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As artists, we are manifesting thought into reality every time we create. Applying those same skills to the self is a natural transition. (Cristina Acosta)

Thoughts are things; they have tremendous power. Thoughts of doubt and fear are pathways to failure. (Bryan Adams)

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves. (Theodor W. Adorno)

The mind may accept or deny that you are awareness, but either way it can't really understand... Thought cannot comprehend what is beyond thought. (Adyashanti)

A man is known by the company his mind keeps. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. (James Allen)

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order to not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

That in the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were truths and they were all beautiful. (Sherwood Anderson)

Goals determine your thoughts – thoughts determine your life. (Anonymous)

-Thirteen Reasons Why...
Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don't understand. Thoughts that aren't even true - that aren't really how we feel - but they're running through our heads anyway because they're interesting to think about. (Jay Asher)

The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these – that where a man can live, there – if he will – he can also live well. (Marcus Aurelius)

All action results from thought, so it is thought that matters. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

An unfinished thought is any thought, really - if a thought is 'finished' it's dead. We are all of us in transition, all the time, and our thoughts can be no exception. (Leo Babauta)

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived. (Richard Bach)

A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most people of thought believe in providence. (Honore de Balzac)

Thoughts are so ephemeral, part of a stream which flows past the observer on the bank. (Nicoletta Baumeister)

Exploring the thought process through visual journaling is essential in a world that is in continuous change. (Michael Bell)

One thought fills immensity. (William Blake)

Unexpressed good thoughts aren't worth squat! (Kenneth Blanchard)

If you follow the process of a thought - any thought, not just about art - the thought changes. It has to do with what you can hold in your memory and what you lose. That's an interesting thing to try to paint. (Ross Bleckner)

The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

He thought in other heads, and in his own; others besides himself thought. (Bertolt Brecht)

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement. (Claude M. Bristol)

The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. (Jacob Bronowski)

My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives. (Mel Brooks)

Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought. (Robert Browning)

The thought manifests as the word; / The word manifests as the deed; / The deed develops into habit; / And habit hardens into character. / So watch the thought and its ways with care, / And let it spring from love; / Born out of concern for all beings. (Gautama Buddha)

A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Thought is valuable in proportion as it is generative. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Your life is a reflection of your past thoughts. That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great... Think thoughts of abundance and wealth, and do not allow any contradictory thoughts to take root. (Rhonda Byrne)

The power of thought – the magic of the mind! (Lord Byron)

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency. (John Cage)

The ill effects of thought come about when we forget that thought is a function of our consciousness... an ability that we as human beings have. We are the producers of our own thinking. (Richard Carlson)

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. (Thomas Carlyle)

Our thoughts make us what we are. (Dale Carnegie)

Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. (G. K. Chesterton)

Dogma does not mean the absence of thought but the end of thought. (G. K. Chesterton)

A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by continually using and tiring it, just in the same way he can wear out the elbows of his coat. (Winston Churchill)

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. (Winston Churchill)

When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it's clear proof that it should be rejected. (Luc de Clapiers)

I wonder if a single thought that has helped forward the human spirit has ever been conceived or written down in an enormous room: except, perhaps, in the reading room of the British Museum. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

Our acts can be no wiser than our thoughts. (George S. Clason)

To make your life more creative, just keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way; sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious. Out of the blue a new thought mysteriously appears - if you put in the pondering time first. (John Cleese)

Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted. (Robert Collier)

One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false. It comes to be the dominating thought in one's mind. (Robert Collier)

Between repetition and forgetting, it is a marvel that a new thought ever struggles into existence. (Mason Cooley)

I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality. (Salvador Dali)

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. (Charles Darwin)

To give a body and a perfect form to one's thoughts. This – and only this – is to be an artist. (Jacques-Louis David)

Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving. (John Dewey)

The sad fact is that more people are confined by their thoughts than are fed by them. (Dr. Jay Dishman)

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Thought changes structure... I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma. (Norman Doidge)

Shake off those thoughts, / They're strangling you, / Let out your human song. (Donovan)

Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance. (Alexandre Dumas)

If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. (Bettie Eadie)

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

Thoughts are our inner senses. When the inner senses are dull and blurred, you can see nothing in or of yourself; you become a respectable prisoner of received images. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

Walking is also an ambulation of mind. (Gretel Ehrlich)

Have the courage to take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you. (Albert Einstein)

Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions. (Albert Einstein)

A great thought begins by seeing something differently, with a shift of the mind's eye. (Albert Einstein)

Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought. (T. S. Eliot)

The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Our best thoughts come from others. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within... Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Men are not troubled by things themselves, but by their thoughts about them. (Epictetus)

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. (Euripides)

The mind is still there even when thoughts are not... (David Fontana)

It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition. (Northrop Frye)

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. (James William Fulbright)

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. (Buckminster Fuller)

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. (Mahatma Gandhi)

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. (Emma Goldman)

The helpful thought for which you look / Is written somewhere in a book. (Edward Gorey)

-The Fault in Our Stars...
My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. (John Green)

A thought for each day: Make it through until tomorrow. (Robert Half)

Many a superior brain is blockaded by inferior thoughts. (Henry S. Haskins)

It's only a thought and a thought can be changed. (Elizabeth Hay)

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. (William Hazlitt)

More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth. (Napoleon Hill)

Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts. (Napoleon Hill)

Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven. (Douglas Horton)

Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out, but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time. (A. E. Housman)

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. (Aldous Huxley)

Think of negative speech as verbal pollution. And that's what I've been doing: visualizing insults and gossip as a dark cloud, maybe one with some sulfur dioxide. Once you've belched it out, you can't take it back... The interesting thing is, the less often I vocalize my negative thoughts, the fewer negative thoughts I cook up in the first place. (A.J. Jacobs)

Our experiments aim at letting thought express itself spontaneously without the control which reason represents. (Asger Jorn)

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. (Franz Kafka)

All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us. (Immanuel Kant)

Thoughts are just what is. They appear. They're innocent. They're not personal. They're like the breeze or the leaves on the trees or the raindrops falling. Thoughts arise like that, and we can make friends with them. Would you argue with a raindrop? (Byron Katie)

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. (John F. Kennedy)

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. (Soren Kierkegaard)

We're animals. We're born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts. (Barbara Kingsolver)

All too often, when it comes to our own minds, we are surprisingly mindless. We sail on, blithely unaware of how much we are missing, of how little we grasp of our own thought process - and how much better we could be if only we'd taken the time to understand and to reflect. (Maria Konnikova)

We all have the power of thought - so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master. (Dalai Lama)

I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams. (D. H. Lawrence)

Each canvas becomes a historical record of my thought processes, giving the viewer a glimpse into my mind. (Brent R. Laycock)

Our thoughts are mainly controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed before the age of 6, and you cannot change the subconscious mind by just thinking about it. (Bruce Lipton)

Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Thoughts have no sex. (Clare Boothe Luce)

Colors make things pop. Thoughts, too, have color, and using color to write them down is a way of rap-tap-tapping on the wellspring of our reclusive ideas and forcing them to speak. (Mary Madsen)

When there are thoughts, it is distraction; when there are no thoughts, it is meditation. (Ramana Maharshi)

-Life of Pi...
At moments of wonder, it is easy to avoid small thinking, to entertain thoughts that span the universe, that capture both thunder and tinkle, thick and thin, the near and the far. (Yann Martel)

When you look in your mind you find it covered with a lot of rubbishy thoughts. You have to penetrate these and hear what your mind is telling you to do. Such work is original work. (Agnes Martin)

Have to sow excellent seeds to have an excellent life. Must start with sowing excellent thoughts. (John C. Maxwell)

Our thoughts create our reality - where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. (Peter McWilliams)

The world is... the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)

Thought is fluid. (Michael Michalko)

The conditions conducive to deep thought have become increasingly rare in our highly mediated lives... Now we live in an attention economy, where the most in-demand commodity is 'eyeballs.' (Laura Miller)

The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. (John Milton)

When a thought is powerful, it is because it has a lot of belief in it... At a certain point, thoughts become irrelevant. (Mooji)

We think and live in our thoughts. That is what and where creating springs from. (Alfred Muma)

The Law of Attraction attracts to you everything you need, according to the nature of your thought. Your environment and financial condition are the perfect reflection of your habitual thinking. Thought rules the world. (Dr. Joseph Murphy)

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Even a thought, even a possibility, can shatter us and transform us. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts. (Earl Nightingale)

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. (Blaise Pascal)

If you could hold your nose to avoid a stink, or close your eyes to cut out a sight, why not shut off your brain to avoid a thought? (Katherine Paterson)

Change your thoughts and you change your world. (Norman Vincent Peale)

Painters, voice your thoughts judiciously and at your own peril, lest you kill that which you wanted to see grow. If you must share your thoughts, try an in-studio diary. (Alexander Petti)

The picture is not thought out and determined beforehand, rather while it's being made it follows the mobility of thought. (Pablo Picasso)

Art is the residue of thought – it does not happen by accident or without effort. (Todd Plough)

Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything. (Henri Poincare)

Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise! (Alexander Pope)

Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. (Bob Proctor)

The thoughts of the day become the dreams of the night. (Chinese proverb)

Only positive thoughts are productive. (Faith Puleston)

Paint ideas, paint thought. (Howard Pyle)

A thought is an idea in transit. (Pythagoras)

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. (Ayn Rand)

I don't mess around with my subconscious. (Robert Rauschenberg)

History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of thought. (James Redfield)

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art. (Wynetka Ann Reynolds)

Paint from the pit of your furthest reaching thoughts - inward or outward. (CJ Rider)

Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts. (Tony Robbins)

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

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

A thought no less than a thing, an idea equally with an empire, is resolved into a complex of infinitely extensive relations between infinitesimally small parts. (Sangharakshita)

A man may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner. (George Saville)

If we only thought of our feet as we walk, we'd miss everything else. (Richard Schmid)

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. (Albert Schweitzer)

The world is a thought. (Paol Serret)

Be great in act, as you have been in thought. (William Shakespeare)

Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts. (William Shenstone)

The fragrance of thought is a perfume sold to sweep a man to his feet! (Lynda Gaelyn Smith)

In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth. (Baruch Spinoza)

Politeness is the art of selecting among one's real thoughts. (Madame de Stael)

The most careful reasoning characters are very often the most easily abashed. (Madame de Stael)

Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge. (Stendhal)

A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust. (James Stephens, author)

Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. (Wallace Stevens)

How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. (Wallace Stevens)

Thought tends to collect in pools. (Wallace Stevens)

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language. (J. Michael Straczynski)

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Living in my head isn't fun sometimes. A kajillion thoughts are there at any one time, and the only place I find peace is at the easel. (Janice Tanton)

Thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break your world by thinking. (Susan Taylor)

Man is a thinking being, whether he will or no: all he can do is to turn his thoughts the best way. (Sir William Temple)

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice. (Henry David Thoreau)

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. (Henry David Thoreau)

I do not think out what I will do. My thought comes out while I work. My work expresses my thought. My work is my thought. (Tiktak)

Meet everyone and everything through stillness rather than mental noise. (Eckhart Tolle)

While you're meditating, all kinds of thoughts arise... You don't find your thoughts threatening or particularly helpful. They just become the general gossip of your thoughts. This traffic of your thoughts and the verbosity of your mind are simply part of the basic chatter that goes on in the universe. Just let it go through. (Chogyam Trungpa)

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Thoughts are boomerangs, returning with precision to their source. Choose wisely which ones you throw. (Author unknown)

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts. (Paul Valery)

The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds. (Paul Valery)

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to. (Paul Valery)

All grand thoughts come from the heart. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

The individual's habits of thought make an organic complex, the trend of which is necessarily in the direction of serviceability to the life process. When it is attempted to assimilate systematic waste or futility, as an end in life, into this organic complex, there presently supervenes a revulsion. (Thorstein Veblen)

My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flowers or weeds. (Mel Weldon)

If we're always guided by other people's thoughts, what's the point in having our own? (Oscar Wilde)

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head. (Thornton Wilder)

Thought is cause, experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking. (Marianne Williamson)

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory. (William Wordsworth)

We only believe in those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body. (William Butler Yeats)

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Thought is action in rehearsal. (William K. Zinsser)

The thought is a deed. Of all deeds she fertilizes the world most. (Emile Zola)


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