|Upon the cunning loom of thought|
We weave our fancies, so and so.
T. B. AldrichCloth of Gold. Prelude.
|Sempre il miglior non è il parer primiero.|
First thoughts are not always the best.
AlfieriDon Garzia. III. 1.
|The kings of modern thought are dumb.|
Matthew ArnoldStanzas from the Grande Chartreuse.
| Great thoughts, like great deeds, need|
BaileyFestus. Sc. Home.
|Ill put that in my considering cap.|
Beaumont and FletcherLoyal Subject. Act II. Sc. 1.
| Qui sait si lon ne verra pas que le phosphore et lesprit vont ensemble?|
Who knows whether it is not true that phosphorus and mind are not the same thing?
Henri Beyle (Stendhal)Histoire de la Peinture en Italie. Ch. XCI. P. 209. (Ed. 1854).
|Sow a thought and reap an act.|
Quoted by G. D. Boardman.
| Thought is valuable in proportion as it is generative.|
Bulwer-LyttonCaxtoniana. Essay XIV.
|The first thought is often the best.|
Bishop ButlerSermon on the Character of Balaam. Seventh Sermon.
|What exile from himself can flee?|
To zones, though more and more remote,
Still, still pursues, whereer I be,
The blight of lifethe demon Thought.
ByronChilde Harold. To Inez. Canto I. St. 84. L. 6.
| I stood|
Among them, but not of them: in a shroud
Of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
ByronChilde Harold. Canto III. St. 113.
| Whatsoeer thy birth,|
Thou wert a beautiful thought and softly bodied forth.
ByronChilde Harold. Canto IV. St. 115.
|The power of Thought,the magic of the Mind!|
ByronCorsair. Canto I. St. 8.
| Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?|
CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. Lecture I.
|Thought once awakened does not again slumber.|
CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. Lecture I.
|My thoughts ran a wool-gathering.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. LVII.
|With curious art the brain, too finely wrought,|
Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought.
ChurchillEpistle to Wm. Hogarth. L. 645.
| Cujusvis hominis est errare; nullius, nisi insipientis, in errore perseverare. Posteriores enim cogitationes (ut aiunt) sapientiores solent esse.|
Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it. Second thoughts are best as the proverb says.
CiceroPhilippicæ. XII. 2.
|Old things need not be therefore true,|
O brother men, nor yet the new;
Ah! still awhile the old thought retain,
And yet consider it again!
Arthur Hugh CloughAh, yet Consider it Again.
|Perhaps tis pretty to force together|
Thoughts so all unlike each other;
To mutter and mock a broken charm,
To dally with wrong that does no harm.
ColeridgeChristabel. Conclusion to Part II.
|In indolent vacuity of thought.|
CowperTask. Bk. IV. The Winter Evening. L. 297.
|Je pense, done je suis.|
I think, therefore I am.
DescartesPrincipes de la Philosophie. I. Sec. VII. Cogito, ergo sum. (Latin of same.)
|He trudgd along, unknowing what he sought,|
And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
DrydenCymon and Iphigenia. L. 84.
|Second thoughts, they say, are best.|
DrydenThe Spanish Friar. Act II. Sc. 2. EuripidesHippolytus. 438.
| For thoughts are so greatarent they, sir?|
They seem to lie upon us like a deep flood.
George EliotAdam Bede. Ch. VIII.
| Our growing thought|
Makes growing revelation.
George EliotSpanish Gypsy. Bk. II.
| The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.|
EmersonConduct of Life. Fate.
| Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world, alters the world.|
EmersonEssays. Of Politics.
| Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims. Progress of Culture.
|Wer kann was Dummes, wer was Kluges denken,|
Das nicht die Vorwelt schon gedacht.
Who can think wise or stupid things at all that were not thought already in the past.
GoetheFaust. II. 2. 1.
|Those who think must govern those that toil.|
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 372.
|Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.|
GrayProgress of Poesy. III. 3. L. 4.
|Their own second and sober thoughts.|
Matthew HenryExposition. Job VI. 29.
| A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.|
HolmesThe Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.
| Why cant somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?|
HolmesProfessor at the Breakfast Table.
| Every man who speaks out loud and clear is tinting the Zeitgeist. Every man who expresses what he honestly thinks is true is changing the Spirit of the Times. Thinkers help other people to think, for they formulate what others are thinking. No person writes or thinks alonethought is in the air, but its expression is necessary to create a tangible Spirit of the Times.|
Elbert HubbardPig-Pen Pete. The Bee.
| That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.|
Samuel Johnson. Boswells Life of Johnson. (1770).
|My thoughts and I were of another world.|
Ben JonsonEvery Man Out of His Humour. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Sudden a thought came like a full-blown rose,|
Flushing his brow.
KeatsThe Eve of St. Agnes. St. 16.
| The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have, and therefore should be secured, because they seldom return again.|
LockeLetter to Mr. Saml Bold, May 16, 1699.
|A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.|
|The surest pledge of a deathless name|
Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.
LongfellowHerons of Elmwood. St. 9.
| My own thoughts|
Are my companions.
LongfellowMasque of Pandora. Pt. III. Tower of Prometheus on Mount Caucasus.
|Thoughts so sudden, that they seem|
The revelations of a dream.
LongfellowPrelude to Tales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. I. L. 233.
|All thoughts that mould the age begin|
Deep down within the primitive soul.
LowellAn Incident in a Railroad Car.
|A penny for your thought.|
LylyEuphues. SwiftPolite Conversation. Introduction.
|Annihilating all thats made|
To a green thought in a green shade.
Andrew MarvellThe Garden. Translated.
|Grand Thoughts that never can be wearied out,|
Showing the unreality of Time.
Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton)Sonnet To Charles Lamb.
| Thoughts that voluntary move|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. III. L. 37.
|Ohne Phosphor kein Gedanke.|
No thought without phosphorus.
Jacob MoleschottLehre der Nahrungsmittel. II. 1. 4.
| His thoughts have a high aim, though their dwelling be in the vale of a humble heart.|
| It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment, but not in matters of conscience. In matters of duty, first thoughts are commonly best. They have more in them of the voice of God.|
| Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.|
Blaise PascalThoughts. Ch. II. 10.
| Thought can wing its way|
Swifter than lightning-flashes or the beam
That hastens on the pinions of the morn.
|As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.|
Proverbs. XXIII. 7.
|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.
|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.
SapphoFragment. J. S. Easby-Smiths trans.
|At Learnings fountain it is sweet to drink,|
But tis a nobler privilege to think.
J. G. SaxeThe Library.
|Es lebt ein anders denkendes Geschlecht!|
There lives a race which otherwise does think.
SchillerWilhelm Tell. II. 1. 206.
|Still are the thoughts to memory dear.|
ScottRokeby. Canto I. St. 33.
| Ah! comme vous dites, il faut glisser sur bien des pensées, et ne faire pas semblant de les voir.|
Ah! as you say, we should slip over many thoughts and act as though we did not perceive them.
Mme. De SévignéLettres. 70.
| But now behold,|
In the quick forge and working-house of thought,
How London doth pour out her citizens!
Henry V. Act V. Prologue. L. 22.
|My thoughts are whirled like a potters wheel.|
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 19.
|A maiden hath no tongue but thought.|
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 8.
| Mens first thoughts in this matter are generally better than their second; their natural notions better than those refind by study, or consultation with casuists.|
Earl of ShaftesburyCharacteristics. Essay on The Freedom of Wit and Humour. Sect. I.
|Strange thoughts beget strange deeds.|
ShelleyThe Cenci. Act IV. Sc. 4.
|A thought by thought is piled, till some great truth|
Is loosened, and the nations echo round,
Shaken to their roots, as do the mountains now.
ShelleyPrometheus Unbound. Act II. Sc. 3.
| Come near me! I do weave|
A chain I cannot breakI am possest
With thoughts too swift and strong for one lone human breast.
ShelleyRevolt of Islam. Canto IX. St. 33.
| Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.|
ShenstoneDetached Thoughts on Men and Manners.
|They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.|
Sir Philip SidneyThe Arcadia. Bk. I.
|If I could think how these my thoughts to leave,|
Or thinking still, my thoughts might have good end:
If rebel sense would reasons law receive;
Or reason foild would not in vain contend:
Then might I think what thoughts were best to think:
Then might I wisely swim, or gladly sink.
Sir Philip SidneySonnet.
|Oh, the fetterless mind! how it wandereth free|
Through the wildering maze of Eternity!
|Thinking is but an idle waste of thought,|
And naught is everything, and everything is naught.
Horace and James SmithRejected Addresses. Cui Bono? (Imitation of Byron.)
| Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.|
Madame de StaëlGermany. Pt. I. Ch. VIII.
|Time to me this truth has taught,|
(Tis a treasure worth revealing)
More offend from want of thought
Than from any want of feeling.
Charles SwainWant of Thought.
| What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world when he becomes a spirit.|
SwedenborgDivine Providence. 101.
|Though man a thinking being is defined,|
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do.
Jane TaylorEssays in Rhyme. On Morals and Manners. Prejudice. Essay I. St. 45.
| In matters of conscience that is the best sense which every wise man takes in before he hath sullied his understanding with the designs of sophisters and interested persons.|
Jeremy TaylorDuctor Dubitantium (Rule of Conscience) Bk. I. Ch. I. Rule VI. (1660).
|And Thought leapt out to wed with Thought,|
Ere Thought could wed itself with Speech.
TennysonIn Memoriam. Pt. XXIII. St. 4.
|Large elements in order brought,|
And tracts of calm from tempest made,
And world-wide fluctuation swayd,
In vassal tides that followd thought.
TennysonIn Memoriam. CXII. St. 4.
|Yet I doubt not thro the ages one increasing purpose runs,|
And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.
TennysonLocksley Hall. St. 69.
|And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams|
Call to the soul when man doth sleep,
So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes,
And into glory peep.
Henry VaughanThey are all gone into the World of Light. St. 7.
| Lorsquune pensée est trop faible pour porter une expression simple, cest la marque pour la rejeter.|
When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it is a proof that it should be rejected.
|Les grandés pensées viennent du cur.|
Great thoughts come from the heart.
|His high-erected thoughts lookd down upon|
The smiling valley of his fruitful heart.
Daniel WebsterA Monumental Column.
|But hushed be every thought that springs|
From out the bitterness of things.
WordsworthElegiac Stanzas. Addressed to Sir G. H. B.
|Yet, sometimes, when the secret cup|
Of still and serious thought went round,
It seemed as if he drank it up,
He felt with spirit so profound.
|Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof|
That they wore born for immortality.
WordsworthSonnet. On Kings College Chapel, Cambridge.
| Knocks at our hearts, and finds our thoughts at home.|
YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 99.