Thoughts Quotes

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What we think, we become.
Thoughts are odd misfires.
One thought fills immensity.
Thought is the seed of action.
Thought is behavior in rehearsal.
Thoughts can hurt like real pain.
Great thoughts come from the heart.
High thoughts must have high language.


Words are the small change of thought.


All honest thought is a form of prayer.


The ancestor of every action is a thought.


Every thought vibrates through the universe.
A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.
What was once thought can never be unthought.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber.
A thought is a thing as real as a cannon ball.
It takes a long time for words to become thought.
Great thoughts, like great deeds, need
No trumpet.
Thought precedes action, as lightning does thunder.
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.


Thoughts are acrobats, agile and quite often untrustworthy.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
My thoughts are like waffles—the first few don't look so good.
Thought itself needs words.  It runs on them like a long wire.


Thought forms in the soul the same way clouds form in the air.
The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly.


I am a farmer of thoughts, and all the crops I raise I give away.
If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.
Even a thought, even a possibility, can shatter us and transform us.

possibility transformation

A man may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner.
I have no riches but my thoughts,
Yet these are wealth enough for me.
A man is but a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes.
A word is the carving and coloring of a thought, and gives it permanence.


Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man.  But they don't bite everybody.
We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought.
Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.
It is sometimes better to slip over thoughts and not go to the bottom of them.
In the effort to unfold our thought to a friend we make it clearer to ourselves.
Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
The history of thought is the history of an ever-increasing approximation to the truth.
First thoughts have tremendous energy.  It is the way the mind first flashes on something.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.

conversation writing

Spiritually, a man's thoughts must be the building in which he lives—otherwise it is wrong.


My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.


For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
If a man speaks or acts with pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
It belongs to the self-respect of intellect to pursue every tangle of thought to its final unravelment.


Man is a plant which bears thoughts, just as a rose-tree bears roses and an apple-tree in bears apples.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.


Our thoughts are epochs in our lives; all else is but as a journal of the winds that blow while we are here.
The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.
They [great ideas] are the mightiest influence on earth.  One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.


All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

art genius

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.
It is amazing how much a thought expands and refines by being put into speech: I should think it could hardly know itself.


There are thoughts which are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

kneeling prayer

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No man can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.
Thoughts are timid things.  They are frightened away by noise and they make none themselves.  They flutter as silently as do owls on soft-edged wings.
I hold it true that thoughts are things
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results—or ill.
Nobody has ever seen an electron. Nor a thought. You can't see a thought; you can't measure, weigh, nor taste it—but thoughts are the most real things in the Galaxy.
Associate reverently and as much as you can with your loftiest thoughts.  Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
There are two distinct classes of what are called Thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience.


It has never struck me as harmful to make a conscious effort to elevate one's thoughts, in the hope that by doing so one's writing will get off the ground, even if only for a few seconds (like Orville Wright) and to a low altitude.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.