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O guard thy roving thoughts with jealous care, for speech is but the dial-plate of thought and every fool reads plainly in thy words what is the hour of thy thought.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Large elements in order brought,
  And tracts of calm from tempest made,
    And world-wide fluctuation sway'd,
      In vassal tides that follow'd thought.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (CXII, st. 4)

And Thought leapt out to wed with Thought,
  Ere Thought could wed itself with Speech.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. XXIII, st. 4)

Yet I doubt not thro' the ages one increasing purpose runs,
  And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 69)

Them's my sentiments.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Associate reverently, and as much as one can with our loftiest thoughts.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
      - Henry David Thoreau

And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams
  Call to the soul when man doth sleep,
    So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes,
      And into glory peep.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist"),
        Ascension Hymn (They are all gone into the World of Light)
         (st. 7)

Clearness is the ornament of profound thought.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Great thoughts proceed from the heart.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Great thoughts come from the heart.
  [Fr., Les grandes pensees viennent du coeur.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it is a proof that it should be rejected.
  [Fr., Lorsqu'une pensee est trop faible pour porter une expression simple, c'est la marque pour la rejeter.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions

It is strange that thought should depend upon the stomach, and still that men with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Acquire a government over your ideas, that they may come down when they are called, and depart when they are bidden.
      - Isaac Watts

It is by thought that has aroused my intellect from its slumbers, which has "given lustre to virtue, and dignity to truth," or by those examples which have inflamed my soul with the love of goodness, and not by means of sculptured marble, that I hold communion with Shakespeare and Milton, with Johnson and Burke, with Howard and Wilberforce.
      - Francis D.D. Wayland

His high-erected thoughts look'd down upon
  The smiling valley of his fruitful heart.
      - Daniel Webster, A Monumental Column

A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus placidly penned in his study more than two centuries ago.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

A thought embodied and embrained in fit words walks the earth a living being.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

We cannot think and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
      - Alfred North Whitehead,
        Science and the Modern World (ch. 12)

Men of thoughts should have nothing to do with action.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

It is godlike to unloose the spirit, and forget yourself in thought.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

. . . In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind.
      - William Wordsworth

Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
  Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears;
    To me the meanest flower that blows can give
      Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
      - William Wordsworth

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