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500 Deep Quotes That Will Make You Think (Full of Mind-Bending Thoughts)

Most media forms in the digital world are designed to distract you, not to teach you anything, and they very rarely inspire you to think for more than a few seconds.

We need to devote time to thinking to ponder our plans, actions, and decisions. Spending time to think brings lots of benefits. Thinking time allows you to understand yourself better, make smarter decisions, and see things differently. It also helps reduce time waste, reduce stress and increase your confidence and happiness.

All in all, devoting time to think will allow you to maximize your Everyday Power and operate at your full potential. So in this post, I’d like to share 500 of the most thought-provoking, inspirational, wise, and powerful deep quotes, deep sayings, and deep proverbs that’ll make you think and inspire you to look at life differently.

500 Deep Quotes Inspiring Deep Thought

Top 10 Deep Quotes

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernhard Shaw

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

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“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“All the problems of older times were scarcity… now they’re all abundance based.” – Naval Ravikant

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.” – Criss Jami

“Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.” – Nikola Tesla

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

“Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” – J.K. Rowling

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” – Voltaire

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer

“I don’t care that they stole my idea. I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.” – Epicurus

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“If you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart.” – Rumi

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” – Victor Hugo

“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.” – Bertrand Russell

“Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.” – Rumi

“People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing.” – Naval Ravikant

“Take time like the river that never grows stale. Keep going and steady. No hurry, no rush.” – Rumi

“The ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable skill you can learn.” – Napoleon Hill

“The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or ever touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

“To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.” – Lao Tzu

“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” – Victor Hugo

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein

“We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.” – Confucius

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).” – Mark Twain

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

“Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” – Mother Theresa

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – HFrancis of Assisi

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time — help someone else.” – Chinese proverb

Short Deep Quotes

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“To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare

“Leave no stone unturned.” – Euripides

“Be – don’t try to become.” – Osho

“‘I’ is another.” – Arthur Rimbaud

“People do not lack strength; they lack will.” – Victor Hugo

“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” – Mark Twain

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” – Victor Hugo

“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.” – Alexandre Dumas

“All that you are seeking is also seeking you.” – Franz Kafka

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Are you afraid of the good you might do?” – Victor Hugo

“As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.” – Victor Hugo

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.” – Victor Hugo

“Beauty will save the world.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“Believe in the you who believes in yourself.”

“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” – Rumi

“Cleverness is not wisdom.” – Euripides

“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” – William Shakespeare

“Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.” – Victor Hugo

“Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.” – Victor Hugo

“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda

“Don’t settle, and don’t struggle.” – Naval Ravikant

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart.” – Rumi

“Every strength is also a weakness. The opposite is true as well.” – Neil Strauss

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde

“Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.” – Martin Heidegger

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Harry F. Banks

“For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” – Voltaire

“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.” – Arthur Rimbaud

“I am not deep, but I am very wide.” – Honoré de Balzac

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo

“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” – Lao Tzu

“I rebel; therefore I exist.” – Albert Camus

“If it is not necessary to decide, it is necessary not to decide.” – Lord Acton

“If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are a slave.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” – Proverb

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” – Toni Morrison

“If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” – Margaret Atwood

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“It is not I who am strong, it is reason, it is truth.” – Émile Zola

“Learn to judge your moves by their long-term effects on people.” – Robert Greene

“Look for the thing you notice but no one else notices.” – Rick Rubin

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.” – Euripides

“Not until we are lost, do we begin to find ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Of all lies, art is the least untrue.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Passion is born deaf and dumb.” – Honoré de Balzac

“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” – Euripides

“Rise above the storm, and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez

“Rest in reason; move in passion.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.” – Bertrand Russell

“Sin is geographical.” – Bertrand Russell

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” – William Shakespeare

“Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”

“Success is an iceberg.”

“Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts.”

“Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.” – Gustave Flaubert

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

“The fears we don’t face become our limits.” – Jim Kwik

“The darker the night, the brighter the stars.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” – Alexandre Dumas

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

“The prettiest eyes have cried the most.”

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There is no truth. There is only perception.” – Gustave Flaubert

“They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

“To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” – Mary Oliver

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publilius Syrus

“To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.” – Oscar Wilde

Sad Deep Quotes

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“The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.”

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

“It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.” – Francis Bacon

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – Jose N. Harris

“Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep.” – Taraji P. Henson

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

“Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative you can get beyond your pain or negativity.”

“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”

“Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!.”

“Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us.” – Oscar Wilde

“We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.”

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

“Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.”

“Leaning against my father, the sadness finally broke open inside me, hollowing out my heart and leaving me bleeding. My feet felt rooted in the dirt. There were more than two bodies buried here. Pieces of me that I didn’t even know were under the ground. Pieces of dad, too.”

“Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also make music.”

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.”

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.” – Aesop

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.”

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.”

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

“The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.”

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”

“I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.” – Elon Musk

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” – Clive Barker

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The wind howls, but the mountain remains still.” – Japanese proverb

“Full well do I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person should do the thinking and commanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens

“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.” – Joseph Addison

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

“Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.” – Honoré de Balzac

“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” – Robert Hand

“The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.” – Nikola Tesla

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.” – Seneca

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” – Leo Tolstoy

“We choose to go to the moon and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis

Inspirational Deep Quotes

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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus

“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.” – Meister Eckhart

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” – Albert Camus

“Arm yourself, my heart: the thing that you must do is fearful, yet inevitable.” – Euripides

“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart!” – Rumi

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” – Alexandre Dumas

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata

“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” – Carl Jung

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nikola Tesla

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” – C.S. Lewis

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

Motivational Deep Quotes

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“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

“Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.” – Chantal Sutherland

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” – William Faulkner

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.” – Nikola Tesla

Deep Meaning Quotes

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“You just decide what your values are in life and what you are going to do, and then you feel like you count, and that makes life worth living. It makes my life meaningful.” – Annie Lennox

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelou

“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The longer I go about living, I see it’s the relationship that is most meaningful.” – William Shatner

“Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other.” – Bell Hooks

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor Frankl

“It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.” – Bryant H. McGill

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” – Ann Hood

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” – Hermann Hesse

“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.” – Martin Yan

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world.” – Albert Camus

“Do you think it is better to fail at something worthwhile, or succeed at something meaningless.” – Tommy Wallach

“Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

“God knows, I prefer people with anxieties, whose tomorrow is threatened by uncertainty.” – Albert Einstein

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne

“He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others.” – Albert Einstein

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.” – John Steinbeck

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” – Epictetus

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

“What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he or she is afraid of losing.” – Nicholas Nassim Taleb

“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.” – G.I. Gurdijieff

Deep Thoughts Quotes

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“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” – Jackson Brown Jr.

“The only reason we get lost in thought, is because it is unfamiliar territory.” – Ashton Leinen

“The deeper thought is, the taller it becomes.” – Dejan Stojanovic

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.” – W. Clement Stone

“Let your action manifest your thought, your belief and your passion.” – Mohammed Ali Bapir

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” – Oscar Wilde

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” – Dalai Lama

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” – David Allen

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” – Heraclitus

“Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” – Nilola Tesla

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” – Francis Bacon

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.” – Victor Hugo

“To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others.” – Criss Jami

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you find no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved, but rather a truth to be accepted.”

Deep Quotes About Life

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“Your way of thinking affects your life very deeply. So think positive and be positive.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” – William Wordsworth

“When you train your eyes to see the magic and miracles in the little things, you open the door for your whole life to shift.” – Carol Woodliff

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“What matters most in life is often invisible.” – Duane Elgin

“What matters in life is what you care about and what you will continue to make effort toward caring about it.” – Nokwethemba Nkosi

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.” – Dennis Rodman

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There are only two great tragedies in life: one is not getting what you want and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde

“The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.” – Michel de Montaigne

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greatest mistake you can ever make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” – Ellen Hubbard

“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

“Take life one step at a time look forward to your future, stop looking back and regretting the past, the past is the past because it does not last!” – Abhishek Tiwari

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Gerard Way

“No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.” – William Hazlitt

“Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren

“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.” – C. S. Lewis

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” – Lillian Dickson

“Life is in ourselves and not in the external.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.” – Seneca

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

“In the circle of life there is no top, no corner, and no straight lines.” – Mike Dolan

“If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” – Rick Riordan

“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.” – Jim Kwik

“I know all about how one moment could haunt you for the rest of your life. How it consumes you and every facet of your life.” – Micalea Smeltzer

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

“Even when we do not actively participate in our destiny, we are still on a chosen path. Life has a way of making decisions for us.” – Nina Guilbeau

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” – Julian Barnes

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – David M. Burns

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.” – Anne Frank

“If you’re not comfortable enough with yourself or with your own truth when entering a relationship, then you’re not ready for that relationship.” – Steve Maraboli

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” – Bertrand Russell

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Deep Quotes About Love

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“Love is a verb. Love — the feeling — is a fruit of love, the verb.” – Stephen Covey

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.” – Victor Hugo

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

“Where there is no sense of ownership, there is respect. Where there is no hope, there is Truth. Where there is no attachment, there is love.” – Kapil Gupta

“When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.” – Harry Palmer

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry van Dyke

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzche

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel

“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz

“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” – Albert Ellis

“Sometime, when you least expect it, you’ll realize that someone loved you. And that means that someone can love you again! And that will make you smile.” – Homer Simpson

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” – Anaïs Nin

“Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.” – Erich Fromm

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.” – James Thurber

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.” – Victor Hugo

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” – Paulo Coelho

“Love is a better teacher than duty.” – Albert Einstein

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’” – Erich Fromm

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself.” – Rumi

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” – Pablo Neruda

“Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” – Chuck Klosterman

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” – Wayne Dyer

Deep Quotes About Pain

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“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahlil Gibran

“There’s always some truth behind “just kidding”, knowledge behind every “I don’t know”, emotions behind “I don’t care” and pain behind “it’s okay”.”

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“The kindest hearts have felt the most pains.”

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – William Shakespeare

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.” – Criss Jami

Deep Quotes About Change

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“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” – Steve Jobs

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” – Seneca

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” – Stacey Charter

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”

“All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

Deep Quotes About Trust

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“Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” – Isaac Watts

“Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don’t have trust inside your company, then you can’t transfer it to your customers.” – Roger Staubach

“People follow leaders by choice. Without trust, at best you get compliance.” – Jesse Lyn Stoner

“A ‘no’ does not hide anything, but a ‘yes’ very easily becomes a deception.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” – Thomas Moore

“You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” – Anton Chekhov

“Leadership requires five ingredients–brains, energy, determination, trust, and ethics. The key challenges today are in terms of the last two–trust and ethics.” – Fred Hilmer

“When mistrust comes in, loves goes out.” – Irish proverb

“Trust is built with consistency.” – Lincoln Chafee

“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” – Eric Sevareid

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” – Anthony Robbins

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” – Peter Drucker, author of Managing for the Future

“The best proof of love is trust.” – Joyce Brothers

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

“He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” – Lao Tzu

“It takes two to do the trust tango–the one who risks (the trustor) and the one who is trustworthy (the trustee); each must play their role.” – Charles H. Green

“When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” – Blaine Lee

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” – George MacDonald

“Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities of which they were previously unaware.” – David Armistead

“Trust, but verify.” – Ronald Reagan

“It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest, that holds human associations together.” – H. L. Mencken

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” – Frank Sonnenberg, author of Follow Your Conscience

“The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.” – Patanjali

“Trust is built when someone is vulnerable and not taken advantage of.” – Bob Vanourek, author of Triple Crown Leadership

“Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.” – Warren Bennis

“The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffett

Deep Quotes About Friends

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“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

“When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realize that the only approval and validation you need is your own.” – Mandy Hale

“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” – Eugene Kennedy

“The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” – Washington Irving

“One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.” – Clifton Fadiman

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

“Love is a friendship set to music.” – Joseph Campbell

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” – Epicurus

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” – Zig Ziglar

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.” – Shel Silverstein

“Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?” – Abraham Lincoln

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.” – Doe Zantamata

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” – Elie Wiesel

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.”

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

Deep Quotes That Make You Think

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“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

“After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: ‘What did I do right?’ and ‘What would I do differently?’” – Brian Tracy

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.” – Alexandre Dumas

“Battle not with monsters, lest you become one and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Do not grow to fond of your ideas or too certain of their truth.” – Robert Greene

“Do not be lured by the need to be liked: better to be respected, even feared.” – Robert Greene

“Don’t use yesterday’s state of mind, to make today’s decision.” – C. Nzingha Smith

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” – John Locke

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke

“Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.” – Gustave Flaubert

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” – Kahlil Gibran

“The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” – Carl Jung

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

Originally published March 1, 2021, updated March 6, 2021

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