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Free-thought

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Free-thought the habit of mind of a freethinker
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Quotations

  • Horace Greeley
    Horace Greeley
    “There is no bigotry like that of free thought run to seed.”
  • Leon Blum
    Leon Blum
    “The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.”
  • William Trogdon
    William Trogdon
    “Beware thoughts that come in the night. They aren't turned properly; they come in askew, free of sense and restriction, deriving from the most remote of sources.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.”
  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “'He insulted me, he cheated me, he beat me, he robbed me' -- those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

There was no room for, and no need of, the conception of free, originative thought.
"Rudolph Eucken" by Abel J. Jones
Then I thought I was free and found a purpose, as you call it.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Perhaps he thought I liked to be free.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
He thought that every long stride and every swing of the axe was working him free from the crushing lack of purpose that had settled upon him.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
Adrian, thus relieved, was free to shudder at the thought just suggested.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
However, he dismissed these thoughts with a shrug of his shoulders as though freeing himself from some disagreeable burden.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
I had no thought in the world that I was doing anything to bring about a war between the free and slave States.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
But it was the delightful surroundings, the little excitement of it all that left the girl's thought care-free.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
This was clearly seen as soon as the free and uncontrolled mind was directed to the highest subjects of thought.
"The Unity of Civilization" by Various
But he should be free, and that thought thrilled him.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
The philosophic party felt that their ally had dealt a sore blow to liberty of thought and the free expression of opinion.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
He was opposed to emancipation; thought free negroes a great nuisance, and was, as respects discipline, a thorough slaveholder.
"The Fugitive Blacksmith" by James W. C. Pennington
He thought himself much profited, at this period, by investigating the subject of Election and the Free Grace of God.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
The Hindu has an extraordinary power of combining dogma and free thought, uniformity and variety.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
O king, the mind that is free from all evil thoughts is highly pure.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
German free-thought was especially disliked by him.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
I can see it in no other way but this: the President suppressed free thought and free speech when he insisted upon personal neutrality.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II" by Burton J. Hendrick
Free thought there assumed the form of an universal conspiracy.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Did not you know perfectly well that my first thought when I was free would be to find you?
"A Canadian Heroine" by Mrs. Harry Coghill
William Penn was shut up in the Tower of London for the crime of free thought.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
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In poetry:

Free and sincere, and young and brave,
In word, and thought, and notion;
Wild art thou as the wildest wave
Of all the Indian ocean.
"To Laurestine" by Peter John Allan
"He wrote me that he had a wife,"
"And children?" "Yes, he's three."
"You married, too?" "Oh, no, indeed,
I thought I'd first get free."
"The Reunion" by Frances Ellen Watkins
"But where is all the friends, the friends,
What once was blithe and free?
I look to find that they have pined
Away with thoughts of me."
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
Hold fast your Puritan heritage,
But let the free thought of the age
Its light and hope and sweetness add
To the stern faith the fathers had.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Faith comes by hearing these reports;
Straight to the court of grace resorts,
And free of mercenary thoughts,
Gets royal bounty all for nought.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Wild was the day; the wintry sea
Moaned sadly on New-England's strand,
When first the thoughtful and the free,
Our fathers, trod the desert land.
"The Twenty-Second Of December" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

We have endless gratitude for our troops, military families, and the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so these degenerates would remain free to express their repugnant thoughts.
For your education, a quote from a recent research study focused on the integrity-free SPLC ministry of thought control from American writer James Sampson.
In an earlier post, I shared ESPN stats analyst KC Joyner's thoughts on what free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson could bring to the New York Jets.
So he devised what he surely thought was an innovative plan to get inside the theme park's gates for free.
If you're around, feel free to leave your thoughts.
China's premier-in-waiting schooled in free thought .
Free Thought Society should focus on other battles not Christmas.
College group cranks out ' free thought '.
China's premier-in-waiting schooled in free thought.
Freeing the San Antonio Four Doctor Nancy Kellogg thought she saw Satan's hand in the unspeakable crimes described by the two young girls.
Newsroom thoughts on the 125th anniversary of The Free Press.
I get questions about this free fishing system frequently so this week I thought I would share a portion of the elimination process involved.
SANTA CLARA, Calif — Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sacks record.
During my first meal at Cesare Casella's Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto on Madison Avenue the other night, I thought: OMG, a new, grown-up, cliché -free Italian menu from a big-name chef.
I will admit, very readily, that when I heard about the "gluten free" diet a few years ago, I thought it was a trend or just another weird excuse for an eating disorder.
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In science:

Clearly, if the prefactor f is assumed to be constant, this simple approximation fails to even predict the magnetization reversal times within an order of magnitude. A little thought reveals that, in the present case, this way of determining the free energy barrier is not entirely satisfactory.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
The polymer can be thought of as consisting of blobs within each of which a polymer can be considered as free from the force whereas the blobs as unit form a still coarse grained model that shows stretching.
Directed polymers and Randomness
A between them is thought of as a morphism of free K [M ]-modules K [M ]k → K [M ]k′ ).
Generalized 2-vector spaces and general linear 2-groups
In particular, superconvergence in free probability theory can be thought as an analogue of the Bai–Silverstein result.
On superconvergence of sums of free random variables
The mechanism behind the progress of the program sequence in this particular model can be thought of as the diffusion of a system of free fermions on a line.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
When N is a general coherent locally-free OW -module, then ϕ can be thought of interchangeably as a generalized Higgs pair (E, φ) for N with φ commutativity-admissible.
Nontrivial Azumaya noncommutative schemes, morphisms therefrom, and their extension by the sheaf of algebras of differential operators: D-branes in a $B$-field background \`a la Polchinski-Grothendieck Ansatz
The motion of the particle is free until it collides with either the boundary of T or a scatterer, both of which are thought to have infinite mass.
Recurrence for quenched random Lorentz tubes
Scala can be thought of as less secure than Java in a few superficial ways mos tly related to visibility of members from outside classes, but in terms of helping you write code that‘s free of security holes, it should be better if you follow the best practices of immutability, concurrency, etc.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
This sector has N = 8 supersymmetry and can be thought of as a free N = 4 hypermultiplet plus a free N = 4 twisted hypermultiplet.
New and old N=8 superconformal field theories in three dimensions
Presumably, the whole approach will afford a realistic theory of free relativistic quantum mechanical twofold systems in flat spacetime, according to which the relationships between the conformal symmetry and null Minkowskian structures are thought of as playing no important role.
Pseudo-Unitary Dynamics of Free Relativistic Quantum Mechanical Twofold Systems
We may also consider the electrons in the periodic field of crystal atoms, which may be thought of as free ”dressed electrons”.
Decoherence within a simple Model for the Environment
To elucidate them, this paper presents a series of idealized thought experiments that are free from the complexities of real measuring systems.
The noise in gravitational-wave detectors and other classical-force measurements is not influenced by test-mass quantization
This hierarchy is thought to result from a combination of (gravitational) fragmentation and turbulent compression in the interstellar medium (ISM), resulting in scale-free power spectra.
Conference summary: Mass loss from stellar clusters
Adapting this train of thought, we compare in what follows the photon-atom coupling achievable in free space to that demonstrated in cavity quantum electrodynamics, which is related to the figure of merit Fg .
Design of a mode converter for efficient light-atom coupling in free space
Two constructions for Hamiltonian QCA are given in (28), one using a 10-dimensional state space, and the resulting system can be thought of as the diffusion of a system of free fermions.
Quantum Cellular Automata
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