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    mind Quotes

    A student comes to me with a piece of writing, holds it out, says, 'Is this good?' A whole sequence of emergencies goes off in my mind. That's not a question to ask anyone but yourself.
    — William Stafford
    tags: questions  mind  writing 
    If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek security. If a heart is full of love, it will have a limbering effect on the mind.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    tags: fear  heart  mind 
    Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. If your heart's full of hope, you can be persistent when you can't be optimistic. You can keep the faith despite the evidence, knowing that only in so doing has the evidence any chance of changing. So while I'm not optimistic, I'm always very hopeful.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    tags: chance  heart  world  knowing  faith  mind  hope 
    Christ came to take away our sins, not our minds.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    tags: sin  christ  mind 
    When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take choose the bolder.
    — William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim
    tags: action  mind 
    Mysteries simply are a feast for an active mind. And while in my lifetime I've seen science make extraordinary inroads into solving the most complex questions of life, after all this time I admit that I am thrilled that there are some things that forever will remain a mystery. For example, do I wear a toupee?
    — William Shatner
    Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety towards God, and a reverence and fear of His holy name. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and its consummation is everlasting felicity. Possess yourselves of just and elevated notions of the Divine character, attributes, and administration, and of the end and dignity of your own immortal nature as it stands related to Him.
    — William Samuel Johnson
    Your first great duties, you are sensible, are those you owe to Heaven, to your Creator and Redeemer. Let these be ever present to your minds, and exemplified in your lives and conduct.
    — William Samuel Johnson
    tags: live  present  mind  heaven 
    Color and bite permeate a language designed to rally many men, to destroy some, and to change the minds of others.
    — William Safire
    tags: men  language  mind 
    A reader ought to be able to hold it and become familiar with its organized contents and make it a mind's manageable companion.
    — William Safire
    tags: companion  mind 
    To be accused of 'channeling' is to be dismissed as a ventriloquist's live dummy, derogated at not having a mind of one's own.
    — William Safire
    tags: live  mind 
    To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    tags: mental  mind  diamond 
    Creative people have an abiding curiosity and an insatiable desire to learn how and why things work. They take nothing for granted. They are interested in things around them and tend to stow away bits and pieces of information in their minds for the future use. And, they have a great ability to mobilize their thinking and experiences for use in solving a new problem.
    — William Redington Hewlett
    You must keep your mind on the objective, not on the obstacle.
    — William Randolph Hearst
    tags: mind 
    The noblest exercise of the mind within doors, and most befitting a person of quality, is study.
    — William Ramsay
    tags: people  mind  quality  exercise 
    The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other peoples.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: philosophy  mind 
    The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: mistakes  mind 
    Bowing, ceremonious, formal compliments, stiff civilities, will never be politeness; that must be easy, natural, unstudied; and what will give this but a mind benevolent and attentive to exert that amiable disposition in trifles to all you converse and live with?
    — William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
    tags: live  mind  compliment 
    Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
    — William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
    tags: power  mind  corrupt 
    Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins.
    — William Pitt
    tags: power  law  mind  corrupt 
    Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to hold power over another is to chose to limit to onself - to serve. Humans often do this - in touching the infirm and sick, in serving the ones whos minds have left to wander, in relation to the poor, in loving the very old and the very young, or even in caring for the others who has assumed a position of power over them.
    — William P. Young
    Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.
    — William P. Young
    Emotions talked to you before you had words, so listen to them ... they are often more honest than the mind's remarkable ability to self deceive.
    — William P. Young
    tags: self  emotion  mind 
    We are constantly misled by the ease with which our minds fall into the ruts of one or two experiences
    — William Osler
    tags: experience  mind 
    One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  attitude  wrong  mind  advantage 
    The great minds, the great works transcend all limitations of time, of language, and of race, and the scholar can never feel initiated into the company of the elect until he can approach all of life's problems from the cosmopolitan standpoint.
    — William Osler
    tags: time  work  language  problem  mind  race  company 
    It is not the delicate neurotic person who is prone to angina, but the robust, the vigorous in mind and body, the keen and ambitious man, the indicator of whose engines is always at full speed ahead.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  people  body  mind 
    A library represents the mind of its collector, his fancies and foibles, his strength and weakness, his prejudices and preferences. Particularly is this the case if, to the character of a collector, he adds - or tries to add - the qualities of a student who wishes to know the books and the lives of the men who wrote them. The friendships of his life, the phases of his growth, the vagaries of his mind, all are represented.
    — William Osler
    The free state offers what a police state denies - the privacy of the home, the dignity and peace of mind of the individual.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: peace  dignity  mind 
    A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: work  bad  mind  book 
    With a mind not diseased, a holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope.
    — William Mountford
    tags: death  holy  mind  hope 
    I do not say the mind gets informed by action, - bodily action; but it does get earnestness and strength by it, and that nameless something that gives a man the mastership of his faculties.
    — William Mountford
    tags: men  action  mind  strength 
    Another thing much too commonly seen, is an aberration of the human mind which otherwise I should have been ashamed to warn you of. It is technically called carpet-gardening. Need I explain it further? I had rather not, for when I think of it, even when I am quite alone, I blush with shame at the thought.
    — William Morris
    tags: thoughts  human  alone  shame  mind 
    I never write with particular actors in mind.
    — William Monahan
    tags: mind  write 
    Wisdom is not having illusions, especially anything in your own mind that elevates you above others.
    — William Monahan
    tags: illusion  wisdom  mind 
    When I'm shooting, as much as writing, I see edited footage in my mind, so I work that way, and it's economical.
    — William Monahan
    tags: work  mind  writing 
    A copious manner of expression gives strength and weight to our ideas, which frequently make impression upon the mind, as iron does upon solid bodies, rather by repeated strokes than a single blow.
    — William Melmoth
    tags: body  mind  strength  ideas 
    The mind is perhaps one of the greatest factors in gymnastics; if one can't control his mind, he can't control his body.
    — William Meade
    tags: control  body  mind 
    I'd so much rather have exciting architecture that causes one to stop, breathe, and reflect on the potential of the human mind, the craft, and exploring things.
    — William McDonough
    tags: human  potential  craft  mind 
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