Thought-reading

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thought-reading the dubious act or art of discerning what is passing in another's mind by some direct and unexplained method, depending neither on gesture, facial expression, nor any articulate or other voluntary indication
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Quotations

  • Jean De La Fontaine
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    “We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ge-thóht; Ice. thóttr, Ger. bedacht. Cf. Think.

Usage

In literature:

He read thoughtfully and slowly.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Did she read my thoughts?
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
She could not refrain from reading it through, and as she read she shuddered with fear at the thought of what might have been.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
I thought, as I read mine, how poor it was, and how magnificent my subject demanded that it should be.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
If you could read her heart and whole thought at this moment, what would you see there?
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Stated, it reads: All persons who embody noble thoughts in verse form are poets.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Audrey once read that letter, and a dozen more of the same type; she thought them very affectionate and clever.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
But, though it was hard to read the features behind that fierce black mustache, Pierre thought he saw uncertainty in Raoul's face.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Lester read the letter thoughtfully.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
But Reist, who failed to read his companion's thoughts, was troubled.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
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In poetry:

We thought we'd have a Reading Club,
But couldn't 'cause, you see,
Not one of us knows how to read--
Not Dot nor Bub nor me.
"Our Club" by Carolyn Wells
We will not drown in wordy praise
The kindly thoughts that rise;
If Friendship own one tender phrase,
He reads it in our eyes.
"At A Birthday Festival" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He knew the prayer her bosom housed,
He read it in her eyes;
Her hopes in him sad thoughts have roused
Ere yet her words arise.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
By her own heart his heart she knew,
She read his virtues there:
Ah! blest indeed the chosen few,
Who thus each thought can share!
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Ah! the maiden might have read
The doom of her young life then;
But she looked in his eyes instead,
And thought him the king of men.
"Warned" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
O Mother! on thy marble page
Thy children read, from age to age,
The mighty word that upward leads
Through noble thought to nobler deeds.
"Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Read these thoughts from Michael Singer, author of The Untethered Soul.
Read some of Naomi's thoughts about the Uighurs .
After reading the "Our View" article in the Sept 30 CDT ("Childish display by P-O board"), I thought it was appropriate to respond.
With the ceremonial reading of the US Constitution in Congress and with debate heating up over the proper role and meaning of America's founding documents, the Monitor thought a quick quiz might be in order.
Welches resident Gordon Marshall thought that at 76 he would be enjoying retirement, catching up on his reading, volunteering and maybe devoting some hours to working on his watercolor paintings.
"A Slap in the Face to Hard-Working Folks," is clearly the best thought-out (editorial) I have read in a long time.
Read all comments / Share your thoughts.
You can read his work and other interesting thoughts/theories on his blog.
I can't confirm that Santa reads this forum, but thought it might be fun to see what people are wishing for.
I always thought octopuses were pretty cool, but it wasn't until I started reading more about them that I learned just how freaking weird they are.
They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other 's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different.
I thought that it was another book hammering me with all the books I ought to read when I already felt guilty enough about all the books I hadn't yet read , and never would, given so many books, so little time.
Share your thoughts on how to inspire children and teens to read during the summer.
With all the newspaper and Internet polls I read I never thought Romney would win.
Here is an article that she sent me regarding salt and since we still have a few days left for "Heart Month", I thought it was a good read.
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In science:

An account of Hamilton’s thoughts on algebraic couples is found in , the reading of which inspired the writing of this treatise.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
In his bucket and globes thought-experiments, Newton appealed to the dynamical effects of rotation to argue that the theory of motion needed to postulate an absolute space of persisting spatial points. (At least this is the usual reading: but for subtleties and controversy, cf. e.g.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
We acknowledge the referee, Markus Schoeller, for his careful reading of the manuscript and for thoughtful suggestions that improved its clarity.
An integrated optics beam combiner for the second generation VLTI instruments
Thanks also to Dave Hemmer for his thoughtful advice and encouragement, and to Chris Bendel for his kind reading of a previous version of this paper and his thoughtful suggestions.
Generic Representation Theory of the Unipotent Upper Triangular Groups
It should be read as a momentum mapping for the action of the diffeomorphism group on phase space which can be thought of as the lift of the action on configuration space: (φ, gab ) 7→ φ∗ gab .
The Group of Large Diffeomorphisms in General Relativity
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