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think, thinking
1. To have a conscious mind that utilizes some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
2. To employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation.
3. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment.
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(Greek: thought, care, attention; think, thinking, contemplation)
(Old French: look at, consider, think of; from guard, to heed)
(Latin: from meditatus; a form of meditare, to muse, to ponder; to think over, to consider; to think, to reflect)
(Latin: to suppose, to think, to judge)
(some things are not as obvious as we may think they are even with people who seem to be so well off, according to Edwin Arlington Robinson and Franklin P. Adams)
(Latin: weight, weigh; heavy; to consider, to think about; closely related to this pend-, "hang, weigh, to hand down" unit of words)
(posters worth considering)
(Latin: putatus past participle of putare: to think over, consider, reckon, count; to trim, prune, lop, cut, clean, clear, unmixed)
(what youths rarely think about and what elders are constantly reminded of . . . most of the time)
(Latin: to chew over again, to chew the cud; to muse or to meditate; that is, to think about something in a deep and serious or dreamy and abstracted way or to think about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for a long time)
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Etc. is an abbreviation that sometimes makes others think you know more than you really do.
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Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are attractive.
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think (verb), thinks; thought; thinking
1. To believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists or will happen, etc.: Joshua thought he heard Shellie's voice a while ago.

Mona thinks she knows the right answer.

Kelsey and Fay didn't think they would have any problems completing their project.

Brenda asked, "Gary, do you honestly think Alisha will agree with your plan?"

Stefanie never thought that she would become a computer programmer.

Who could possibly have thought that Cleo would be this successful?

Shareen never thought that Brian would leave her.

2. To have an opinion about someone or something: Willie thinks that he should let Iva know what is going on.

Howard thinks that Trudy is a talented writer and musician.

Doug asked, "Mariel, where do you think we should eat tonight?"

3. To form or to have a particular idea or concept in a person's mind: Celia commented, "Come on, Eugene, you really should relax and try to think pleasant thoughts instead of being so negative."

Craig was just thinking what it would be like to be rich.

Cassie was thinking about the time when she and her family took a vacation in Florida.

4. To use one's mind to understand or to decide something: Larry said, "Whatever you do, Frank, think before you answer the question."

This word game teaches pupils how to think.

Janet said, "Where did I see your glasses? Let me think."

Ingrid thought for a long time before she reached a final decision.

Now, don't bother him because he's thinking about the problem.

Dwight inquired, "Well Carlos, have you thought about where you will be living when you retire?"

5. Used to make a statement or suggestion less definite: Ivan thinks Mollie and Janine lived here once.

Victor thought that he might go for a walk in the city park this afternoon.

6. Applies to questions which show anger or surprise about what someone has done or is doing: Dad said, "Jimmy, what do you think you're doing? Your mother just said you can't have a cookie."

Greg said, "Come on, man, who do you think you are, pushing your way in here like that?"

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Did they say what I think they said? Words from “great thinkers”, past and present.

  • “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the President.” —Attributed to Hillary Clinton, commenting about the release of subpoenaed documents

  • “Smoking kills, and if you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” —Attributed to Brooke Shields.

  • “We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” —Attributed to Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks.

  • “The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.” —Attributed to Former Clinton aide, George Stephanopolous speaking on “Larry King Live.”

  • “China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.” —Attributed to Former French President, Charles de Gaulle.

  • “If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet.” —Attributed to Former British Foreign Minister, Ernest Bevin.

  • “The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people that make them unsafe.” —Attributed to the former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Chief, Frank Rizzo

  • “When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results” —Attributed to former U.S. President (30th), Calvin Coolidge

  • “They’re multipurpose. Not only do they put the clips on, but they take them off.” —Attributed to a Pratt and Whitney spokesperson explaining why the company charged the U.S. Air Force almost $1,000 for an ordinary pair of pliers.

  • “To have 20-year old girls jumping up and down in front of you is more effective than Viagra.” —Andy Williams, American singer, 70, whose song “Music to Watch Girls By” has seen a recent revival on British pop charts [as seen in Time magazine’s “Verbatim”, April 5, 1999].

  • “Freedom of the press must have restrictions.” —Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia’s Deputy PM, after the judge in the sodomy trial of Anwar Ibrahim placed a gag order on the media [as seen in Time magazine’s “Verbatim”, May 17, 1999].

  • “Remember, they only name things after you when you’re dead or really old.” —Barbara Bush, former U.S. First Lady, as CIA headquarters was renamed after her husband George (obviously, former President of the U.S.) [as seen in Time magazine’s “Verbatim”, May 10, 1999].

  • “When you talk to the average person, they are not all victims of homicide.” —Jerry Brown, currently Mayor of Oakland, California; formerly Governor of California; and formerly a U.S. Presidential candidate. Heard (twice) on the “Paul Harvey News and Comments” radio program on ABC News, June 1 (repeated on June 2), 1999.
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    Think about it, etc., etc.
    Daffynition: stray cattle, the roving kine.
    —Harold Emery


    The window of opportunity won’t open itself.
    —Dave Weinbaum


    Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.
    —Alvin Toffler


    Why is it when we talk to God we’re praying—but when God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic?
    —Lily Tomlin


    The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.
    —Lucille S. Harper


    The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along.
    —Arnold H. Glasow


    Politics is said to come from the Greek prefix, poly, meaning “many”; and ticks, meaning “blood sucking insects”. A pretty good description, wouldn’t you say?

    —Charlie Tuna, Los Angeles Disk Jockey [Note: this is not the real etymology of the word, “politics”; however, Tuna does make a point.]


    Like the proverbial bolt out of the blue: “Tornadoes may take out whole neighborhoods. Hurricanes may threaten whole states. But lightning, on average, kills more people every year than tornadoes and hurricanes combined.”
    In Florida, “Seventy-one people have been hurt so far this year, compared to the usual yearly toll of 30; five have died.”
    “Says Bob O’Brien of the National Safety Council: ‘Lightning is going to strike, and you don’t want to be there when it does.’ ”
    USA Today, August 10, 1994


       Richard Cory

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,
    And he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    “Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in this place.

    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.

    —Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

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    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Part 1)
    1. "One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat."
    2. How does anyone learn the art of converting defeat into stepping stones to opportunity?
    3. All achievements have their beginnings in ideas because thoughts are things!
    • Ideas can be powerful things when they are mixed with a definite purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translations into definite objectives.
    • One sound idea is all that a person needs to achieve success.
    • Achievements begin with a state of mind and with a definite purpose.
    • Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.
    • One of the principles of success is desire: knowing what one wants.
    • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

    • DESIRE is the starting point of ALL achievement!
    • Choosing a definite goal places all the energy, all the will power, all the effort, everything, back to that goal.
    • Desiring success with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire success, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring success.
    • There is one quality which a person must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
      1. If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what "they" say if you meet with temporary defeat, for "they", perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.

    • A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.
    • Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition.
    • Remember that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they "arrive".
    • No one is ready for any thing until that person believes that it can be acquired. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish.

    —Excerpts compiled from
    Think and Grow Rich: by Napoleon Hill; Fawcett Publications, Inc.;
    Greenwich, Connecticut; 1961; pages 19-47.
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    Yes, you can!
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    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Part 2)
    1. There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
    2. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.

    Faith is the visualization of, and belief in attainment of desire

    Faith is the head chemist of the mind and when faith is blended with thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.

    • Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of autosuggestion.
    • Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.
    • Your belief, or faith, is the element which determines the action of your subconscious mind.
    • It is essential that people encourage the positive emotions as dominating forces of their minds, and to discourage and to eliminate negative emotions.
    • It is a well-known fact that people come, finally, to believe whatever they repeat to them selves, whether the statements are true or false. People are what they are because of the dominating thoughts which they permit to occupy their minds.
    • Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings of emotions constitute a "magnetic" force which attracts other similar or related thoughts.
    • The law of autosuggestion, through which anyone may rise to altitudes of achievement which stagger the imagination, is well described in the following composition:

      If you think you are beaten, you are,
      If you think you dare not, you don't.
      If you like to win, but you think you can't,
      It is almost certain you won't.

      If you think you'll lose, you're lost
      For out of the world we find,
      Success begins with a person's will;
      It's all in the state of mind.

      If you think you are outclassed, you are,
      You've got to think high to rise,
      You've got to be sure of yourself before
      You can ever win a prize.

      Life's battles don't always go
      To the strongest or fastest woman or man,
      But sooner or later, those who win
      Are those WHO THINK THEY CAN!
    —Excerpts compiled from
    Think and Grow Rich: by Napoleon Hill; Fawcett Publications, Inc.;
    Greenwich, Connecticut; 1961; pages 48-73.
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    Think of any single number greater than zero; such as, 1 to 9.
    Multiply the number of your choice by 3. Add 1. Multiply by 3. Add the original number to the result.

    The answer will always end with 3. Delete the 3, and the remaining figure will be the original number that you started with.

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    think tank (s) (noun), think tanks (pl)
    An organization which is made up of a group of people who reflect on and envisage new ideas for a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done in certain situations: The professor was asked to join the think tank so he could help the group come up with a solution to improve the deteriorating educational system.
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