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Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
      - Leonardo da Vinci

Small rooms or dwellings set the mind in the right path, large ones cause it to go astray.
      - Leonardo da Vinci, from his notebooks

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
      - Rene Descartes, Discours de la Methode

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
      - Charles Dickens

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.
      - Senator Everett Dirksen

My mynde to me a kingdome is,
  Such preasent joyes therein I fynde
    That it excells all other blisse
      That earth afforde or growes by kynde
        Though muche I wante which moste would have
          Yet still my mynde forbiddes to crave.
      - Sir Edward Dyer, Rawlinson MSS.
         (85, p. 17),
        found in the Bodleian Library at Oxford

God is Mind, and God is all; hence all is Mind.
      - Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy,
        Science and Health (ch. XIV)

There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. Like imprisoned steam, the more it is pressed the more it rises to resist the pressure. The more we are obliged to do, the more we are able to accomplish.
      - Tryon Edwards

My mind is my laboratory.
      - Albert Einstein

The human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things.
      - Albert Einstein

A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        English Traits--Voyage to England
         (ch. II)

Each mind has its own method.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Intellect

Nothing can be so quick and sudden as the operations of the mind, especially when hope, or fear, or jealousy, to which the other two are but journeymen, set it to work.
      - Henry Fielding

It is slavery to live in the mind unless it has become part of the body.
      - Kahlil Gibran

A mind, once formed, is never suited after,
  One yet in growth will ever grateful be.
    [Ger., Wer fertig ist, dem ist nichts recht zu machen,
      Ein Werdender wird immer dankbar sein.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 150)

Vain, very vain, my weary search to find
  That bliss which only centers in the mind.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 423)

A noble mind disdains to hide his head,
  And let his foes triumph in his overthrow.
      - Robert Greene, Alphonso, King of Arragon
         (act I)

The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, capable of great improvement, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles and impertinences.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

No one has to become musclebound by exercising the mind.
      - Robert Half

The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impression it receivest oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

The most perfect mind is a dry light.
  [Lat., Lumen siccum optima anima.]
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus,
        the "obscure saying", quoted by Bacon, who explains it as a mind not "steeped and infused in the humors of the affections"

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
      - Frank Herbert

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
      - Eric Hoffer,
        Reflections on the Human Condition
         (p. 54)

What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds.
      - Eric Hoffer,
        Reflections on the Human Condition
         (p. 55)

Man's mind stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its orginal dimensions.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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