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.

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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Thoughtful

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A friend to all is a friend to none image

  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
    Aristotle

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  • What labels me, negates me.

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  • When words fail, music speaks.
    Shakespeare

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

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  • The menu is not the meal.
    Alan Watts

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  • Hate is easy. Love takes courage.
    Unknown

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  • The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
    Oscar Wilde

the trouble is you think you have time image

  • The trouble is, you think you have time.
    Buddha

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  • In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
    William S. Burroughs

Burundi proverb

Mindful life quotes

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Where there is love, there is no darkness.
Burundi proverb

If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy.
Cameroon proverb

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
Thích Nhat Hanh

Kierkegaard quote

Quotes to make you think

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Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair.
Soren Kierkegaard

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

Some things scratch the surface while others strike at your soul.
Gianna Carini

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
Thomas Carlyle

Dynamic activity and deep rest of the mind are complementary to each other.
Deepak Chopra

You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
Edwin Louis Cole

I feel safe in white because deep down inside, I’m an angel.
Sean Combs

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
Alexander Pope

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

People sleep, and when they die they wake.
Muhammad

Aristotle quote

Existential

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Beauty will save the world.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Dumas quote

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

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

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

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.
William Shakespeare

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

When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.
Viktor Frankl

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

Flaubert quote

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

Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
Felix Frankfurter

Sigmund Freud quote

Reflective & meaningful quotes

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Sigmund Freud

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

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
Langston Hughes

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

The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare

Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
Werner Herzog

Dostoyevsky quote

Introspective

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When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.
Byron Katie

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
Herman Hesse

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
Elbert Hubbard

Love is the absence of judgment.
Dalai Lama

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

Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.
Eminem

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

Byron Katie quote

Philosophical

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There is no mistake in nature.
Byron Katie

Siddhartha quote

To understand everything is to forgive everything.
Gautama Siddhartha

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

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

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
Alan Paton

The wound is the place where the light enters you.
Rumi

Herman Hesse quote

Thinking

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

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

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
Alan Watts

To love is to recognize yourself in another.
Eckhart Tolle

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
Sam Keen

We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
Henry David Thoreau

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
Vittorio Alfieri

John Locke quote

Intellectual

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What worries you, masters you.
John Locke

Deep down, I happen to be very shallow.
Pat Paulsen

“I” is another.
Arthur Rimbaud

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
Euripides

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Anais Nin quote

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin

Hug the shore; let others try the deep.
Virgil

I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
Flannery O’Connor

When love prevails, fear departs.
Rumi

Deep experience is never peaceful.
Henry James

One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
Dogen

Virgil quote

Quotes to ponder

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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Plato

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

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
Proverb

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

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.
Bertrand Russell

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

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
Arthur Rimbaud

Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.
Redd Foxx

The soul lives there in the silent breath.
Rumi

Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.
Bishop Oscar Romero

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

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

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Cerebral

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Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
Theodore Roethke

In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.
Edith Wharton

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
Jean-Paul Sartre

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The roots of racism lie deep in man’s nature, wounded and bruised by original sin.
Sargent Shriver

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BONUS! Even more quotes

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
Hunter S. Thompson

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
Henry David Thoreau

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
Gloria Stuart

Never regret something that once made you happy.
Unknown

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.
Dennis Rodman

If I feel frustrated in a situation, I take a deep breath and walk away.
Iman

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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.
Oscar Wilde

Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.
Barbara Walters

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.
Unknown

One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
Byron Nelson

I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

Never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word. It means they learned it by reading.
Unknown

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Self-reflection

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

If the world was blind how many people would you impress?
Unknown

I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music.
Kevin Gates

The prettiest eyes have cried the most.
Unknown

Gibran quote

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Khalil Gibran

We have deep depth.
Yogi Berra

He who loves, loves you with your dirt.
Ugandan proverb

Unknown quote

Understanding

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Die with memories, not dreams.
Unknown

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Watts

Oscar Wilde quote

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

Politics is in a crisis because it’s separated from our deep humanity.
Marianne Williamson

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

Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.
Hugh Hefner

One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.
Andrew Wyeth

Confucius quotations

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  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  • Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
  • Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  • Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  • Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
  • I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
  • Respect yourself and others will respect you.
  • The funniest people are the saddest ones.
  • You cannot open a book without learning something.
  • He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
  • The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
  • 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.
  • People with opinions just go around bothering each other.
  • There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.
  • You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.
  • If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.
  • Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.
  • Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.
  • Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
  • Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
  • Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
  • The root of suffering is attachment.
  • Attachment leads to suffering.
  • May all beings have happy minds.
  • You only lose what you cling to.
  • A jug fills drop by drop.
  • One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.
  • Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
  • The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
  • The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

Publilius Syrus quotations

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

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotations

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

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