Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.— Benjamin Franklin
Proven Free Thought quotations
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible independence of thought among its young.
Our greatest human freedom is that, despite whatever our physical situation is in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS!
If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
True empathy is always free of any evaluative or diagnostic quality.
This comes across to the recipient with some surprise. "If I am not being judged, perhaps I am not so evil or abnormal as I have thought".
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. Keep your thoughts free from hate, and you need have no fear from those who hate you.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and whatever you choose will attract the same kind back to you. Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy.
There must be renewed recognition that societies are kept stable and healthy by reform, not by thought police; this means there must be free play for so-called subversive ideas - every idea subverts the old to make way for the new. To shut off subversion is to shut off peaceful progress and to invite revolution and war.
How amazing is it to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go in your head.
I could never stay long enough on the shore;
the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.
Why, of course, the people don't want war.
Gender has always been considered a fact immutable.
But we now know it's actually more fluid, complex, and mysterious. Because of my success, I never have the courage to share my story. Not because I thought what I am is wrong but because of how the world treats those of us who wish to break free.
The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.
I'm a free person; I feel terribly free. They could put me in chains and I still would be free because my thoughts would be mine - and that's all I want to have.
Atheism ... that bugbear of women and fools ... is the very top and perfection of free-thinking. It is the grand arcanum to which a true genius naturally riseth, by a certain climax or gradation of thought, and without which he can never possess his soul in absolute liberty and repose.
The problem of education in a democratic society is to do away with .
.. dualism and to construct a course of studies which makes thought a guide of free practice for all and which makes leisure a reward of accepting responsibility for service, rather than a state of exemption from it.
Empty Minds Make The Most Noise!
How strange now, looks the life he makes us lead; So free we seem, so fettered fast we are!
There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind's immobility and thought-free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.
Creativity is not the domain of one single person.
Through free-association of thoughts and brainstorming, an accidental suggestion can be the best solution.
One small positive thought in the morning can change you whole day.
I don't think there's any difference between a crush and profound love.
I think the experience is that you dissolve your sentries and your battalions for a moment and you really do see that there is this unfixed free-flowing energy of emotion and thought between people, that it really is there.
Man is really not freeing many aspects.
He is dependent on his social circumstances, but he is free in his thinking, and here is the point of origin of sculpture. For me the formation of the thought is already sculpture. The thought is sculpture.
Even when you’d lost everything you thought there was to lose, somebody came along and gave you something for free.
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
What is it to be a fool for Christ? It is to control one's thoughts when they stray out of line. It is to make the mind empty and free.
Who is journeying for freedom? The one who is already free.
Thoughts are impediments to seeing your own face. Don't give rise to any thought, and discover who you are.
Fools take the knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord and free themselves from the fools.
If the guy you’re dating doesn’t seem to be completely into you, or you feel the need to start ‘figuring him out,’ please consider the glorious thought that he might just not be that into you. And then free yourself to go find someone that is.
The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy. Our thoughts become shackled, our emotions are chained, the will is almost paralyzed. But when we show mercy, all of these bonds are broken, and we enter into a joyful liberty that frees us to share God's love with others.
I know nothing more enjoyable than that happy-go-lucky wandering life, in which you are perfectly free; without shackles of any kind, without care, without preoccupation, without thought even of to-morrow. You go in any direction you please, without any guide save your fancy.
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
No thought lives in your head rent-free.
Those... who find delight in freedom from attachment in the renunciation of clinging, free from the inflow of thoughts, they are like shining lights, having reached final liberation in the world.
For a scientist must indeed be freely imaginative and yet skeptical, creative and yet a critic. There is a sense in which he must be free, but another in which his thought must be very preceisely regimented; there is poetry in science, but also a lot of bookkeeping.
Wake up and realize this is all made up of thoughts, just thoughts.
Your appreciation of beauty is a thought; your aversion to an object that is ugly is a thought. Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing thought in the mind. Realize this is just a thought and you will be free.
We hold that the greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong, that in the exercise thereof people have an inviolable right to express their unbridled thoughts on all topics and personalities, being liable only for the abuse of that right.