100 Deep Quotes That Will Make You Think (2022 Update)

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best deep quotes I could find. And they will make you think (hard!). You’ll discover quotes and thoughts from deep thinkers like Voltaire, Lao Tzu, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Einstein, and lots more. Enjoy!

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

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

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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

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The average men consume. The wise create. Maxime Lagacé

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I rebel; therefore I exist. Albert Camus


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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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What you deeply need is not stuff, comfort or beauty, it’s meaning. Maxime Lagacé

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


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A few thoughts on deep thinking…

I’ve always loved words that inspire and make me think.

In fact, I started collecting quotes and journaling back in 2004 after I lost my girlfriend in a car accident.

I was in search of answers and I felt reading thoughts by people like Confucius, Plato, Einstein, and Bruce Lee was helping me in this process.

Then, I discovered more modern thinkers and writers like Leo Babauta, Shane Parrish, Tim Ferriss, and more recently Naval Ravikant.

Through their words, I found some guidance for dealing with my problems and making better decisions.

In sum,

collecting quotes, journaling, reflecting, and meditating had a big positive effect on my life and my mental health.

I still practice today and I can’t imagine my life without those anchors.

What is your process to reflect?

The Best Deep Quotes And Thoughts

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

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

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

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

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

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

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

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As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning. Criss Jami Click to tweet

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

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. Arthur Rimbaud

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


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

The wind howls, but the mountain remains still. Japanese proverb

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

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

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

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire

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

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

What makes night within us may leave stars. Victor Hugo

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Are you afraid of the good you might do? Victor Hugo Click to tweet

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

Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions. Gustave Flaubert

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

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The Most Famous Deep Quotes And Thoughts

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Searching for a famous deep quote? Check out those by Lao Tzu, Rumi, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, etc.
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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Voltaire

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

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

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

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

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. Alexandre Dumas

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

I can resist anything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

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Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides Click to tweet

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. Seneca

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Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth. Albert Camus

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). Mark Twain

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

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Short Deep Quotes And Thoughts

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One-liners, short deep quotes, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Don’t settle, and don’t struggle. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

Conscience doth make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare

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

What labels me, negates me. Søren Kierkegaard

Average people know how. Wise people know why. Maxime Lagacé

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

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Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. Edward Abbey Click to tweet

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

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

Success is an iceberg. Unknown

The prettiest eyes have cried the most. Unknown

Passion is born deaf and dumb. Honoré de Balzac

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Close both eyes to see with the other eye. Rumi

Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all. Gary Goodridge (Source)

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

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

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. Bertrand Russell

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

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

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

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

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

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


Very Deep Sayings (Some Are Dark, Philosophical, Cryptic)

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

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the problems of older times were scarcity… now they’re all abundance based. Naval Ravikant

Battle not with monsters, lest you become one and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell

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

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

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

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

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. Euripides (Related: How to Ask the Right Question in the Right Way, entrepreneur.com)

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

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

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing. Naval Ravikant

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

You can only see clearly when you close your eyes. Maxime Lagacé

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Deep Quotes: The Conclusion

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Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. Miyamoto Musashi (wikipedia.org)

Let’s recap:

  • Life is change. But your ego wants certainty. So remember: discomfort is your friend.
  • Conforming is dying. Rebelling is living. Be you.
  • Pain is a gift. It’s a springboard to a better life.
  • Fools have answers. The wise have questions.
  • If you’re bored, you’re insulting life.


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Hope you liked these deep quotes and that they made you think deeply.

If you’re like me, you’ll come back here from time to time to reflect, learn and grow.

What’s your favorite deep quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Last update

March 7, 2022

Originally published

January 30, 2018

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    1. Yes, it’s a good one, Nick.
      Some says it’s in the book “Feel the Fear… And Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers.
      She quotes an “ancien sage”.

      Thanks for sharing it,

    1. Hi Bob,
      In my opinion, there are not many things that are certain.
      A least, that’s the mindset I try to have.
      Every time I feel too confident, that’s when life reminds me I should not.


    1. Yes, those are 3 beautiful things to “possess”.
      I wish that to my child too.


  1. The amount of happiness you choose to live by does not determine the amount of pain and suffering you have gone through- Sheldon G.

  2. Those who love you will always be by your side but those who you love will flee the second you say anything about love or commitment. It’s like an animal. The second you stop feeding it, it’s not there anymore

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