Best 229 Quotes & Tweets on Thinking

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1

I, and I alone, am responsible for everything I think and feel.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Think for yourself, not of yourself. Think of others, not for others.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Aim to be great in 10 years. Build health habits today that lead to a great body in 10 years. Build social habits today that lead to great relationships in 10 years. Build learning habits today that lead to great knowledge in 10 years. Long-term thinking is a secret weapon.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

When making plans, think big. When making progress, think small.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

A strategy for thinking clearly: Rather than trying to be right, assume you are wrong and try to be less wrong. Trying to be right has a tendency to devolve into protecting your beliefs. Trying to be less wrong has a tendency to prompt more questions and intellectual humility.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

A group of people who think differently is a market. A group of people who think alike is a mob.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Things you control: Your effort. Your beliefs. Your identity. Your actions. Your attitude. Your integrity. Your thoughts. The food you eat. How kind you are. The media you read. How reflective you are. How thoughtful you are. The people you listen to. The type of friend you are.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

8

They want to punish you for your speech because they can’t punish you for your thoughts.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume. And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed. Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill - which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

Wealth is the power to choose. Financial wealth is the power to choose how to spend money. Social wealth is the power to choose who to hang out with. Calendar wealth is the power to choose how to spend your time. Mental wealth is the power to choose your thoughts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Founder mentality: If you think like an owner, and you act like an owner, it’s only a matter of time until you become an owner.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

When the mind is speaking without permission, it’s lying.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Before you begin, think as if you are a lazy person. Assume the competition will work harder. Your only chance is a better strategy. After you begin, work as if you are a dumb person. Assume the competition is smarter and more talented. Your only chance is to outwork them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

Think like a philosopher. Train and rest like an athlete. Take action like an entrepreneur.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

Life is short. And if life is short, then moving quickly matters. Launch the product. Write the book. Ask the question. Take the chance. Be thoughtful, but get moving.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

True reasoning is only possible when there is no motivation.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

19

Ultimately, the only way to truly be in control of your life is to be in control of your thoughts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

How to see opportunities others miss: 1) Study a totally different field, then return to the original problem. Apply insights from other domains. 2) Invert the problem. Try to achieve the opposite. 3) Find ways to engage with hyper-creative people. Their thinking will rub off.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Worried about what people think about you? Don’t worry, they don't think about you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

You think you know something, until you try writing about it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

Hard work is not always something you can see. It is not always physical effort. In fact, the most powerful form of hard work is thinking clearly. Designing a winning strategy may not look very active, but make no mistake: it is very hard work. Strategy often beats sweat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

Anxiety is thought without control. Flow is control without thought.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

A contrarian isn’t one who always objects - that’s a confirmist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

26

Any discipline or institution whose output is to tell people how to think and behave eventually gets co-opted and corrupted. Only disciplines and institutions whose output tells us how to manipulate nature, tools, and systems can stay objective.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

27

Most people think they lack knowledge when they really lack focus.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

28

The tension of life: Thinking only of today degrades the experience of tomorrow. Delay gratification. Thinking only of tomorrow degrades the experience of today. Don’t wait to begin living. Invest in your tomorrows and savor your todays. A delicate balance.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

You know yourself mostly by your thoughts. Everyone else in the world knows you only by your actions. Remember this when you feel misunderstood. You have to do or say something for others to know how you feel.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

Authenticity is the gap between your thoughts and your actions. The smaller the gap, the more genuine the lifestyle.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

Think like an optimist. Prepare like a pessimist.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

--- FS Principles --- 1. Direction over speed 2. Live deliberately 3. Thoughtful opinions held loosely 4. Principles outlive tactics 5. Own your actions

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

33

It’s not who you think you are or who you want to be. You are what you do consistently.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

People who arbitrage time will almost always outperform. The first order thought of instant gratification is a crowded path, ensuring mediocre results at best. Delayed gratification, which requires second order thinking, is less crowded and more likely to get results.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

35

We waste our time with short term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

36

It’s very hard to succeed if you think the whole world is out to get you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

Writing reveals what thinking conceals.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

38

The pain of writing is actually the pain of improving your thinking

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

39

When you spend a lot of time alone, you realize how much your thoughts matter. Then you spend a lot of time improving your thoughts. Then you get happy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

40

Don’t let the group you identify with do your thinking for you

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

Writing is like weightlifting for the brain. Yes, it's hard. But it will improve the quality of your thinking.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

42

When failure is reversible, act quickly. When failure is irreversible, think carefully.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

43

Amateurs think in absolutes. Professionals think in probabilities.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

44

People often believe their opinions are well thought out when they are merely "well felt out." We easily mistake strong feelings for strong thoughts. Feelings are important, but if you can't state your opinion clearly, then you haven't thought it through yet.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

45

The only real shortcut in life is to understand it backwards. It's easier to solve a maze backwards. Life is the same. Learn from people further down the path from you and make their hindsight your foresight.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

46

It costs nothing to ask a successful person how they succeeded, but it may deliver more value than 1,000 hours of hard work. Others are under no obligation to tell you their secrets, but it is surprising how much you can learn from sincere, direct, and thoughtful questions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

Insight doesn’t come from success or failure but rather from reflection.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

48

Don't confuse education with intelligence. Most schools serve to educate us just enough to believe what we've been taught and not enough to think for ourselves.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

49

Read less. Watch less. Talk less. Think more.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

50

What we reason for ourselves may help others. What we reason for others will not help us.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval