34 Quotes on Being More Open Minded in Life

An open-minded person is someone who has the ability to question their own thoughts and beliefs, as well as others. They can empathize with other and take a considered approach, ask questions and really listen to others.

If you’re aware of a ‘growth mindset’, then the concept is very similar.

If you want to read more about being more open minded and the significant benefits to your life, then read this first, otherwise below you will find a collection of quotes that all encompass being more open minded and receptive to new ideas and other thoughts and beliefs. These quotes all on being open minded encompass the qualities of empathy, listening, compassion, change and being open to new thoughts and ideas.


Quotes About Opening Your Mind


“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein


“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald


“An open mind is prerequisite to an open heart.” Robert Sapolsky


“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire


“Until the mind is open, the heart stays closed. The open mind is the key to the open heart.” Byron Katie


“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway


“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.” Henry David Thoreau


“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” Bill Bullard


“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber


“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw


“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” Isaac Asimov


“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz


“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” Paracelsus


“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” Frank Zappa


“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.” Richard Dawkins


“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” Maya Angelou


“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” Claude Levi-Strauss


“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” Marcus Aurelius


“Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” Chetan Bhagat


True wisdom will enable man to judge other persons with an impartial mind. M. K. Soni


“Have an open mind – allow different ideas into your way of thinking.” Peter Diamandis   


“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” Roy T. Bennett


“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” Walt Whitman


“Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn.” A.J. Darkholme


“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.” Joyce Meyer


“An open-minded person sees life without boundaries, whereas a close-minded person can only see what’s beyond their eyes.” Kaoru Shinmon


“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger


“No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.” Neil deGrasse Tyson


“When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” John Maynard Keynes


“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.” E.B. White


“An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.” Mark Twain



“It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.” Ashly Lorenzana


“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” Terry Pratchett


“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” George Eliot


“People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” Charles Kettering


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain


“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James A. Michener


“The thing is, it’s very dangerous to have a fixed idea. A person with a fixed idea will always find some way of convincing himself in the end that he is right.” Atle Selberg


Sometimes, we can remain narrow minded about things when we are fearful. Consider the following quotes on fear as well as more inspiring quotes:



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