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THOUGHT
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The thinker requires exactly the same light as the painter, clear, without direct sunshine, or blinding reflection, and, where possible, from above.
      - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

There is a wide difference between the original thinker and the merely learned man.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

We may divide thinkers into those who think for themselves and those who think through others; the latter are the rule, the former the exception. Only the light which we have kindled in ourselves can illuminate others.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Still are the thoughts to memory dear.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rokeby (canto I, st. 33)

Ah! as you say, we should slip over many thoughts and act as though we die not perceive them.
  [Fr., Ah! comme vous dites, il faut glisser sur bien des pensees, et ne faire pas semblant de les voir.]
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal,
        Lettres (70)

It is the hardest thing in the world to be a good thinker without being a good self-examiner.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

A woman's thought runs before her actions.
      - William Shakespeare

Faster than spring-time showers comes thought on thought.
      - William Shakespeare

From this time forth
  My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!
      - William Shakespeare

I and my bosom must debate awhile, and then I would no other company.
      - William Shakespeare

In the quick forge and working house of thought.
      - William Shakespeare

Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.
      - William Shakespeare

Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare

Sky-aspiring and ambitious thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare

Thought is free.
      - William Shakespeare

Thought is the slave of life, and life time's fool; and time, that takes survey of all the world, must have a stop.
      - William Shakespeare

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
      - William Shakespeare

Thoughts are winged.
      - William Shakespeare

My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel;
  I know not where I am nor what I do.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Talbot at I, v)

But now behold,
  In the quick forge and working-house of thought,
    How London doth pour out her citizens!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Chorus at V, chorus)

But lest you should not understand me well--
  And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought--
    I would detain you here some month or two
      Before you venture for me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Portia at III, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

A thought by thought is piled, till some great truth
  Is loosened, and the nations echo round,
    Shaken to their roots, as do the mountains now.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
         (act II, sc. 3)

Come near me! I do weave
  A chain I cannot break--I am possest
    With thoughts too swift and strong for one lone human breast.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam
         (canto IX, st. 33)

Strange thoughts beget strange deeds.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci
         (act IV, sc. 4)

Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
      - William Shenstone,
        Detached Thoughts on Men and Manners


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