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THOUGHT
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Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
  Thoughts so all unlike each other;
    To mutter and mock a broken charm,
      To dally with wrong that does no harm.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We should manage our thoughts as shepherds do their flowers in making a garland: first, select the choicest, and then dispose them in the most proper places, that every one may reflect a part of its color and brightness on the next.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man by tumbling his thoughts, and forming them into expressions, gives them a new fermentation, which works them into a finer body.
      - Jeremy Collier

Those who have finished by making all others think with them, have usually been those who began by daring to think with themselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Thought precedes the will to think, and error lives ere reason can be born.
      - William Congreve

While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.
      - Cyril Connolly

Men's first thoughts in this matter are generally better than their second; their natural notions better than those refin'd by study, or consultation with casuists.
      - Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury,
        Characteristics--Essay on The Freedom of Wit and Humour
         (sec. I)

The rich are too indolent, the poor too weak, to bear the insupportable fatigue of thinking.
      - William Cowper

Those flimsy webs that break as soon as wrought, attain not to the dignity of thought.
      - William Cowper

In indolent vacuity of thought.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 297)

Slow seems their speed whose thoughts before them run.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Impromptu thoughts are mental wild-flowers.
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
      - Rene Descartes

I think, therefore I am.
  [Fr., Je pense, donc je suis.]
      - Rene Descartes,
        Principes de la Philosophie
         (I, sec. VII)

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
      - attributed to James Dewar

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is a thread in our thoughts as there is a pulse in our feelings; he who can hold the one knows how to think, and he who can move the other knows how to feel.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Her pure and eloquent blood
  Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought,
    That one would almost say her body thought.
      - Dr. John Donne

I scarcely understand my own intent, but, silkworm-like, so long within have wrought, that I am lost in my own web of thought.
      - John Dryden

Words are but pictures of our thoughts.
      - John Dryden

He trudg'd along, unknowing what he sought,
  And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
      - John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 84)

Second thoughts, they say, are best.
      - John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
         (act II, sc. 2)

What was once thought can never be unthought.
      - Friedrich Durrenmatt

One thought cannot awake without awakening others.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
      - Albert Einstein


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