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THOUGHT
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If the thought is slow to come, a glass of good wine encourages it; and when it does come, a glass of good wine rewards it.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Thought is silence.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Thinking nurseth thinking.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

If I could think how these my thoughts to leave,
  Or thinking still, my thoughts might have good end:
    If rebel sense would reason's law receive;
      Or reason foil'd would not in vain contend:
        Then might I think what thoughts were best to think:
          Then might I wisely swim, or gladly sink.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney), Sonnet

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney), The Arcadia
         (bk. I)

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do.
      - B.F. Skinner,
        Contingencies of Reinforcement (ch. 9)

Though an inheritance of acres may be bequeathed, an inheritance of knowledge and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay others for doing his work for him; but it is impossible to get his thinking done for him by another, or to purchase any kind of self-culture.
      - Samuel Smiles

Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their author's minds, ages ago.
      - Samuel Smiles

Thoughts must come naturally, like wild-flowers; they cannot be forced in a hot-bed, even although aided by the leaf-mould of your past.
      - Alexander Smith

Oh, the fetterless mind! how it wandereth free
  Through the wildering maze of Eternity!
      - Henry Smith, Thought

Thinking is but an idle waste of thought,
  And naught is everything, and everything is naught.
      - Horace Smith and James Smith,
        Rejected Addresses--Cui Bono?,
        (imitation of Byron)

Nothing is comparable to the pleasure of an active and prevailing thought,--a thought prevailing over the difficulty and obscurity of the object, and refreshing the soul with new discoveries and images of things; and thereby extending the bounds of apprehension, and as it were enlarging the territories of reason.
      - Bishop Robert South

Good thoughts are blessed guests, and should be heartily welcomed, well fed, and much sought after. Like rose leaves, they give out a sweet smell if laid up in the jar of memory.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Germany (pt. I, ch. VIII)

Who knows whether it is not true that phosphorus and mind are not the same thing?
  [Fr., Qui sait si l'on ne verra pas que le phosphore et l'esprit vont ensemble?]
      - de Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie Henri Beyle),
        Histoire de la Peinture en Italie
         (ch. XCI, p. 209 (ed. 1854))

Every man has some peculiar train of thought which he falls back upon when he is alone. This, to a great degree, moulds the man.
      - Dugald Stewart

There are very few original thinkers in the world, or ever have been; the greatest part of those who are called philosophers, have adopted the opinions of some who went before them.
      - Dugald Stewart

If we put together all that we have learned from anthropology and ethnology about primitive men and primitive society, we perceive that the first task in life is to live. Men begin with acts, not with thoughts.
      - William Graham Sumner, Folkways (sec. I)

Time to me this truth has taught,
  ('Tis a treasure worth revealing)
    More offend from want of thought
      Than from any want of feeling.
      - Charles Swain, Want of Thought

What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world when he becomes a spirit.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg),
        Divine Providence (101)

In every enterprise consider where you would come out.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Though man a thinking being is defined,
  Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
    How few think justly of the thinking few!
      How many never think, who think they do.
      - Jane Taylor,
        Essays in Rhyme--On Morals and Manners--Prejudice
         (essay I, st. 45)

In matters of conscience that is the best sense which every wise man takes in before he hath sullied his understanding with the designs of sophisters and interested persons.
      - Jeremy Taylor,
        Ductor Dubitantium (Rule of Conscience)
         (bk. I, ch. I, rule VI)

Man is a thinking being, whether he will or no; all he can do is to turn his thoughts to best way.
      - Sir William Temple

All the past of Time reveals
  A bridal dawn of thunder-peals,
    Whenever Thought hath wedded Fact.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson


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