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Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered. See quote detail

My thoughts ran a wool-gathering.

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.

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Our thoughts are epochs in our lives; all else is but as a journal of the winds that blow while we are here.

Our thoughts are ours, their ends none but our own.

Second thoughts they say are best.

Secret study, silent thought, is, after all, the mightiest agent in human affairs.

Some people 'pass through life soberly and religiously enough, without knowing why, or reasoning about it, but, from force of habit merely, go to heaven like fools.

Spiritual force is stronger than material; thoughts rule the world.

Temples have their sacred images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind; but, in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission.

The aphorism "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he" contains the secret of life. See quote detail

The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts; they are forever influencing the opinions and destinies of men.

The great thinker is seldom a disputant. He answers other men's arguments by stating the truth as he sees it.

The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.

The men of action are, after all, only the unconscious instruments of the men of thought.

The mind grows by what it feeds on.


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