I have this Magic: The Gathering card flavor text: “To think some believe it peaceful to die in one's sleep.”

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What exactly that “to think” means?


In this context, “to think” is like “I can't believe...” or “It is strange...”. The phrase on the card means “I can't believe that some people think it is peaceful to die in his/her sleep”. Examples:

  • To think some people don't like candy.
  • To think he lives near the beach but can't swim.

It is kind of an antiquated phrase and isn't used all that often.

  • Does it work work with any other verbs? Or is it just “to think” idiom? – Vadim Pushtaev Jul 2 '14 at 14:50
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    Side note: It seems to me that there should be a comma or even a semi-colon in there. "To think; some believe... " – TecBrat Jul 2 '14 at 14:58
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    As far as I know, there is only "to think" as an idiom, but someone please correct me if you know of any others. – TheIntern Jul 2 '14 at 15:46
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    I've seen at as "just think", or sometimes "and to think," as in this famous example. I suppose it could be punctuated as, "Just think! Some believe it peaceful..." – J.R. Jul 3 '14 at 0:46
  • Shouldn't it be "to think some believe it's peaceful..."? – Lucas Gabriel Jul 7 '16 at 0:32

"to think" here refers to the meaning of both just think about it or rather take thought and can you imagine. I would suggest to separate it from the rest of the sentence by a comma.

  • To think, some people don't want to be rich.

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