„We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.“
As rendered by T. Byrom (1993), Shambhala Publications.
There is no quote from the Pali Canon that matches up with any of these. The closest quote to this is in the Majjhima Nikaya 19:
"Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking & pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with sensuality, abandoning thinking imbued with renunciation, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with sensuality. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with ill will, abandoning thinking imbued with non-ill will, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with ill will. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with harmfulness, abandoning thinking imbued with harmlessness, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with harmfulness." Sources: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.019.than.html
— Stephen R. Covey, buch The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Quelle: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
— Margaret Atwood, buch Alias Grace
Quelle: Alias Grace
„We are so proud of our guarantees of freedom in thought and speech and worship, that, unconsciously, we are guilty of one of the greatest errors that ignorance can make — we assume our standard of values is shared by all other humans in the world.“
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
As quoted in Strategies of Containment : A Critical Appraisal of Post-war American National Security Policy (1982) by John Lewis Gaddis
„The great necessity is that we should act according to our thoughts, and think according to our acts. But while we are in thought we cannot really act, and while we are in action we cannot really think. The two conditions, of thought and action, are mutually exclusive. Yet they should be related in harmony.“
— D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930
A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1929)
Kontext: We are today, as human beings, evolved and cultured far beyond the taboos which are inherent in our culture. This is a very important fact to realise. Probably, to the Crusaders, mere words were potent and evocative to a degree we can't realise. The evocative power of the so-called obscene words must have been very dangerous to the dim-minded, obscure, violent natures of the Middle Ages, and perhaps are still too strong for slow-minded, half-evoked lower natures today. But real culture makes us give to a word only those mental and imaginative reactions which belong to the mind, and saves us from violent and indiscriminate physical reactions which may wreck social decency. In the past, man was too weak-minded, or crude-minded, to contemplate his own physical body and physical functions, without getting all messed up with physical reactions that overpowered him. It is no longer so. Culture and civilisation have taught us to separate the reactions. We now know the act does not necessarily follow on the thought. In fact, thought and action, word and deed, are two separate forms of consciousness, two separate lives which we lead. We need, very sincerely, to keep a connection. But while we think, we do not act, and while we act we do not think. The great necessity is that we should act according to our thoughts, and think according to our acts. But while we are in thought we cannot really act, and while we are in action we cannot really think. The two conditions, of thought and action, are mutually exclusive. Yet they should be related in harmony.
„By far the most vital lesson I have ever learned is the importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are. Our thoughts make us what we are.“
— Dale Carnegie, buch How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Quelle: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), p. 5
„What we find in life is based on where we put our attention. When we focus on the small worlds our thoughts create, we miss out on the beauty and possibilities we are meant to enjoy.“
— Guy Finley American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician 1949
The Intimate Enemy
„All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.“
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Inventor of Transcendental Meditation, musician 1917 - 2008
„We are not trapped by our thoughts. What we generally do, however, is create thoughts that trap us.” (p.162)“
— Joshua David Stone American writer 1953 - 2005
Quelle: A Beginner's Guide to the Path of Ascension (The Ascension Series)
„if we focus on what's ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives“
— Wayne W. Dyer American writer 1940 - 2015
Quelle: The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
„We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 v.Chr
„I believe that we think much more with the instruments provided by our culture than we do with our bodies, and hence the much greater diversity of thought in the world. Thinking is a form of feeling; feeling is a form of thinking.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
"Susan Sontag: The Rolling Stone Interview" with Jonathan Cott (1978; published 4 October 1979)
Kontext: One of my oldest crusades is against the distinction between thought and feeling... which is really the basis of all anti-intellectual views: the heart and the head, thinking and feeling, fantasy and judgment. We have more or less the same bodies, but very different kinds of thoughts. I believe that we think much more with the instruments provided by our culture than we do with our bodies, and hence the much greater diversity of thought in the world. Thinking is a form of feeling; feeling is a form of thinking.
„We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, through the stimuli of our daily environment.“
— Napoleon Hill, buch Think and Grow Rich
Quelle: Think and Grow Rich (1938), p. 54
Kontext: We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, through the stimuli of our daily environment.
Resolve to throw off the influences of any unfortunate environment, and to build your own life to ORDER.
„Our problem isn't that we're individualists. It's that our individualism is static rather than dynamic. We value what we think rather than what we do. We forget that we haven't done, or been, what we thought; that the first function of life is action, just as the first property of things is motion.“
— Fernando Pessoa, buch The Education Of the Stoic
Ibid., p. 18.
The Education of the Stoic
„The intimate sense of self-awareness we experience bubbling up at each moment is rooted in the originating activity of the Universe. We are all of us arising together at the invisible center of the cosmos.” We once thought that we were no bigger than our physical bodies, but now we are discovering that we are deeply connected participants in the continuous co-arising of the entire Universe. Awakening to our larger identity as both unique and inseparably connected with a co- arising Universe transforms feelings of existential separation into experiences of subtle communion as bio-cosmic beings. We are far richer, deeper, more complex, and more alive than we ever thought“
— Alexis Karpouzos 1967
Quelle: Cosmology, philosophy and physics