“If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.”

George S. Patton, General U. S. Army

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

Mark Twain

"The ancestor of every action is thought."


"All that we are is the result of what we have thought."


"When you are not told what to do you begin to think what to do."

Roger Cohen, Op-Ed Columnist New York Times

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."


"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

"You and I are not what we eat; we are what we think."

Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"

Winnie the Pooh

"Time to think matters ─ at least if we’re interested in getting the answers right."

Stephen L. Carter

"Thinking is always out of order, interrupts all ordinary activities and is interrupted by them."

Hannah Arendt, Life of the Mind

"Too often we…enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

John F. Kennedy

"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds."

Will Durant

"Thinking is like living and dying. Each of us must do it for himself."

Josiah Royce

"Some people get lost in thought because it's such unfamiliar territory."

G. Behn

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

Albert Einstein

"Pursuing our thoughts in silent contemplation takes an investment in time that few can spare."

Stephen L. Carter

"A moment’s thinking is an hour in words."

Thomas Hood

"Sometimes I think and other times I am."

Paul, Variete: Cantiques spirituels 192

"To think is to differ."


"To think is to live."


"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

William Jones

"What we think, we become."


"Our job is not to make up anybody’s mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking."


"The person who thinks before he speaks is silent most of the time."


"Think ─ and you will be very lonely."


"Thought is action in rehearsal."


"We live in a world that leaves very little time to contemplate."


"Don’t worry too much about what people think because they seldom do."


"Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest."


"One cannot think crooked and walk straight."


"Think Differently + Do Things Differently = Better Results"


April 18, 2016

Make Way for Traveling Suitcases

Just when we started getting used to the idea of flying drones dropping packages on our front doorstep, word has it that robots -- described as “suitcases driving at 4 mph” -- might actually be ringing our doorbells first. And unlike their hovering, buzzing competition, these delivery vehicles will even possess some welcome “social” skills.

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February 03, 2015

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Care If I’m Liked

A newspaper editor friend was telling me that, these days, “the bosses” are judging the value of a journalist’s reporting by the number of “Likes” tabulated for each published piece. Careers rise and fall with the analytics and it would seem that the Pulitzer Prize is no longer a guarantee you’ll be tapped for a new assignment (or remain on the payroll). Likeability is the new coin of the realm. This point-and-click value system drives me crazy. Here are “3 Reasons Why I Don’t Care If I’m Liked.”

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August 16, 2014

You Decide The Decisive Moment

"Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever." So said famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, also known as the father of photojournalism. Walking on a deserted beach last week, early in the morning, I saw The Moment! in this scene. Where did everyone go, I wondered? Are they back at the house enjoying a cup of coffee, or did the whole clan walk into the ocean together, never to be seen again?

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