Quotes about ideas and thoughts

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William Shakespeare photo

„The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.“

—  William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Touchstone, Act V, scene i
Source: As You Like It (1599–1600)

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Stephen Hawking photo

„I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.“

—  Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018

Response upon being questioned as to his IQ, in interview with Deborah Solomon "The Science of Second-Guessing", The New York Times (12 December 2004)

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„The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

Variant: The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but you thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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„I'm a much happier guy than a lot of people think I am.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

As quoted in Rolling Stone (1993-01-27).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

Shigeru Miyamoto photo

„A good idea is something that does not solve just one single problem, but rather can solve multiple problems at once.“

—  Shigeru Miyamoto Japanese video game designer and producer 1952

Source: Interview with Shigeru Miyamoto http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/shigeru-miyamoto-interview Eurogamer.net, published on 31 March 2010

Sigmund Freud photo

„Where does a thought go when it's forgotten?“

—  Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939

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„I am not prepared to be Tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling. I even have no idea how to talk to the ministers.“

—  Nicholas II of Russia Emperor of All the Russias, Grand Duke of Finland and King of Poland By the Grace of God 1868 - 1918

As quoted in [Richard Wortman, Scenarios of Power: From Alexander II to the abdication of Nicholas II, https://books.google.com/books?id=wGp4M2DzfMQC&pg=PA341, 1995, Princeton University Press, 0-691-02947-4, 341–]

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„I live only because it is in my power to die when I choose to: without the idea of suicide, I'd have killed myself right away.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

All Gall Is Divided (1952)

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