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Matters of the Mind

Quotations to stir the heart about thinking
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To love god with our minds does not mean that it is our minds that actually do the loving. Rather, we love God by using our minds. The situation is analogous to a surgeon who loves God with her hands—she uses her hands to express her love for God. Her hands are not doing the loving; she is doing the loving by using her hands.



A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right . …Time makes more converts than reason.



Knowledge is a state or condition of mind, and since cultivation of mind is surely worth seeking for its own sake, we are thus brought once more to the conclusion … that there is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it.



When God offers the Torah to the children of Israel, they do not say, "Let us hear what God wants, and then we'll do it." Instead, they respond in what seems to be the wrong order: "We will do and we will hear" [Exodus 24:7] . …When Rabbi Menahem Mendl Morgenstern of Kotzk read in Exodus, "We will do and we will hear," he explained that some actions simply cannot be understood (or heard) until they are performed (or done). By doing, we understand.



If we attach more significance to feeling than to thinking, we shall soon, by a simple extension, attach more to wanting than to deserving.



A man can't live his life within his skull.



People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have. For example, the freedom of thought. Instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.



Our mind cannot be understood, even by itself, because it is made in God's image.



Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind.



Our problem, after all, is that we think too much. Thinking has its place, but at some point it becomes a means ...

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