Mind Quotes

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The human mind is a delusion generator, not a window to truth.
By words the mind is winged.

words

Mind at the End of Its Tether.
Is there no way out of the mind?
The march of the human mind is slow.
The mind contains all possibilities.
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
The mind can also be an erogenous zone.
'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.
It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.
My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.
A man is known by the company his mind keeps.
A man's mind is known by the company it keeps.
The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.

androgyny greatness

Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Whatever most captures your mind controls your life.
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

art

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
The mind is like a car battery—it recharges by running.
Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour.
Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

learning

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

open-mindedness

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
The mind, of course, is just what the brain does for a living.

Brain

There are no chaste minds.  Minds copulate wherever they meet.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

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Strongest minds
Are often those of whom the noisy world
Hears least.
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.

imagination

If a man's mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

fate

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

thinking

Mind does dominate body. We are superior to the house in which we dwell.
Walks.  The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.

walking

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

evil

The mind is an iceberg—it floats with only one-seventh of its bulk above water.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.  It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

logic

When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun with nettles.
That's the classical mind at work, runs fine inside but looks dingy on the surface.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.

reason

All wrongdoing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrongdoing remain?
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.

psychology

The most potent weapon in the in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
It turns out that once your mind is expanded it is very hard to shrink it back down again.
You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

self-determination

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
There is no monster more destructive than the inventive mind that has outstripped philosophy.

invention technology

The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.

truth

Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
If any part of your uncertainty is a conflict between your heart and your mind—follow your mind.

head and heart uncertainty

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
The mind is not, I know, a highway, but a temple, and its doors should not be carelessly left open.
The thing I call "my mind" seems to be kind of like a landlord that doesn't really know its tenants.
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

adversity comfort

Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; and so it is with man's mind.
What a surprise to find you could shift the contents of your head like rearranging furniture in a room.
The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as the sculptor works on his block of stone.
A sword is never enough.  The mind is also a weapon, but like the sword it must be honed and kept sharp.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well.
We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
My mind is like a rowboat out on the stormy sea,
He's with me right now, in the morning, where will he be?
One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.

ignorance

Just as the mute person has trouble describing the taste of sugar, we have trouble describing the nature of mind.

analogy

A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.  Genius is not a retainer to any emperor.
Some minds improve by travel—others,
Rather, resemble copper wire or brass,
Which gets the narrower by going farther!

Travel

Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.
Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

ideas

Civilization no longer needs to open up wilderness; it needs wilderness to open up the still largely unexplored human mind.
It seems, indeed, a necessary weakness of our mind to be able to reach truth only across a multitude of errors and obstacles.

error mistakes truth

An open mind, to be sure, should be open at both ends, like the food pipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

objectivity

Stop allowing your mind to be a slave, to be jerked about by selfish impulses, to kick against fate and the present, and to mistrust the future.

attitude self-control

Your minds are endowed with a vast number of gifts of totally different uses—limbs of mind as it were, which, if you don't exercise, you cripple.

talent

Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.
Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntarily opened.
The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways, but without materials from the external world it is powerless.
The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

intellect

The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.
In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.
A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.  You have a chance to select from some pretty elegant furnishings.
The mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
If the [Zen] practitioner knows his own mind clearly, he will obtain results with little effort. But if he does not know anything about his own mind, all of his effort will be wasted.

Zen

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.

knowledge

He thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind.  Whereas I am incurable convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.

consciousness enlightenment identity

There comes a point where the mind takes a leap—call it intuition or what you will—and comes out upon a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.

discovery intuition

A strong mind sees things in their true proportions; a weak one views them through a magnifying medium; which, like the microscope, makes an elephant of a flea; magnifies all little objects, but cannot receive great ones.
It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.

misfortune

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it—memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

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The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity ...The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

hope

To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

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