What is Thinking & How to Think?

What is thinking?

A very common proverb is “think before you speak and look before you leap”. To find the answer to the question what is thinking? we simply got its answer that it is a mental process. It is also a natural process. We remain busy in thinking consciously or unconsciously throughout the days and nights.We have different emotions, desires and aims which are to fulfill the process of thinking.

Thinking; A Dominant Factor in Human History

The process of thinking is considered as the dominant factor in the whole human history. It enabled humanity to come out of the stone age.

It was thinking which enabled the scientists to present their philosophical ideas and laid the foundation of philosophy, similarly, ethics, astronomers, geographers are indebted to it.

What is Thinking & How to Think

Imagine what was the hidden force behind the masterpiece of Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Bertrand Russel, Einstein, Isac Newton, Thomas Edison, Graham Bell and many other. It was merely the force of thinking behind their work.

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are highly ranked in philosophy even today, because of their sense of thinking.

Aspects of Thinking

There are basically two well-known aspects of thinking, which we know as positive thinking and negative thinking. It may be divided into branches which are mention below:

Branches of Thinking:

What is Positive Thinking & Negative Thinking?

We can consider vices like avarice, pride, prejudice, robbery, bribery, cynicism, hypocrisy and backbiting etc are the branches of negative thinking, whereas honesty, truthfulness, gentleness, fairness, solidarity and boldness are taken as branches of positive thinking.

Note: In this article, I am not sharing the types of thinking, like critical thinking, concrete thinking, analytical thinking,  creative thinking, abstract thinking etc because our topic is How to think but not the types of thinking.

How to Think?

As mention above that thinking is a mental process. All the persons in the world do not possess equal brains. psychologist have categories differently the human brain as; genius, average and dull-minded. So all the person think differently to each other. For example; when a poet sees a flower he begins to find similes and metaphors to praise his beloved whereas; when the same flower comes before a scientist he begins to think according to the Scientific point of view.

What is Thinking & How to Think?

Every person in the world can neither think like Plato, Socrates, Thales of Miletus, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Milton nor like Einstein, Hazen, Edison. We have to think according to our mental capacity, but one thing should be kept in mind that we should think positively. if all human beings whether they are the writer, philosopher, Scientist, artist, preacher, doctor, teacher etc are started to think positively then this world will not be less than a Paradise

Famous Thinking Quotes

After discussing what is thinking, how to think and Aspects of thinking, now I am going to share some famous quotes of famous successful people about thinking which will be very helpful for you to get more wisdom and knowledge about “how to think” to live a successful and healthy life in the world. So these famous thinking quotes are given below:

  • Shiv Khera: “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”
  • Plato: “Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.”
  • Zig Ziglar: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
    Marcus Aurelius: “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
  • Thomas A. Edison: “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”
  • William Shakespeare: “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
  • Bill Gates: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
  • Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
  • Albert Einstein: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  • John Locke: “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
  •  Santosh Kalwar: “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
  • Jean Racine: “Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.”
  • Thomas A. Edison: “Five percent of the people think;
    ten percent of the people think they think;
    and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
  • Carl Sagan: “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
  • Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
  • Bruce Lee: “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
  • Napoléon Bonaparte: “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi: “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
  • Warren Buffet: “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking and make less impulse decisions than most people in the business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”


Thinking is a dominant force in our lives. so we should use it as a positive aspect. It may distinct us in our society. Its positive effects may depict our personality.

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