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Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

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The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

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and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

If I have any advice to pass on, as a successful man, it is this: If one wants to be successful, one must think; one must think until it hurts.
Roy Thomson
Media mogul

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.
Henry Ford
Automobile Manufacturer

Most of one’s life…is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Aldous Huxley
Writer and critic

All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think.
Thomas Watson
Founder and president, IBM Corporation

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Poet and satirist

A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
Statesman, philosopher, essayist

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
Bertrand Russell
Philosopher and mathematician

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Clergyman, civil rights leader

It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.
Thomas Edison

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.
Don Marquis
Journalist, dramatist, columnist

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
John Kenneth Galbraith

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
George S. Patton
U.S. Army general

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Siddhartha Guatama Buddha
Founder of Buddhism

Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Physician and author

There is no limitation other than what we think.
Kenneth G. Mills
Philosopher, composer, artist

Blessed is the man who has both mind and money, for he employs the latter well.
Athenian writer

Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.
Charles Kettering

Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.
Harriet Martineau

To have ideas is to gather flowers; to think, is to weave them into garlands.
Anne-Sophie Swetchine

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.
Francis Bacon
Statesman, philosopher, and essayist

A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.
Greek poet and dramatist

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius
Emperor of Rome, philosopher

People are governed by the head; a kind heart is of little value in chess.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
Military strategist

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
Hyman G. Rickover
U.S. Navy admiral

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training.
Anna Freud

If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.
David Belasco
Theatrical producer

The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
John Dewey
Philosopher, educator

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Will Durant

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
Henry George

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein

The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.
Thomas Watson
Founder and president, IBM Corporation

No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
Charles Steinmetz
Electrical engineer

There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.
Wallace D. Wattles
Pioneer success writer

If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.
George Barzan

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

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
Siddhartha Guatama Buddha
Founder of Buddhism

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
Poet and dramatist

Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.
Frederick W. Faber
English theologian

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
John Jay Chapman
Essayist, literary critic and social commentator

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
Rene Descartes
French mathematician and philosopher

I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.
Sara Teasdale

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and writer

Every thought we think is creating our future.
Louise L. Hay

In America we can say what we think, and even if we can’t think, we can say it anyhow.
Charles Kettering
Engineer and inventor

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

Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.
Bertrand Russell
Philosopher and mathematician

Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s no good agreeing with a person who can’t make up his mind.

If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
Samuel Goldwyn
Film producer

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