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Brains are interesting things. Somehow they go from a wobbly walnut into a thinking mind into a person. The mind bit is something of a baffler too. After all, what is the mind? Who cares. Just look after it and turn it to creative magical uses.

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‘Let the mind be enlarged…to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind.’

Francis Bacon

‘Few minds wear out; more rust out.’

Christian Bovée

‘Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigours of the mind.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘To be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is to apply it.’

René Descartes

‘Nurture your mind with great thoughts.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.’

Thomas Alva Edison

‘Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.’

Albert Einstein

‘Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.’

William Hazlitt

‘A mind stretched to a new idea never regains its original dimension.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.’

Dee Hock

‘The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘Clear your mind of can’t.’

Samuel Johnson

‘The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing—to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.’

John Keats

‘The mind is its own place, and, in itself, can make heaven of Hell and a hell of Heaven.’

John Milton

The mind ought to sometimes be diverted that it may return the better to thinking.’


The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.’


‘What a waste it is to lose one’s mind—or not to have a mind. How true that is.’

Dan Quayle

‘Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

‘I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‘You give birth to that on which you fix your mind.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‘The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.’




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