
In rallying every curve, every hill may be different than you thought. That makes it interesting.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
I’m a science guy. I’m a geek. I love geology and botany and marine science. I thought maybe I’d be a professional guide, or maybe even a park ranger, working for the Department of Fish and Game.
I cheated on my first wife, Kristin. I thought I was untouchable. How could I be that inconsiderate to someone?
The mere thought hadn’t even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind.
Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
The divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people, and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!
It occurred to me that cats were being held back a little bit. I thought, ‘I’ll give the cat human thoughts and feelings but not be apologetic for it. That would be very catlike.’
Came from a song that I made from, like, 2012 – there was some phrase like ‘Rap Monster‘, and I just, I thought it was so cool. But as I grow up, and as I came to America, I think it felt like too much. So I just abbreviated it to ‘RM’, and it could symbolize many things. It could have more spectrums to it.
Cancer taught my family that my mom is much stronger than we ever thought. Faced with a devastating diagnosis, she just kept going and living – never complaining.
No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.
The best thing you can do is learn from those mistakes so that you continue to get better. That’s the management style or leadership style I believe in, which is push people to their limit such that they can become better than they thought they could be. That certainly has helped me.
Our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all and thought to include all; but now, to aid in making the bondage of the Negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, sneered at, construed, hawked at, and torn, till, if its framers could rise from their graves, they could not at all recognize it.
Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.
I went to the University of Vermont because I had a kind of unrequited love for this high school girlfriend. She wasn’t even at the University but at another school nearby. But I thought if went to a school near her, just maybe… I was really remedial about girls in so many ways.
Darwin gives courage to the rest of science that we shall end up understanding literally everything, springing from almost nothing – a thought extremely hard to comprehend and believe.
I had developed a relationship with one of the anti-abortion sidewalk counselors who stood in front of my facility. We talked regularly through the fence and she had asked me to go have coffee with her one day. I was impressed with her persistence and, honestly, I thought I would really like her if I got to know her.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
The history of thought, of knowledge, of philosophy, of literature seems to be seeking, and discovering, more and more discontinuities, whereas history itself appears to be abandoning the irruption of events in favor of stable structures.
As information technology restructures the work situation, it abstracts thought from action.
I never thought I’d live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem.
Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
Who’d have thought the Frisbee would have caught on?
When I was learning to drive, I thought the big milestones were changing gear, changing lane, and three-point-turns.
I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.
Hacking involves a different way of looking at problems that no one’s thought of.
They thought that athletes that worked out with my system wouldn’t be able to throw a ball because they’d be too muscle bound. Those are the misconceptions I had to go through for about 40 years.
When I did A Soldier’s Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!
I always thought that’s the wonderful thing about filmmaking: people see things differently.
I aimed at the Archduke. I do not remember what I thought at that moment.
I’m an actor who they said was wrinkled and balding and everything else when I was in my early 30’s. Most of the people who wrote that who thought they were younger than me are now bald and wrinkled.
With trans people, I just think you can’t help the way you are born, though. You know, it’s DNA, it’s genetics. I’m just glad people can do things about their own happiness. I think this thought process that they’re trying to wipe out women is a bit ridiculous – it’s a minority of people.
Being in the special forces has really broken a lot of the limitations I thought I had. Thoughts like ‘We’ve done this much, so we should take a break now’ were ones that I had to ignore and overcome in my training. They taught me how to keep going, no matter how difficult a situation can get.
We in the Negro leagues felt like we were contributing something to baseball, too, when we were playing. We played with a round ball, and we played with a round bat. And we wore baseball uniforms, and we thought that we were making a contribution to baseball. We loved the game, and we liked to play it.
I’ve always sort of thought that politics was a high and noble calling and a good thing to do.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
All of us that have teams want to pick the right people. I’ve thought a lot about that. In the NFL, we’ve got 13 scouts traveling the country. We’re trying to pick 22 year-olds coming out of college who will be successful in the NFL. It’s very hard to do. What I’ve learned is it’s always character first.
As soon as the printing press started flooding Europe with books, people were complaining that there were too many books and that it was going to change philosophy and the course of human thought in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be good.
The so-called modern conveniences may, in fact, be extremely inconvenient – everything seems to exist as a distraction from any sort of deeper thought or contemplation.
‘What is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even thought the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.
We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.
Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.
A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
The thought of going through a bone marrow transplant, which in my case called for a life-threatening dose of chemotherapy followed by a total replacement of my body’s bone marrow, was scary enough. But then I learned that finding a donor can be the scariest part of all.
Every time you feel depressed about something, try to identify a corresponding negative thought you had just prior to and during the depression. Because these thoughts have actually created your bad mood, by learning to restructure them, you can change your mood.
My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
I’m a pretty agile guy, especially being taller and having done martial arts from about the age of 13, but parkour is one of those sports that I wish I’d discovered sooner. When my nephew first showed me, I thought, ‘Damn – I’m too old for this.’
I’ve always been interested in art and making things, but I chose not to go to art school because I thought I needed to do something else. Art was a tough way to make a living.
When I thought about having the greatest impact with my life, I thought about all the times people lose loved ones because diseases weren’t detected early enough. I thought, ‘I can play a role there.’
The moment that changed me for ever was the moment my first child was born. I was happy, filled with hope, and thought, ‘Now I understand the whole point of work, of life, of love.’
I’ve never done anything because I thought it would look cool.
I find it soothing, the thought of a movie theater.
I made a lot of money. I earned a lot of money with CNN and satellite and cable television. And you can’t really spend large sums of money, intelligently, on buying things. So I thought the best thing I could do was put some of that money back to work – making an investment in the future of humanity.
Growing up, my parents were Roman Catholic – strict Catholics – from New Orleans. I understood the idea in the principle of spirituality. I noticed it in the stories that I read. The Trinity was something that was brought up consistently: the power of three. Things happened in threes, and I thought that was brilliant.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
As a heterosexual man, I’ve never really doubted my sexuality, but I’ve had men in my life and thought, ‘If I was gay, I’d be with him’ – you know?
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power.
Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
The more I thought to myself, ‘Are my thoughts right, am I being obedient enough?’ the worse it was… one of the most painful things you can experience in life is not so much physical pain, but being self-occupied. Because to the extent you are self-occupied, that’s the extent you will be in pain.
Throughout my life, I’ve always been really close with girls and made friends with girls. And I’ve always been a really sickly, feminine person anyhow, so I thought I was gay for a while because I didn’t find any of the girls in my high school attractive at all.
In architecture, Palladio is the game. It means hard thought all through – if it is labored, it fails.
Do you know, it’s funny, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage.
To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.
I would say to always follow your dream. And dream big because my whole career, including any of the things that I’ve accomplished, I never thought in a million years that I would be here. So it just proves that once you believe in yourself, and you put your mind to something, you can do it.
There are three principles in a man’s being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don’t do what I say.
I always thought Kurt Cobain was the perfect embodiment of the great alternative guitar player.
The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.
I place no hope in my strength, nor in my works: but all my confidence is in God my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.
I’ve never been the top dog. I’ve always been the underdog. And that’s why I relate so much to Utah, because we’re underdogs, we’re overlooked, kind of thought of as an afterthought.
I never thought about becoming an actor. Even when I applied for university, I didn’t choose theater as a major to become an actor.
Life just doesn’t care about our aspirations, or sadness. It’s often random, and it’s often stupid and it’s often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought.
Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.
I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
I learned that I’m really good with perseverance. I’m stronger than I thought I was inside. I also learned that I don’t give up easily and that I trust and believe that things are going to be OK.
When you’re a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don’t have a thought in your mind. It’s purely meditation, and we lose that.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
I have always thought that the rapid economic development of South Africa would in the long run prove to be incompatible with the government‘s racial policies, and recent events have tended to confirm my opinion.
When I was younger, I thought that everything would just come to me eventually, but now I see I have to take the initiative and practise to improve myself.
I have always tried my best to do what I thought was the right thing at the time.
Man has throughout the ages been seeking something beyond himself, beyond material welfare – something we call truth or God or reality, a timeless state – something that cannot be disturbed by circumstances, by thought or by human corruption.
I always thought I was a pretty terrible actor.
If we fail to appreciate the soul that Easternism gives us, then what we have is a disconnected, Greco-Roman, Western, egocentric, compartmentalized, reductionist, fragmented, linear thought process that counts on cleverness.
Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
I’ve never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I’ve only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up.
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.
I did a film in Nairobi, Kenya called ‘The Last Elephant,’ with John Lithgow, Isabella Rosallini, and James Earl Jones. So I was in seventh heaven, alright? About a year later I get a call from my agent and he says they want to see you for this project called Candyman. I thought he was joking so I hung up.
I’m humble ’cause I think many years ago people say, ‘Well, Alibaba’s terrible company‘. And I know we were not that terrible. We’re pretty good; we’re better than people thought. But today, when people have a high expectation on you, and I start to worry and nervous because we are not good yet.
The reason why I have lost weight is that I looked at the international schedule and thought that I wanted to play for another two years. It is a very hectic schedule and if I want to get through that then I have to be in the best shape that I can.
This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought.
Religious faith, like political belief, should be based on reasoning, on the development of thought and feelings. The two things are inseparable.
You know when you’re a child and your imagination is limitless and you really believe in magic? I thought I had super powers.
Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.
Upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I have thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but, holding it a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.
I always thought of it like, ‘What can my body do for me?’ and not, ‘How do I look?’
I never thought being obnoxious would get me where I am today.
Every time you think the problem is ‘out there,’ that very thought is the problem.
Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.
The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.
Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.
All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
If you are vigilant and make a stern effort to reject every thought when it rises, you will soon find that you are going deeper and deeper into your own inner self, where there is no need for your effort to reject the thoughts.
We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.
On the question of comfort women, when my thought goes to these people, who have been victimized by human trafficking and gone through immeasurable pain and suffering beyond description, my heart aches. And on this point, my thought has not changed at all from previous prime ministers.
Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
He was afflicted by the thought that where Beauty was, nothing ever ran quite straight, which no doubt, was why so many people looked on it as immoral.
That’s the nice thing about being a live act. I can get the audience, but it’s for the moment. It’s like, ‘Can I do it tonight?’ And you can see when people like you. But on record – and with the pen – it’s almost for all time. Really, a lot more thought has to go into it.
Whether people like it or not, my marketing thought is if you keep something in front of people for too long, they get used to it.
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
I remember thinking, ‘I can’t act.’ Pretending to be someone else is a terrifying thought. The thing was that, along with other people, I could create a whole world. I felt absolutely right directing.
I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of… I don’t want to use the words ‘self sacrifice,’ but that’s what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.
You gotta be able to take criticism if you want to be anything close to great. Even if it’s not true. You use that as an advantage for yourself. You can use that negative energy and turn that into an energy that drives you to be something more than you thought you could be. That’s one thing I did.
Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.
I always hated my mole growing up. I even thought about having it removed. At the time I didn’t do it because I thought it would hurt, and now I’m glad I didn’t.
Oftentimes, the most important decisions I make are the ones I don’t put much thought into.
Independent film is film that has thought in it. There’s no independent thought in studio films. It’s collective thought.
Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.
Girls on the Run is an organization that believes every girl can embrace who she is. It’s all about girl empowerment. I’ve volunteered for different things before, but I didn’t get to work hands-on. I thought this program sounded wonderful because I could go in and work with girls face-to-face.
A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.
Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.
I have yet to meet anyone quite so stubborn as myself and animated by this overpowering passion that leaves me no time for thought or anything else. I have, in fact, no interest in life outside racing cars.
No breed of cats in its proper condition can by any stretch of the imagination be thought of as even slightly ungraceful – a record against which must be pitted the depressing spectacle of impossibly flattened bulldogs, grotesquely elongated dachshunds, hideously shapeless and shaggy Airedales, and the like.
I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.
The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
Appallingly, I hadn’t thought about it one jot. I never daydreamed as a little girl of getting married and having children. I was as surprised to discover I was getting married as I was to discover I was up the duff.
I never thought about college, but my mom thought about it for me. I knew 100 percent it wasn’t for me.
I was a late bloomer, but I had a career as a contemporary dancer before that, so I had some kind of connection to this world. But I was always a little more in love with the drama of dancing than the aesthetics, so I thought, ‘Why don’t you give it a chance if you think you can do it a little different?’
In all my wild mountaineering, I have enjoyed only one avalanche ride; and the start was so sudden, and the end came so soon, I thought but little of the danger that goes with this sort of travel, though one thinks fast at such times.
I thought I would be governor of Massachusetts. I stood on a pile of my old albums and said, ‘I’m the only one with a record to stand on.’
The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.
I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great, but it just took the right woman and the right time to make it all happen.
It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.
An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.
After PayPal, I never thought I would get interested in payments again. But bitcoin is fulfilling PayPal’s original vision to create ‘the new world currency.’
Everything I’ve ever thought about doing has been, in some sense, about helping people.
I never thought a role model should be negative.
I got the idea for ‘Throne of Glass’ when I was sixteen. Music always inspires my books, and when I was listening to the ‘Cinderella‘ soundtrack, I thought, ‘What if Cinderella was actually an assassin who liked getting dressed up all pretty and going to the ball, but then she wouldn’t mind kicking butt?’
Words are the small change of thought.
The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
Language is the dress of thought.
Living in a capital in Europe but still surrounded by mountains and ocean, my relationship to music was strongest walking to school and back. I would sing to myself and very quickly started mapping out my melodies to landscapes – at the time I just thought it was very matter of fact, a common thing to do.
The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
Well, I’m in my 60s now. I finally look it, I think. People until I was 60 would always say they thought I looked younger, which I think, without flattering myself, I did, but I think I certainly have, as George Orwell says people do after a certain age, the face they deserve.
So a good teacher always makes you do something a little bit more than you thought that you could do.
Why there is one body in our System qualified to give light and heat to all the rest, I know no reason but because the Author of the System thought it convenient; and why there is but one body of this kind, I know no reason, but because one was sufficient to warm and enlighten all the rest.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
No one should be so precious as to refuse criticism of their work. But to respect an opinion, we have to know that it was given honestly and with proper thought.
He thought as a sage, though he felt like a man.
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
I always thought records were there to be broken.
The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.
Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It’s like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration.
It’s challenging to take on something else that is not you and make it very real and have others be able to associate with it. It’s wonderful to provoke thought.
I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father’s role of taking care of my mother… and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature.
The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.
How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it ‘Fido Dido’ after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever.
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
Half of my library are old books because I like seeing how people thought about their world at their time. So that I don’t get bigheaded about something we just discovered and I can be humble about where we might go next. Because you can see who got stuff right and most of the people who got stuff wrong.
I reflected much on that vain desire, which had pursued me for so many years, of being in solitude in order to be a Christian. I have now, thought I, solitude enough; but am I therefore the nearer being a Christian? Not if Jesus Christ be the model of Christianity.
I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.
Virginity can be lost by a thought.
A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.
A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
Okay, I am happy with the way I look, but I have never, never, ever thought of myself as a ‘pretty girl.’ Honestly. When I read some of these scripts I’m sent, and they describe the heroine as ‘incredibly beautiful,’ I wonder why they sent it to me.
I have no illusions at all about being a sex symbol. None of my former girlfriends ever thought of me that way, and I don’t have any packs of women chasing me down the street like a Brad Pitt or someone like that.
There’s a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things. There’s a lot of sex, you know, in art. There’s a lot of naked women and men, and there’s intrigue, there’s fakery. It’s a real microcosm of the larger world.
If you look at a building by Mies van der Rohe, it might look very simple, but up close, the sheer quality of construction, materials and thought are inspirational.
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
I’ve spent quality time in the aerospace community, with my service on two presidential commissions, but at heart, I’m an academic. Being an academic means I don’t wield power over person, place or thing. I don’t command armies; I don’t lead labor unions. All I have is the power of thought.
No, I’ve never thought that I was gay. And that’s not something you think. It’s something you know.
Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore – on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium.
One of the positives of getting older is that you forget your age. Then you find out that you’re younger than you thought you were.
Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.
Ideas must be put to the test. That’s why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I’ve had what I thought were great ideas that just didn’t work.
I have to say, if someone literally said to me, ‘You’re going off to a desert island, what is the one thing you would bring?’ I would say, ‘It’s my concealer or you can just kill me now.’ I’ve thought this through! Because I would find, like, berries in a bowl and make blush.
When I was a kid, I thought I would be an entrepreneur and maybe at some point go into law school.
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.
I have never thought about my sexuality being right or wrong. To me it has always been a case of finding the right person.
I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.
A thought is an idea in transit.
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.
With me, I come in the ring and start thinking right away. My thought process is just to put a guy down. I’m like a technician and learn to break it all down – from head to toe.
If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
I had to skydive for the movie and I was terrified. Like everybody, I thought it was going to be one of those experiences that changes your life. It didn’t.
By playing games you can artificially speed up your learning curve to develop the right kind of thought processes.
As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
My dad used to say, ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.
I think I have let ego get in the way sometimes – the pendulum swung pretty strongly. I was maybe a little overconfident at one point in my time, and then I went way the other way and thought I wasn’t capable of anything.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
I had always had an affinity for series in literature, and I thought it would be really cool to incorporate what I loved about books into the story of music, to pile it together.
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
We have all been told that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I have long thought this is nonsense.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
I thought ‘Borat’ was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn’t some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
I grew up in East Germany, so we had to learn Russian in school… everybody hated it. I never thought it would come in handy… And being an actor, I’ve been able to use it quite a bit.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
I didn’t want to be pro-life. I hated the pro-life movement. I had been taught to hate them. I thought they hated me.
In 1967, I had my first black girlfriend, and a lot more ever since then. I just don’t understand racism. I never thought it was an option.
Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.
Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.
My 40th birthday I held in an old-age home. My 50th I had at Pravda before it opened in New York. My 60th I had at Pastis. For my 70th, I thought, ‘I don’t need to have a celebrity party this year. I’m going to go take my oldest, closest friends to Paris.’
When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me.
Once I’m committed to a role, I will go very deep into it, even when I’m not at work. I’ll keep on studying the script, maybe 40 or 50 times. I might call a scriptwriter at three in the morning to say I’ve thought of something new.
I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
My grandmother was probably the first person who I thought was beautiful. She was incredibly stylish, she had big hair, big cars. I was probably 3 years old, but she was like a cartoon character. She’d swoop into our lives with presents and boxes, and she always smelled great and looked great.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
Well, from an acting point of view, I bear no relation, I don’t look like Alfred Kinsey at all, but I thought somewhere in my artist’s soul, my actor’s soul, I could capture something of the spirit of the man.
I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I’d see.
I never thought about getting any tattoos removed.
Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.
In awe, I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebony void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang, for ever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought… I must put a roof on this toilet.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
For my confirmation, I didn’t get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.
When I wrote songs like ‘Everyone I Love is Dead,’ I never thought about how I was going to execute them live.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
Every thought we think is creating our future.
We didn’t slow down, unlike the others, when we got to the moon because we needed its gravity to get back, so we hold the altitude record. I never even thought about it. Records are only made to be broken.
I thought it would be easy. I thought it’d take me one year to be Salma Hayek.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.
We’re not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant.
A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.
I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
Make more than the guys you thought you wanted to be with.
Hesitation is often like procrastination. One may have vague doubts and feel a need to mull things over; meanwhile, other issues intrude on thought, and no decision is taken. Ask people why they procrastinate, and you probably won’t get a crisp answer.
You know, it’s weird being interviewed! Because the weird thing about being interviewed is you get asked these questions that you’ve never thought about, and you find out what you think as you answer.
Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.
One thought fills immensity.
No, I never thought about my father’s money as my money.
Memories are thoughts that arise. They’re not realities. Only when you believe that they are real, then they have the power over you. But when you realize it’s just another thought arising about the past, then you can have a spacious relationship with that thought. The thought no longer has you in its grip.
The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.
Marty was an extraordinary person. Of all the boys I had dated, he was the only one who really cared that I had a brain. And he was always – well, making me feel that I was better than I thought I was.
The beginning of thought is in disagreement – not only with others but also with ourselves.
I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love.
One press account said I was an overnight success. I thought that was the longest night I’ve ever spent.
Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time.
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is the brand image.
The dead of midnight is the noon of thought.
I don’t really care what other people see me as. I seriously don’t. I’ve always worried about what my opinion of myself is. And I’ve always thought that it carries most weight. So I don’t care what other people’s opinion of me is or how they view whatever I’ve said or done.
My father being a soldier, every time I saw soldiers marching – ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘my father’s that,’ and these soldiers were always looking magnificent. And I thought they were powerful; they were all-powerful. I knew that they were an elite in India.
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
Doo-wop is the true music to me, man. Doo-wop was what nurtured me and grew me into who I am, and I guess even when I was in school, the teacher probably thought I had ADD or something every day, because I’d be beating on the desks, singing like the Flamingos or the Spaniels or Clyde McPhatter or somebody.
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.
I feel everyone is put here for a reason. Everyone has a calling. I always thought my real calling was to help other people.
A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
When you are born and brought up in Udupi, you end up as a doctor or an engineer. Else you are thought to be a dull head. I had to complete my engineering and worked in the IT industry for a few years to get myself the financial support to pursue my dream of acting.
I thought ‘Benson’ was going to be more of an ensemble show. But it was called ‘Benson’ for a reason.
Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
I thought if you tapped out, you lost the round. Come to find out, you actually lose the fight.
I never thought I’d have children; I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home – you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.
The poet, being an imitator like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects – things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be. The vehicle of expression is language – either current terms or, it may be, rare words or metaphors.
Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!
A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
Till I was 13, I thought my name was ‘Shut Up.’
Back when I watched ‘Future Boy Conan,’ I thought I might like to try my hand at animation, but now, not at all.
I do not love to be printed on every occasion, much less to be dunned and teased by foreigners about mathematical things or to be thought by our own people to be trifling away my time about them when I should be about the king’s business.
I am what I am. Whatever it was that made me what I am, I thought I should stay around and be that.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
What I view life like is about energy. Everything is about energy – everything. We physically are little units of electrical energy, and we vibrate and project electromagnetic thought.
For me, each game is a new challenge, which has to be dealt with rationally and systematically. At that time, every other thought fades into oblivion.
A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.
I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.
I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture.
I have amazing people around me. I couldn’t be in a better place. I’m grateful for my life and where I’m at. I never thought I could be in the position that I’m in.
The whole thought of being a dad was scary to me.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumbed with seeing… like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire.
Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.
Someone once told me that something they really liked about me was that they thought that I was really down to earth and not high-maintenance. I think that was cool. It’s important to stay grounded.
I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority.
When I won the world championship, in 1972, the United States had an image of, you know, a football country, a baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country.
Ideas do not always come in a flash but by diligent trial-and-error experiments that take time and thought.
Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.
I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.
The most astonishing subset of the Deep Web is a collection of dark alleys called the Dark Web. The Dark Web is generally thought of as a collection of criminal elements intent on subverting the law, stealing our money, and possibly kidnapping our daughters.
I thought one should have the attitude of ‘What do you care what other people think!’
Rock n’ roll to me is all about freedom of thought and to be whatever you want to be.
I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
I’m living a very different life than the one I thought I’d be living.
I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
When I first got to Apple, which was in ’84, the Mac was already out, and ‘Newsweek’ contacted me and asked me what I thought of the Mac. I said, ‘Well, the Mac is the first personal computer good enough to be criticized.’
I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
Growing up in Alaska, they don’t really teach you to swim there. I learned to swim just a few summers ago with Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard. She did great, and right after that I went to get scuba certified. I had fun with it. I didn’t really get scared, but some people thought that was a risk.
The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
The moment of drifting into thought has been so clipped by modern technology. Our lives are filled with distraction with smartphones and all the rest. People are so locked into not being present.
‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. ‘Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.’
The Democratic party of Florida has put a temperance plank in its platform and the Republican party of every state would nail that plank in their platform if they thought it would carry the election.
I loved ‘Moonlight.’ I thought it was really beautiful. Really great.
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.
A set is a Many that allows itself to be thought of as a One.
In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought.
I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage.
Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
Do you know what I love about hunting? That I am no one in the woods, no one at all. I thought the animals might recognize me, but they didn’t. They did not even ask me for any autographs.
I never thought I am a stylish. For me, style is always a representation of what you want to wear but doing it in a unique way and expressing yourself. Every girl loves to be stylish.
Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd, as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever entered into the head of mortal man.
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
The two-piece ball I switched to spun too much. One shot would go the distance I thought it should, then the next one would fall short, and then the next one would go long.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
Arthur Russell is very important to me on many levels, and when I read Tim Lawrence‘s biography on him, ‘Hold on to Your Dreams,’ one of the things I took away was: first thought, best thought. I live by that when I make my own music.
I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album, and I absolutely never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.
Frankly I’ve never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an ‘icon‘, ‘superstar‘, etc. I’ve always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.
When the conscious mind expands to embrace deeper levels of thinking, the thought wave becomes more powerful and results in added energy and intelligence.
Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.
I feel very lucky to make a living from my imagination; I’m very grateful for that. I like that what I do is create. I’m feeling very lucky to have had the career I had. It’s gone much longer and bigger than I ever thought it would be.
If you win a Super Bowl before you’re fired, you’re a genius, and everyone listens to you. But a coach is just a guy whose best class in grammar school was recess and whose best class in high school was P.E. I never thought I was anything but a guy whose best class was P.E.
I never thought I was cute, ever.
I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
I really like the story of Bardock, Goku’s father. It’s quite dramatic and the kind of story I absolutely wouldn’t draw if it were me. It was like watching a different kind of ‘Dragon Ball’ in a good way, so I thought it was nice.
I saw this new thing called television, and I saw people throwing pies in each other’s faces, and I thought, ‘This could be a wonderful tool for education! Why is it being used this way?’ So I said to my parents, ‘You know, I don’t think I’ll go into seminary right away. I think I’ll go into television.’
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.
Football was a dream, an opportunity once taken from me – something I thought I’d never be able to do again.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
I used to look like an American flag. The Padre uniform makes me look like a taco. Actually, the transition has been great. I’ve made 25 new friends, and I never thought I wanted to be anything other than a Dodger, but this is fun.
Things aren’t always the fairy tale that you thought they were.
I foolishly thought that if I just ‘made it’ then everything would be okay. And everything wasn’t okay.
I woke up one day and thought, ‘Enough is enough with bullying myself.’ The war is within you, and that’s also where it’s won. You just have to tackle your insecurities and then let them go.
I think all of us, under certain circumstances, could be capable of some very despicable acts. And that’s why, over the years, in my movies I’ve had characters who didn’t care what people thought about them. We try to be as true to them as possible and maybe see part of ourselves in there that we may not like.
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.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
As far as everyone else‘s opinion, I mean, if I would have thought that everyone was right, I probably wouldn’t have left Compton, so I don’t get too caught up on what the next person thinks.
The Talented Tenth of the Negro race must be made leaders of thought and missionaries of culture among their people.
The whole thought of a career with computers – given that hardly anybody even knew what they were – it wasn’t even a concept.
I didn’t tell any of my friends that I wanted to be a comedian, because I was superstitious. I thought if I told people, it wouldn’t happen. So I kept it all in my head for years and years.
The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.
In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.
I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You’re young enough to get away with things, but you’re old enough, too.
The first real thought that I had of something that I might do was to write for car magazines, because I always had a car thing.
My mother took me to the British Museum aged five. I had thought people from the past weren’t as good as we were, and then I saw the Elgin marbles. Suddenly, the world seemed more complicated.
Ben Schwartzwalder was a decent guy, but he was from another era. He was like a Marine, with a real army attitude. He thought there was only one way to play football, and that was the rough way.
I was born on a plantation, and things weren’t so good. We didn’t have any money. I never thought of the word ‘poor‘ ’til I got to be a man, but when you live in a house that you can always peek out of and see what kind of day it is, you’re not doing so well. And your rest room is not inside the house.
It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.
I always thought, ‘That’s just the way you do it.’ You work as hard as you can for as long as you can, and the small gains you make will eventually pay off.
Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought.
I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.
Never in a million years would I have imagined that this is how my life would have ended up. I just thought I would be living in the States, doing a regular job.
There are necessary evils. Money is an important thing in terms of representing freedom in our world. And now I have a daughter to think about. It’s really the first time I’ve thought about the future and what it could be.
I was a healthy young man, and I thought I was invincible before I was diagnosed with kidney disease.
One of the great cosmic laws, I think, is that whatever we hold in our thought will come true in our experience. When we hold something, anything, in our thought, then somehow coincidence leads us in the direction that we’ve been wishing to lead ourselves.
I looked the people of Louisiana in the eye and told them exactly what I thought in terms that normal people use.
Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.
When I was 13, I did become a Christian. And so it was when I was 13, that I thought… I just… I really saw a good example in Jesus and how he was just so… such a tremendous radical love and service of the poor. I just thought, ‘Man, why can’t we all do the same?’
I think fashion is a lot of fun. I love clothes. More than fashion or brand labels, I love design. I love the thought that people put into clothes. I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool. I also freely recognize that fashion should be a hobby.
Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do. I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove.
A couple years ago I was going to back off and actually thought about retiring, but it keeps calling me back, and I’m going to keep going back as long as it calls me. I really think it has something to do with the good vibes that I feel I’ve spread through my performance and through the time that I’ve spent with fans.
I can truly say this: I don’t care, and I’ve never really read what people thought.
Discontent with this world gives such a painful longing to quit it that, if the heart finds comfort, it is solely from the thought that God wishes it to remain here in banishment.
I don’t plan to restrict myself to rapping in the future, and I didn’t want to come off as too aggressive, which is why I thought about changing my name.
My father was always slightly bemused by my success. Although he knew that I had reasonable intelligence, he always thought that I was a little bit lazy.
They would not find me changed from him they knew – only more sure of all I thought was true.
I like technology, but ‘Black Mirror’ is more what the consequences are, and it doesn’t tend to be about technology itself: it tends to be how we use or misuse it. We’ve not really thought through the consequences of it.
I can see there’s a connection between not following normal thinking and doing creative thinking. I wouldn’t have had good scientific ideas if I had thought more normally.
During most of my life, my contact with Jews and Judaism was slight. I gave little thought to their problems, save in asking myself, from time to time, whether we were showing by our lives due appreciation of the opportunities which this hospitable country affords. My approach to Zionism was through Americanism.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.
It is the part of a fool to say, I should not have thought.
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
The fact that people still talk and obsess about ‘Twin Peaks‘, more than twenty years after the fact, is a great validation for what we thought we had going at the time.
The next time you have a thought… let it go.
I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.