70+ Best Critical Thinking Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. Profoundly inspirational critical thinking quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Critical Thinking Quotes

Believe what you like, but don’t believe everything you read without questioning it. Pauline Baynes

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. Henry Ford

Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times. John C. Maxwell

A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as his brain. Thoreau 

It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way. Adam Savage

Critical thinking skills are the foundation for all other types of learning. Ellie Weiler

Critical Thinking has the potential to be a deeply creative process. Pearl Zhu

All of the common core standards stuff about critical reading and critical thinking and so on can only be positive. James W. Loewen

Life always gives you plenty to think about, but seldom enough to think with. Evan Esar

Critical thinking is essential as a tool of inquiry. Aveyard

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Critical thinking is what leads to the next breakthroughs in any area. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Your way of thinking starts with individual thoughts, whether good, bad or ugly. John A. Andrews

If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity Josh Lanyon

Critical thinking is a liberating force in education and a powerful resource in one’s personal and civic life. Aveyard

The ability to reflect is associated with critical thinking and reasoning ability. And the capacity to be alone is one of the highest levels of development. It’s important to know how to self-soothe and be confident of other people’s love even when they’re not there in front of you. Laurie Helgoe

Keeping an open mind is an essential requirement of critical thinking. Bell Hooks

Critical thinkers are more likely to engage in productive and positive activity due to their continual questioning of their knowledge, assumptions and perspectives. Aveyard

Ignorance is always ready to admire itself. Procure yourself critical friends. Nicolas Boileau

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. Richard Dawkins

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire

Deep Critical Thinking Quotes

For every man who is always telling you what he thinks, there is another who is always telling you what others think. Evan Esar

Critical thinking is to a liberal education as faith is to religion. … the converse was true also – faith is to a liberal education as critical thinking is to religion, irrelevant and even damaging. Jane Smiley

We seem to have trouble with critical thinking. And our political system doesn’t help. Barack Obama

What I’m looking for in my interaction is critical thinking on the part of the person pitching to me. Brad Feld

Thinking isn’t to agree or disagree-that’s voting.  Robert Frost

Our is an age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of the men who try to.  Howard Mumford Jones

We all use thinking skills everyday to help us learn, make decisions, and solve problems.  Ellie Weiler

Once thinking skills are mastered, students are able to tackle new challenges with the ability to think them through and discover solutions. Ellie Weiler

Many a man who thinks he is thinking, is merely digesting yesterday’s newspaper. Evan Esar

We put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking. Susan Cain

You need to answer questions on where, when and what to do Sunday Adelaja

Critical thinking is an interactive process, one that demands participation on the part of teacher and students alike. Bell Hooks

There is nothing more Islamic than critical thinking. Tariq Ramadan

Losing your job releases you to think effectively and make rational decisions Sunday Adelaja

You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions. Napoleon Hill

Critical thinkers are clear as to the purpose at hand and the question at issue. Bell Hooks

Critical thinking relies on content, because you can’t navigate masses of information if you have nothing to navigate to. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

In unanimity there may well be either cowardice or uncritical thinking. Donald Rumsfeld

Inspirational Critical Thinking Quotes

Critical thinking requires us to use our imagination, seeing things from perspectives other than our own and envisioning the likely consequences of our position. Bell Hooks

It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical Boris Yeltsin

Simply disabling specific critical thinking skills is all that is necessary for the god virus to take control of a person. Darrel Ray

Where all men think alike, no man thinks very much.  Walter Lippmann

To learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself. Neil deGrasse Tyson

I refused to let small thinking chart my course in life.  John A. Andrews

Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out. Bertrand Russell 

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. Christopher Hitchens

Most people do not have a problem with you thinking for yourself, as long as your conclusions are the same as or at least compatible with their beliefs. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live. Alexander Herzen

While not synonymous with good thinking, critical thinking is a pervasive and self-rectifying human phenomenon. Aveyard

Learn to use your brain power. Critical thinking is the key to creative problem solving in business. Richard Branson

To some people critical thinking means you mustn’t be critical of them only others Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

Critical thinking involves first discovering the who, what, when, and how of things. Bell Hooks

The more we think of some people, the less we think of them. Evan Esar

Discourse and critical thinking are essential tools when it comes to securing progress in a democratic society. But in the end, unity and engaged participation are what make it happen. Aberjhani

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thomas A. Edison

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking. Alfred Korzybski

If we think with a mindset of giving, we entertain abundance, and if we think with an attitude of withholding, we invite lack. As the source gives to the stream so ought the stream to impart to the ocean. John A. Andrews

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin

The purpose of critical thinking is rethinking: that is, reviewing, evaluating, and revising thought. Jon Stratton

Unlike current events, thinking skills never change.  Ellie Weiler

For students, the evolution-creation discussion can be a useful exercise, for it can help develop their critical thinking skills. Ken Ham

The most fundamental attack on freedom is the attack on critical thinking skills. Travis Nichols

Instead of complaining, discover ways, tactics and tricks on how to reach out to people Sunday Adelaja

The insecure leader will interpret critical thinking as critiscism. Andy Stanley 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

For every man who is always telling you what he thinks, there is another who is always telling you what others think. Evan Esar

Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Critical thinkers are able to look for flaws in argument and resist claims that have no support. Aveyard

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking. Goethe