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“A clear mind is a mind that can argue both sides of an issue until the victor appears through the natural process of evidence, reason, and result.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know.” —Laurence Peter

“A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart.” —Robertson Davies

“A man who refuses to have his own philosophy will only have the used-up scraps of somebody else’s philosophy.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Revival of Philosophy,” The Common Man (1930)

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes that hand bleed that uses it.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“A philosopher is one who is concerned with the nature of thought and thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Abstract thinking is zero contact with the material world while thinking only of thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“After all, without understanding yourself, what basis have you for right thinking?” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 361

“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.” —Walter Benjamin

“All success comes from a combination of implementation and knowledge. Knowledge alone is meaningless without action.” —Brian Koslow

“All that is thought should not be said, all that is said should not be written, all that is written should not be published, all the is published should not be read.” —Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (“All that is read should not be remembered.” —addition by Kevin Everett FitzMaurice)

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” —Edgar Allan Poe

“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Always find at least a positive, neutral, and negative interpretation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” —Oscar Wilde

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:7

“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” —Ephesians 3:19

“As long as we remain within the confines of the thinking mind, we can’t experience the state of non-thinking. If we can’t experience non-thinking, we will not understand what our life truly is. Just sit!” —Taizan Mabzume Roshi

“As with events, so is it with thoughts. When I watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see that I am a pensioner; not a cause but a surprised spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and look up and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.” —Justice William O. Douglas

“Attitudes are more important than facts.” —Dr. Karl Menninger

“Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” —Isaiah 50:11

“Belief creates its own experience; therefore, such an experience is not true.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 334

“But the love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened?” —Ecclesiasticus 25:11

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” —I Corinthians 2:14

“But this knowledge has lost compassion and grown disgusted with itself. It has forgotten about silence and emptiness.” —Rumi

“But why does reason keep me from drowning in your love. What use is this being rational in majesty?” —Rumi

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” —II Corinthians 10:5

“Challenge your preconceptions before your preconceptions challenge you.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Change your philosophy, change your life.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Change will lead to insight more often than insight will lead to change.” —Milton Erickson

“Common sense is not so common.” —Voltaire

“Consciousness rests on biology but is not biology.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Correct knowledge is dependent on objects, but the objects of knowledge are relative and changing. How can one know that the natural is not really of man, and what is of man is not really natural? We must, moreover, have true men before we can have true knowledge.” —Chung Tzu

“Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion.” ―Judith Guest, Ordinary People

“Descriptions of food never satisfy the hungry.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Dichotomies exist in thinking and choices, for example, ‘Will you turn the lights on or off?’ The thinking error of black-and-white thinking occurs when you force dichotomous thinking and choices where a variety exist.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” —A. L. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

“Do not apply reasoning to what is unthinkable. The mark of the unthinkable is that it is above all material causes.” —The Puranas

“Do not believe in something solely because someone has told you so, or tradition has it, or because many others do. Test for yourself, experience for yourself.” —Kalama Sutta

“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.” —Henry James

“Do not mistake the signpost for the destination.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Don’t just talk the talk–walk the walk.” —Aphorism

“Doubtful expressions, that have scarce any signification, go for clear reasons to those who, being prepossessed, take not the pains to examine even what they themselves say.” —John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Ch1.vii

“Duality does not exist, but only triality.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

“Education is learning what you didn’t know you didn’t know.” —George Boas

“Energy will do anything that can be done in this world.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” —Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860

“Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose.” —William James

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” —Samuel Beckett

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Experience is bias.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Eyesight is a better witness than hearing.” —Heraclitus

“Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises, but in the nature and parts of premises.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” —Mark Twain

“Facts can’t feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t figure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t fix.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.” —Thomas B. Macaulay

“Finding a few rare or unusual cases in order to disprove a rule only works to prove that it is a reliable rule but not an absolute rule.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” —Isaiah 55:9

“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” —I Corinthians 1:19-20

“For since reason alone brings man to perfection, reason alone, when perfected, makes man happy.” —Seneca

“Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.” —Margot Fonteyn

“Genius is eternal patience.” —Michelangelo

“Good instincts tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” —Michael Burke

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” —Albert Einstein

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” —Stephen Paul “Steve” Jobs, American entrepreneur and inventor, 1955-2011

“Having the idea is not living the reality, of anything.” —Rumi

“He who has more learning than goodness is like a tree with many branches and few roots, which the first wind throws down; whilst he whose works are greater than his knowledge is like a tree with many roots and fewer branches, which all the winds of heaven cannot uproot.” —The Roots of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers

“He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.” —Lao Tzu

“He who knows what is of God and who knows what is of man has reached indeed the height of wisdom.” —Chung Tzu

“How can people separate ideas from each other if they cannot even separate people from ideas?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Hume was perfectly right in pointing out that induction cannot be logically justified.” —Karl Popper

“I can answer your questions better If I am not thinking.” —Wayne Gretzky, In Search of Greatness

“I do not know if you have ever noticed that the more you struggle to understand, the less you understand any problem. But, the moment you cease to struggle and let the problem tell you the whole story, give all its significance–then there is understanding, which means, obviously, that to understand, the mind must be quiet.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 358

“I don’t know or want to assume it is so; however, I would not be surprised if it turns out to be so.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” —Igor Stravinsky

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” —Socrates

“I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.” —Xun Zi

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” —Carl Jung

“I think all great things are created between method and madness.” —Mindhunter (TV series on Netflix)

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” —Miles Davis

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“If I do not understand myself, the whole complexity of myself, I have no basis for thinking.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 334

“If one does not expect the unexpected, one will not find it out, since it is not to be searched out, and difficult to compass.” —Heraclitus, as quoted in Clement’s Stromateis

“If the Martians ever find out how human beings think, they’ll kill themselves laughing.” —Albert Ellis

“If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.” —Chung Tzu

“If you think too long, you think wrong.” —Jim Kaat

“If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.” —Simone Weil

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein

“In logic there are no morals.” —Rudolf Carnap

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.” —Lao Tzu

“It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you stop and think.” —Thomas Sowell

“It is okay if your ideas offend others but not if your behavior does.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason.” —Blaise Pascal

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

“It is tragic-comic to see that all this knowledge and understanding exercises no power at all over men’s lives, that their lives do not express in the remotest way what they have understood, but rather the opposite.” —Søren Kierkegaard

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” —Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Oracle of the Dog” (1923)

“It’s [music composition] the most effortless thing in the world because you don’t do anything. I hate to say it like that, but it’s the truth.” —Michael Jackson

“Knowing about something is not the same as knowing that event or thing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” —Bruce Lee

“Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom.” —Herman Hesse, 1877-1962

“Knowledge does not do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not get it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge has no intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge is not it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.” —Jimi Hendrix

“Let your ears and eyes communicate within but shut out all knowledge from the mind.” —Chung Tzu

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.” —Agnes de Mille

“Logic is linear and reason is circular.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.” —Albert Einstein

“LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” —Isaiah 26:12

“Love moves further in, where language turns to fresh cream on the tongue.” —Rumi

“Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.” ―Martin Heidegger

“Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.” —Chung Tzu

“Minds are like parachutes–they only function when open.” —Thomas Dewar

“Most thinking problems come from crossing, mixing, or trying to make two signals into one.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Most thinking problems come from crossing, mixing, or trying to be on two channels at the same time.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words, because it is infinite.” —Richard Wagner

“Nature is the original and ideal impressionistic-painter.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” —Robin Williams

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” —Albert Einstein (reported to have been a sign in his office)

“Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.” —Sophocles, Ajax

“Nothing can be produced out of nothing.” —Diogenes of Apollonia, fragment

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit because what each man wishes he also believes to be true.” —Demosthenes, Third Olynthiac

“Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses.” —Latin proverb

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” —Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

“Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.” —Woody Allen, Manhattan

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” —I Timothy 6:20

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” —Carl G. Jung

“Paralysis by analysis.” —Aphorism

“Peace in every thought.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.” —William Butler Yeats

“People will continue to commit atrocities as long as they believe in absurdities.” —Voltaire

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.” —George Carlin

“Rationality will not save us.” —Robert M. MacNamara

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” —Confucius

“Reason is immortal, all else mortal.” —Pythagoras

“Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.” —Blaise Pascal

“Return to the root and you will find the meaning.” —Taoist saying

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” —Richard Phillips Feynman

“Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more.” —Abraham Flexner, medical education reformer, 1866-1959

“Scientist is the term given to the kind of fool who tries to prove matter over mind.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“Some blundering with what I set before you, try in vain with empty talk to separate the essences of things and say how each thing truly is.” —Heraclitus, Fragments

“Stay bewildered in God and only that.” —Rumi

“Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand.” —Buddhist saying

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” —2 Timothy 2:15

“Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Surely love has nothing to do with the mind, it is not the product of the mind; love is entirely independent of calculation, of thought.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 99

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” —Boris Pasternak

“Talking about it is not the same as doing it.” —Aphorism

“Talk is cheap.” —Aphorism

“Talking about it doesn’t get it done.” —Aphorism

“Tell the word-men to quit talking and listen to the grief of a lover.” —Rumi

“Test the basis of arguments and statements by examining their underlying assumptions, beliefs, foundations, preconditions, predictions, premises, philosophies, or theories.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“That is, when the mind ceases to create, then there is creation.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 362

“The analysis of error begins with the analysis of language.” —Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy

“The ancients tried to consider things from all points of view and to consult all opinions; they tried to understand and aimed for wisdom. But the moderns produce theories; they have a project and aim for change or reform. They would rather be right according to their theories than wise without a theory.” —Harvey C. Mansfield

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched–they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

“The clever use of words does not constitute an effective argument despite its potential for being amusing or witty.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.” —Søren Kierkegaard, early 19th-century Danish philosopher

“The correct way of living is not found simply by discussing the theory of it. Even without study, you can experience it, but you have to live it.” —Dhammapada: A Proper Life, verse 259

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” —Carl Jung

“The end point of rationality is to demonstrate the limits of rationality.” —Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French mathematician and writer

“The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.” —Zen saying

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Phillips Feynman

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616

“The foolish reject what they see; the wise reject what they think.” —Taoist saying

“The fundamental upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“The general is where solidarity begins, but the specific is where our lives come into proper view.” —Teju Cole

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” —Thomas Jefferson

“The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.” —Mencius

“The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts.” —Miguel de Cervantes

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” —Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French mathematician and writer

“The ignorant eschew phenomena but not thought; the wise eschew thought but not phenomena.” —Huang Po

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to and you don’t know how or why.” —Albert Einstein

“The intellect is not the means of creation, and creation does not take place through the functioning of the intellect; on the contrary, there is creation when the intellect is silent.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 97

“The interpretation is not the interpreted.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“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, 1879-1955, German-born American scientist

“The map cannot be the territory; however, a structurally-sound map can help one to navigate the territory.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.” —A. J. Nock

“The mind’s job is to validate what it thinks.” —Byron Katie

“The mind is always deceived by the heart.” —François de La Rochefoucauld

“The morality of logic is logic.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The more time you have to think things through, the more you have to screw it up.” —Clint Eastwood

“The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” —Lao Tzu

“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” —Thomas Sowell

“The proof is in the pudding, not the recipe.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” —B. F. Skinner

“The recipe is not the cooking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.” —Japanese proverb

“The trained mind is a rich mind.” —Robert Kiyosaki

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.” —William Blake

“The truth of Zen is the truth of life, and life means to live, to move, to act, not merely to reflect.” —Daisetz T. Suzuki

“The unexpected is bound to happen; the anticipated never comes.” —Buddhist saying

“The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” —Hazrat Inayat Khan

“The wise man lives by what he cannot see.” —Taoist saying

“The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.” —Daniel Webster

“The worst extreme view is the extreme view that extremes never exist.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” —Aristotle

“Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.” —Ezekiel 8:12

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616, Hamlet

“There are no facts only interpretations.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are no rules. Just follow your heart.” —Robin Williams

“There are two things that are infinite, the universe and man’s stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein

“There is no time to think on the ice.” —Wayne Gretzky

“There is no tranquility in ideas.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 347

“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.” —Proverbs 21:30

“There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.” —Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), De Divinatione

“Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.” —Plato

“Thinking based upon thinking only works when it is about more thinking, not action.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking can’t be.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking can’t do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking can’t think.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking can’t.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking is not insight, logic, reason, wisdom, or understanding.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking working on thinking is the failure to think.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.” — Plato

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” —Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Though tightly the net of words forms, how surely truth slips out.” —Lao Tzu

“Thought cannot see beyond itself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” —Immanuel Kant

“Time will teach more than all our thoughts.” —Benjamin Disraeli

“To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything, or nothing, about it.” —Olin Miller

“To be truly happy and contented you must let go of the idea of what it means to be happy or contented.” —Confucius

“To be, quit thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To be truthful is to say what you feel and think, but that does not mean that what you say is true.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To do, quit thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” —Romans 16:27

“To know things well, we must know the details; and as they are almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.” —François de La Rochefoucauld

“To pretend that a few rare or unusual cases constitute a rule is to claim that exceptions and variations are better standards than the standards they vary from.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.” —Claude Monet

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” —Eva Young

“To think, quit thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one’s utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The way is in a higher place than righteousness.” ―Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“Trust your gut.” —Barbara Walters

“Truth is often surrounded by so much deception and misinformation that it takes the mind of a detective to sort it out.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to force moderation, the middle ground, synthesis, balance, or some in-between position as always being the right position is the most insidious form of extremism.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Unless these words fill with nourishment from the unknown, they will stay empty.” —Rumi

“We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart.” —Blaise Pascal

“We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.” —Eric Hoffer

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” —Albert Einstein

“We do not have enough strength to follow our reason fully.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” —Anais Nin

“We know hardly anything adequately, few things a priori, and most things through experience.” —Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.” —Albert Einstein

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.” —Henry David Thoreau

“We never do anything well until we cease to think about the manner of doing it.” —William Hazlitt, 1778-1830

“We ought to inquire as to what sort of knowledge human reason is capable of attaining before we set about acquiring knowledge of things in particular.” —Rene Descartes

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” —Albert Einstein

“Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin

“What happened to the commonly expressed idea that truth often falls in-between two competing arguments?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“What is the hardest task in the world? To think.” —Emerson

“What we call truths are just those errors that we cannot give up.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“What we cannot speak of, we must pass over in silence.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” —John Lubbock

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” —Jewish proverb

“What you know, you know, what you don’t know, you don’t know. This is true wisdom.” —Confucius

“Whatever-I-know is not God and whatever-I-conceive is not God.” —Nikolas von Kues

“When I open my eyes I must sigh, for what I see is contrary to my religion, and I must despise the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” —Ludwig van Beethoven

“When the intellects contemplate God’s essence, their apprehension turns into incapacity.” —Maimonides

“When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.” —Huang Po

“When words leave off, music begins.” —Heinrich Heine

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” —Walter Lippmann

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“Wheresoever you do, go with all your heart.” —Confucius

“Who ranks as the highest? One who has no desire at all, not even for enlightenment. One who has no attachments. One who is free from doubt. One who has gone beyond that which you can understand.” —Dhammapada: The Highest, verses 410-411

“Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.” —Heraclitus

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” —Socrates

“Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.” —Ecclesiasticus 3:25

“Without knowing myself, I have no real basis for thinking.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 335

“Without understanding the process of the self, there is no basis for thought, there is no basis for right thinking.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 351

“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?” —Isaiah 29:15

“Wonder is very much the affection of a philosopher, for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this.” —Plato

“You can hold two contrary ideas in mind either while facing they are opposing each other or while ignoring they are opposing each other. To ignore it is to be politically minded. To face it is to be philosophically minded.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” —Mark Twain

“You cannot be wise and in love at the same time.” —Bob Dylan

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” —Anonymous

“You cannot think and hit at the same time.” —Yogi Berra

“You don’t have time to think on the ice.” —Wayne Gretzky, In Search of Greatness

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” —Frank McCourt

“You need to avoid certain things in your train of thought: everything random, everything irrelevant. And certainly everything self-important or malicious.” —Marcus Aurelius

“You need to get used to winnowing your thoughts, so that if someone says, ‘What are your thinking about?’ you can respond at once and truthfully that you are thinking this or thinking that.” —Marcus Aurelius

“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” —Carl Jung

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3D: Daily Dose: 2019

#Thought #Nothing: 2019-10-09

  1. To feed the hungry, you give them food, not thoughts of food.
  2. To refresh the thirsty, you give them water, not thoughts of water.
  3. To shelter the poor, you give them shelter, not thoughts of shelter.
  4. To clothe the naked, you give them clothes, not thoughts of clothes.
  5. To comfort the sick and imprisoned, you visit them, not think thoughts of comfort.

3D: Daily Dose: 2020

#Idea #Not: 2020-08-18

  1. The idea about the idea is not the idea.
  2. The explanation of the idea is not the idea.
  3. The discussion about the idea is not the idea.
  4. The comparison of the idea with other ideas is not the idea.
  5. The college course, lecture, and textbook on the idea is not the idea.

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