Minding Your Mind: Bedtime Quotations to Sleep On

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Robertson Davies
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Sigmund Freud
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart
Because fear kills everything,” Mo had once told her. “Your mind, your heart, your imagination.”

Mahatma Gandhi
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic
Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.

John William Gardner
Creative minds are rarely tidy. ~  from “Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society,” 1964

Khalil Gibran
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

George Harrison
It’s all in the mind.

Josiah Gilbert Holland, Lessons in Life
The mind grows by what it feeds on.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.

Latin Proverb
Pain of mind is worse than pain of body.

Sophia Loren
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.

Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.

Joyce Meyer
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

John Milton, Paradise Lost
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.

Friedrich Nietzsche
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Here in your mind you have complete privacy. Here there’s no difference between what is and what could be.

Christopher Paolin
The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have.

M. Scott Peck
The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Mind is a broken mirror.

Mind is blocking the fountain of intelligence like a rock.

Miguel Angel Ruiz
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.

J.K. Rowling
According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else… —The Second War Begins,” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003

Henry David Thoreau
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.