These thinking for yourself quotes will help you develop this skill. Thinking for yourself is so important because it increases your chances of achieving fulfilling goals, leads to authenticity in your relationships, and builds autonomy. These quotes from famous and not so famous people will help you be more self-aware and independent.
Here are 50 quotes from some of history’s most interesting thinkers, from Socrates to Albert Einstein.
“Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon
“I refuse to allow any man to treat me with less than total respect because I am a woman. I have dated men who are supposed to be so macho that they feel they can do anything at all disrespectful and I just walk out on them. I am not a thing, I am a person and that should be the basis for all relationships.” – Gayle Forman
“Knowledge is an essential element of freedom: without it we are as the slaves of our passions, or as the prisoners of our ignorance. For knowledge enables us to know and choose what is really good, and to live accordingly-it enables us to be free.” – Leo Tolstoy
“A society that sacrifices its children can never increase in greatness.” – Pearl S. Buck
“How ridiculous and what an unjust use to make of the gift of speech, if one is not ready to speak the truth!” – Socrates
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley
“Notoriety is a mask which every intellectual wears sooner or later if he doesn’t wish to be disgraced. He who has no courage for himself takes refuge in words.” – Louis Aragon
“People are funny, don’t you think so? Most of the time all they do is satisfy their own desires. But the desire to be good can overcome their selfishness. Being good is stronger than the desire to be rich or to have power. You don’t have to be a saint to play your part in this world; just do what you know in your heart is right.” – Hisoka Kurosaki
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
“A book that remains shut is but a block of wood.” – Aristotle
“A man is not a piece of meat, but a spiritual being.” – Confucius
“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
“Minds exist only in minds; they never become real to others. Your mind creates maya and all these things seem real; sometimes they are real and sometime they are unreal. The mind creates an atmosphere in which the world seems to exist.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
“What do you think you are doing here? This is not my theater, this is not my stage, this is no play! We are not actors! We are millions of men and women living on this earth. We are all equally suffering, we all want peace and joy for our children. This is no play! This is life!” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
“Do not let a man who calls you ‘Crazy’ come too close. For if he gets you to doubt your own sanity, he has succeeded in robbing you of that which you should be most proud of: your sense of reason.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” – David Foster Wallace
“In trying to silence the voices of dissent in your mind, you become no different than the tyrant you are trying to overthrow.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“You have enemies? Good. That means that you have stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill
“It has often been said that truth is stranger than fiction. The one is certainly truer than the other.” – Mark Twain
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge
“The truth is a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” – St. Augustine
“The problem with the world is that we love the wrong people.” – Chuck Palahniuk
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“I do not like to use the word ‘hope’, because I hope against hope; but I prefer to use the word ‘faith’… It gives buoyancy, and boldness, and gladness.” – William Ellery Channing
“I am not afraid of tomorrow. The future is made by us today, not by what happens to us tomorrow.” – Margaret Thatcher
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science shows what is true; religion explains what is true.” -Albert Einstein
“Doing nothing is not an option. Do something today that you wish you would have done yesterday.” – Unknown
“He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” – Confucius
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
“All things pass; God alone remains. All things are changeable; God alone is unchangeable. All things are mortal; God alone is immortal.” -Buddha
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“It is excellent to have the ability to forgive, but it is better to have that ability and not need it.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Restlessness is the first sign of genius.” – Aristotle
“The right man for the job will never be worried about the success of his undertaking. He is too busy looking for the right man for the job.” – Unknown
“We slay by the sentence and we are slain by the word.” – Sophocles
“No problem can stand up to the attitude of “Yes I can!” – Tony Robbins
“The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” – Oscar Wilde
“What you are is the result of what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie
“Your life will go faster if you learn to enjoy it.” – Unknown
“The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears. There’s no risk at all in dying. It’s the second best thing that can happen to you. The first is living your life, and no one wants to do that badly.” – Mark Twain
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick
“We are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin
Conclusion – Thinking for yourself quotes
After reading these quotes hopefully, you’ll have gained some valuable information on what life really means.
Life is not a game, but a reality, a choice. Choose your new thoughts wisely and try to improve your life with the knowledge you’ve gained.
Always remember to always strive for something greater in life, and never give up when you start to fall sometimes.
You will always fall, but success is just a few hours away, all you need to do is to keep trying.