A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, – till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.
The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.
Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.
In France, where Franklin had lived from 1776 to 1785, he had won an extraordinary place in the public mind. The French had lionized him to the point of absurdity – or so at least his colleagues in the American mission thought.
While teaching a course on global development at Uppsala University in Sweden, I realized our students didn’t have a fact-based worldview. They talked about ‘we’ and ‘them.’ They thought there were two groups of countries: the Western world, with small families and long lives, and the Third World, with large families and short lives.
Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.