100+ Best Insightful Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational insightful quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Insightful Quotes

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. — Thomas Carlyle

Most of what you will create is for your enrichment or is a stepping stone to other better, more insightful work. Maybe once or twice in a lifetime you will be recognized with the kudos of the public, so in the meantime, create for yourself. — Don Hahn

Your life must focus on the maximization of objectivity. — Charlie Munger

People don’t realize how much they are in the grip of ideas. We live among ideas much more than we live in nature. — Saul Bellow

Yes, that’s right… love should come before logic … Only then will man come to understand the meaning of life. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

The company calls it ‘downsizing’ or ‘rightsizing.’ My own informal Name the Layoff contest produced some other euphemisms: Retroactive Hiring Freeze, Resume Revision Days, Amway Opportunity Time, and Corporation Lite. — Dale Dauten

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When an animal dies, it gives you the chance to love another animal. That’s an insightful and profound way to look at it. — Jon Katz

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth. — Thomas A. Edison

Take this marriage thing seriously – it has to last all the way to the divorce. — Roseanne Barr

A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it. — Zora Neale Hurston

Joel Klein has taken antitrust enforcement to a new and higher level of intellectual rigor and forceful advocacy and protection of the public, … He’s been more proactive and consumer minded than many other antitrust enforcers. Joel is a hands-on enforcer who is enormously energetic and supportive of his staff, inspires tremendous loyalty, and has very insightful judgment. — Richard Blumenthal

My trademark at CNN was really asking insightful questions and making sure people are understanding the connections in humanity, and I think that is the core of education. — Soledad O’Brien

We believe that almost all really good investment records will involve relatively little diversification. The basic idea that it was hard to find good investments and that you wanted to be in good investments, and therefore, you’d just find a few of them that you knew a lot about and concentrate on those seemed to me such an obviously good idea. And indeed, it’s proven to be an obviously good idea. Yet 98% of the investing world doesn’t follow it. That’s been good for us. — Charlie Munger

Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do. — Malcolm Forbes

I’m a very hard-line, angry atheist. Yet I am fascinated by the concept of devotion. — Joss Whedon

Success is a pile of failure that you are standing on. — Dave Ramsey

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. — John Maynard Keynes

This is not a quickie, exploitation book attempting to capitalize on the worldwide publicity ultimately generated by Terri’s story, … This is the powerful, insightful and definitive story, told by a dedicated and hard-working journalist who made it her business, after nearly three years of covering this life-and-death conflict, to bring it to the attention of the national and international media. — Joseph Farah

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests. — George Santayana

I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her. — Arthur C. Clarke

If you can predict the rate at which you create (or create and grow) qualified pipeline, and you know your average close rate(s), then you can start predicting your revenue. — Aaron Ross

First begin between selves, set a definite time, at each at that time put down what the other is doing. Do this 20 days. You shall find you have the key to telepathy. — Edgar Cayce

One must work and dare if one really wants to live. — Vincent Van Gogh

Contentment is a wealth that is never exhausted — Ali ibn Abi Talib

The other day I was reading a blog and I linked over to Streisand’s Web site, and it was amazing politically. She’s so insightful and incisive. And she also says whatever she wants. — Liz Phair

From the glow of enthusiasm I let the melody escape. I pursue it. Breathless I catch up with it. It flies again, it disappears, it plunges into a chaos of diverse emotions. I catch it again, I seize it, I embrace it with delight… I multiply it by modulations, and at last I triumph in the first theme. There is the whole symphony. — Ludwig van Beethoven

It may sound ridiculous being just 23 but I’ve a few good stories I’d like to share. I’m hoping the book will be honest, funny, insightful and, above all, life-affirming. — Billie Piper

The results speak for themselves: Businesses that competitively sourced service contracts saved an average of about 22 percent. Even more impressive – nearly every e-auction delivered cost savings. — Brian Miller

I have the utmost faith in his abilities. I’m a huge fan. His show is never not insightful and funny. — Philip Hoffman

There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair. — Haruki Murakami

Poverty is when large efforts produce small results. Wealth is when small efforts produce large results. — David George

If you want to enjoy life more fully, the trick is to teach yourself to live in the insightful mode more often. — Cheryl Richardson

Expensive quality work doesn’t cost more – it pays. — Louis C. K.

Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect. — Rob Reiner

Short stories do not say this happened and this happened and this happened. They are a microcosm and a magnification rather than a linear progression. — Isobelle Carmody

I don’t think I’m a particularly good writer, and I’m not terribly insightful. — Moby

Human beings have an unalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing. — Germaine Greer

I’m a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual conversation. Then I noticed that people really seemed to enjoy it; the fact that I was taking notes made their remarks seem particularly insightful or valuable. Now I don’t hold myself back. — Gretchen Rubin

While the world may feel entitled and have the power to pronounce an individual crazy, are there times when the innocent genius, the insightful individual or just the old grandmother may reasonably declare the world to be mad? Probably, but what hope or happiness would such an individual have? — Michael Leunig

Be afraid of a dignified man when he is hungry and a wicked man when his belly is full. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Greed is permanent slavery — Ali ibn Abi Talib

I just looked at the pattern of my life, decided I didn’t like it, and changed. — David Sedaris

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick — a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. — Neil Gaiman

It isn’t the common man at all who is important: it’s the uncommon man. — Nancy Astor

The rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you. — Katharine Whitehorn

The reasons why executives are scared of social selling are well documented. That being said, there are some hugely successful global business leaders using social selling tactics incredibly well – some of which even admit they could not operate without it! — Bruce Rasmussen

I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. — Rachel Roy

In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter. — Annie Proulx

The work of a psychotherapist involves being empathic and insightful with one’s patients without getting too lost in their painful stories to be helpful. — Pamela Stephenson

Vanity prevents improvement — Ali ibn Abi Talib

A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit. — David Sedaris

We have a passion for keeping things simple. — Charlie Munger

It’s a required part of your film history to know who Woody is. His movies are so wonderful, and not just funny but so insightful about human behavior. — Scarlett Johansson

Here’s something pompous – you take your day and artistically create it, so every moment has an artistic flavor. — William Shatner

One’s state of mind is three-quarters of what counts, so it has to be carefully nurtured if you want to do something great and lasting. — Paul Gauguin

The thing that amazes me about getting fired is that nobody ever has anything insightful to say about it. They always say the same thing. They always say, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ As lame as that sounds, I guess it’s better to hear it out loud. Because when you hear it in your own head, it sounds like, ‘Anything can happen with a razor. — Laura Kightlinger

The deeper you surrender to existence, life, nature, the more loving, more understanding, more insightful you become. — Rajneesh

Even good excuses, really good ones, don’t help very much. Explanations, on the other hand, are both scarce and useful. And accurate forecasts and insightful intuition are priceless. — Seth Godin

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. — Charles Darwin

He who guards his secrets retains control in his own hands — Ali ibn Abi Talib

It is so easy to be confrontive without being informative; indignant without being intelligent; impulsive without being insightful. — Neal A. Maxwell

The harder you work, the more confidence you get. But you may be working hard on something that is false. — Charlie Munger

They definitely get very eloquent sometimes. I’m always so amazed at how insightful they are. — Robin Wright

Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals & character is superior to the man who tries to teach & train others. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

What really decides consumers to buy or not to buy is the content of your advertising, not its form. — David Ogilvy

The game of life is the game of everlasting learning. At least it is if you want to win. — Charlie Munger

It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves. — Taylor Caldwell

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way. — Lee Iacocca

As investors, we want to believe we are smart, insightful and uniquely talented – even though we often fail to do the heavy lifting, put in the long hours, and make the uncomfortable but necessary decisions to achieve success. — Barry Ritholtz

It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are excited to re-establish coverage of the electric utilities sector and thrilled to add John to our team. John’s extensive knowledge of the utilities sector will complement our existing, industry-leading energy research team and allows us to provide insightful and topical proprietary research to our clients. — Steve Pollard

Be interesting, be enthusiastic… and don’t talk too much. — Norman Vincent Peale

Each person is the universe from a particular perspective. — Morihei Ueshiba

You must lose everything in order to gain anything. — Brad Pitt

I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other. — Sean O’Casey

A short story is confined to one mood, to which everything in the story pertains. Characters, setting, time, events, are all subject to the mood. And you can try more ephemeral, more fleeting things in a story – you can work more by suggestion – than in a novel. Less is resolved, more is suggested, perhaps. — Eudora Welty

Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue. — bell hooks

Ultimately, at the end of the day, you couldn’t say you were better than the other person because you knew you had a secret. You knew you had cheated. — Cal Ripken, Jr.

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy. — J. Paul Getty

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. — W. Clement Stone

The mantra should change from ‘Always Be Closing’ to ‘Always to helping’. — David Hahn

Larry Grobel’s interviews are informative and insightful without being pandering or intrusive. You get the sense at all times of both intelligence at work-the interviewee’s and Grobel’s-both inspired by the encounter. — David Duchovny

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. — Leonard Nimoy

The outcome of fear is disappointment and shyness is frustration. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end… — Ishmael Beah

Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order. — Tobias Wolff

Twenty-three is old. It’s almost 25, which is like almost mid-20s. — Jessica Simpson

The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don’t. — Ernest Rutherford

You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me. — Steve Jobs

We’re emphasizing the knowable by predicting how certain people and companies will swim against the current. We’re not predicting the fluctuation in the current. — Charlie Munger

Stubbornness destroys good advice. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Great vision without great people is irrelevant. — James C. Collins

I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute. — Warren Buffett

It’s disgraceful how these humans blame the gods. They say their tribulations come from us, when they themselves, through their own foolishness, bring hardships which are not decreed by Fate. — Homer

To divine the course of world events, you’d do as well to probe the entrails of dead animals. Better still, ask your hairstylist. She will be at least as insightful and probably more entertaining a prophet than anyone you can read in Foreign Affairs or the op-ed page of the Washington Post. — Andrew Bacevich

All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of right within us. If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he shall not fail to come near the perfect life. — Mencius

You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages. — Zadie Smith

Authority, power, and wealth do not change a man; they only reveal him — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Ignorance is not an extension of time — H. G. Wells

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