Thinking Day Messages and Quotes

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Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). It is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fund raise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.

  • Part of every misery is, so to speak, the miserys shadow or reflection: the fact that you dont merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
  • My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
  • If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isnt thinking.
  • There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
  • In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, dont try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.





  • The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
  • Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isnt enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
  • Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  • A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.



  • Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
  • When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
  • Dont think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Its self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You cant try to do things. You simply must do things.
  • Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
  • But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how weve been thinking about a problem.



  • No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
  • The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any.
  • The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
  • Whenever I go on a ride, Im always thinking of whats wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
  • When you start falling for somebody and you cant stop thinking about when youre going to see them again, I love that. Women are beautiful. They deserve to be cherished and respected.



  • The problem isnt that Johnny cant read. The problem isnt even that Johnny cant think. The problem is that Johnny doesnt know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.
  • As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big.
  • Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
  • In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.




  • A mans brain has a more difficult time shifting from thinking to feeling than a womens brain does.
  • When you control a mans thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.
  • When my cats arent happy, Im not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know theyre just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
  • Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.
  • When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.





  • The worst thing about that kind of prejudice... is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
  • Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
  • Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
  • Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
  • I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You cant trust them.




  • My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
  • Im definitely guilty of thinking something is funny but thinking the audience wont. Then three years later I will finally try it and itll kill them. I got to give them more credit.
  • Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone elses head instead of with ones own.
  • Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based.
  • Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.



  • The only thing I do is just pray for inspiration, for a way of thinking, because I dont have any particular goal in sight.
  • Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet - thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing - consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.
  • The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.
  • Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  • Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.





  • Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.
  • I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life
  • Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.
  • Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives
  • Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.




  • The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out
  • You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations
  • Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  • The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?