A collection of quotes on thought and thinking. 


"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

Mark Twain


"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."

Thomas Hardy


"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.” 

G.K. Chesterton


"Hell is just a frame of mind."

Christopher Marlowe


"You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts."

Khalil Gibran


"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."

Edgar Allan Poe


“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Leo Tolstoy


“A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes


"A concept is stronger than a fact."

Charlotte Perkins Gilman


“Am I alive and a reality, or am I but a dream?”

Edgar Rice Burroughs


“I do not choose the right word, I get rid of the wrong one.”

A.E. Housman


"Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior."

William Collins


“Remembering is only a new form of suffering.”

Charles Baudelaire


“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

John Muir


“It was a pity thoughts always ran the easiest way, like water in old ditches.”

Walter De La Mare


“God has mercifully ordered that the human brain works slowly; first the blow, hours afterwards the bruise.”

Walter De La Mare


“Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.”

Jules Verne


"Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!"

Jules Verne


"It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor."

Edmund Spenser


"The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly."

William Wordsworth


"So wise so young, they say, do never live long"

William Shakespeare


“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

William Shakespeare


“Vanity takes no more obnoxious form than the everlasting desire for approval.”

Edgar Wallace


"Where there is no novelty, there can be no curiosity."

Aphra Behn


“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

Leo Tolstoy