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The mind grows by what it feeds on.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Our brains are seventy year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the Angel of the Resurrection.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The more we examine the mechanism of thought, the more we shall see that the automatic, unconscious action of the mind enters largely into all its processes. Our definite ideas are stepping-stones; how we get from one to the other, we do not know; something carries us; we do not take the step.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

What would be the state of the highway of life, if we did not drive our thought-sprinklers through them, with valve open, sometimes?
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Professor at the Breakfast Table

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (I)

Every man who speaks out loud and clear is tinting the "Zeitgeist." Every man who expresses what he honestly thinks is true is changing the Spirit of the Times. Thinkers help other people to think, for they formulate what others are thinking. No person writes or thinks alone--thought is in the air, but its expression is necessary to create a tangible Spirit of the Times.
      - Elbert Hubbard, Pig-Pen Pete--The Bee

God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.
      - Victor Hugo

Labor is life; thought is light.
      - Victor Hugo

Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds on which it is commonly founded.
      - David Hume

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
      - David Hume

Orthodoxy is the Bourbon of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

When our thoughts are born,
  Though they be good and humble, one should mind
    How they are reared, or some will go astray
      And shame their mother.
      - Jean Ingelow

Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

You have no right to erect your toll-gate upon the highways of thought.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Only those thoughts which the most profound earnestness has produced and perfected take a cheerful form.
      - Hermann Jacobi

Those recesses of the inner life, which the God who made us keeps from every eye but His own.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
      - Thomas Jefferson

He that never thinks new can be wise.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He who would govern his actions by the laws of virtue must regulate his thoughts by those of reason.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Most men think indistinctly, and therefore cannot speak with exactness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

No man will be found in whose mind airy notions do not sometimes tyrannize him and thus force him to hope or fear beyond the limits of sober probability.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Thought is always troublesome to him who lives without his own approbation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

My thoughts and I were of another world.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of His Humour
         (act III, sc. 3)

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