Quotes about thinking, thoughts

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
(The Buddha)

If… I had to take one phrase to cover all my teaching, I would say, “Let there be no evil in your thoughts.”
(Confucius)
Source: Roger Walsh, Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind, 1996 p. 124

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things.
(St. Paul, Philippians 4:8, Bible [ESV, 2001])

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the ox that draws it.
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)

Focus, not on the rudeness of others, not on what they’ve done or left undone, but on what you have and haven’t done yourself.
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)

The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care and let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings…
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)

Having courage does not depend on what is happening outside you. It depends entirely on what is happening inside you. Only thoughts can give you courage, and only thoughts can give you fear. So start right now thinking thoughts of courage.
(Dale Carnegie, The Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations. 1960. p. 6)

The heart symbolizes the part of us that does not rely exclusively on thoughts. Thinking is the source of problems.
(Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, 2001. p. 20)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking which created them.
(Albert Einstein)

It’s actually quite easy to change the way we think and act; it is much simpler than others would have us think.
(Wayne Dyer, Excuses Begone, 2009 p.160)

My thoughts have magnetic power.
(Jerry and Esther Hicks, The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, 2006. p.32)

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

You are where you are [today] because of your thinking. Your thinking dictates your decisions. Decisions are choices… you chose your household expenses… years ago you began making the choices that led to your present situation, and you walked right down the middle of the path every step of the way.
(Andy Andrews, The Traveler’s Gift, 2002.)