Thinking Quotes to Inspire & Help Think Outside the Box

The expression ‘think outside the box’ is a mantra frequently quoted, especially in business meetings. Its intention is to encourage creativity, innovation, and imaginative thinking.

However, in most cases the phrase is meaningless and instead becomes a rather misleading cliché…

Thinking quote: Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve - Roger LewinCollage of Shutterstock images; Foreground: Antonio Guillem, Background: Jack.Q

Firstly, you need not only to understand ‘the box’ concept but also its relationship to personal comfort zones. Critical thinking may be interpreted as criticism and people then react by building defensive barriers. Therefore, to think outside the box for a positive outcome is quite a leap of faith.

Our Critical Thinking and Think Outside The Box quotes and proverbs are sorted chronologically by the originator’s birth year and will hopefully inspire and motivate you to improve your thinking. Enjoy!

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Romanian Proverb
What we think, we become.
Gautama Buddha
(ca. 500/400 BC, sage whose teachings founded Buddhism)
It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

(384-322 BC, Greek philosopher)
Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
(1613-1680, French author of maxims and memoirs)
Think for yourselves and let others
enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet
(1694-1778, French writer, historian and philosopher)
Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind,
but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet
(1694-1778, French writer, historian and philosopher)
There are very many people who read
simply to prevent themselves from thinking.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(1742-1799, German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile)
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep
that their interests and his own are the same.

Stendhal , pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle
(1783-1842, 19th-century French writer)
Group of people talking on the telephoneEvery head must do its own thinking.
African Proverb

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2 Responses to “Thinking Quotes to Inspire & Help Think Outside the Box”

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