189 Short Deep Quotes

Updated May 22, 2019

Sometimes in our short lifetime, it is wise to stop and take a deep breath; to check out something deeper, to gain perspective, to allow deep and meaningful thoughts and sayings to enter our subconscious. What matters in life is not shallow thinking but what reveals hidden truths, or those that calm you, or those that provide intellectual stimulation.

Within each of us is that inner strength to conquer challenges, or to overcome adversity. All of these deep short quotes on life, challenges, obstacles, and concerns provide just that stimuli that you might need to go further into exploring your own life and its new paths.

We hope that these short, broad, meaningful and profound quotations will become your daily morning mind challenging and motivational launch for an inspired day. Any day can be productive by making a personal choice and by using a stimulating saying to ignite the mind.
We invite you to come back every morning to get your "short deep quote" nourishment for the day.

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Best Short Deep Quotes Ever
Most Famous Deep Quotes and Thoughts by Carl Jung
Short Wise Deep Quotes and Words of Wisdom for Life
Short Deep Sayings About Friendships
Short Deep and Profoundly Meaningful Thoughts
Short Deep Quotes That Express Love
Wise Deep Quotes on Life's Challenges

Best Short Deep Quotes Ever
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  1. For he who holds the joy robs the many. Robert Rivers

    For he who holds the joy robs the many. Robert Rivers

  2. There is no challenge or meaning or purpose to life without the decay of time. H.H. Hopalotomus



  3. Freedom is not only a matter that relates to the body but also to the mind. B. C. Artworst

    Freedom is not only a matter that relates to the body but also to the mind. B. C. Artworst

    Freedom to think what you want is important. However, more important is the opportunity to put into motion that which first starts as a thought. As well, freedom in regards to your body also means that you are able to do what you want but healthy choices are at the forefront of well-being.



  4. The concept of change does not rest external to the being but is predicated on the inner self recognizing the need to act. Rory R. Cuphist

    The concept of change does not rest external to the being but is predicated on the inner self recognizing the need to act. Rory R. Cuphist

  5. How is life measured? Is it by the passage of time? Or, is it by the very instantaneous moments that life is paraded in our minds eye? Annabelle Marie Haines



  6. Values are the building blocks of civilization given to shame and destroy the follies of foolish humans. Freddy J. W. Parkes

    Values are the building blocks of civilization given to shame and destroy the follies of foolish humans. Freddy J. W. Parkes

    In order for a civilization to move forward, indeed, even to survive, means that a solid core of beneficial and trustworthy values must exist amidst the evil that is inherent in all of mankind. Make no mistake, societies will fall and eventually fade away completely without solid and honest and moral values just as did the Roman empire in the ancient world.

  7. The art of living well and the art of dying well are one. Epicurus





  8. Time must stand still before human kindness can catch up. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

    Time must stand still before human kindness can catch up. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

    Time has a bad habit of revealing the decay in humans long before their goodness shines. It is not that humans have no generosity, or compassion, or goodness; it is rather that the human race seems to be willing and able to revel in those behaviors that cause harm much sooner than those behaviors that attempt to overcome or repair that which has been hurt, injured or destroyed.

  9. Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato


  10. You can't see without the vision of the past. Byron R. Pulsifer
    You can't see without the vision of the past. Byron R. Pulsifer

  11. Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  12. If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

  13. People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo

  14. Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

  15. To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde


  16. The best winner of the battle is the one who remains calm. Byron R. Pulsifer
    The best winner of the battle is the one who remains calm. Byron R. Pulsifer

  17. Be – don’t try to become. Osho


  18. Most Famous Deep Quotes and Thoughts by Carl Jung
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  19. No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. Carl Jung

  20. Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day. Carl Jung

  21. We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Carl Jung

  22. Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Carl Jung

  23. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. Carl Jung

  24. Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion. Carl Jung

  25. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. It is therefore short-sighted to treat fantasy, on account of its risky or unacceptable nature, as a thing of little worth. Carl Jung


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



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  28. There is no meaning to life without experiences. Byron R. Pulsifer

  29. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. Socrates

  30. If you want to grow old, and grow old healthily, you need to nurture your relationships more than any other part of your life. Heidi Tempest

  31. I have come to believe that our own excuses are one of our biggest obstacles to friendship. Christine Hoover


  32. In order to have a silver-lining disposition about life we need to have an unbeatable, resilient, and never-ending hope.Byron R. Pulsifer
    In order to have a silver-lining disposition about life we need to have an unbeatable, resilient, and never-ending hope. Byron R. Pulsifer

  33. I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Socrates

  34. God speaks to those who speak to Him in reverence and love. Byron R. Pulsifer

  35. There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato

  36. The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle

  37. Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates

  38. Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. Jack Kerouac

  39. I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. Franz Kafka

  40. To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

  41. Conscience doth make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare

  42. What labels me, negates me. Soren Kierkegaard

  43. Rest in reason; move in passion. Kahlil Gibran

  44. To do two things at once is to do neither. Publilius Syrus

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

  46. Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. Victor Hugo

  47. Success is an iceberg. Unknown Author

  48. Life begins where fear ends. Osho

  49. The merit of all things lies in their difficulty. Alexandre Dumas

  50. Passion is born deaf and dumb. Honoré de Balzac

  51. Happiness is the feeling that power increases — that resistance is being overcome. Friedrich Nietzsche

  52. The deeper thought is, the taller it becomes. Dejan Stojanovic

  53. Close both eyes to see with the other eye. Rumi

  54. Of all lies, art is the least untrue. Gustave Flaubert

  55. I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates

  56. We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. Whoopi Goldberg

  57. Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

  58. Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. Bertrand Russell

  59. Life is a constant process of dying. Arthur Schopenhauer

  60. The darker the night, the brighter the stars. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  61. Beauty will save the world. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  62. Sin is geographical. Bertrand Russell

  63. What worries you, masters you. John Locke

  64. The past is never dead. It’s not even past. William Faulkner

  65. Don’t be a writer. Be writing. William Faulkner

  66. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

  67. Whatever you feel, you become. It is your responsibility. Osho

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  68. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe

  69. 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

  70. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens

  71. Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

  74. If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. Soren Kierkegaard

  75. All is well in the world as when ignorance is expressed through a veil of deceit. Byron R. Pulsifer

  76. The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more. Carlie Munger

  77. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner

  78. Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good. William Faulkner

  79. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sigmund Freud

  80. Your very silence shows you agree. Euripides

  81. All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw

  82. Some people are more certain of everything than I am of nothing. Robert Rubin

  83. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. Albert Einstein

  84. The prettiest eyes have cried the most. Unknown Author

  85. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali

  86. I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe

  87. If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. Edgar Allan Poe

  88. The kindest hearts have felt the most pains. Unknown Author

  89. I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat. Edgar Allan Poe

  90. I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men. Nikola Tesla

  91. The last 29 days of the month are the toughest! Nikola Tesla

  92. It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. Bertrand Russell

  93. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station ... William Faulkner

  94. Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again? Winnie The Pooh

  95. They’re funny things, accidents. You never have them till you’re having them. Winnie The Pooh

  96. We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all. Andrew, The Breakfast Club

  97. Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Oscar Wilde

  98. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde

  99. Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. Mark Twain

  100. Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain

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

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

  103. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Edgar Allan Poe

  104. He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace. Leo Tolstoy

  105. The passion for destruction is also a creative passion. Mikhail Bakunin

  106. One day we will be dead. But today I’ll give it my best not to blame, complain, drain. Today I’ll give my best not to regret or forget. James Altucher

  107. The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer. Terence McKenna

  108. If it is not necessary to decide, it is necessary not to decide. Lord Acton

  109. Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Edgar Allan Poe

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

  111. There is no truth. There is only perception. Gustave Flaubert

  112. We’re not really here for that long and we don’t really matter that much. And nothing that we do lasts. ... It will all be gone. Naval Ravikant

  113. Battle not with monsters, lest you become one and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Friederich Nietsche

  114. Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. Clarke

  115. 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

  116. A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. Arthur Schopenhauer

  117. He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo

  118. As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat. Victor Hugo

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

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

  121. I am not deep, but I am very wide. Honoré de Balzac

  122. What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? Soren Kierkegaard

  123. People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. Winnie The Pooh

  124. I stick my finger into existence and it smells of nothing. Soren Kierkegaard

  125. Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. Euripides

  126. Deep thought happens when our experience fails us. Byron R. Pulsifer

  127. Understand that half the game is keeping quiet, and carefully watching those around you. Robert Greene

  128. Love is trembling happiness. Kahlil Gibran

  129. The courses of true love never did run smooth. William Shakespeare

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  130. The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  131. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford

  132. I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe

  133. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler

  134. Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  135. A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. Fr. Jerome Cummings

  136. You will never be a true friend until you completely abandon selfishness. Rosy Lee Anderson

  137. Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends. Jacques Delille

  138. Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you. Yassir Arafat

  139. Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty. Sicilian Proverb

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  140. The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. Edward R. Murrow

  141. Gazing at the stars will not save you from the abyss at your feet. Dr. Idel Dreimer
  142. Just do your best and to hell the rest. Unknown Author

  143. Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day. Polish Proverb

  144. Just as the old, looking back, idealize the past, so the young, looking forward, idealize the future. Illusion is the stuff of memory — and is at the heart of hope. Dr. Idel Dreimer

  145. Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Börne

  146. If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? Stanislaw J. Lec

  147. We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it. Albert Szent-Györgyi

  148. Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly. Edward Albee

  149. When the student is ready, the master appears. Buddhist Proverb

  150. A gun gives you the body, not the bird. Henry David Thoreau

  151. Tomorrow always comes, and today is never yesterday. S.A. Sachs

  152. Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. Thomas Carlyle

  153. Who depends on another man's table often dines late. John Ray

  154. He who despairs the failures in life does not know the path to success. Byron R. Pulsifer

  155. The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. Zen Saying

  156. We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill. William Hazlitt

  157. When I die, I will not see myself die, for the first time. Antonio Porchia

  158. The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. Evelyn Waugh

  159. The throat thinks of more than just thirst. Terri Guillemets

  160. You are in the perfect position to get there from here. Abraham–Hicks

  161. It's always Now. Eckhart Tolle

  162. I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. John Stuart Mill

  163. A change in course is only as good as the inner peace it gives. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

  164. I am changed forever by the realization of never. Terri Guillemets

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

  166. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley

  167. No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Zen Proverb

  168. Without love the world is void. Kate Summers

  169. There is no end in sight unless a beginning is finished. Robert Rivers

  170. Not to be able to see a resolution is not blindness but ignorance. Kate Summers

  171. The more man mediates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius

  172. The best part of the end of the day is the sleep that prepares for the optimism of tomorrow. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

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  173. Short Deep Quotes That Express Love
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  174. When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be. Leo Tolstoy

  175. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. Ursula K. Le Guin

  176. We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it. Rainer Maria Rilke

  177. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

  178. They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Tom Bodett

  179. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

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  180. Wise Deep Quotes on Life's Challenges
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  181. Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic. Tryon Edwards

  182. 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

  183. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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

  185. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right. Marilyn Monroe

  186. 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

  187. I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides

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

  189. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa

  190. Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. Amelia Burr

  191. All is well in the world when in love. Unknown Author

  192. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

  193. I choose not to hear when insanity takes the place of truth. Theodore W. Higgingsworth
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