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Short Deep Quotes: Thoughtful & Reflective

A few words can have a major impact - check out these insights and reflect on your own approach to living life.

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These short deep quotes cover a wide range of topics that address every day living including relationships, life, culture and politics. A review of this collection will put your brain to work, and hopefully, you’ll walk away with a new insight or two about your approach to life.

99 short deep quotes to make you think

In the spirit of “less is more,” we present these thought-provoking short quotes.

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  1. Thoughtful
  2. Mindful
  3. Quotes to make you think
  4. Existential
  5. Reflective
  6. Introspective
  7. Philosophical
  8. Thinking
  9. Intellectual
  10. Quotes to ponder
  11. Cerebral
  12. BONUS! quotes
  13. Conceptual
  14. Self-reflection
  15. Understanding
  16. Confucius
  17. Buddha
  18. Syrus

Thoughtful

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A friend to all is a friend to none image

  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
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  • When words fail, music speaks.
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  • Close both eyes to see with the other eye.
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  • The menu is not the meal.
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  • Hate is easy. Love takes courage.
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  • The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
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  • The trouble is, you think you have time.
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  • In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
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Burundi proverb

Mindful life quotes

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  • Where there is love, there is no darkness.
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  • If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy.
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  • If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
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  • We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
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Quotes to make you think

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  • Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair.
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  • Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
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    Some things scratch the surface while others strike at your soul.
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  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
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  • Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
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  • Dynamic activity and deep rest of the mind are complementary to each other.
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  • You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
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  • I feel safe in white because deep down inside, I’m an angel.
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  • A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
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  • The deeper thought is, the taller it becomes.
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  • People sleep, and when they die they wake.
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Aristotle quote

Existential

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  • Beauty will save the world.
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  • All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
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  • The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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  • I am not deep, but I am very wide.
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  • Conscience doth make cowards of us all.
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  • People do not lack strength; they lack will.
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  • When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.
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  • Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.
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  • There is no truth. There is only perception.
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  • Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
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Sigmund Freud quote

Reflective & meaningful quotes

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  • Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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  • Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
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  • My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
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  • He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others.
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  • The course of true love never did run smooth.
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  • Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
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Introspective

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  • When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.
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  • If I know what love is, it is because of you.
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  • I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
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  • A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
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  • Love is the absence of judgment.
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  • Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
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  • Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.
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  • No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.
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Byron Katie quote

Philosophical

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  • There is no mistake in nature.
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  • To understand everything is to forgive everything.
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  • It is not I who am strong, it is reason, it is truth.
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  • You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
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  • There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
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  • When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
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  • The wound is the place where the light enters you.
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Herman Hesse quote

Thinking

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  • Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
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  • He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
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  • Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
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  • To love is to recognize yourself in another.
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  • Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
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  • We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
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  • To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
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  • Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
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John Locke quote

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Intellectual

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  • What worries you, masters you.
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  • Deep down, I happen to be very shallow.
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  • “I” is another.
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  • Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
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  • When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
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  • We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
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  • Hug the shore; let others try the deep.
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  • I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
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  • When love prevails, fear departs.
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  • Deep experience is never peaceful.
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  • One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
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Virgil quote

Quotes to ponder

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  • Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
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  • All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
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  • Hold a true friend with both your hands.
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  • If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?
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  • Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.
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  • Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time”, is like saying, “I don’t want to”.
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  • Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
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  • Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.
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  • The soul lives there in the silent breath.
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  • Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.
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  • To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.
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  • The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.
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Cerebral

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  • Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
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  • In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.
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  • Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
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  • All great truths begin as blasphemies.
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  • I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
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  • The roots of racism lie deep in man’s nature, wounded and bruised by original sin.
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BONUS! Even more quotes

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  • When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
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  • It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
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  • A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
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  • Never regret something that once made you happy.
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  • A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
    Henrik Ibsen

  • This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.
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  • If I feel frustrated in a situation, I take a deep breath and walk away.
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Conceptual

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  • The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
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  • Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.
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  • If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
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  • Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.
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  • One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
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  • I am not young enough to know everything.
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  • Never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word. It means they learned it by reading.
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Self-reflection

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  • Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
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  • If the world was blind how many people would you impress?
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  • I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music.
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  • The prettiest eyes have cried the most.
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  • Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
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  • We have deep depth.
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  • He who loves, loves you with your dirt.
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Understanding

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  • Die with memories, not dreams.
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  • Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
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  • Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
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  • Politics is in a crisis because it’s separated from our deep humanity.
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  • What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
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  • Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.
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  • One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.
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Confucius quotations

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  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.gray line image
  • Silence is a true friend who never betrays.gray line image
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.gray line image
  • Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.gray line image
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.gray line image
  • Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
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  • Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.gray line image
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.gray line image
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.gray line image
  • I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.gray line image
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.gray line image
  • Respect yourself and others will respect you.gray line image
  • The funniest people are the saddest ones.gray line image
  • You cannot open a book without learning something.gray line image
  • He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.gray line image
  • The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.gray line image
  • Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

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Buddha sayings

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  • Give, even if you only have a little.gray line image
  • People with opinions just go around bothering each other.gray line image
  • There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.gray line image
  • You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.gray line image
  • If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.gray line image
  • Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.gray line image
  • Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.gray line image
  • Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.gray line image
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought.gray line image
  • Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.gray line image
  • Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.gray line image
  • The root of suffering is attachment.gray line image
  • Attachment leads to suffering.gray line image
  • May all beings have happy minds.
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  • You only lose what you cling to.gray line image
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  • One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.gray line image
  • Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.gray line image
  • The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.gray line image
  • The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.gray line image

Publilius Syrus quotations

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  • I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.gray line image
  • Where there is unity there is always victory.gray line image
  • It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.gray line image
  • I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.gray line image
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.gray line image
  • The friendship that can come to an end, never really began.gray line image
  • No one knows what he can do until he tries.gray line image
  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.gray line image
  • Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.gray line image
  • Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.gray line image

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotations

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  • Nothing is worth more than this day.gray line image
  • Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.gray line image
  • Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.gray line image
  • The solution of every problem is another problem.gray line image
  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.gray line image
  • When ideas fail, words come in very handy.gray line image
  • Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.gray line image
  • The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.gray line image
  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.gray line image
  • Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.gray line image
  • As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.gray line image
  • Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.gray line image
  • Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.gray line image
  • Wisdom is only found in truth.gray line image
  • Every second is of infinite value.gray line image

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