188 Short Deep Quotes

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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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
  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  18. Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

    to define is to limit
  19. To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde

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

  21. Be – don’t try to become. Osho

  22. I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation. Phyllis Theroux

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

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

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

  27. 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

  28. 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

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

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

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    Short Wise Deep Quotes and Words of Wisdom for Life

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

  34. 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

  35. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

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

  46. What labels me, negates me. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

  51. Success is an iceberg. Unknown Author

  52. life begins where fear ends
  53. Life begins where fear ends. Osho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  62. 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

  63. Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

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

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

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

  67. Beauty will save the world. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  68. Sin is geographical. Bertrand Russell

  69. What worries you, masters you. John Locke

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

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

  72. Appreciate your family each day - don't wait until they are old and gray be sure to say I love you Catherine Pulsifer

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

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

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

  77. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  88. Your very silence shows you agree. Euripides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  100. 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

  101. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  114. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  120. 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

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

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

  123. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  136. Love is trembling happiness. Kahlil Gibran

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

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    Short Deep Sayings About Friendships

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

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

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

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

  143. Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

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

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

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

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    Short Deep and Profoundly Meaningful Thoughts

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

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

  152. Gazing at the stars will not save you from the abyss at your feet. Dr. Idel Dreimer

  153. 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

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

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

  156. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  167. 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

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

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

  170. It's always Now. Eckhart Tolle

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

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

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

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

  175. 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

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

  177. Without love the world is void. Kate Summers

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

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

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

  181. 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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    Short Deep Quotes That Express Love

    When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.
  183. When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be. Leo Tolstoy

  184. 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

  185. 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

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

  187. 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

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

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    Wise Deep Quotes on Life's Challenges

  190. Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic. Tryon Edwards

  191. 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

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

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

  194. 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

  195. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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