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Narrow Mind Quotes


"In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims." - Friedrich Schiller

"A man's mind grows narrow in a narrow place." - Samuel Johnson

"The narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts." - Thubten Yeshe

"A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together." - Celia Green

"Consistency is the sign of a narrow mind." - Glen Cook

"Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind - compassion opens it." - Dalai Lama

"If you know the psychological nature of your own mind, depression is spontaneously dispelled; instead of being enemies and strangers, all living beings become your friends. The narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts. Check your own mind to see whether or not this is true." - Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

"Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind." - Juvenal

"The practice of law sharpens the mind by making it narrow." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind." - Marva Collins

"The mind becomes withered, stagnant, narrow and closed unless it searches for new ideas." - Napoleon Hill

"The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places." - Anonymous

"A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person." - Zig Ziglar

"It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." - George Eliot

"Why has a religious turn of mind always a tendency to narrow and harden the heart?" - Robert Burns

"Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places." - E Joseph Cossman

"Time is the eternal now, seen through the narrow slit of the mind." - Rupert Spira

"In a narrow circle the mind contracts. Man grows with his expanded needs." - Friedrich Schiller

"A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see." - John Dryden

"You know how to tell when you're getting old? When your broad mind changes places with your narrow waist." - Red Skelton

"My face too blind, my mind too limited, my instincts too narrow. But this intensity, doesn't it mean anything?" - Saul Bellow

"Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ." - Oswald Chambers

"Middle age has been defined as what happens when a person's broad mind and narrow waist change places." - A.C. Grayling

"Narrow waists and narrow minds go together." - Nicolas Chamfort

"There is no more certain sign of a narrow mind, of stupidity, and of arrogance, than to stand aloof from those who think differently from us." - Walter Savage Landor

"Not that it was beautiful, but that, in the end, there was a certain sense of order there; something worth learning in that narrow diary of my mind" - Anne Sexton

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." - Marva Collins

"The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind; a narrow-minded man has it not, for to him they are great things." - Richard Whately

"Walk in the narrow streets after midnight under moonlight! Tranquillity is like a sugar for the mind; you think better in the silence of empty spaces!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"And this is the course of Nature: there is nothing like suffering to enlighten the giddy brain, widen the narrow mind, improve the trivial heart." - Charles Reade

"Hands, do what you're bid: Bring the balloon of the mind That bellies and drags in the wind Into its narrow shed." - William Butler Yeats

"Of three in One and One in three My narrow mind would doubting be Till Beauty, Grace and Kindness met And all at once were Juliet." - Hilaire Belloc

"My own suspicion is that a stand-alone artificial mind will be more a tool of narrow utility than something especially apocalyptic." - Jamais Cascio

"Lo! on a narrow neck of land, 'Twixt two unbounded seas, I stand. Secure, insensible." - Charles Wesley

"A narrow vision is divisive, a broad vision expansive. But a divine vision is all-inclusive." - Tejomayananda

"Wedlock is a narrow business." - Sally O'Reilly

"Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past." - Eckhart Tolle

"A very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper. Those who can barely live, and who live perforce in a very small, and generally very inferior, society, may well be illiberal and cross." - Jane Austen

"Every person should make it his business to gather new ideas from sources other than the environment in which he daily lives and works. The mind becomes withered, stagnant, narrow and closed unless it searches for new ideas." - Napoleon Hill

"It is proof of a narrow mind when things worthy of esteem are distinguished from things worthy of love. Great minds naturally love whatever is worthy of their esteem." - Luc De Clapiers

"There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things; it is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance which have in fact such extensive consequences." - Francois Fenelon

"Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart." - Bryant H Mcgill

"The scepticism which men affect towards their higher inspirations is often not an honest doubt, but a guilty negligence, and is a sign of narrow mind and defective wisdom." - James Martineau

"Dashing in big drops on the narrow pane, And making mournful music for the mind, While plays his interlude the wizzard wind, I hear the singing of the frequent rain." - William Henry Burleigh

"Let no presuming impious railer tax Creative wisdom as if aught was form'd In vain, or not for admirable ends. Shall little haughty ignorance pronounce His works unwise of which the smallest part Exceeds the narrow vision of his mind?" - James Thomson

"Philosophical systems? Even the most impressive of them are uncomfortably seated on a throne of rock bottom stupidity, that self-inflicted narrow-mindness which renders a mind capable of believing that it, a part of the immense world, could absolute" - Erich Heller

"I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self." - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"The road of truth is broad; set the mind on it, and you feel expansive openness and broad clarity. The road of human desires is narrow; set foot on it, and you see brambles and mire before you." - Zicheng Hong

"To judge from a single conversation, he made the impression of a narrow and very English mind; of one who paid for his rare elevation by general tameness and conformity. Off his own beat, his opinions were of no value." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If there's anything worse than knowing too little, it's knowing too much. Education will broaden a narrow mind, but there's no known cure for a big head. The best you can hope is that it will swell up and bust." - George Horace Lorimer

"The trained mind is a rich mind." - Robert Kiyosaki

"In a narrow market, when prices are not getting anywhere to speak of but move within a narrow range, there is no sense in trying to anticipate what the next big movement is going to be. The thing to do is to watch the market, read the tape to determine the limits of the get nowhere prices, and make up your mind that you will not take an interest until the prices breaks through the limit in either direction." - Jesse Lauriston Livermore

"Have you got a local mind? Broaden it! Have you got an international mind? Broaden it! Have you got a universal mind? It is not enough, because there are other universes. Broaden it! Broaden your mind till you get a multi-universal mind! And yet, this is not enough too! Broaden it! Leave your village; leave your city; leave your country; leave the earth; leave the universe; leave all the universes! Don't let your mind to cast anchor in any port! Narrow mind is the greatest enemy of the truth! The best mind is the one which has no frontiers!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Do you think that you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation. ... The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the world." - Laozi

"For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive." - Donna Tartt

"Engineering stimulates the mind." - Bruce Dickinson

"Mind over mattress." - Stephen Covey

"Hate pollutes the mind." - Anonymous

"What shall we call this undetermin'd state, This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless oceans, That whence we came, and that to which we tend?" - George Lillo

"It's very easy to become selfish and narrow-minded and see ballet as the only thing in life, but there's lots more." - Darcey Bussell

"Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical" - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"The short bloom of our brief and narrow life flies fast away. While we are calling for flowers and wine and women, old age is upon us." - Juvenal

"Music dissolves the straight and narrow." - Mason Cooley

"Politics is but a narrow field." - Henry David Thoreau

"Truth is narrow, but grace is wide." - Alan Hirsch

"Whispering makes a narrow place narrower." - Matthew Tobin Anderson

"Let's be cautious about narrow nationalism." - James A Forbes

"You narrow hope when you define it..." - Barbara Hambly

"Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative." - T S Eliot

"Don't raise the bar and narrow the gap, but narrow the gap to raise the bar." - Andy Hargreaves

"In order to understand people, we have to understand their way of life and approach. If we wish to convince them, we have to use their language in the narrow sense of the mind. Something that goes even much further than that is not the appeal to logic and reason, but some kind of emotional awareness of the other people." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"If love closes, the self contracts and hardens: the mind having nothing else to occupy its attention and give it that change and renewal it requires, busies itself more and more with self-feeling, which takes on narrow and disgusting forms, like avarice, arrogance and fatuity." - Charles Horton Cooley

"This world, this universe which our senses feel, or our mind thinks, is but one atom, so to say, of the Infinite, projected on to the plane of consciousness; and within that narrow limit, defined by the network of consciousness, works our reason, and not beyond. Therefore, there must be some other instrument to take us beyond, and that instrument is called inspiration." - Swami Vivekananda

"Health is the working man's fortune, and he ought to watch over it more than the capitalist over his largest investments. Health lightens the efforts of body and mind. It enables a man to crowd much work into a narrow compass. Without it, little can be earned, and that little by slow, exhausting toil." - William Ellery Channing

"Society must fight against this belief in God as it fought against idol worship and other narrow conceptions of religion. In this way man will try to stand on his feet. Being realistic, he will have to throw his faith aside and face all adversaries with courage and valour. That is exactly my state of mind." - Bhagat Singh

"But of all Nonsense, Religious Nonsense is the most nonsensical; so enough, & more than enough of it - Only, by the bye, will you, or can you tell me, my dear Cunningham, why a religioso turn of mind has always a tendency to narrow and illiberalise the heart?" - Robert Burns

"As in all infant sciences, the universal habit of the human mind - to take a partial or local truth, generalise it unduly and try to explain a whole field of nature in its narrow terms - runs riot here (in psychoanalysis). Moreover, the exaggeration of the importance of suppressed sexual complexes is a dangerous falsehood." - Sri Aurobindo

"Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I've seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage." - Malcolm X

"History shows that the human mind, fed by constant accessions of knowledge, periodically grows too large for its theoretical coverings, and bursts them asunder to appear in new habiliments, as the feeding and growing grub, at intervals, casts its too narrow skin and assumes another." - Charles Darwin

"It took me a long time to adjust and narrow down my life. I made my shift to the mind-set... there's time for my daughter outside work and that's all. This is my new life. This is not drudgery. This is fun." - Lucy Lawless

"[Jack] Kerouac looking at the fellaheen worlds. Looking at other cultures. Welcoming it, curious. Really stepping outside his own limited, whatever that narrow world was. It's amazing to think we can do it. We can have that same kind of trajectory of mind." - Anne Waldman

"Dad always said that he had enough trouble sorting the fiction out of so-called facts, without reading fiction. He always said that science was already too muddled without trying to make it jibe with religion. He said those things, but he also said that science itself could be a religion, that a broad mind was always in danger of becoming narrow." - Jim Thompson

"I think in the end, when you're famous, people like to narrow you down to a few personality traits. I think I've just become this ambitious, say-whatever's-on-her-mind, intimidating person. And that's part of my personality, but it's certainly not anywhere near the whole thing." - Madonna Ciccone

"Quick condemnation of all that is not ours, of views with which we disagree, of ideas that do not attract us, is the sign of a narrow mind, of an uncultivated intelligence. Bigotry is always ignorant, and the wise boy, who will become the wise man, tries to understand and to see the truth in ideas with which he does not agree." - Annie Besant

"But when reflexion begins to play upon these objects... like some trick of magic each object is loosed into a group of impressions - colour, odour, texture... And if we continue to dwell in thought on this world... the whole scope of observation is dwarfed into the narrow chamber of the individual mind." - Walter Pater

"Porter Rockwell was that most terrible instrument that can be handled by fanaticism; a powerful physical nature welded to a mind of very narrow perceptions, intense convictions, and changeless tenacity. In his build he was a gladiator; in his humor a Yankee lumberman; in his memory a Bourbon; in his vengeance an Indian. A strange mixture, only to be found on the American continent" - Fitz Hugh Ludlow

"Beauty of mind creates freedom. Freedom of mind creates beauty." - Ann Demeulemeester

"I don't mind saying what's on my mind." - Josh Homme

"The eyes envy the mind." - Zhuangzi

"What is matter? Never mind." - Bertrand Russell

"Mind only thinks, meditation lives." - Rajneesh

"Chance favours a prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur

"Fill your mind with compassion." - Gautama Buddha

"Mind is not your intelligence." - Rajneesh

"Indiscriminate study bloats the mind." - D. Sutten

"My mind is always going." - Estelle

"A peaceful mind generates power." - Norman Vincent Peale

"I don't mind my age." - Heather Mills

"Law is mind without reason." - Lil Wayne

"Religion is just mind control." - George Carlin

"A disciplined mind brings happiness." - Gautama Buddha

"The unconditioned mind intuits truth." - Bruce Lee

"Mind is the antithesis of reflex, and only mind could discover mind" - R Buckminster Fuller

"Pain is the mind. It's the mind. It's the thoughts of the mind." - Ram Dass

"Love, from its awful throne of patient power In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep, And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs And folds over the world its healing wings." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them. (also cited as: I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.)" - Booker T Washington

"What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant well-being, and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money." - John Ruskin

"The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship." - Ernest Hemingway

"Take heed of mad folks in a narrow place." - George Herbert

"Americans shocked me by their behavior and their narrow-mindedness." - Mick Jagger

"A narrow Fellow in the Grass Occasionally rides" - Emily Dickinson

"I'm too old to recover, too narrow to forgive myself." - Lillian Hellman

"America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds." - Ernest Hemingway

"The most learned are often the most narrow-minded men." - William Hazlitt

"Every heresy has been an effort to narrow the Church." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"To marry is to narrow one's possibilities horribly." - Jude Morgan

"Time,- that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Time; that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities." - Charles Caleb Colton

"We are all experiments in enthusiasms, narrow and preordained." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear." - John F Kennedy

"Your views are as narrow as your tie." - Bernard Herrmann

"Not necessarily narrow so much as impatient, intense." - James Salter

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

"Good things happen when you narrow your focus" - Al Ries

"I can't get through the gate. The gate is narrow." - Drew Brees

"The nationalist has a broad hatred and a narrow love." - Andre Gide

"One thing about being narrow-minded: you'll never be lonely." - Mort Sahl

"In narrow and gloomy streets, keep your spirit high!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I seek to widen, narrow narratives of women of color." - Michaela Angela Davis

"It's hard to narrow down your influences in comedy." - Cameron Esposito

"Moderation is the spirit of castrated narrow-mindedness." - Friedrich Schlegel

"Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room." - Mason Cooley

"So vast is art, so narrow human wit." - Alexander Pope

"Disinformation is most effective in a very narrow context." - Frank Snepp

"I was raised in a very sheltered, narrow environment." - Faye Wattleton

"The most learned are often the most narrow minded." - William Hazlitt

"Sports has kept me on the straight and narrow path." - Tommy Lasorda

"We don't go to war on narrow, partisan votes." - Phil Bredesen

"The spreading wide my narrow Hands / To gather Paradise-." - Emily Dickinson

"In a narrow sphere great men are blunderers." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism." - Said Musa

"As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions." - John Stuart Mill

"We can't encourage narrow mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"Sages say the path is narrow and difficult to tread, narrow as the edge of a razor." - Upanishads

"Cast out envy; you can have all that you want, and you need not envy any man what he has. Above all things, see to it that you do not hold malice or enmity toward any one; to do so cuts you off from the mind whose treasures you seek to make your own. Lay aside all narrow personal ambition and determine to seek the highest good." - Wallace D. Wattles

"At the beginning of meditation training thoughts will arrive one on top of another, uninterrupted, like a steep mountain waterfall. Gradually, as you perfect meditation, thoughts become like the water in a deep, narrow gorge, then a great river slowly winding its way down to the sea; finally the mind becomes like a still and placid ocean, ruffled by only the occasional ripple or wave." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"In all things, to serve from the lowest station upwards is necessary. To restrict yourself to a trade is best. For the narrow mind, whatever he attempts is still a trade; for the higher, an art; and the highest in doing one thing does all, or, to speak less paradoxically, in the one thing which he does rightly he sees the likeness of all that is done rightly." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Cultural speciation had been crippling to human moral and spiritual growth. It had hindered freedom of thought, limited our thinking, imprisoned us in the cultures into which we had been born. . . . These cultural mind prisons. . . . Cultural speciation was clearly a barrier to world peace. So long as we continued to attach more importance to our own narrow group membership than to the 'global village' we would propagate prejudice and ignorance." - Jane Goodall



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