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Robert HeinleinThe capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

 - Robert A. Heinlein

Mahatma GandhiYou can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Marcus AureliusThe mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable. He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man: but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.

 - Marcus Aurelius

William ShakespeareLove me or hate me, both are in my favor . . . If you love me, I'll always be in your heart . . . If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind.

 - William Shakespeare

Zig ZiglarYou are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.

 - Zig Ziglar

J.K. RowlingThe mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

 - J.K. Rowling

James BaldwinIt is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

 - James Baldwin

AristotleNo great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

 - Aristotle

BuddhaAn insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

 - Gautama Buddha

Albert EinsteinIf a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

 - Albert Einstein

Friedrich NietzscheThe snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

Edward AbbeyOrthodoxy is a relaxation of the mind accompanied by a stiffening of the heart.

 - Edward Abbey

Leo TolstoyThe combination of phenomena is beyond the grasp of the human intellect. But the impulse to seek cause is innate in the soul of man. And the human intellect, with no inkling of the immense variety and complexity of circumstances conditioning a phenomenon, any one of which may be separately conceived as the cause of it, snatches at the first and most easily understood approximation, and says here is the cause.

 - Leo Tolstoy

Jiddu KrishnamurtiYou know, in the case of most of us, the mind is noisy, everlastingly chattering to itself , soliloquizing or chattering about something, or trying to talk to itself, to convince itself of something; it is always moving, noisy. And from that noise, we act. Any action born of noise produces more noise, more confusion.

 - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Man is the only animal with the powers of laughter, a privilege which was not bestowed on him for nothing. Let us then laugh while we may, no matter how broad the laugh may be, and despite of what the poet says about “the loud laugh that speaks the vacant mind.” The mind should occasionally be vacant, as the land should sometimes lie fallow, and for precisely the same reason.

 - Egerton Smith

Sigmund FreudThe interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

 - Sigmund Freud

Henry FordAnyone who stops learning is old whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

 - Henry Ford

Blaise PascalThe mind of the greatest man on earth is not so independent of circumstances as not to feel inconvenienced by the merest buzzing noise about him; it does not need the report of a cannon to disturb his thoughts. The creaking of a vane or a pulley is quite enough. Do not wonder that he reasons ill just now; a fly is buzzing by his ear; it is quite enough to unfit him for giving good counsel.

 - Blaise Pascal

John KeatsThe only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing -- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.

 - John Keats

Florence NightingalePeople say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients, are actual means of recovery.

 - Florence Nightingale

Sophia LorenThere is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

 - Sophia Loren

Bruce LeeDo not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are weeds that strangle confidence.

 - Bruce Lee

Jacob BronowskiThe world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation . . .The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

 - Jacob Bronowski