Quotes for
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Thoughts



  
Life is a mirror and will reflect
back to the thinker what
he or she thinks into it.

Ernest Holmes

positive thinking

Judgments about ourselves or negative thoughts about our future can cause depression.  Beware of thoughts that revolve around the words "never" or "always."       -Susan Santucci

   

When I think of my past, I try to dwell on the good times, the happy moments, and not to be haunted by the bad. . .  To me the gift of life is contained in the command, whatever happens:  “Don’t let it get you.  Just keep on going.”  Thus, I try to think of the good that I have already experienced and what will still be coming.        -Rose Kennedy

   
Imagine your mind as a garden and thoughts as the seeds you plant.  Habitual negative, unhealthy, self-critical thoughts produce the weeds and thistles of depression, discontent, and anxiety in the garden of your mind.  Luckily, the opposite is also true.  Consistently planting positive, healthy, constructive thoughts will yield a crop of beautiful feelings, such as gratitude, love, and joy.       -Sue Patton Thoele
   

Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking, just as ill health indicates a bad regimen.       -Paul Bourge

   
The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives simply by altering their attitude of mind.        -William James
    
When you are offended or annoyed by others, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on them or on anything relating to them.  For example, don't think that they ought not to have treated you so, being who they are, or whom they think themselves to be, or the like.  All this is fuel and kindling of wrath, anger, and hatred.        -Lorenzo Scupoli

   
No sin is committed merely because a thought enters the mind, provided it is not made welcome.  Perhaps we may use the figure that the thought first passes into an anteroom, where it stands before the mind acting as a judge.  No matter how sordid or evil, it has not touched the personality with its infamy nor in any way laid guilt upon the soul unless and until the mind acting as judge admits it with a welcome.  If the mind decides against it and dismisses it, the personality is not only unsullied but is, on the contrary, by this act of rejection stimulated and strengthened in moral power.       -Norman Vincent Peale
   
Some of your hurts you have cured
And the sharpest you've even survived,
But what torments of grief you've endured
From evils which never arrived.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
   
The quality of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.       -Marcus Aurelius
   
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.        -Mark Twain
   
Unfortunately, spending time alone with one’s own thoughts creates anxiety for many people and accounts for much escapist activity.  Learn to listen to your own thoughts.  This will help you learn more about your inner self and your real goals.  Spend some time alone each day familiarizing yourself with your thoughts.  You can do this while walking outdoors or relaxing at home, in a church, synagogue, or mosque, or even in the public library.  This solitude will provide you with an opportunity to clarify and become comfortable with your feelings and thoughts and to assess the strategies for reaching your objectives.        -Ari Kiev
    
There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with good will for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow.  To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison hole.  But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all—such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of happiness; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.         -James Allen
   
The biggest quality in successful people I think is an impatience with negative thinking. . . . How many opportunities come along?  If you wait for the right one, that's wrong, because it may never be right, and what have you got to lose?  Even if it's a disaster, you've tried, you've learned something, you've had an adventure.  And that doesn't mean you can't do it again.       -Edward McCabe
   
A well-kept garden filled with flowers
Has no room left for weeds to share;
The mind keeps out unworthy thoughts
When loveliness is dwelling there.

Leona Bold Martin
   
The sea reflects the sun perfectly if the water is still.  But if it is agitated by the wind the light fragments into a million mirrored suns.  It is like this with the mind.  If the mind is disturbed by thoughts, the Light of Oneness is fragmented and we perceive only the manyness of things.  When thoughts are still, however, the One Light is perfectly reflected in the mind.        -Issa Das
  
Nothing erases unpleasant thoughts more effectively than conscious concentration on pleasant ones.       -Hans Selye
    
Don Juan assured me that in order to accomplish the feat of making myself miserable I had to work in the most intense fashion, and that it was absurd.  I had now realized I could work just the same in making myself complete and strong.  "The trick is in what one emphasizes," he said.  "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same."       -Carlos Castaneda
    
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles--by the ear, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.  It's the healthiest thing a body can do.        -Mark Twain
   
Anger and worry are the enemies of clear thought.        -Madeleine Brent

    

People are what they think about all day long.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    
Thoughts have been my greatest nemesis my entire life long.  Not all thoughts, just those that make me feel miserable, those with which I would torment myself for long periods of time.  Often they'd result from my own actions--I'd do something or say something I regretted, and I would spend hours or days feeling miserable as my mind went over all the possible negative repercussions for doing what I had done.        -Tom Walsh
   
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.       -John Milton
   
Our great misfortune is that we have no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when we want to.       -Paul Valery
   
Nurture great thoughts for you will never go higher than your thoughts.       -Benjamin Disraeli
   

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The one thing that carries people furthest from their spiritual center is negative thoughts.  Negative thoughts are unloving thoughts rooted in the downward passions of anger, ego, attachment, greed, and lust.  They're false thoughts that are divorced from clear reality.  We're not talking about pleasant fantasies and daydreams over which you have control, but mental scenes and confrontations that are riding on your back, yapping in your ear.  And try as you might, you can't shake them.  Negative thoughts are also just plain conversations and scenes, unresolved from the past or anticipated for the future, that keep playing over and over in your mind.  And try as you may, you can't change the tune.  You're a captive audience to this broken record. . . .
   As you become more aware of your mind's tendency to rule you with negative thoughts and scenes, don't go into a reaction mode and judge them.  They're merely stuck, downward energy that await resolution.  And please, don't judge yourself.  You are where you are.  Always imbibe self-love.  Furthermore, this doesn't mean that you identify with your thoughts, even thought that's what most people do.  What you can do is use your growing awareness to focus your spiritual power and reclaim the bliss that your lower mind destroys or prevents you from having.     -Michael Goddart, Bliss
  
I learned that you don't have to be saddled for life with the mental attitudes you adopted in early childhood.  All of us are free to change our minds, and as we change our minds, our experiences will also change.     -M.J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude
  
We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts, we make the world.     -the Buddha
  
What thoughts are so important that it is worth holding on to them even when they make you miserable?  Why are you holding on?  You are in charge of your thoughts and feelings.  If you are willing to search for the reason that you can't let go of disturbing thoughts, you can learn about yourself and restore your own peace of mind.     -Bernie Siegel, Prescriptions for Living
  
Thoughts are the pinions of the soul,
And carry far when they're set free.
And if they're good, great good they'll do
And benefit both you and me;
So we should gladly do our share
Of wonderful work and thinking, too;
And spread the thoughts of brotherhood--
Think thoughts that none have cause to rue.

Alonzo Newton Benn
  

  
Thoughts, like seeds, sprout and blossom according to their variety, and the thoughts you cultivate create your experiences of life.  Just as a seed planted in fertile soil produces healthy fruit, your mind may be lightened or darkened depending on the type of thoughts planted in it.  If apple seeds are planted and nurtured, you can harvest delicious, juicy apples.  If you plant and nurture thistle seeds, you get prickly thistles.  This analogy also holds true for the mind.  Positive thoughts can produce positive results, whereas negative thoughts can lead to negative results.  Understanding this cause and effect relationship can help you "think into being" the kind of life you wish to have.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you.  That criterion is, Have they brought you inner peace?  If they have not, there is something wrong with them--so keep trying.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.     -Charles Darwin
  
Even as radio waves are picked up wherever a set is tuned in to their wavelength, so the thoughts which each of us think each moment of the day go forth into the world to influence for good or bad each other human mind.     -Christmas Humphreys
  
The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual growth.     -Ramana Maharshi
  

   

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