• "The other passengers thought him mad."
    "The other passengers thought him mad."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thoughtfulness a considerate and thoughtful act
    • n thoughtfulness the trait of thinking carefully before acting
    • n thoughtfulness kind and considerate regard for others "he showed no consideration for her feelings"
    • n thoughtfulness a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani
Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger
He told them what he thought their dreams must mean He told them what he thought their dreams must mean

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight
    • n thoughtfulness The state of being thoughtful; meditation; serious attention; considerateness; solicitude.
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.”
  • James Allen
    “Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.”
  • Chris Bowkett
    Chris Bowkett
    “Oh, I'm not going to do anything to them. The thought that I might will be enough to keep them going.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow.”


A penny for your thoughts - This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
Food for thought - If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
Perish the thought - Perish the thought is an expression meaning that you really hope something will not happen.
Second thoughts - If some has second thoughts, they start to think that an idea, etc, is not as good as it sounded at first and are starting to have doubts.
Train of thought - A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say.


In literature:

And then another thought came to her, a curious haunting thought.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
But I thought Paris would have detained you a bit.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Last night Veronica had thought that she too would hate it; she thought that she would rather die than march in the Procession.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
Thoughts of himself were in his mind; and they were not pleasant thoughts.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
These thoughts swept through her brain like one thought, as she contemplated the misery she had made.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
His next thought was that he had a little Confederate flag in his trunk.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
The thought in his mind as he walked had been the thought in his mind as he had sat on after the death, waiting for morning.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Taking that line cost him much; I thought you wiser.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
But Roger put the thought aside.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Then her thoughts turned to Lablache, and she smiled as she thought of the surprise awaiting him.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

I thought my youth was gone,
But you returned —
Like a flame at the call of the wind
It leaped and burned;
"Embers" by Sara Teasdale
I thought not, in my love
That we were doomed to part,
Now I am childless, and my fate
Falls heavy on my heart
"A Mother's Lament For An Only One" by Nora Pembroke
It is not all a dream;
A poet's thought is truth;
The things that are -- and seem
From age far back to youth --
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
This world's
Men's ways, I
Don't yet know, so
All that has happened,
It seems, will never fade from my thoughts
"This world's" by Ise
So far and wide it wandered,
So many a dusk-sweet way,
I thought the little wood-path
Was guiding me astray–
"The Wood-Path" by Margaret Widdemer
Oh ne'er thought we, a vale of earth,
With morn, and noon, and even,
Could seem to own the very worth
Of heaven.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Today we look at these two different thoughts around climate change and see where we go from here.
Thoughts from the heart of the Houston Jewish community with Lee Wunsch.
From the Editor's Desk/Bike riding and additional thoughts.
He is thought to have a poor prognosis because of one feature in this slide (see arrow).
Remember all those pundits who thought SB 1070-loving Florida Senator Marco Rubio was going to be the VEEP.
I thought this letter was awesome because I'm a history buff myself.
He said a lot of thought and prayer went into the decision to adopt.
Love or hate his music, or who he was as a person, I thought everyone on this planet knew of Michael Jackson.
Your thoughts, please, on health care.
Well, really, we had this treat for you last Monday, but we wanted to save it, as we thought it would be more appropriate this week.
And here you thought it was because of Hurricane Sandy or Chris Christie.
I never thought a transportation meeting could be comedy gold, but 'twas folks, oh 'twas.
I asked our friend James Bennett what he thought of the Anglo-Saxon controversy.
If you ever thought your neighbors might be from outer space, then the new show "The Neighbors" is right up your alley.
I bet lots of people have similar thoughts and questions about their own brains, abilities to remember, and thought processes.

In science:

The decrease of polarization intensity with increasing J in SiO masers is also thought to be a consequence of such Faraday depolarization (McIntosh & Predmore 1993; or Wallin & Watson 1997 for an opposing view).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Ambipolar diffusion is also thought to be the method by which subcritical clouds dissipate their magnetic energy and form stars (Ciolek & Mouschovias 1995).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Suprathermal Paramagnetic Alignment: Purcel l Mechanism The next step was done by Purcell(1975, 1979), who discovered that grains can rotate much faster than were previously thought.
Physics of Grain Alignment
The star is believed to be in a circular orbit, and the apparent ellipticity is thought to be due to irradiation of the secondary star (although we shall present an alternative explanation in Section 6.4), and an uncertain correction must be applied before the binary parameters can be determined.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
This is a rather remarkable result, since the accretion discs of quiescent dwarf novae are normally thought to be optically thin.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi