Thinking Flexibly

Changing perspectives, generating alternatives, considering options. Look at it another way!

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Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind, and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof. John Kenneth Galbraith
Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right? Wayne W. Dyer
Our destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller
Once people learn something, they're reluctant to let it go Robert Easton
If you never change your mind, why have one? Edward deBono
Only in growth, reform and change... paradoxically enough... is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning. Claude Bernard
Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty. John Finley
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
When you're through changing, you're through. Bruce Barton
A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows. John Powell
What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of mind, for the moment realizes itself. Anna Jameson
Have confidence in your decisions. Make them expeditiously, and stay with them as long as you believe you are correct no matter what others say. However, when you conclude you were in error, do not hesitate to announce the error publicly and change course. Edward J. Koch
Soften the rigidities within yourself and the universe will give you strength and vigor. Arabic Proverb
You are the one who can stretch your own horizon. Edgar F. Magnin
My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. H. Fred Ale.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of all forms of mental activity, the most difficult to induce even in the minds of the young, who may be presumed not to have lost their flexibility, is the art of handling the same bundle of data as before, but placing them in a new system of relations with one another by giving them a different framework, all of which virtually means putting on a different kind of thinking-cap for the moment. It is easy to teach anybody a new fact...but it needs light from heaven above to enable a teacher to break the old framework in which the student is accustomed to seeing. Arthur Koestler
Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life. Morarji Desai
There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. Phyllis Bottome
When one door is shut, another one opens. Miguel de Cervantes
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
It's never too late -- in fiction or in life -- to revise. Nancy Thayer


I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones. John Cage
It's an ill plan that cannot be changed. Latin proverb
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. Hugh Prather
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you've got. Alain (Emile August Chartier)
It's a mighty poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. Andrew Jackson
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes
Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, and those in cemeteries. Everett McKinley Dirksen
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
Only fools and dead men don't change their minds. Fools won't and dead men can't. John H. Patterson
Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as for the body. Aldous Huxley
Unless you change how you are, you'll always have what you've got. Jim Rohn, Speaker and Author
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
Continuing to cling to the patterns you know inhibits your ability to discover what you don't know. Eric Allenbaugh
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. Christina Baldwin
The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. Geoffrey Madan
There is nothing so confining as the prisons of our own perceptions. William Shakespeare King Lear
No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew. Albert Einstein
Team members need to be able to suspend disbelief, think the unthinkable, and let intuition and premonitions flow freely. Therefore, a necessary skill in team members is tolerance for ambiguity. Kees van der Heijden
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty, not knowing what comes next. Ursula K. Leguin
I desire that there be as many different persons in the world as possible; I would have each one be very careful to find out and preserve his own way. Henry David Thoreau
Change is fun and exciting and, like a haircut, looks funny at first; but once you get used to it, it's great. Anne Blair
New frameworks are like climbing a mountain--the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the earlier, more restricted view. Albert Einstein
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. Kenny Rogers



Remaining Open to Continuous learning Quotes
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The only thing that we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant
Certainty ends inquiry. Jacob Brownowski The Ascent of Man
To learn is to change. George B. Leonard
I think success has no rules, but you can learn a lot from failure. Jean Kerr, American Author and Playwright
In a humble state, you learn better. I can't find anything else very exciting about humility, but at least there's that. John Dooner, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic
Admitting errors clears the score and proves you wiser than before. Arthur Guiterman
Every person you meet - and everything you do in life – is an opportunity to learn something. Tom Clancy, Author
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. Goethe
Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness. Jean Vanier
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience. Elbert Hubbard
No matter what you do, no matter how stupid, dumb or damaging you judge it to be, there is a lesson to be learned from it. No matter what happens to you, no matter how unfair, inequitable or wrong, there's something you can take from the situation and use for your advancement. Peter McWilliams, Author
There is nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final. Phyllis Bottome
He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so. C.C. Colton
If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything. Allyson Jones
An expert is a fellow who is afraid to learn anything new because then he wouldn't be an expert anymore. Harry S Truman
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. Jean Toomer
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins
The education of a man is never complete until he dies. Robert E. Lee
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey
Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Socrates
To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is disease. Lao Tsu
We live in a time of such rapid change and growth of knowledge that only he who is in a fundamental sense a scholar--that is, a person who continues to learn and inquire--can hope to keep pace, let alone play the role of guide. Nathan M. Pusey, President of Harvard University
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life. Chris Evert

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. John Wooden, Basketball Coach
I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned. Carol Burnett, Actress, comedienne
Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worth all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable. Bertrand Russell
When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Hugh White, U.S. politician
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. John Locke
You're going to make mistakes in life. It's what you do after the mistakes that counts. Brandi Chastain, soccer star
Failure isn't a crime. Failure to learn from failure is the crime. Walter Wriston, former chairman of Citicorp
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. Aristotle
I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught Winston Churchill
It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from examples. Fred Hoyle
The years teach what the days never know. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler
To be fond of learning is to be near to knowledge. Tze-sze
Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops. Thomas J. Watson Jr., Computer executive
To teach is to learn. Japanese Proverb
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill
The brighter you are, the more you have to learn . Don Herold
I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde
Learning without thought is labor lost. Confucius
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off once in a while, or the light won't come in Alan Alda
If you want to live creatively, you must be willing to suffer the humiliations of the novice. Kinji Akagawa , sculptor.
Many would be wise if they did not think themselves wise. Baltasar Gracian, Spanish writer
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. John F. Kennedy
Teach the tongue to say 'I do not know'. Maimonides