If you read my posts, you are most likely a freethinker!
It is no coincidence that today being Freethinkers Day is also the birthday of Thomas Paine, a prominent thinker whose work, publications and philosophy heavily influenced the course of the American and French revolutions.
I wrote a post about Mr. Paine a little over a year ago titled Our Founding Fathers and History: January 10, 1776, Was a Great Propaganda Coup for Common Sense”. If you missed it give it a read.
The mantra for Freethinkers day is:
Embrace Freethinkers Day by challenging arbitrary authority, questioning the status quo, and constructing logical and reasonable arguments against ingrained behavior.
Boy — that is quite a challenge in today’s environment, isn’t it? In honor of this day, I thought I would hunt around for some great quotes on the topic that could apply to current times and that may just get you, well, thinking!
- “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton
- “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
~ Henry Ford
- “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
- “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee
- “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ~ Zig Ziglar
- “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
And of course we need a quote from the birthday boy himself, that is pretty apropos to what we face today:
The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to over-leap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.
~ Thomas Paine
I think that we need more Thomas Paines in D.C.!
At *your* service,