Thinking quotes

  • I think for many songwriter/performers, you need to go off by yourself and write the songs to begin with, but then you need people to bring them to life. So you have to be comfortable with solitude and also with being very social.
    -- Alan Licht

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • For some musicians it becomes self-reflexive to think, "I have to write some of my kind of songs now."
    -- Alan Licht

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • I have no opposition at all to technology. I think technology is a wonderful thing that has to be used thoughtfully, and we can't just assume that every bit of new technology improvesthe quality of life; it's really in how the technology is used. What I am very disturbed about is this trend of everything happening faster and faster and faster and there being more and more general noise in the world, and less and less time for quiet reflection on who we are, and where we're going.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Reflection #Technology #Thinking

  • Although technology is proceeding at a dizzying pace, I believe that the human mind will always have control of itself. And since the human mind has a degree of infinity and imagination unlikely to be matched by a machine for a very, very long time, I don't think that we will become the machines of the machines.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Believe #Technology #Thinking

  • Oh, love is very much a physical thing.... I realize that it's very complicated, and I'm sure it can't be traced to individual neurons and hormones, but I think it's very much a physiological sensation that takes place in the brain.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Love Is #Thinking #Brain

  • My writings are an exploration, and I think a lot of writers would tell you this, but in writing, you're not simply putting down things that are already known to you. You're actually discovering in the writing process, you're actually creating knowledge.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Writing #Thinking #Creating

  • Science is an intellectual journey, and to me, it's not the destination, it's the journeyto get there. It's a way of thinking and it's an intellectual curiosity, a desire to know how the world works, and to know what the fundamental principles of the world are, and to know our place in it. I think once we stop asking questions like "what is the age of the universe," or "how are the instructions of DNA carried out on a microscopic level," once we stop asking questions like that, we're dead.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Journey #Thinking #Asking Questions

  • Don't you feel something magical when you're in love?... I do, I certainly do ... but I think that feeling of magic is a hardwired psychological response. It's a chemical thing in the brain. It's a flow of chemicals and electrical currents, and it developed over millions of years in the process of evolution to aid in the procreation of the species.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Thinking #Years #Feelings

  • I think that the scienti?c way of looking at the world, and the humanistic way of looking at the world are complementary. There are important differences which should be preserved, and in trying to do away with those differences we would lose something the same way as if we tried to make all religions one religion or all races one race. There is a cultural diversity that's very valuable, and it's valuable to have different ways of looking at the world.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Thinking #Race #Differences

  • I would think that you are more fluent with the rational. It has its appeal. But the irrational permits a greater exercise of ... shall we say, power.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Exercise #Thinking #Permit

  • I don’t think people realise how vital libraries are or what a colossal danger it would be if we were to lose any more. Having had a truncated school life myself, all of my education from the age of 17 has been self-taught. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the opportunities the library gave me.
    -- Alan Moore

    #School #Thinking #Opportunity

  • Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Reality #Thinking #Ideas

  • I think that storytelling and creation are very close to what the center of what magic is about. I think not just for me, but for most of the cultures that have had a concept of magic, then the manipulation of language, and words, and thus of stories and fictions, has been very close to the center of it all.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Thinking #Magic #Culture

  • There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse if often closer to the truth. Stories shape the world. They exist independently of people, and in places quite devoid of man, there may yet be mythologies.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Men #Thinking #People

  • Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Thinking #Republic #Outcomes

  • I thought as much. Miss Murray, though I am a beast, do not think that I am stupid. I know that I am hideous and hateful. I am not loved, nor ever hope to be. Nor am I fool enough to think that what I feel for you is love. But in this world, alone, I do not hate you. And alone in this world, you do not hate me.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Stupid #Hate #Thinking

  • Please don't worry. It's a psychological complaint, common amongst ex-librarians. You see, she thinks she's a coffee table edition...
    -- Alan Moore

    #Coffee #Thinking #Worry

  • Have a go. Anybody can do it.
    -- Alan Parker

    #Positive Thinking #Thinking

  • I turn on the TV sometimes, start watching something and think: 'This seems quite good, a bit familiar.' Then I realise... It's one of my movies. It's a pretty odd feeling.
    -- Alan Parker

    #Thinking #Feelings #Tvs

  • I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world, but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it. The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
    -- Alan Parsons

    #Sports #Song #Thinking

  • A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Learning #Thinking #Knowing

  • I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Technology #Thinking #People

  • You think you KNOW when you learn, are more sure when you can write, even more when you can teach, but certain when you can program.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Writing #Learning #Thinking

  • A good programming language is a conceptual universe for thinking about programming.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Learning #Thinking #Language

  • I think it's like everything else; one shouldn't dig too deeply. It's silly to say that with a journalist, but sometimes there is not a truth to be found.
    -- Alan Price

    #Stupid #Silly #Thinking

  • We need, men so possessed by the Spirit of God that God can think His thoughts through our minds, that He can plan His will through our actions, that He can direct His strategy of world evangelization through His Church.
    -- Alan Redpath

    #Men #Thinking #Mind

  • I never talk about 'Harry Potter' because I think that would rob children of something that's private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Children #Hate #Thinking

  • It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Would Be #Wonderful

  • I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Discipline #Connections

  • I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Doors #Pie

  • I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking, This is exciting.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Play #Remember

  • I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Actors #Nervous

  • I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking

  • I think worrying things are going on in England - a real apathy.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Real #Thinking #Worry

  • A lot of the time I hate the theater. You think, 'I have to climb Mount Everest, again, tonight.' Oh, the theater is a scary place to be.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Hate #Thinking #Scary

  • From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they're in charge of their own career somehow or other.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Careers #Actors

  • I'm a lot less serious than people think, it's probably because the way my face is put together.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #People #Together

  • You can act truthfully or you can lie. You can reveal things about yourself or you can hide. Therefore, the audience recognizes something about themselves or they don't -- You hope they don't leave the theatre thinking that was nice...now where's the cab?'
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Nice #Lying #Thinking

  • I think the thing about film is, as it gets proved by a lot of young filmmakers now, that the medium will just go on reinventing itself, and so you just hope to be a part of that and not a part of some kind of endless regurgitation or 'Here I am doing what you know I do' kind of thing.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Thinking #Goes On #Kind

  • Why don't I like you?" "Because you think I'm an asshole, and I'm not really, I'm just British and, well, you're not.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #I Like You #Thinking #British

  • Defeat is not worth thinking about.
    -- Alan Shearer

    #Thinking #Defeat

  • I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years, but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Teacher #Smart #Thinking

  • And I think that still is true of this business - which is basically research and development - that you probably spend more time in planning and training and designing for things to go wrong, and how you cope with them, than you do for things to go right.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Thinking #Design #Training

  • I think the sense of family and family achievement, plus the discipline which I received there from that one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #School #Thinking #Discipline

  • I think about the personal accomplishment, but there's more of a sense of the grand achievement by all the people who could put this man on the moon.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Moon #Men #Thinking

  • I didn't mind studying. Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested me more than some of the more artistic subjects, but I think I was a pretty good student.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Math #Thinking #Mind

  • I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Thinking #Odds #Survival

  • Everybody thinks theyll never get married at your age. You think you can go on all your life being single, but you suddenly find out that you cant.
    -- Alan Sillitoe

    #Being Single #Thinking #Age

  • I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me.
    -- Alan Sillitoe

    #Thinking #People #Bloody

  • Whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I am not.
    -- Alan Sillitoe

    #Thinking #People #Awareness

  • Among some of the youngsters, I think reality TV has installed that culture into them and inspired a few of them into wanting to be 'TV celebrities.
    -- Alan Sugar

    #Thinking #Reality #Tvs

  • In America, everybody thinks they're an entrepreneur. That's the problem. It's not a title that anybody should call oneself.
    -- Alan Sugar

    #Thinking #America #Entrepreneur

  • There are psychological repercussions to illness and we need a little more help to get through the effects not only on the afflicted but on the family. And I think there's even a place for humor in that.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Humor #Thinking #Needs

  • If one tends to be a humorous person and you have a sense of humor the rest of your life then you can certainly lighten the load, I think, by bringing that to your trials and tribulations. It's easy to have a sense of humor when everything is going well.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Humorous #Thinking #Trials

  • The original question, 'Can machines think?' I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Believe #Thinking #Machines

  • I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Believe #Thinking #Machines

  • We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields. But which are the best ones to start with? Many people think that a very abstract activity, like the playing of chess, would be best. It can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Men #Thinking #People

  • It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Thinking #Long #Would Be

  • Every now and then you think about your life, what you would like to be, you start at Number 1 and you go down to 100. And down at the bottom, 100, was - Stage. Go figure. That would be the last thing. It terrified me, man. But I had to do it.
    -- Alan Vega

    #Men #Thinking #Numbers

  • That's something - you laugh about Eminem... It's funny, man, because I didn't like him when he first came out, ya know. It seemed like a big joke. But I think the guy's for real, and I like his lyrics!
    -- Alan Vega

    #Real #Men #Thinking

  • A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Wisdom #Reality #Thinking

  • The 'you' who you think you are does not exist.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Doe

  • The future is a concept, it doesn't exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That's one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Talking #Tomorrow

  • Once you've learned to think you can't stop. And an enormous number of people devote their lives to keeping their minds busy and feel extremely uncomfortable with silence.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Numbers #People

  • We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in and reverse our thinking and see that the past always flows back form the present. That now is the creative point of life. So you see its like the idea of forgiving somebody, you change the meaning of the past by doing that...Also watch the flow of music. The melody as its expressed is changed by notes that come later. Just as the meaning of a sentence...you wait till later to find out what the sentence means...The present is always changing the past.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Mean #Past #Thinking

  • We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Inspiring #Thinking #Our Society

  • The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Money #Thinking #People

  • To look at life without words is not to lose the ability to form words- to think, remember, and plan. To be silent is not to lose your tongue. On the contrary, it is only through silence that one can discover something new to talk about. One who talked incessantly, without stopping to look and listen, would repeat himself ad nauseam. It is the same with thinking, which is really silent talking. It is not, by itself, open to the discovery of anything new, for its only novelties are simply arrangements of old words and ideas.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Discovery #Talking

  • We are seeing, then, that our experience is altogether momentary. From one point of view, each moment is so elusive and so brief that we cannot even think about it before it has gone. From another point of view, this moment is always here, since we know no other moment than the present moment. It is always dying, always becoming past more rapidly than imagination can conceive. Yet at the same time it is always being born, always new, emerging just as rapidly from that complete unknown we call the future. Thinking about it almost makes you breathless.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Time #Thinking #Past

  • We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Thinking #Talking

  • To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Long #Listening

  • Think about a piece of music - some great symphony - we don't expect it to get better as it develops, or that its whole purpose is to reach the final crescendo. The joy is found in listening to the music in each moment.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Symphony #Joy

  • We have allowed brain thinking to develop and dominate our lives. As a consequence, we are at war within ourselves. The brain desiring things which the body does not want, and the body desiring things which the brain does not allow; the brain giving directions which the body will not follow, and the body giving impulses which the brain cannot
    -- Alan Watts

    #War #Thinking #Giving

  • More and more we try to effect an adaptation to life by means of external gadgets, and attempt to solve our problems by conscious thinking rather than unconscious 'know-how'. This is much less to our advantage than we like to suppose.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Life #Mean #Thinking

  • The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Imagination #Trouble

  • To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely with this universe. You feel profoundly rooted in it and connected with it. You feel, in other words, that the whole energy, which expresses itself in the galaxies, is intimate. It is not something to which you are a stranger, but it is that with which you, whatever it is, are intimately bound up. That in your seeing, your hearing, your talking, your thinking, your moving, you express that which it is that moves the sun and other stars.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Stars #Moving #Thinking

  • Many people think that the Bible is the authentic word of God and they worship the Bible, making it an idol...
    -- Alan Watts

    #Thinking #Idols #People

  • We think that the world is limited and explained by its past. We tend to think that what happened in the past determines what is going to happen next, and we do not see that it is exactly the other way around! What is always the source of the world is the present; the past doesn't explain a thing. The past trails behind the present like the wake of a ship and eventually disappears.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Past #Thinking #World

  • It's funny because looking back at my first contest, I was 15 and surfing the Haleiwa contest wearing this tiny bikini. I remember not even thinking twice about wearing it - I just thought it was normal.
    -- Alana Blanchard

    #Thinking #Surfing #Tiny

  • I think people are just haters. When they see people doing well, some people, if there's something wrong, they'll pick at that.
    -- Alana Blanchard

    #Thinking #People #Wells

  • I used to think that divorce meant failure, but now I see it more as a step along the path of self-realization and growth.
    -- Alana Stewart

    #Divorce #Thinking #Self

  • I have a strong belief that there is a god or a higher power. I think that if you have a strong belief in that, then you won't feel alone in life and you will feel you can get through anything.
    -- Alana Stewart

    #Strong #Thinking #Belief

  • A lot of people would think I have led this easy kind of charmed life, or maybe even a fairytale in some ways. But it has been anything but that.
    -- Alana Stewart

    #Thinking #People #Way

  • I think there is no better way to invite a human being to view their body differently than by inviting them to be an athlete, by revering one's body as an instrument rather than just an ornament.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Athlete #Thinking #Views

  • Life has a funny way of helping you out when you think that everything's gone wrong.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Thinking #Gone #Way

  • Why are you so petrified of silence, here can you handle this? Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines or when you think you're gonna die? Or did you long for the next distraction...
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Fear #Thinking #Long

  • When we think of digitally disconnecting and inviting presence into our lives, we are creating the conditions of integration within and between.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Thinking #Creating #Integration

  • I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all this external success that everyone would love you and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Love #Peace #Thinking

  • I think it's child abuse to have someone in the public eye too young. Society basically values wealth and fame and power at the cost of well-being. In the case of a child, it's at the cost of someone's natural development. It's already hard enough to develop.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Children #Eye #Thinking

  • Oh these little rejections how they add up quickly, one small sideways look and I feel so ungood. Somewhere along the way I think I gave you the power to make me feel the way I thought only my father could.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Father #Thinking #Rejection

  • I wish people could acheive what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that thats not really what happiness is.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Thinking #Order #People

  • I think some people think I'm a smarty-pants. Some people think I'm intense, some people think I'm super-esoteric and nuts.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Thinking #Nuts #People

  • It's a joke to think that anyone is one thing. We're all such complex creatures. But if I'm going to be a poster child for anything, anger's a gorgeous emotion. It gets a bad rap, but it can make great changes happen.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Children #Rap #Thinking

  • Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Birthday #Sarcasm #Thinking

  • If a woman is comfortable with herself, I think that's what radiates. I think the moment you start questioning your body and looks is when you get into trouble.
    -- Alanna Ubach

    #Thinking #Looks #Body

  • I've always wanted to act and I can't think of anything else I'd want to do, honestly.
    -- Alanna Ubach

    #Thinking #Want #Honest

  • You suffer from the oldest delusion in politics. You think you can change the world by talking to a leader. Leaders are the effects, not the causes of changes.
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #Thinking #Talking #Leader

  • Think of Florence, Paris, London, New York. Nobody visiting them for the first time is a stranger because he's already visited them in paintings, novels, history books and films. But if a city hasn't been used by an artist, not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively.
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #New York #Book #Thinking

  • Life becomes a habit. You get up, dress, eat, go tae work, clock in etcetera etcetera automatically, and think about nothing but the pay packet on Friday and the booze-up last Saturday. Life's easy when you're a robot.
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #Friday #Thinking #Dresses

  • At the foundation of moral thinking lie beliefs in statements the truth of which no further reason can be given.
    -- Alasdair MacIntyre

    #Lying #Thinking #Foundation