114+ Deep Quotes That Make You Think

These quotes with deep meaning will change how you see the world and will really get you thinking in a way you may not have thought about before.

What are the benefits of reading some powerful deep thoughts? As we go through each day, there are many ups and downs. We all need a little wisdom to remember what really matters and possibly change our perspectives.

Inspirational deep quotes have made an insightful positive impact in my life and I’m sure they will make a difference in yours as well. These positive deep quotes will open up your mind to see situations in your life with more clarity and understanding.

Best Deep Quotes

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

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

You are only as free as you think you are and freedom will always be as real as you believe it to be. Robert M. Drake

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

When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. Carol Burnett

If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human. Maggie Stiefvater

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are. Martin Luther King Jr.

Don’t save your best for when you think the material calls for it. Always bring your full potential to every take, and be on top of your job, or they will replace you. Gabrielle Union

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You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Lorimer

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

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

I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers but hold up a ship. Michelle Williams

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’ Audrey Hepburn

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

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

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The splendid thing
about falling apart
silently…
is that
you can start over
as many times
as you like. Sanober Khan

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

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

There is nothing impossible to they who will try. Alexander the Great

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

Deep Quotes About Life

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

If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself. Rumi

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

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

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

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time”, is like saying, “I don’t want to”. Lao Tzu

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

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

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Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age. Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Henrik Ibsen

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

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

Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while. Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Deep Quotes

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. L.M. Montgomery

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

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

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

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

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. Stephanie Perkins

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

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

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Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. Arthur Rimbaud

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

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

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

Sometimes you have to shut your eyes, so you can see the real beauty. Kilian Jornet

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

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

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

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

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

Deep Inspirational Quotes

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 lifetime — help someone else. Chinese Proverb

On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do. Eckhart Tolle

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”. Unknown

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

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

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

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. Neils Bohr

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

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

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The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. Stephen Furtick

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

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

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

Sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back and get a little bit of a different perspective and re-evaluate things. Austin Aries

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

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

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

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

Powerful Deep Quotes

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

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

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

Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them. Holly Black

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

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

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

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

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Love is a friendship set to music. Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. Alexandre Dumas

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

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. William Faulkner

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

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

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

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

You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness. Julia Roberts

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

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

To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

Be you, those who mind, don’t matter, those who matter, don’t mind.

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis

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

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Conscience doth make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare

Be yourself, there’s no one better.

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

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

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

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Nora Roberts

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

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

Beautiful people aren’t always good but good people are always beautiful.

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

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

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Carl Jung