Quotes about thinking

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„I think it is grave to kill men, under the pretext that they are mistaken on the interpretation of some point, for we know that even the chosen ones are not exempt from sometimes being wrong.“

—  Michael Servetus Spanish physician and theologian 1511 - 1553

Letter to Oecolampadius, an hebraist of Basel, as quoted by Francisco Javier González Echeverría, and translated by Otis Towns & Miguel González Ancín in the English "Introduction" at Michael Servetus Rresearch http://www.michaelservetusresearch.com/ENGLISH/
Context: Inherent of human condition is the sickness of believing the rest are impostors and heathen, and not ourselves, because nobody recognizes his own mistakes … If one must condemn everyone that misses in a particular point then every mortal would have to be burnt a thousand times. The apostles and Luther himself have been mistaken … If I have taken the word, by any reason, it has been because I think it is grave to kill men, under the pretext that they are mistaken on the interpretation of some point, for we know that even the chosen ones are not exempt from sometimes being wrong.

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„Are there still people today who never weary of directing all their thinking and all their energy, single-heartedly, to one cause?“

—  Sophie Scholl White Rose member 1921 - 1943

As quoted in Seeking Peace : Notes and Conversations Along the Way (2000) by Johann Christoph Arnold, p. 155
Context: I've been thinking of a story from the Old Testament: Moses stood all day and all night with outstretched arms, praying to God for victory. And whenever he let down his arms, the enemy prevailed over the children of Israel. Are there still people today who never weary of directing all their thinking and all their energy, single-heartedly, to one cause?

„I think it's a good idea.“

—  John McKay American football player and coach 1923 - 2001

Asked about his team's "execution" in a loss.
McKay knew how to win, crack wise http://www.superbowl.com/insider/story/6101081

„Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.“

—  Paul Bowles, book The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky (1949)
Context: Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

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„We in Russia have always considered Russians and Ukrainians to be one people. I still think so.”“

—  Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952

Speech at a Moscow concert on the first anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, March 18, 2015.
On Ukraine

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„Think for yourself and question authority.“

—  Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996

Timothy Leary's track on Sound Bites from the Counter Culture (1989)

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„I don't mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.“

—  Wolfgang Pauli Austrian physicist, Nobel prize winner 1900 - 1958

Ich habe nichts dagegen wenn Sie langsam denken, Herr Doktor, aber ich babe etwas dagegen wenn Sie rascher publizieren als denken.
As quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye : A Selection of Scientific Quotations (1977) by Alan Lindsay Mackay, p. 117

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„I think that women are wonderful but I've never met one yet who didn't show more feeling than logic.“

—  Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946

To Leon Goldensohn (27 May 1946)
The Nuremberg Interviews (2004)

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Citát „You are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world.“
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