Thinker Quotes (6 quotes)
Darwin's Origin of Species had come into the theological world like a plough into an ant-hill. Everywhere those thus rudely awakened from their old comfort and repose had swarmed forth angry and confused. Reviews, sermons, books light and heavy, came flying at the new thinker from all sides.
It was not by any accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.
Know thyself! This is the source of all wisdom, said the great thinkers of the past, and the sentence was written in golden letters on the temple of the gods. To know himself, Linnζus declared to be the essential indisputable distinction of man above all other creatures. I know, indeed, in study nothing more worthy of free and thoughtful man than the study of himself. For if we look for the purpose of our existence, we cannot possibly find it outside ourselves. We are here for our own sake.
The first effect of the mind growing cultivated is that processes once multiple get to be performed in a single act. Lazarus has called this the progressive condensation of thought. ... Steps really sink from sight. An advanced thinker sees the relations of his topics is such masses and so instantaneously that when he comes to explain to younger minds it is often hard ... Bowditch, who translated and annotated Laplace's Mιchanique Cιleste, said that whenever his author prefaced a proposition by the words it is evident, he knew that many hours of hard study lay before him.
The practice of medicine is a thinker's art, the practice of surgery a plumber's.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation,till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, and must give place to another.