The mind grows by self revelation. In play the child ascertains what he can do, discovers his possibilities of will and thought by exerting his power spontaneously. In work he follows a task prescribed for him by another, and doesn't reveal his own proclivities and inclinations; but another's. In play he reveals his own original power.— Friedrich Frobel
Professional Original Thought quotations
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.
Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service
I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me.
If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings
Don't hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise.
Simply realize that our original mind, right from the start, is beyond thought, so that no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts. Illuminate original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.
Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
When you look in your mind you find it covered with a lot of rubbishy thoughts.
You have to penetrate these and hear what your mind is telling you to do. Such work is original work.
After immersing myself in the mysteries of the Electoral College for a novel I wrote in the '90s, I came away believing that the case for scrapping it is less obvious than I originally thought.
Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.
You were born an original. Don't die a copy.
I've never had an original thought in my lifeand there's tons of people on the internet happy to tell me just that.
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.
For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force.
The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Angels are intelligent reflections of light, that original light which has no beginning. They can illuminate. They do not need tongues or ears, for they can communicate without speech, in thought.
The average man never really thinks from end to end of his life.
The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of cliches. What they mistake for thought is simply a repetition of what they have heard. My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought.
Both church and state claiming to be of divine origin have assumed divine right of man over woman; while church and state have thought for man, man has assumed the right to think for woman.
All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.
I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking.
Originally, we were going to set up a cappuccino bar in the showroom, but we've been so busy, ... We decided when we're old and grey, we're going to set up a coffee shop, and we formed the company about 18 months ago when we thought of the name. It's going to be TLC - Tastes Like Chocolate.
There's nothing really original. Alien was a B-movie. Five directors passed on it before me. Because I was into Heavy Metal, I read it, and thought, "Wow, I want to do this." I was on a plane to Hollywood in 22 hours. It was a B-movie and was elevated to an A-plus movie by sheer good taste.
How amazing is it to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go in your head.
The question of the origin of the matter in the universe is no longer thought to be beyond the range of science - everything can be created from nothing. It is fair to say that the universe is the ultimate free lunch.
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.
If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?
Empty Minds Make The Most Noise!
Evolution is the creation-myth of our age.
By telling us our origin it shapes our views of what we are. It influences not just our thought, but our feelings and actions too, in a way which goes far beyond its official function as a biological theory.
It is impossible for the mind to remain undisturbed by thoughts, but anyone serious about the matter can certainly permit them entry or drive them away, and although their origin does not lie entirely under our control we can choose to approve of them and to adopt them.
Wonder Showzen is one of my favorite shows of all time.
When I first saw it, I thought it was so funny and new and original and edgy and insane and subversive. I didn't know comedy could do that.
One small positive thought in the morning can change you whole day.
I'm 100 percent original, and that's what got me here.
My rap music is more understandable, slower. It tells a story. You can write a book on each of my thoughts.
Modern European composers...have very largely received their stimulus, their rhythms and impulses from Machine Age America. They have a much older tradition of musical technique which has helped them put into musical terms a little more clearly the thoughts that originated here. They can express themselves more glibly.
Science always has its origin in the adaptation of thought to some definite field of experience.
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.
Who is Tom? There is no Tom. If we sell a pair of shoes today, we give away a pair of shoes tomorrow. Originally we thought of "Tomorrow's Shoes," but I could only fit "TOMS" on the label. I had no idea everybody would want to meet him. There is no Tom; it's an idea for a better tomorrow.
Rather than understand the original cause-a thought-we try to change the stressful feelings by looking outside ourselves.
To overestimate the originality of one's thoughts is perhaps a less serious defect than being unaware of their newness. There is a more pronounced lack of sensitivity in underestimating (ourselves and others) than in overestimating.
Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.
The destiny of photography has taken it far beyond the role to which it was originally thought to be limited: to give more accurate reports on reality (including works of art). Photography is the reality; the real object is often experienced as a letdown.
Even something as complex as the eye has appeared several times;
for example, in the squid, the vertebrates, and the arthropods. It's bad enough accounting for the origin of such things once, but the thought of producing them several times according to the modern synthetic theory makes my head swim
The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself - and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results.
We forgive, we mortify our resentment;
a week later some chain of thought carries us back to the original offence and we discover the old resentment blazing away as if nothing had been done about it at all. We need to forgive our brother seventy times seven not only for 490 offences but for one offence.
'Coraline' is Neil Gaiman's book, it sold a lot, it has a big fan base.
It was originally conceived to be live action, but I never really wanted it to be. I always thought that it would work better as an animated film.