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Bad thoughts quickly ripen into bad actions.
      - Bishop Beilby Porteus

In a crowd, on a journey, at a banquet even, a line of thought can itself provide its own seclusion.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

To live thy better, let thy worst thoughts die.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Thought is the first faculty of man; to express it is one of his first desires; to spread it, his dearest privilege.
      - Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
  And spent my little life without a thought,
    And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
      Should think of me, who never thought of him.
      - Abbe Rene Francois Regnier

To express unafraid and unashamed what one really thinks and feels is one of the great consolations of life.
      - Theodor Reik

"Give me," said Herder to his son, as he lay in the parched weariness of his last illness,--"give me a great thought, that I may quicken myself with it."
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Thoughts perhaps, which, like field-mice of the soul, leap under the feet and stick like adders.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
      - James Harvey Robinson

Every day a little life, a blank to be inscribed with gentle thoughts.
      - Samuel Rogers

Kindred objects kindred thoughts inspire,
  As summer clouds flash forth electric fire.
      - Samuel Rogers

Chamfort makes me laugh and think at the same time; that is true wit.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

A delicate thought is a flower of the mind.
      - Charles Rollin

Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I'm an old man, it's early in the morning and I'm gathering my thoughts here.
      - Donald Rumsfeld

When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
      - Salman Rushdie

It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy; and the two cannot be separated with impunity.
      - John Ruskin

Many thoughts are so dependent upon the language in which they are clothed that they would lose half their beauty if otherwise expressed.
      - John Ruskin

The highest thoughts are those which are least dependent on language, and the dignity of any composition and praise to which it is entitled are in exact proportion to its dependency of language or expression.
      - John Ruskin

Thought engenders thought. Place one idea on paper, another will follow it, and still another, until you have written a page; you cannot fathom your mind. There is a well of thought which has no bottom; the more you draw from it, the more clear and fruitful it will be.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

Sweetest mother, I can weave no more to-day,
  For thoughts of him come thronging,
    Him for whom my heart is longing--
      For I know not where my weary fingers stray.
      - Sappho, Fragment,
        (J.S. Easby-Smith's translation)

The man of thought strikes deepest and strikes safest.
      - Richard Savage

The only thought in the world that is worth anything is free thought. To free thought we owe all past progress and all hope for the future. Since when has any one made it appear that shackled thought could get on better than that which is free? Brains are a great misfortune if one is never to use them.
      - Richard Savage

At Learning's fountain it is sweet to drink,
  But 'tis a nobler privilege to think.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, The Library

There lives a race which otherwise does think.
  [Ger., Es lebt ein anders denkendes Geschlecht!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (II, 1, 206)

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