”Right thinking comes with self-knowledge. Without understanding yourself, you have no basis for thought; without self-knowledge what you think is not true.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Thinking Quotes

It is really important to have clarity in life, and it begins with clarity in the mind. To have clear thinking you need to be more aware and slow down your thinking. Here are some thinking quotes.


“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

– Lao Tzu

2. “The people who don’t think are the ones who never listen.”

– Haruki Murakami

3. “Nothing in life matters quite as much as you think it does while you are thinking about it.”

– Daniel Kahneman

4. “Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think.”

– Robert Greene


“Think for yourself, not of yourself. Think of others, not for others.”

– Naval Ravikant

6. “If you can think and speak and write, you are absolutely deadly, nothing can get in your way.”

– Jordan Peterson

7. “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


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“Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.”

– Thomas Szasz

9. “You have decided being scared is caused mostly by thinking.”

– David Wallace

10. “Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out.”

– John Maxwell

11. “When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.”

– Leonard Cohen


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

13. “Your mind is working at its best when you’re being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.”

– Banksy

14. “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.”

– John Locke

15. “In order to fully trust our inner voice we must first tune to the frequency of the heart. The more we quiet the mind and free ourselves from clinging to thought forms the better able we are to hear the deeper voice within.”

– Ram Dass

16. “The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”

– Christopher Hitchens


“Clear writing demands clear thinking, which makes it the ultimate discipline for sharpening the mind.”

– Johnny Uzan

18. “Everything hangs on one’s thinking… A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.”

– Seneca

19. “Writing is thinking. I rarely know what I think about something until I write about it.”

– James Clear

20. “The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.”

– Peter Thiel

21. “Think not so much of what you lack as of what you have: but of the things that you have, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.”

– Marcus Aurelius

22. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

– Albert Einstein


“Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

24. “Thinking too little about things or thinking too much both make us obstinate and fanatical.”

– Blaise Pascal

25. “The less men think, the more they talk.”

– Charles de Montesquieu

26. “Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.”

– Bertrand Russell

27. “The more tired you are, the more susceptible you become to short-term thinking.”

– Brian Norgard

28. “In today’s society, independent thinking is revolutionary activity where the human mind is bombarded with commercial aspirations.”

– Thibaut

29. “As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

– Lao Tzu


“Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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31. “I don’t care what people think because people don’t think.”

– Kanye West

32.”Right thinking comes with self-knowledge. Without understanding yourself, you have no basis for thought; without self-knowledge what you think is not true.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

33. “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”

– Horace Walpole

34. “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”

– Santosh Kalwar

35. “Think hard, dig deep, do not take appearances for reality.”

– Robert Greene


“Free thinking people must have the courage to act on their independent thought. Otherwise, they may as well be sheep.”

– Ed Latimore

37. “The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.”

– Marcus Aurelius

38. “In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.”

– Jordan Peterson

39. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

– Fran Lebowitz

40. “It’s stupid the way people extrapolate the past – and not slightly stupid, but massively stupid.”

– Charlie Munger

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41. “Deep understanding requires deep thinking which requires focused time alone, away from the chatter of people online and offline. It requires staying with a single thought for a long time, focusing on it and developing it. In solitude is the genesis of great ideas.”

– The Ancient Sage


“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.”

– Carl Jung

43. “When all think alike, no one thinks very much.”

– Walter Lippmann

44. “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

– Terry Pratchett

45. “I think when you multitask so much you don’t have time to think about anything deeply, you are giving the world an advantage you shouldn’t do, and practically everybody is drifting into that mistake.”

– Charlie Munger

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46. “It appears possible that writing, which is a formalized form of thinking, helps people derive information from their experiences that help them guide their perceptions, actions, thoughts, and emotions in the present… Clarifying purpose and meaning into the future helps improve positive emotion, which is associated with movement towards important goals.”

– Jordan Peterson

47. “The things I carry are my thoughts. That’s it. They are the only weight. My thoughts determine whether I am free and light or burdened.”

– Kamal Ravikant

48. “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”

– A. A. Milne


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“Thoughts aren’t really fixed realities, but simply movements of the mind that is thinking.”

– Mingyur Rinpoche

50. “The truth is, you have control of your thoughts, reactions, and responses. And once you understand how powerful that choice can be, you’ll be able to change more aspects of your life than you can imagine.”

– Sebastian Bailey

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51. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.”

– Albert Einstein

52. “Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own.

You will not believe in the scriptures;

you will believe only in your own experience.”

– Osho

53. “High Modernity: routine in place of physical effort, physical effort in place of mental expenditure, & mental expenditure in place of mental clarity.”

– Nassim Taleb

54. “He who writes carelessly confesses thereby at the very outset that he does not attach much importance to his own thoughts.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

55. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

– Confucius


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“The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas.”

– Lao Tzu

57. “The thinker needs no one to refute him, for that he has himself.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

58. “A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.”

– Thomas Aquinas

59. “Hold your council before dinner; the full belly hates thinking as well as acting.”

– Benjamin Franklin

60. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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61. “Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

– Seneca


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“Intellectualization creates a gap or lack of rapport between you and your life. You may think about things so much that you get into the state where you are eating the menu instead of the dinner.”

– Alan Watts

63. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, It is time to pause and reflect.”

– Mark Twain

64. “Fear overrides all rational thinking.”

– Greg Secker

65. “People can only be as good as their thoughts, as successful as their mental patterns, as progressive as their ideas.”

– Iyanla Vanzant

66. “And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”

– Khalil Gibran

67. “Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.”

– Plato


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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle

69. “Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.”

– Friedrich Neitzsche

70. “To know what people really think, observe what they do, not what they say.”

– Rene Descartes

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71. “If you want to get smart the question you have to keep asking is ‘why, why, why,?'”

– Charlie Munger

72. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

– Lao Tzu


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“Anybody who doesn’t change their mind a lot is dramatically underestimating the complexity of the world we live in.”

– Jeff Bezos

74. “Until you realize how easy it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else’s game.”

– Evita Ochel

75. “It is not the chains of some tyrant that robs us of freedom. Rather, it is the staleness of our attitude.”

– Craig Lounsbrough

76. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. “

– Marcus Aurelius

77. “Everyone pretends to be ‘free thinkers’, but few individuals pass the line into expressive territories that may be detrimental to their own social well-being.”

– Criss jami


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“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”

– Jim Morrison

79. “When you are completely identified with your thinking mind you are totally separate from everything else in the universe.”

– Ram Dass

80. “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

– William James

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81. “I just want to think deeply about things. Contemplate ideas in a pure, free sort of way. That’s all.”

– Haruki Murakami

82. “One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”

– Nikola Tesla

83. “Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

84. “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

– Galileo Galilei


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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

– Albert Einstein

86. “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”

– John Dewey

87. “Misery is almost always the result of thinking.”

– Joseph joubert

88. “The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”

– Mortimer J. Adler

89. “A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

90. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

– Dr. Seuss

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91. “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

– Mahatma Gandhi


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“The Mind is everything. what you think you become.”

– Buddha

93. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

94. “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”

– Benjamin Franklin

95. “We’re sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we’re not getting any sunshine!”

– Ram Dass

96. “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…”

– Leo Tolstoy

97. “Pen, ink and paper and a sitting posture are great helps to attention and thinking.”

– John Adams


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“You must develop the discipline to think right. It will give you the discipline to act right.”

– Iyanla Vanzant

99. “If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.”

– George Orwell

100. “If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”

– Harlan Ellison

101. “You know the minute you stop thinking about it, it’ll happen.”

– Sarah Dessen

102. “People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

– Helen Keller

103. “You don’t have to stay trapped in your thoughts just because you think them.”

– Doug Dillon

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