Things That Make You Think: Critical Thinking Quotes

I am often inspired to write blog posts based on thought-provoking quotes I find on the web or through my Twitter stream.  Here are a few of my favorites:

You are where you are right now because of your best thinking. If you want something different, change your thinking.  -Tony Rush

People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it.  -Anthony de Mello

Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. - William James

Begin challenging your own assumptions.  Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.  -Alan Alda

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. -Voltaire

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.  -Aristotle

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. -Rene Descartes

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  -Albert Einstein

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.  -Henry Ford

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. -John F. Kennedy

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.  -Salman Rushdie

Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information.  -John Erskine

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.  -Henri Bergson

To every complex question there is a simple answer and it is wrong…  -H.L. Mencken

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture. -Charles Horton Cooley

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. -George Patton

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done. -Rudolf Flesch

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking. -Grace McGarvie


I hope these quotes have inspired your critical thinking today.

What is your favorite quote on critical thinking?

Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens.  She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training.  She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting.  She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson.  Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.

3 responses to “Things That Make You Think: Critical Thinking Quotes”

  1. Jimpo

    these aren’t thought provoking quotes.
    they’re quotes about thinking.

  2. Patrick

    I love these quotes. Excellent.

  3. Alia

    Love them all
    Thank you dear

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