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I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. Alexis de Tocqueville
What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. Wendell Phillips
Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will. Mikhail Bakunin
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Barbara Tuchman
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. G. M. Trevelyan
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. Archibald MacLeish
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. John Jay Chapman
Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered. Daniel Webster
There will always be some people who think for themselves, even among the self-appointed guardians of the great mass who, after having thrown off the yoke of immaturity themselves, will spread about them the spirit of a reasonable estimate of their own value and of the need for every man to think for himself. Immanuel Kant
If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought George Orwell Blair
Religion's war against fringe beliefs is not a contest of rational and irrational. It is a contest between different fantasy systems, one having more political and financial clout than the others and, therefore, able to advertise itself into respectability. Barbara G. Walker
There is no room in a soldiers' philosophy for thought, reason, or mercy. William Westmoreland
It takes time and effort and preparation to think. Statesmen are far too busy making speeches to think. Bertrand Russell
It is hazardous to discourage thought, hope or imagination … Louis D. Brandeis
Thought once awakened does not again slumber. Thomas Carlyle
We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought. Winston Churchill
Evil is wrought by want of thought Thomas Hood
When a man can take a poll and tell what everybody is thinking, that means nobody is really thinking anymore. Marshall McLuhan
If someone said you’re not allowed to wear red T-shirts, that’s all many people would ever think about and many people would want to wear them. Alanis Morissette
Germany is made to travel in, Italy to sojourn in,… and France to live in, [but England was made] to think in. Charles de Montesquieu
It is a very great thing to be able to think as you like; but, after all, an important question remains: what you think. Matthew Arnold
Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. Thich Nhat Hanh
The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. John Adams
I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom. Sigrid Undset
When we reason upon general subjects, one may justly affirm, that our speculations can scarce ever be too fine, provided they be just. David Hume
Avoid independent thinking! How is such independent thinking manifest? A common way is by questioning the council that is provided by God’s visible organization Watchtower
Free thought is a virtue that cannot be crushed Baruch Spinoza
Every man is by … natural right, the master of his own thoughts Baruch Spinoza
Religious and civil liberty are best protected by unbounded freedom of thought. Frederick Grimke
I’d rather be slow and right, than be fast and dead. Lyndon B. Johnson
The great of heart is a gift of god. He who obeys his belly, obeys the enemy Ptah-Hotep
We only half live when we only half think Voltaire
The purpose of oratory or philosophy [is to] respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood. F. Scott Fitzgerald
To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought Tom Robbins
Trust is that there should be no difference between what you do and say, and what you think. / Al-Farooq; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
It is not necessary to have a broad understanding of history to realize that the church is the foe of knowledge….In every branch of learning, our gains have been made through secular agencies; and, naturally, this has been so, for the church has never been interested in the development of knowledge, regarding (in this showing its shrewdness of self- interest, at least) the spread of culture and free thought and realistic curiosity as unfavorable to the purposes of the church. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
A good history covers not only what was done, but the thought that went into the action. You can read the history of a country through its actions. Samuel Johnson
He who sincerely expressed his thought must remain alone, whereas it generally happens that everyone else, or the majority at least, have been thinking and feeling the same things but without expressing them. he who sincerely expressed his thought must remain alone, whereas it generally happens that everyone else, or the majority at least, have been thinking and feeling the same things but without expressing them. Leo Tolstoy
Ideas appropriate to a past social order have a strange power of influencing thought and action within a later institutional framework. Eric Roll
For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. John F. Kennedy
The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought. Anthony Kennedy
Our forefathers found the evils of free thinking more to be endured than the evils of inquest or suppression. This is because thoughtful, bold and independent minds are essential to the wise and considered self-government. Robert Houghwout Jackson