Mind quotes

  • There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter
    -- Alfred Russel Wallace

    #Believe #Agency #Mind

  • Bearing in mind that "the market" is not an invention of capitalism but that it has existed for thousands of years in many different societies, social justice logically requires that the profits resulting from the operation of markets and infrastructures created by society be equitably shared within societies and in a larger context within the human family.
    -- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

    #Years #Justice #Mind

  • Real music is not for wealth, not for honours or even the joys of the mind... but as a path for realisation and salvation.
    -- Ali Akbar Khan

    #Real #Joy #Mind

  • Say someone tells me their name - that name can turn into a taste or a color and that's how I categorize it in my mind. It's an easy way of categorizing things.
    -- Ali Banisadr

    #Color #Names #Mind

  • The one who has no control over his desires has no control over his mind.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Mind #Desire

  • Illness sets the mind free sometimes to roam and surmise.
    -- Alice B. Toklas

    #Mind #Sometimes #Illness

  • I've always believed that I could do whatever I set my mind to do.
    -- Alice Coachman

    #Mind #Always Believe

  • It's a big flash of all these things and whatever you take out of that statement's one statement, one mind, one statement, one act, one show, and all the songs are one.
    -- Alice Cooper

    #Song #Mind #Bigs

  • Metaphysicians tell us that it is easier to get the body well than to get the mind to realize its wellness.
    -- Alice Hegan Rice

    #Mind #Body #Wellness

  • No teaching that is not based on reason can be tolerated by critical minds, but the belief that an accident of blind force produces this highly organized world is far more fantastic than the theory that a Super Intelligence devised its ordered evolution.
    -- Alice Hegan Rice

    #Teaching #Mind #World

  • This day is going to be awful. It's the sort of day you wouldn't mind losing completely, even if it meant your life would be twenty-four hours shorter.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Mind #Twenties #Would Be

  • How fatally the entire want of humor cripples the mind.
    -- Alice James

    #Humor #Mind #Want

  • Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Happiness #Mind #Tides

  • My day-mind can endure / Upright, in hope, all it must undergo. / But O, afraid, unsure, / My night-mind waking lies too low, too low.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Lying #Night #Mind

  • recurrence is sure. What the mind suffered last week, or last year, it does not suffer now; but it will suffer again next week or next year. Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Years #Mind #Suffering

  • If we do not work on all three levels -- body, feeling, mind -- the symptoms of our distress will keep returning, as the body goes on repeating the story stored in its cells until it is finally listened to and understood.
    -- Alice Miller

    #Cells #Feelings #Mind

  • It's as if tendencies that seem most deeply rooted in our minds, most private and singular, have come in as spores on the prevailing wind, looking for any likely place to land, any welcome.
    -- Alice Munro

    #Wind #Land #Mind

  • I have never had much trouble simultaneously entertaining diametrically opposed propositions, and welcome the possibility that this is not because I have one mind and am out of it, but because I have lots of them, all beavering away on their own.
    -- Alice Thomas Ellis

    #Mind #Welcome #Trouble

  • If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Long #People #Mind

  • Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime.
    -- Alicia Machado

    #Beauty #Mind #Lasts

  • Beijing didn't go the way I planned and I would have liked to have performed a little bit better personally. After Beijing that is what stuck in my mind. I want a better Olympic finish.
    -- Alicia Sacramone

    #Mind #Want #Littles

  • Every morning when I wake up, I make up my mind to solve as many problems, before retiring home
    -- Aliko Dangote

    #Morning #Home #Mind

  • If it weren't for the unconventionality of my desires, my mind might never have been forced to reckon with my body.
    -- Alison Bechdel

    #Mind #Desire #Body

  • When you have a creative mind it doesn't stop going.
    -- Alison Moyet

    #Creativity #Creative #Mind

  • Sally Field looks amazing in general, never mind her age! She's a phenomenally talented actress and has had a career spanning so many decades.
    -- Alison Sweeney

    #Careers #Mind #Age

  • The South is one of those kingdoms of the mind, like India or Scotland, that are neat and understandable only to people who have never been there.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Scotland #People #Mind

  • My heart is in the Church of England but not my mind.
    -- Alister Hardy

    #Heart #Mind #Church

  • Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even especially the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts.
    -- Allan Bloom

    #Mind #Liberty #Alternatives

  • Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. Bankruptcies and losses concentrate the mind on prudent behavior.
    -- Allan H. Meltzer

    #Loss #Mind #Liberty

  • I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
    -- Allen Ginsberg

    #Insanity #Mind #Naked

  • I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.
    -- Allen Ginsberg

    #Hipster #Night #Mind

  • The studies indicate that focusing our attention on someone else, takes our mind off of our own problems. We stay healthier and thereby live longer.
    -- Allen Klein

    #Mind #Attention #Study

  • People's minds are overloaded with information.
    -- Allen Leech

    #People #Mind #Information

  • For some reason most critics have a hard time fixing their minds directly under their noses, and before they see the object that is there they use a telescope upon the horizon to see where it came from.
    -- Allen Tate

    #Hard Times #Mind #Horizon

  • Paint right into the darkness. While painting in these conditions the mind shifts gears, engaging the unconscious. Unique 'insights' happen in the dark.
    -- Allison Mackie

    #Dark #Unique #Mind

  • Hale looked at Macey, who added, "Seven minutes since shots fired." "Kat what's the emergency response tie in Midtown Manhattan?" "Not long enough if they want a clean exit," she told him. Macey hadn't heard Kat's words, but she looked at Hale like she'd read his mind.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Ties #Long #Mind

  • If you don't mind me saying, Mr. Hale. She's a keeper." He pointed in Kat's direction.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Mind #Hale #Keepers

  • I may not have a practical mind, but it's very fixated on concrete things. I like detail.
    -- Alma Guillermoprieto

    #Mind #Details #May

  • We develop social systems for the handicapped, but when you're handicapped in your mind, society doesn't handle those situations well. I think we don't recognize or acknowledge the power of messages and how deeply affected we all are by the messages we receive from the media.
    -- Aloe Blacc

    #Thinking #Media #Mind

  • I listen to myself, I listen to my body, my mind; I follow my heart.
    -- Alonzo Mourning

    #Heart #Mind #Body

  • Religions are not proved, are not demonstrated, are not established, are not overthrown by logic! They are of all the mysteries of nature and the human mind, the most mysterious and most inexplicable; they are of instinct and not of reason.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Mind #Religion #Logic

  • Being poor is a state of mind, not a condition.
    -- Alphonso Jackson

    #Mind #Poor #States

  • With such thoughts in your mind, now that you have resolved to love Him and please Him with all your strength, your only fear should be to fear God too much and to place too little confidence in Him.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Confidence #Mind #Littles

  • There is a cultural factor promoting violence which nowadays undoubtedly is highly effective is the mass media. And particularly everything that enters our minds through pictorial media.
    -- Alva Myrdal

    #Media #Mind #Violence

  • Objects are made to be completed by the human mind.
    -- Alvar Aalto

    #Mind #Made #Humans

  • A library is a hospital for the mind.” - Anonymous
    -- Alvin Toffler

    #Mind #Library

  • When I first turned elite in gymnastics, when I was 14, that's when I really became more inspired than ever. I just always kept that in the back of my mind, and always thought about making the 2012 team.
    -- Aly Raisman

    #Team #Gymnastics #Mind

  • The mind of a poet often performs miracles-a few coarse-grained words, apprehended become bullets and roses.
    -- Amado V. Hernandez

    #Rose #Miracle #Mind

  • I Want A Million Dollars A Year For Illegally Having My Mind Read And Privacy Stolen
    -- Amanda Bynes

    #Years #Mind #Want

  • During our session, I told Tove about how I'd done mind-speak on Duncan, but it only worked when I was irritated. Using that logic,Tove spent most of the morning trying to irritate me into using it. Sometimes it worked, but most of the time I just got pointlessly annoyed.
    -- Amanda Hocking

    #Morning #Annoyed #Mind

  • I've realized that the world is, in essence, full of banana peels - loaded with things that may unwittingly trip an internal wire in my mind, opening a floodgate of fears without warning.
    -- Amanda Lindhout

    #Essence #Mind #Wire

  • So I want to let women of all sizes out there know, you can do whatever you put your mind to. It doesn't matter what size you are, what color you are, you can do whatever, whatever, whatever you put your mind to!
    -- Amber Riley

    #Color #Mind #Want

  • It is in the mind and the heart where we meet. It's not the body-the body will change.
    -- Amber Valletta

    #Change #Heart #Mind

  • There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
    -- Ambrose

    #Evil #Mind #Shackles

  • PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Pain #Mind #Done

  • NOBLEMAN, n. Nature's provision for wealthy American minds ambitious to incur social distinction and suffer high life.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Life #Mind #Suffering

  • PREFERENCE, n. A sentiment, or frame of mind, induced by the erroneous belief that one thing is better than another.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Mind #Belief #Preference

  • INFALAPSARIAN, n. One who ventures to believe that Adam need not have sinned unless he had a mind to - in opposition to the Supralapsarians, who hold that that luckless person's fall was decreed from the beginning.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Believe #Fall #Mind

  • Strive not for singularity in dress; Fools have the more and men of sense the less. To look original is not worth while, But be in mind a little out of style.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Men #Style #Mind

  • Brain: an apparatus with which we think that we think. Mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Thinking #Mind #Brain

  • OWE, v. To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant "own," and in the minds of debtors there is still a good deal of confusion between assets and liabilities.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Confusion #Mind #Debtors

  • If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.
    -- Amby Burfoot

    #Running #Mind #Easy

  • You have to want it, you have to plan for it, you have to fit it into a busy day, you have to be mentally tough, you have to use others to help you. The hard part isn't getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.
    -- Amby Burfoot

    #Mind #Want #Use

  • One must scratch that part of the body or mind that itches.
    -- Aminu Kano

    #Mind #Scratches #Body

  • The two great movers of the human mind are the desire of good and the fear of evil.
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Two #Evil #Mind

  • The heart has its reasons but the mind makes the excuses.
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Heart #Mind #Excuse

  • I don’t have a mind to mindI only have a heartthat loves and cares
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Mind #Care #Love And Care

  • The biggest fool is one who minds the business of others rather than minding his very own
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Mind #Fool

  • Consciousness is not mind; it is the ground of all being, the ground of both matter and mind. Matter and mind are both possibilities of consciousness.
    -- Amit Goswami

    #Mind #Matter #Consciousness

  • Looking beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Mind #Firsts #Steps

  • Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Yoga #Soul #Mind

  • Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Mirrors #Mind #World

  • Yoga and Vipassana are the two most time tested ancient techniques for keeping the body, mind and spirit in harmony and in sync. There is no contradiction between yoga and vipassana. They are complementary to each other.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Yoga #Two #Mind

  • Mystical bliss, joy and rapture are part of both yoga and vipassana. When the mind is concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant and steady, this positive joy arises.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Yoga #Joy #Mind

  • Nor do we accept, as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Heart #Self #Mind

  • Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Self #Mind #Modesty

  • The richest minds need not large libraries.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Mind #Library #Needs

  • I love what I do, so I don't mind working.
    -- Amos Lee


  • A conflict begins and ends in the hearts and minds of people, not in the hilltops.
    -- Amos Oz

    #Heart #People #Mind

  • Great sex is not a pleasant soak in the tub, with the scented candle burning. Great sex is more like a bomb exploding inside your right mind.
    -- Amy Bloom

    #Sex #Mind #Burning

  • Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.
    -- Amy Cuddy

    #Mind #Body #Outcomes

  • For peace of mind, I will lie about any thing at any time.
    -- Amy Hempel

    #Lying #Mind #Peace Of Mind

  • I meet a person, and in my mind I'm saying three minutes; I give you three minutes to show me the spark.
    -- Amy Hempel

    #Giving #Mind #Three

  • Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don't know about. Limit your 'always' and your 'nevers.'
    -- Amy Poehler

    #Inspiring #Mind #Trying

  • When you hear someone use the word 'meds' instead of the word 'medicine,' chances are they're no stranger to massive doses of mind-altering psychotropic drugs. Back out of the room slowly.
    -- Amy Sedaris

    #Medicine #Drug #Mind

  • Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything. because, they are everything.
    -- Amy Sherman-Palladino

    #Girl #Silly #Mind

  • With hope, a mind is always free.
    -- Amy Tan


  • You don't care what people think. You don't see your beloved's faults, the slight stinginess, the bit of carelessness, the occasional streak of meanness. You don't mind that he is beneath you socially, educationally, financially, and morally--that's the worst, I think, deficient morals. (Saving Fish From Drowning)
    -- Amy Tan

    #Thinking #People #Mind

  • Poverty has its advantages. When you're that poor what would you have that anyone would want? Except your peace of mind. Your dignity. Your heart. The important things.
    -- Ana Castillo

    #Heart #Mind #Important

  • He who has a mind to fight, let him fight, for now is the time.
    -- Anacreon

    #Healing #Fighting #Mind

  • For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Joy #Mind #Way

  • Sometimes it’s the complication, which just lies in our minds
    -- Anamika Mishra

    #Lying #Mind #Sometimes

  • When the mind is full of worldly desires, it is their very nature to confuse the mind. Withdraw the mind from outer things and turn it inwards.
    -- Anandamayi Ma

    #Soul #Mind #Desire

  • I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe. All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies are about in this garden in various ways, each has his own uniqueness and beauty. Their presence and variety give me great delight. Every one of you adds with his special feature to the glory of the garden.
    -- Anandamayi Ma

    #Garden #Giving #Mind

  • It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
    -- Anatole France

    #Heart #Knowledge #Mind

  • All other things have a portion of everything, but Mind is infinite and self-ruled, and is mixed with nothing but is all alone by itself.
    -- Anaxagoras

    #Self #Mind #Infinite

  • We were meant to survive because of our minds' ability to reason, our ability to live with frustration in order to maintain our virtue. We wore smiling masks while dying inside.
    -- Anchee Min

    #Frustration #Order #Mind

  • You've got to believe you can win. But I believe respect for the fact that you can lose is what you always have to keep in mind so that nothing suprises you.
    -- Andre Agassi

    #Believe #Winning #Mind

  • I don't mind opinions, because you like something or you don't like something, but to say things about your personal life? I'm like, "Man, let me quit reading this. 'Cause I'll stab everybody."
    -- Andre Benjamin

    #Reading #Men #Mind

  • The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Childhood #Mind #Burning