Quotes with thought
Life without literature is a life reduced to penury. It expands you in every way. It illuminates what you’re doing. It shows you possibilities you haven’t thought of. It enables you to live the lives of other people than yourself. It broadens you, it makes you more human. It makes life enjoyable.
"Built to Last" by M.H. Abrams and Stephen Greenblatt in The New York Times: Sunday Book Review. (August 23, 2012)
"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979). The Answer to the Great Question, of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense.
Quoted from Sidney Madwed, ed, Poor Man's College Quotations Collection
There is no knowledge and science like pondering and thought; and there is no prosperity and advancement like knowledge and science.
I've worked with a lot of great glamorous girls in movies and the theater. And I'll admit, I've often thought it would be wonderful to be a femme fatale. But then I'd always come back to thinking that if they only had what I've had - a family, real love, an anchor - they would have been so much happier during all the hours when the marquees and the floodlights are dark.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
In my view, [Bette Davis] is one of the all-time great movie stars and actresses. I thought she was a great beauty, too. I just loved her looks. She is still quite a character, very determined and strong, and she refuses to concede an inch. I suppose that is what has kept her alive.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex; you thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it and thought of other things if you did.
Love: Two minds without a single thought.
Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back I think, I should have followed my instincts. I relied on others to guide me because I thought they knew better. But as I've gotten older, I've learned to trust myself.
I'm no Matt Damon, my goal was to be a character actor. I never thought I would get leads the way that I've been able to in the past two years.
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
I remember when I made my first album [1972's Naturally], I was 32 or 33-years-old and I thought I was way too old then. When I see myself doing this at 70, I go, ‘What am I doing, I should be layin' down in a hammock.'
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
I volunteered for a number of reasons. One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for.
We Seven (1962)
The world's oldest wisdom: each evil thought infuses the mind, sooner or later, with an unholy fear.
Twenty Seven Thousand Aspiration Plants (1983)
If we desire to do what will please God, and what will help men, we presently find ourselves taken out of our narrow habits of thought and action; we find new elements of our nature called into activity; we are no longer running along a narrow track of selfish habit.
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
And so something that I thought I was seeing with my eyes is in fact grasped solely by the faculty of judgment which is in my mind.
I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude. If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material. How does the Joni Mitchell song go? "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone"? One thing I've discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!
"Roger writes to readers" Chicago Sun Times (October 11, 2006)
A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?
Some men’s words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought. Yes, because I perceive that we have heard the same truth, but they have heard it better.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation.
I thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.
White Oleander (1999)
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.
I thought it was a wonderful script. I thought, 'I can do this.' But I thought they would hire someone a little more debonair, shall we say. A little more appealing to the eye.
About his audition for Sopranos, Newsweek (2001)
When I was taking a course in analytic mechanics, the professor had a big machine that each student had to experiment with and get an answer. And you had to find the weight of the earth with this contraption. There was a whole room full of retorts and Bunson burners and beakers and motors. And I did that, and there was nothing more ridiculous to me than finding the weight of the earth because I didn't care how much the earth weighed. And later on I didn't have any idea that this would be... I thought this was very useless, you know. I had no idea that this was going to come in handy in my cartoon work later on.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
What the chimpanzee has done is to prove there is no hard and fast line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Once you admit that we’re not the only beings with personalities, minds, capable of thought and emotions, it raises ethical issues about the ways we use and abuse so many other sentient, sapient beings — animal beings — every day.
Quoted in The New York Times article, July 9, 2013.
I've been promoted to middle management. I never thought I'd sink so low.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.
Pluck. First mention of this poem found is in 1919, however some attribute this verse to Spirella.
Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
I did not think General McChrystal would be fired. In fact, I thought his position was basically untouchable, I thought it would give them a headache for maybe 72 hours.
Interview with Matt Lauer of NBC's Today show, June 23, 2011
It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir.
Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1995
The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.
The Critique of Pure Reason is a continual sermon against the use of the category of thought beyond the limits of actual experience.
The gratification of a thoughtless pleasure soon evaporates; the pleasure of a gratifying thought never ends.
Books are the negative pictures of thought, and the more sensitive the mind that receives their images, the more nicely the finest lines are reproduced.
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas -- that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.
Dissenting opinion in Abrams v. United States (1919)
There are six essentials in painting. The first is called spirit; the second, rhythm; the third, thought; the fourth, scenery; the fifth, the brush; and the last is the ink.
I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
Ulysses. Penelope, last lines.
Kids talk to me and say they want to do musicals again because they've studied the tapes of the old films. We didn't have that. We thought once we had made it, even on film, it was gone except for the archives.
The great scientists, as all great men, have not been concerned with fame. The joy of achievement that comes from finding something new in the universe is by far their greatest joy. A great research scientist is constantly discovering new things in his field. This is his reward. He knows how to spend long years in preparation and long hours in investigation, with no thought of public honor or reward.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame.
Freedom of expression must be considered sacred and thought can only be corrected by counter thought.
We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship', we call it 'concern for commercial viability'.
All great works of art have been produced when the artist was intoxicated with the passion for beauty and form which would not let him rest until his thought was expressed in marble or on canvas.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Vigorous thought must come from a fresh brain. We cannot expect nerve, snap, robustness and vigor, sprightliness and elasticity, in the speech, in the book, or in the essay, from an exhausted, jaded brain.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.
I thought I was going to have butterflies and like that, but I guess I'm too old.
After reaching 3000th career strikeout on September 3, 2007, after returned from the disabled list with his 207th career win.
And then of course I thought Palpatine was a pretty good character. I like the notion that he didn't have any psychological subtlety or depth, that he was just solidly evil and the dirtiest word in his vocabulary was 'friend'. I thought that was terrific.
Interview with The Guardian, published November 7, 2005
Lucasfilm are very good to me ... I've been all over the world with the movie, and out to San Francisco with the DVD and talked to more people than I ever thought existed within the media - and I knew there were a few. It's been like a series of rather wacky improvisations and I've rather enjoyed it. But I don't think I ever want to do it again.
Interview with The Guardian, published November 7, 2005
I called the superintendent of Arlington Cemetery. And he and I walked over those grounds. They're hauntingly beautiful grounds, white crosses all in a row. And finally I thought I'd found the exact spot, the most beautiful spot in the cemetery. I called Jackie at the White House and asked her to come out there, and she immediately accepted. And that's where the President is buried today. A park service ranger came up to me and said that he had escorted President Kennedy on a tour of those grounds a few weeks before. And Kennedy said, "That was the most beautiful spot in Washington." That's where he's buried.
The Fog of War
LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
The Fog of War
If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
"Epitaph" from Smart Set (December 1921)
To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.
Sunday After the War (1944)
Thought control, like birth control, is best undertaken as long as possible before the fact.
People do not think in English or Chinese or Apache; they think in a language of thought. This language of thought probably looks a bit like all these languages;...But compared with any given language, mentalese must be richer in some ways and simpler in others.
The Language Instinct
I tried to be responsible in teaching kids things I thought were good lessons, all in the context of,'it's O.K. to be wild and have a good time.'
I was told our marriage would be cursed. I thought, 'Don't let this be true'. I've thought about it since, too. I try to put it out of my mind. It was an opinion given straight to my face by someone I trusted. 'You will never be happy', he said. 'Your marriage will end in disaster'.
About her marriage with Liam Neeson in 2003.
One does not assemble a book of one's own witty aphorisms without being thought such a fool that any value the book might have would be rather thoroughly compromised.
To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.
Jitterbug Perfume (1984)
In all professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world’s made up of appearances.
Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to be assured, to the fullest extent attainable, in the safety of his savings. By no other means can men carry the burdens of those parts of life which, in the nature of things, afford no chance of labor; childhood, sickness, old age. In all thought of property, this right is paramount; all other property rights must yield to it. If, in accord with this principle, we must restrict the operations of the speculator, the manipulator, even the financier, I believe we must accept the restriction as needful, not to hamper individualism but to protect it.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.
What I Believe (1925)
It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
The real obstacles lie in the heart of man, and the cure for these is a firm hope, informed and fortified by thought.
Proposed Roads To Freedom (1918)
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
Our Knowledge of the External World (1914)
A beautifully constructed borsch, such as you are going to experience presently, ought not only to banish conversation but almost to annihilate thought.
Beasts and Super-Beasts (1914)
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?
In all things there must be order, but it must of such a kind as is possible to observe...to see a man burnt for doing as he thought right, harms the people, for this is a matter of conscience.
Even Hitler didn't wake up going, "let me do the most evil thing I can do today." I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was "good." Stuff like that just needs reprogramming. ... I wake up every day full of hope, positive that every day is going to be better than yesterday. And I'm looking to infect people with my positivity. I think I can start an epidemic.
Quoted in Daily Record (December 22, 2007). This statement was often misquoted.
I added the nasality because I had used it in Damn Yankees for comic purposes and I thought I'll give her that nasality, I'll steal it from myself.
Interview on November 28, 2000 by Karen Herman.
A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
Writers at Work (1977)
No little appetite or pain, no carelessness or meanness in him escaped her; no thought or dream or longing in him ever reached her. And yet several times in her life she had seen the stars.
The moon is down (1942)
We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say -- and to feel -- "Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought."
"In Awe of Words," The Exonian, 75th anniversary edition, Exeter University (1930)
When a person comes to die, no matter what their talents and influence and genius, if they die unloved their life must be a failure to them and dying is a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I choose between two courses of thought or action we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.
I believe in my conscience I intercept many a thought which heaven intended for another man.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767)
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sort of abilities which you thought never belonged to you-suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I’ll have a go, too.
No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1971)
I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right.
About escaping slavery in 1826.
Evolution is a blind giant who rolls a snowball down a hill. The ball is made of flakes--circumstances. They contribute to the mass without knowing it. They adhere without intention, and without foreseeing what is to result. When they see the result they marvel at the monster ball and wonder how the contriving of it came to be originally thought out and planned. Whereas there was no such planning, there was only a law: the ball once started, all the circumstances that happened to lie in its path would help to build it, in spite of themselves.
The Secret History of Eddypus
In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever—for you will remain a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable, indestructible. But I, your poor servant, have revealed you to yourself and set you free. Dream other dreams, and better!
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream -- a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -- a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
In this topsy-turvy, crazy, illogical world, Man has made laws for himself. He has fenced himself round with them, mainly with the idea of keeping communities together, and gain for the strongest. No woman was consulted in the making of laws. And nine-tenths of the people who are daily obeying--or fighting against--Nature's laws, have no real opinion. Opinion means deduction, after weighing the matter, and deep thought upon it. They simply echo feeling, because for generations forbears have laid something down as an axiom. They do not investigate or weigh for themselves. The axiom of the forbears was, 'It is immoral to follow God's law, unless bound by man's law and a wedding ring.'
quoted in Mark Twain on Three Weeks, Elinor Glyn
...the human being, like the immortals, natually places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys -- yet he has left it out of his heaven! The very thought of it excites him; opportunity sets him wild; in this state he will risk life, reputation, everything -- even his queer heaven itself -- to make good that opportunity and ride it to the overwhelming climax. From youth to middle age all men and all women prize copulation above all other pleasures combined, yet it actually as I have said: it is not in their heaven; prayer takes its place.
Letters from the Earth
We are apt to form romantic and exaggerated notions about the moral innocence of our ancestors. Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. The direct contrary, I believe, is the case.
The History of English Poetry (1774-81)
Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
Art never expresses anything but itself. It has an independent life, just as Thought has, and develops purely on its own lines.
The Decay of Lying (1889)
Computers have become more friendly, understandable, and lots of years and thought have been put into developing software to convince people that they want and need a computer.
I've thought it would be cool to have a baby young, you know, be my road dog – like my dogs, they travel the world – but there's always something you have to give up for success. Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?
Interview with Rolling Stone, 6/18/2013
The worst possible enemy to society is that man...is cut loose in his standards of judgment from the past; and universities which train men to use their minds without carefully establishing the connection of their thought with that of the past, are instruments of social destruction.
I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own. The usual.
House, Merry Little Christmas. By Dr. Gregory House.