Critical Thinking Quotes

Quotes tagged as "critical-thinking" (showing 1-30 of 227)
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

Christopher Hitchens
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

Richard Dawkins
“Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Adrienne Rich
“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

Christopher Hitchens
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16”
Christopher Hitchens

Anaïs Nin
“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947

C. JoyBell C.
“There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?”
C. JoyBell C.

George Carlin
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that've long since bought and paid for, the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pocket, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and the information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them.”
George Carlin

Miguel Ruiz
“Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Stephen King
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Bertrand Russell
“The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.”
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

Brian Cox
“The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”
Brian Cox

Bart D. Ehrman
“There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty.”
Bart D. Ehrman, God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Waste Books

Thomas Bernhard
“everything is ridiculous if one thinks of death”
Thomas Bernhard

“We live in a world where unfortunately the distinction between true and false appears to become increasingly blurred by manipulation of facts, by exploitation of uncritical minds, and by the pollution of the language.”
Arne Tiselius

Harper Lee
“Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

[Open Letter, O Magazine, July 2006]”
Harper Lee

Frank Herbert
“Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most people do not have a problem with you thinking for yourself, as long as your conclusions are the same as or at least compatible with their beliefs.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Josh Lanyon
“If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity”
Josh Lanyon, Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Pauline Baynes
“Believe what you like, but don't believe everything you read without questioning it.”
Pauline Baynes, Questionable Creatures: A Bestiary

Stanley Kubrick
“If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.”
Stanley Kubrick

Charles Darwin
“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”
Charles Darwin, More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2

“Cynicism, like gullibility, is a symptom of underdeveloped critical faculties.”
Jamie Whyte, Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders

Naomi Wolf
“You do not win by struggling to the top of a caste system, you win by refusing to be trapped within one at all.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Albert Einstein
“I want to oppose the idea that the school has to teach directly that special knowledge and those accomplishments which one has to use later directly in life. The demands of life are much too manifold to let such a specialized training in school appear possible [...] The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost.”
Albert Einstein

Stefan Molyneux
“When people have invested their identities into clichés, the only counter argument they have is 'being offended'.”
Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
“We may not yet know the right way to go, but we should at least stop going in the wrong direction.”
Stefan Molyneux, Against The Gods?

Stefan Molyneux
“Truth has nothing to do with the conclusion, and everything to do with the methodology.”
Stefan Molyneux

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