Thinkers

Men do not always take their great thinkers seriously, even when they profess most to admire them.

We create the situations and then we give away our power by blaming the other person for our frustration. 'We" are the only thinkers in our mind.

Thinkers are scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, and who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size.

Most thinkers write badly, because they communicate not only their thoughts, but also the thinking of them.

Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.

Thinkers prepare the revolution; bandits carry it out.

Honest thinkers are always stealing from each other.

Some people do not become thinkers simply because their memories are too good.

I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called “scientific” mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers, they are gossips.

Great innovators and original thinkers attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw flashes...

Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all.

There are very few original thinkers in the world; the greatest part of those who are called philosophers have adopted the opinions of some who went before them.

A little knowledge leads the mind from God. Unripe thinkers use their learning to authenticate their doubts. While unbelief has its own dogma, more peremptory than the inquisitor's, patient meditation brings the scholar back to humbleness. He learns that the grandest truths appear slowly.

Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.

We may divide thinkers into those who think for themselves, and those who think through others. The latter are the rule, and the former the exception. The first are original thinkers in a double sense, and egotists in the noblest meaning of the world. It is from them only that the world learns wisdom. For only the light which we have kindled in ourselves can illuminate others.

Thinkers help other people to think, for they formulate what others are thinking. No person writes or thinks alone; thought is in the air but its expression is necessary to create a tangible spirit of the times.

Doubt is part of all religions. All the religious thinkers were doubters.

In a million people there are a thousand thinkers, and in a thousand thinkers there is one self-thinker.

Great thinkers have always been motivated by the enjoyment of thinking rather than by the material rewards that could be gained by it.

If persons are going to be independent thinkers, they are probably going to pay a cost. One has to begin with the way the world works: the world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and service. It's a world of concentrated power, and those who have power are not going to reward people who question that power.