It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
Business is really more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind, the aggregate nature of man more continuously, and more deeply. But it does not look as if it did.
The English Constitution (1867)
I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment
I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.
Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times.
How It Happened
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is drowned in ignorance.
The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do so without destroying the health of the mind.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Speech on September 6, 1943 at Harvard University as Churchill received an honorary degree
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
In order to improve the mind, we ought less learn than to contemplate.
Frank and explicit: That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your mind and confuse the minds of others.
The essence of flexibility is in the mind of the commander; the substance of flexibility is in logistics.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both.
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Atheism: An Affirmative View (1980)
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Making up your mind does not mean freeing yourself to believe what you want - but examining so closely that you know the result.
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Law and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Love is two minutes fifty-two seconds of squishing noises. It shows your mind isn't clicking right.
The price paid for intellectual pacification is the sacrifice of the entire moral courage of the human mind.
Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.
The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
The mind's highest good is the knowledge of God, and the mind's highest virtue is to know God.
The frankest and freest product of the human mind and heart is a love letter; the writer gets his limitless freedom of statement and expression from his sense that no stranger is going to see what he is writing.
Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1959 preface
The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.
When there is harmony between the mind, heart and resolution then nothing is impossible.
The mind is like a TV set – when it goes blank, it’s a good idea to turn off the sound.