Thought Quotes

No wise man ever thought that a traitor should be trusted.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.


The artist should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it.

Albert Pinkham Ryder

He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow.

Elbert Hubbard

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.

Fran Lebowitz

The cruel irony is that abortion has been presented as something that would set a woman free. This brings to mind the gypsy in Verdi's opera Il Trovatore. Outraged by the count's cruel injustice, she stole his infant son and, in a crazed act of vengeance, flung him into the fire. Or so she thought. For, in turning around, she discovered the count's son lay safe on the ground behind her; it was her own son she had thrown into the flames. Abortion can present itself as glittering liberty, a defiant way to cast off the shackles of injustice. That illusion lasts only until you realize who it was that you threw into the flames. So the second point to make when trying to persuade is that abortion hurts women; it does not deliver on its promise to liberate them.

Frederica Matthewes-Green

Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.

Bertrand Russell

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.

Bertrand Russell

The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds

Paul Valery

The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view

Nathaniel Hawthorne

When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it's clear proof that it should be rejected


A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labour and an invisible labour.

Victor Hugo

Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.


Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.

Charles Osgood

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