“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"


September 30, 2013

Dust to Dust (Collectors)

There was a great essay in The New York Times last week entitled, "Losing is Good for You." Author Ashley Merryman was venting about the annoying practice that has taken over school athletic programs where "everybody gets a trophy," whether they earned it or not. She laments the "Trophy Industrial Complex" running our children's lives. Come to think of it, ubiquitous awards in every category have diminished the value of worthy accomplishments and the excitement of being singled out for distinction.

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August 20, 2013

No Worries

I feel sorry for you if you’re reading this blog. Unless of course you’re sitting on the beach somewhere, flipping mindlessly through your emails. August is a tough time to be staring at a desktop computer. “Out of Office” replies abound. The kids are headed back to college or have already started sports camp. Nobody’s home. Nobody cares. It’s my favorite month of the year to lower the bar.

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June 18, 2013

Always Thinking

The word “man” comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means “one who thinks.“ The word “woman” was “originally wifman, literally translated as “wife man” or “female person” or ─ my personal favorite ─ “the wife of one who thinks.” That one may need an update…

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