Critical Thinking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old critical thinking quotes, critical thinking sayings, and critical thinking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Josh Lanyon

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

Christopher Hitchens

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

Jon Stratton

Critical thinking relies on content, because you can't navigate masses of information if you have nothing to navigate to.     

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

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

Barack Obama

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

The insecure leader will interpret critical thinking as critiscism.     

Andy Stanley

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

Pearl Zhu

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

Napoleon Hill

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

Henry Ford

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

Susan Cain

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.     


Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times.     

John C. Maxwell

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

Nicolas Boileau

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

Ken Ham

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

James W. Loewen

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

Richard Dawkins

Believe what you like, but don't believe everything you read without questioning it.     

Pauline Baynes

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

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

Sunday Adelaja

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

Darrel Ray

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

Travis Nichols

To some people critical thinking means you mustn't be critical of them only others     

Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

There is nothing more Islamic than critical thinking.     

Tariq Ramadan

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

Sunday Adelaja

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

Sunday Adelaja

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

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

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

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