Closed-mindedness (quotes)

Closed mindedness is being unreceptive to new ideas


A closed mind is a dying mind

  • A closed mind is a dying mind. Edna Ferber
  • This alone is to be feared – the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of the spirit. The death of the body is to that, I think, a little thing. Winifred Holtby
  • Death

A closed mind tells you all it knows, even if it isn’t much

  • Distinguish open-minded people from closed-minded people. Open-minded people seek to learn by asking questions; they realize that what they know is little in relation to what there is to know and recognize that they might be wrong. Closed- minded people always tell you what they know, even if they know hardly anything about the subject being discussed. They are typically made uncomfortable by being around those who know a lot more about a subject, unlike open-minded people who are thrilled by such company. Ray Dalio

A closed has a fixed point of view

  • It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. George Eliot
  • The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one. Brooks Atkinson

A closed mind lacks belief, faith and courage

  • There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief. Napoleon Hill
  • BeliefFaithCourage

A closed mind believes its opinions are truths, not merely hypotheses

  • It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favour, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth. Milan Kundera
  • I know the truth! Give up all other truths! Maria Tsevatayeva
  • Truth

A closed mind fixates on its own beliefs

  • I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence
  • Belief

A closed mind has strong opinions, irrespective of how much it knows

  • One’s opinion should only be as strong as one’s knowledge on the matter. Eric Hirzel
  • Opinion

A closed mind never questions its assumptions


A closed mind is unwilling to learn


A closed mind is rigid, hierarchical and tunnel visioned

  • We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel- visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. John Clees

A closed mind is a terrible waste

  • A mind set in its ways is wasted. Don’t do it. Eric Schmidt

A closed mind is blind to opportunity

  • The only place opportunity cannot be found is in a closed-minded person. Bo Bennett
  • Opportunity

A closed mind has fixed ideas that possess you

  • I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem in as much as I had no fixed ideas derived from long- established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.’ Henry Bessemer
  • 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
  • If you cannot be open minded, then you do not possess your ideas, your ideas possess you. Bryant McGill

A closed mind never reconsiders or thinks things through

  • A “closed mind” is usually taken to mean the attitude of a man impervious to ideas, arguments, facts and logic, who clings stubbornly to some mixture of unwarranted assumptions, fashionable catch phrases, tribal prejudices—and emotions. But this is not a “closed” mind, it is a passive one. It is a mind that has dispensed with (or never acquired) the practice of thinking or judging, and feels threatened by any request to consider anything. Ayn Rand

The point of having an open mind is to close it on something solid

  • You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction. George W. Crane
  • An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it. It should be capable of shutting its doors sometimes, or it may be found a little draughty.  Samuel Butler
  • Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still – must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions. George Bernard Shaw
  • An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out. Virginia Hutchison
  • 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
  • If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it. Natalie Clifford Barney
  • An open mind is not an end in itself but a means to the end of finding truth. Peter Kreeft
  • Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out. Stephen A. Kallis, Jr.
  • Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The mind must close in order to act

  • The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still – must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions. George Bernard Shaw

On a lighter note

  • A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.
  • If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
  • He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with two eyes. Black Elk
  • The problem with close minded people is that they usually have their mouths open.
  • He was so narrow minded that if he fell on a pin it would blind him in both eyes. Fred Allen
  • A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. Chinese Proverbs
  • A great many open minds should be closed for repairs.  Toledo Blade