Ruined by liberty of thought…

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein (1879 โ€“ 1955)

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

Thomas Edison (1847 โ€“ 1931)

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

Joseph Campbell (1904 โ€“ 1987)

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

Voltaire (1694 โ€“ 1778)

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

Ray Bradbury (1920 โ€“ 2012)

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill (1874 โ€“ 1965)

People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of converting men into animals.

Muhammad Iqbal (1877 โ€“ 1938)

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.

Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954)

You can’t change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you’re thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain.

Ernesto Bertarelli (b. 1965)

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Zig Ziglar (1926 โ€“ 2012)

31 thoughts on “Ruined by liberty of thought…”

  1. I hope I am not lowering the tone by adding a question re quotation – I’d like to use it in a piece of work I am hoping to finish very soon: How would you translate Martin Buber ‘Alles Wirkliche Leben ist Begegnung’ into English, please? I once met with this quote after a very significant psychodrama training session at the YH Uberlingen, Lake Konstanz, on a plaque in the hall. Many thanks, David

      1. sounds good โ€“ thank you very much questions I was not sure about the cultural connotations of encounter โ€“ but the way you put it sounds good even to me ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. โค Terveen โค ~ thank you. I'm glad I did too – I get a lot out of perusing wise sayings and picking out the ones that speak to me in varied ways.

  2. Lots of good quotes in here David. The one by Ray Bradbury was interesting where he encourages the reader not to think as it’s the enemy of creativity. That we’re just to do. I would elaborate on that and say that we shouldn’t overthink.
    Also, the one where it says “we can’t change things with the same thinking we’ve had before.” is a favourite of mine. ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Nothing like a breath of fresh air.
    Question is, will it fan the fire?

    No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

    โ€“Voltaireย (1694 โ€“ 1778)

    According to Voltaire it should do the job
    Yet when we look around us, problems seem to have multiplied.
    We are not so good at fanning the flames of change

    We are constantly in turmoil.

    The intelligence of Einstein..

  4. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

    Hi David et al,
    I had my left hip replaced on 18th and I will be going home this afternoon. Definitely positive.
    โ€“Zig Ziglar (1926 โ€“ 2012)

    1. Oh, I’m glad, Andrew! An older friend of mine had both of her knees replaced not so long ago, and she’s so happy about it! She’s walking better than ever before!

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