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Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world, alters the world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Politics

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Progress of Culture

Thoughts! what are they? They are my constant friends, who, when harsh fate its dull brow bends, uncloud me with a smiling ray, and in the depth of midnight force a day.
      - Thomas Flatman

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
      - Henry Ford

Casual thoughts are sometimes of great value. One of these may prove the key to open for us a yet unknown apartment in the palace of truth, or a yet unexplored tract in the paradise of sentiment that environs it.
      - John Foster (1)

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
      - Robert Lee Frost

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

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 root in our personal experience.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At the end of life thoughts hitherto impossible come to the collected mind, like good spirits which let themselves down from the shining heights of the past.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are few who have at once thought and capacity for action. Thought expands, but lames; action animates, but narrows.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who can think wise or stupid things at all that were not thought already in the past.
  [Ger., Wer kann was Dummes, wer was Kluges denken,
    Das nicht die Vorwelt schon gedacht.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (II, 2, 1)

Those who think must govern those that toil.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 372)

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.
      - Thomas Gray, Progress of Poesy
         (III, 3, l. 4)

In solitude all great thoughts are born.
      - Moses Harvey

The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Everywhere that a great soul gives utterance to its thoughts, there also is a Golgotha.
      - Heinrich Heine

Mark this well, ye proud men of action! Ye are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
      - Heinrich Heine

Thought is invisible nature.
      - Heinrich Heine

Return, my thoughts, come home!
  Ye wild and wing'd! what do ye o'er the deep?
    And wherefore thus th' abyss of time o'ersweep
      As birds the ocean foam?
        Oh, no! return ye not!
          Still farther, loftier let your soarings be!
            Go, bring me strength from journeyings bright and free
              O'er many a haunted spot.
                Go, visit cell and shrine
                  Where woman has endur'd!--through wrong, through scorn,
                    Unshar'd by fame--yet silently upborne
                      By promptings more divine!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

If ill thoughts at any time enter into the mind of a good man, he doth not roll them under his tongue as a sweet morsel.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

Their own second and sober thoughts.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Exposition
         (Job VI, 29)

The waking have one and the same world, the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus,
        found in Burnet's "Early Greek Philosophy"

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
      - Thomas Hobbes

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