124 Independence Of Thought Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Independence Of Thought Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man. — Bertrand Russell

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. — Oscar Wilde

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt. — Bergen Evans

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Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. — Rosa Luxemburg

Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free. — Bertrand Russell

I was a freethinker before I knew how to think. — George Bernard Shaw

There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action. — W. Somerset Maugham

There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Our thoughts are free. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

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. — Arthur Rubinstein

Short Independence Of Thought Quotes

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  • Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. — Benjamin Franklin
  • It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. — Benjamin Franklin
  • The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. — Christopher Hitchens
  • The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. — Emma Goldman
  • A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to. — Banksy
  • The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought. — Walter Gilbert
  • All of my friends are independent in thought, that's important. — Aeriel Miranda
  • The thoughtful man becomes a hermit in the thoroughfares of the marketplace. — Henry David Thoreau
  • . . . besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child. — Bryce Courtenay

Independence Of Thought Image Quotes

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Independence of thought quote The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

Independent Thinkers Quotes

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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. — John Dewey

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity. — Thomas John Watson, Sr.

An independent thinker, regardless of their viewpoint, is an active brain in the room, contributing something original to the system. — Tim Urban

Independence of thought quote It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without acc
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity. — Thomas J. Watson

Far from creating independent thinkers, schools have always, throughout history, played an institutional role in a system of control and coercion. And once you are well educated you have already been socialized in ways that support the power structure, which, in turn, rewards you immensely. — Noam Chomsky

Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority. — Naval Ravikant

Independence of thought quote If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is
If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.

The small are always dependent on the great; they are "small" precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other "greats" and who can transform it in an original manner. — Martin Heidegger

Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way. — Sherry Argov

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers. — Edgar R. Fiedler

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers. — Edgar Fiedler

Independent Thought Quotes

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When you do not seek or need approval, you are at your most powerful. — Caroline Myss

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who . . . ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought. — Margaret Chase Smith

Independence of thought quote How amazing is it to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go
How amazing is it to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go in your head.

Lucifer represents life, though, progress, civilization, liberty, independence. Lucifer is the Logos, the Serpent, the Savior. — H. P. Blavatsky

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take. — Emma Goldman

Education in Chess has to be an education in independent thinking and judging. Chess must not be memorized. — Emanuel Lasker

Independence of thought quote Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.

Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. — Albert Einstein

I'm a modern woman in the sense of I take care of myself, I'm fiercely independent, and I'm really ambitious. Yet I have these old-school thoughts in my mind. — Eva Mendes

The right to criticize: the right to hold unpopular beliefs; the right to protest; the right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood... Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. — Margaret Chase Smith

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Independent Thinking Quotes

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Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. — Bhagat Singh

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions. — Noam Chomsky

Think before you speak. Read before you think. — Fran Lebowitz

Independence of thought quote One small positive thought in the morning can change you whole day.
One small positive thought in the morning can change you whole day.

Most men use their knowledge only under guidance from others because they lack the courage to think independently using their own reasoning abilities. It takes intellectual daring to discover the truth. — Immanuel Kant

A contrarian isn’t one who always objects — that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform. — Naval Ravikant

I don't feel we need to be independent for me to feel confident in my Scottish identity. I think Scotland is pretty comfortable in its identity. We won't need independence to preserve it... if we don't become independent, it won't disappear; it isn't under existential threat. — Nicola Sturgeon

Independence of thought quote Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker
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.

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end nutritionally, financially, and morally bankrupt. — Naval Ravikant

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Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. — Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

A democratic education means that we educate people in a way that ensures they can think independently, that they can use information, knowledge, and technology, among other things, to draw their own conclusions. — Linda Darling-Hammond

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end up bankrupt. — Naval Ravikant

Freedom Of Thought Quotes

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. — Soren Kierkegaard

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. — Frederick Douglass

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. — John Adams

Independence of thought quote Empty Minds Make The Most Noise!
Empty Minds Make The Most Noise!

I had a right to my own political opinions. I am a Southern woman, born with Revolutionary blood in my veins. Freedom of speech and of thought were my birthright, guaranteed, signed and sealed by the blood of our fathers. — Rose O'Neal Greenhow

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. — John Green

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. — John Adams

Independence of thought quote Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than pers
Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.

Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality. — Ben Shapiro

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. — Bertrand Russell

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. — Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don't have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity. — Henepola Gunaratana

Free Thought Quotes

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Our greatest human freedom is that, despite whatever our physical situation is in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS! — Viktor E. Frankl

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Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. — Buddha

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". — Carl Rogers

Independence of thought quote The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

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. — George Washington Carver

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It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. — Louis D. Brandeis

The mind is free and the slightest thought has great influence. It is therefore important that you think enlightened thoughts. — Moroccan Proverbs

Independence of thought quote If you wouldn't say it to a friend, don't say it to yourself.
If you wouldn't say it to a friend, don't say it to yourself.

A person becomes truly free only when they are able to think and express their own thoughts. — Alexei Navalny

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. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

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. — William O. Douglas

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. — Rhonda Byrne

Independence And Freedom Quotes

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We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people all over the world. — Lal Bahadur Shastri

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is an imperishable birth right of all. Labor is the real sustainer of society, the sovereignty of the ultimate destiny of the workers. — Bhagat Singh

If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland. — Chandra Shekhar Azad

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. — Bob Marley

One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. — Subhas Chandra Bose

Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott. — Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. — Nelson Mandela

The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man. — Ho Chi Minh

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. — William Faulkner

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Information is Power. Think For Yourself. CAUTION: proper use of the brain is not endorsed by federal governments nor huge corporations involved in serious financial profit from a brainwashed and enslaved population. Mild discomfort may occur as confusing independent thought challenges popular views of the world. — Timothy Leary

We have learned that beneath the surface of an ordinary everyday normal casual conscious existence there lies a vast dynamic world of impulse and dream, a hinterland of energy which has an independent existence of its own and laws of its own: laws which motivate all our thoughts and our actions. — Robert Edmond Jones

Cubism is not a manner but an aesthetic, and even a state of mind; it is therefore inevitably connected with every manifestation of contemporary thought. It is possible to invent a technique or a manner independently, but one cannot invent the whole complexity of a state of mind. — Juan Gris

Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self-employment and artistic autonomy. — Marshall McLuhan

The time has come for people of reason to say: Enough is Enough! Religious faith discourages independent thought, it's divisive and it's dangerous. — Richard Dawkins

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. — Voltaire

Let the views of others educate and inform you, but let your decisions be a product of your own conclusions. — Jim Rohn

In times of totalitarian or autocratic rule, music (indeed culture in general) is often the only avenue of independent thought. It is the only way people can meet as equals, and exchange ideas. Culture then becomes primarily the voice of the oppressed and it takes over from politics as a driving force for change. — Daniel Barenboim

The mind never need stop growing. Indeed, one of the few experiences which never pall is the experience of watching one's own mind and how it produces new interests, responds to new stimuli, and develops new thoughts, apparently without effort and almost independently of one's own conscious control. — Gilbert Highet

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action-Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake. — Rabindranath Tagore

There are lots of great movies coming out of the U.S. but it's not something I've ever really been interested in. They're great films but I much prefer the smaller independent films, which are more thought provoking and experimental. — Billie Piper

I promise to question everything my leaders tell me. I promise to use my critical faculties. I promise to develop my independence of thought. I promise to educate myself so I can make my own judgments. — Carl Sagan

When I think of the most able students I have encountered in my teaching - I mean those who have distinguished themselves not only by skill but by independence of thought - then I must confess that all have had a lively interest in epistemology. — Albert Einstein

I am not a politician. I have often been approached in this regard, but I have always declined these sorts of offers. I view myself as an independent, critical intellectual, as someone who tries to stimulate thought on the left and the right, to encourage intellectual evolution. — Tariq Ramadan

When the doors to television were opened to me, that was quite a surprise. It's been such a gift that there was so much TV and independent film happening in New York that I could be a part of. There was something to satiate my desire to be artistic and creative, especially when it wasn't in the way I originally thought it was going to be. — Aja Naomi King

Now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. — Amelia Earhart

Among the droves of men with political ambitions in the United States, I found very few with that virile candor, that manly independence of thought, that often distinguished Americans in earlier times and that is invariably the preeminent trait of great characters wherever it exists. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which it is intended to express, whether verbally or in writing, or in any other way, the real process of thought. Thought's dictation, free from any control by the reason, independent of any aesthetic or moral preoccupation. — Andre Breton

Independence of thought is a most valuable quality in a chess-player, both at the board and when preparing for a game. — David Bronstein

Surely love has nothing to do with the mind, it is not the product of the mind; love is entirely independent of calculation, of thought. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

A Sannyasin cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma. — Swami Vivekananda

You must strive to become much less susceptible to influences outside of yourself and much more inclined to trust the instincts and feelings that lie within you. — Bob Proctor

How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality? — Albert Einstein

When we actively relate to people as rivals or enemies, we foster the false belief that we and they stand independent of one another. The truth is that we bind ourselves to them as if by an invisible tether, and we do so by our negative thoughts and feelings." "Who we are is who we are with others. How they seem to us is a revelation of ourselves. — C. Terry Warner

Modern life means democracy, democracy means freeing intelligence for independent effectivenessthe emancipation of mind as an individual organ to do its own work. We naturally associate democracy, to be sure, with freedom of action, but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos. — John Dewey

If you're not prepared to give some truly independent thought to what this world is all about, then what is the point of being alive? — Stephen Curry

In the long run [censorship] will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience. — Henry Steele Commager

Abnormal, adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested. — Ambrose Bierce

Mad; adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane. — Ambrose Bierce

It is so rare to meet with a man outdoors who cherishes a worthy thought in his mind, which is independent of the labor of his hands. Behind every man's busy-ness there should be a level of undisturbed serenity and industry, as within the reef encircling a coral isle there is always an expanse of still water, where the depositions are going on which will finally raise it above the surface. — Henry David Thoreau

I can tell from the tone of his voice and the thought processes in getting to where he's at that there's no point in talking to him further. He wanted to make that decision independent of all other factors and we respect that. [on Damien Martyn retiring — Ian Chappell

I had no idea I was part of what was going to be a big mega-hit. I thought I was doing a B sci-fi movie [Independence Day]. And, actually, it was Jeff Goldblum who looked at me one day and said, "You know, I think this is going to be really something." And I said, "Well, I hope you're right." And sure enough, it turned out to be. — Brent Spiner

The freedom of thought and action we Americans enjoy today seems as natural as the air we breathe. But there is a danger we may take this freedom for granted. We must never forget it was bought for us at a great price. The brave and resourceful Americans whose sacrifices gained our Independence and preserved it for more than 200 years against formidable foes have set an example of unflinching loyalty to the ideal of liberty and justice for all. — Ronald Reagan

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of AmericanismThe right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought. — Margaret Chase Smith

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