100+ Best Intense Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational intense quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Intense Quotes

It’s very intense to go back to the past and revive work that I’ve already experienced and moved forward from. It’s like seeing an old girlfriend – awkward at times, nostalgic at times and downright maddening and embarrassing. — Barry McGee

I know it sounds Pollyannish and ‘Kumbaya’-like, but I find that the more that you expose Americans to the diversity of what’s going on in China and vice versa, the more people find that there is this broad middle path. And so I’m a strong advocate of intense visits and dialogue back and forth. — Dennis C. Blair

My work life is intense. But I love what I do. — David Rubenstein

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful. — Edgar Allan Poe

Happiness is often at its most intense when it is based on inequality. — James Salter

I wanted to take nouvelle cuisine further, to the point where we were breaking down the essence of taste and sensation, reconfiguring food as a series of really intense hits on the tongue. — Ferran Adria

Directing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. — Sam Taylor-Johnson

Both iCarly and Victorious fans are so hardcore and intense. — Jennette McCurdy

You have to know this: running a 100m race is an intense experience. You have a lot of emotion at the end of the race. It is not easy to control that when you win. — Maurice Greene

Because of my intense hopes for the youth of China, I feel very keenly my responsibility for their future success or failure. The fate of China lies in their hands. The responsibility for organizing and training them to become worthy citizens of China, able to undertake the tasks of Resistance and Reconstruction, is mine; I cannot evade it. — Chiang Kai-shek

For a child, reading a book can be such an intense experience. — Michelle Paver

Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training. — Abby Wambach

What do I want in a good fantasy book? Court politics and social interactions based around houses and cities. Powerful women and devious men. Drama and action with emotional ramifications. Frocks. Kissing. Swords. An intense impression of history in the world-building. — Tansy Rayner Roberts

I grew up with the idea of the cyborg and the robot, but at the same time I felt this intense disconnection between the things I was engaged with and inspired by in terms of fun and play. It seemed like paintings and drawings were so static. — Aaron Koblin

The rainforest has an intense beauty that at times seems almost suffocating. The jungle is one twig short of impenetrable, and the greenery seems to crowd in on you with a sensation that has been described as akin to snow blindness. — Mark Barrowcliffe

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man. — Thomas Mann

However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

Running is a way for me to relax. With one hour of intense running, I can get a lot of physical exercise. I can relax my body. I feel a tension in my muscles when I don’t run. In that sense, I need to get out a few times a week in order to do my work as a scientist, which involves a lot of sitting still. — Wolfgang Ketterle

Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give. — Bertrand Russell

An intense temperament has convinced me to teach not only from books but from what I have learned from experience. So I try to impress upon young doctors and graduate students that tumultuousness, if coupled to discipline and a cool mind, is not such a bad sort of thing. — Kay Redfield Jamison

I’ve had my taste of intense fame, and I’ve got it out of my system. Now I’m free to choose parts which fulfil me in different ways. — Gina Bellman

That subject has lost its one time appeal to economists as our science has become more abstract, but my interest has even grown more intense as the questions raised by the sociology of science became more prominent. — George Stigler

I’m not intense at all. I’m always relaxed. — Mohamed Al-Fayed

I don’t like going to the gym because I don’t like being with people I don’t know in that intense environment. — Utada Hikaru

Going on with life, it only gets more and more intense as time goes by – and the challenges only multiply. — Martha Reeves

I love being a Go-Go. It definitely has its ups and downs, and we have a very intense energy with each other. — Jane Wiedlin

There is something about building up a comradeship – that I still believe is the greatest of all feats – and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation. — Edmund Hillary

Music has its own emotional embodiment. It carries an emotion with it. When you associate a lyric with the music, it’s much easier; but when you’re standing there completely dry in front of the camera with no musical background, just a fine-tuned, get-this-emotional-story across, it’s a very, very intense kind of focus. — Debbie Harry

Oprah has this intense curiosity that I haven’t found with any interviewer. — Genevieve Gorder

I have many intense friendships with artists. I don’t mean we have intense one-day conversations but ongoing conversations that last in some cases for years. — Hans-Ulrich Obrist

It’s pretty intense writing about my own life, my own struggles. — Taylor Swift

As a stand up, and often in acting, there is no place for the most intense feelings. Rage, genuine sorrow, naked hope… These things don’t fit on a comedy stage and if you act you’ll get to express them once in a while. Music is a place for the intensely personal. — Hal Sparks

During the 1990s, San Francisco lived through one of the most intense economic booms of its history — Gavin Newsom

There’s no love more intense than the love we have for our kids – and where there is intense love, there is also intense fear lurking beneath the surface. — Arianna Huffington

I don’t care if Margot is a Dame of the British Empire or older than myself. For me she represents eternal youth; there is an absolute musical quality in her beautiful body and phrasing. Because we are sincere and gifted, an intense abstract love is born between us every time we dance together. — Rudolf Nureyev

Well, I have a sister that I’m very close with, and that relationship is probably the most intense relationship of my life to date, probably of my life, period. — Zoe Kazan

I like taking a character at the most intense moments of their lives and exploring all that in full and then moving on. — Greg Iles

Watching Jodie on this is incredible; it’s the perfect role for her. It’s so intense and so emotional. She just jumped right into it and is so professional. — Erika Christensen

I love New York. But the energy is so intense — John Galliano

Let us not become so intense in our zeal to do good by winning arguments or by our pure intention in disputing doctrine that we go beyond good sense and manners, thereby promoting contention, or say and do imprudent things, invoke cynicism, or ridicule with flippancy. — James E. Faust

I think it’s important to find humor anywhere you can. In real life, with the darkest, scariest, most intense moments, if you can find something funny, that’s good. — Katie Lowes

Like all sciences, chemistry is marked by magic moments. For someone fortunate enough to live such a moment, it is an instant of intense emotion: an immense field of investigation suddenly opens up before you. — Yves Chauvin

I come from an intense family – like, we’re just intense people. Not bad people or anything, we are just very intense, and I have just always felt like people who weren’t like that were just a kind of hiding it, like when I was really young in high school. — Emory Cohen

I’m usually a pretty intense person. Give me an inch, and I’m going to go. — Kevin Plank

I would have to agree, that I’m probably more intense than Brian or Kurt, competitive because, I was always like this, always being that way, always real competitive. — Elvis Stojko

A woman’s life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience. — Wallis Simpson

For me, I’d rather have an intense experience than not. — Joaquin Phoenix

I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life – to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one’s neighbors. — Robert W. Service

It’s fun to get really intense and emotionally detailed and complicated. — Laura San Giacomo

Innovation requires resources to invest, and you can see many companies pulling back and going into an intense protective mode in a major extended period of financial distress. — Peter Senge

I’m pretty intense when it comes to relationships, platonic ones as well. If I feel a connection with someone, I’m willing to go there. — Alexander Skarsgard

Nostalgia can be extremely powerful in the right hands: think of the intense longing in the films Andrei Tarkovsky made after he left the U.S.S.R. They wring your soul. — Neel Mukherjee

I had so much fun developing and launching my first fragrance with Avon, so for my second fragrance, I really wanted to add a little more edge. Outspoken Intense is a provocative blend of sexy confidence and daring femininity that captures the thrill and excitement of being centre stage. — Fergie

The noblest men of all ages, Christian saints of the most transcendent spirituality have attained their wonderful development through the spiritual rays of this planet because of the intense feeling of Oneness with the divine and with all that lives and breathes in the universe. — Max Heindel

When I look back at that freedom of childhood, which is in a way infinite, and at all the joy and the intense happiness, now lost, I sometimes think that childhood is where the real meaning of life is located, and that we, adults, are its servants – that that’s our purpose. — Karl Ove Knausgaard

I find that nothing but very close and intense application to subjects of a scientific nature now seems at all to keep my imagination from running wild, or to stop up the void which seems to be left in my mind from a want of excitement. — Ada Lovelace

I would rather have one article a day of this sort; and these ten or twenty lines might readily represent a whole day’s hard work in the way of concentrated, intense thinking and revision, polish of style, weighing of words. — Joseph Pulitzer

Being able to walk out of the studio after a week of intense recording and jump into a cold sea and sit in a hot spring and soak for a few hours completely resets the whole system. Really refreshing. For me, it’s all about stepping out of the ordinary. Even psychically. — Damien Rice

And the relationships that happen become so intense, deep, involved and complex and really hard to say goodbye to. The hardest part of the show is saying goodbye when it’s all done. It really breaks you. — Genevieve Gorder

I gallop and jump and ride young horses with intense pleasure. — Jane Smiley

I see history as really cyclical in terms of the intense idealism, and the desire to create a better life outside of societal norms. — Lauren Groff

India is a global power and an important partner with whom we are building an intense, broad and enduring relationship. — Pierre Pettigrew

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. — Joan Miro

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. — Edgar Mitchell

Becoming a solo singer is like going from an eau de toilette to a perfume. It’s much more intense. — Geri Halliwell

The poetry I grew up on is really an intense form of poetry; it’s so pure and powerful. — K’naan

I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism. — Herbert Croly

Also at the top of the list was my three day appearance on ‘Press Your Luck’. In addition to the intense competition of each of those games, it slowly started to dawn on me in the minutes between tapings that I was winning some serious money. — Randy West

There are so many kinds of love, and they’re all very intense for me. — Ali MacGraw

It was really intense for me to start having conversations with God, when according to the man-made laws in my religion – to be homosexual is evil. — Ricky Martin

In cross-country skiing, athletes propel themselves over distances of ten and twenty miles – a physical challenge that places intense demands on the ability of their red blood cells to deliver oxygen to their muscles. — Malcolm Gladwell

Not all eagles can be trained, but those who take to life with a master display intense loyalty. Although they are not tethered, they always return after killing their prey. — Stephen Kinzer

I prefer to make a film that people have a really intense reaction to than have a film that people feel ambivalent about. — Emily Browning

Every relationship I’ve been in becomes long-distance because of work. It’s never worked out. It puts an intense strain on the relationship, and at a certain point, it becomes too difficult. — Anton Yelchin

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it. — Gail Godwin

But I, you know, if I could choose a period to go back to, I think I would like to live through the Blitz. ‘Cause you do read so many accounts of people saying they’re living their lives at such an intense pitch that it was a completely different way of living. — Kate Atkinson

I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do. — Kay Redfield Jamison

I do have my own personal convictions and values, and I live by those. But as an artist, as a portrait photographer, my job is to tell the truth and to capture someone’s spirit on a certain day. And it’s never the whole truth; it’s the truth I experience in a very intense and intimate fashion. — Platon

It turns out that globalisation, while promising sameness through brand-name consumption, was fostering, through uneven economic growth, an intense feeling of difference. — Pankaj Mishra

I am always acting, be at a party, at work or in office. My attitude changes from meeting to meeting, from being serious to intense to funny, depending on who is in the room. — Karan Johar

Sometimes when you’re playing a very intense character, a disturbed character, you find other layers. That’s much more interesting to me, rather than just playing ‘intense.’ I find it too boring. — Irrfan Khan

Jim Brooks is a very powerful director and it was a lot of intense work — Tea Leoni

Yoga changed my life. I go between 4 and 6 times a week. It’s incredibly grounding and an intense level of focus. — Katharine Towne

For me, the best times are always going to be the most intense, the ones with the highest highs and the lowest lows. — Fiona Apple

I have been in the business long enough to know what an intense amount of work it takes to operate a theater company. — Demian Bichir

It wasn’t until I realised that I could actually take nice photographs that I started to become passionate about it. I then got a few jobs working for magazines in London, and I would get terribly excited and intense about doing a job and taking photographs and looking through the lens to capture something amazing. — Pattie Boyd

Writing a novel is an intense and lonely business, but you have the reward at the end of a very direct dialogue between you and the reader. — Neil Cross

Drama school is a pretty intense experience, and I think it changes who you are. — David Tennant

I think Gotye is really dope. The music that I enjoy listening to isn’t as intense as my music is. — B.o.B

You do become very close like a family but because you see each other for such an intense period of time on the set everyday. You really don’t end up socializing that much. — Sela Ward

I’ve written several deeply personal songs this year, which I really love. Some of them came out of intense sadness. This has been an extremely difficult year for me. — David Friedman

Margot Livesey, my dear friend, reads all the drafts of what I write, and I read hers. We have an intense working relationship. I’ve been really lucky to know her. She’s a great reader and teacher as well as an astonishingly good writer. — Andrea Barrett

I have been a teacher myself all my life. I have an intense passion to share with people. Our only salvation is in knowledge, in learning. — Leo Buscaglia

I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them. There should be a name (as poetic as love) for this relationship between loather and loathed; it is of the closest and more full of passion than incest. — Laura Riding

Opposites generally create intense chemistry. There are more chances of fireworks when different people are together than similar personalities. — Sonam Kapoor

Very intense first summer out, to be 18 years old and never having gone on a date, never having smoked a cigarette, never had a drink, even a sip of beer, never kissed a girl, all of those things. It made for a fairly intense first year out. — Peter Jurasik

Even though we work in the same field, we have an intense private life away from our professional lives. — Adrian Edmondson

‘Luther’ is absolutely a monster-of-the-week show. Although it’s post-watershed and is rendered in intense graphic novel-style images, it’s inspiration is not that different from ‘Doctor Who’ as in both cases you’ve got a trickster figure who fights the monster of the week and is eventually successful. — Neil Cross

I was in martial arts starting at the age of 14, and I got my black belt by the time I was 18. Soon after, I was teaching an entire school, with about 150 students. It was unbelievably intense because of the self-awareness part of becoming a black belt. — Brad D. Smith

You meet your soulmate, and you’re like, ‘Well, this is it. This is the feeling of falling in love, and it’s the most intense it can ever be.’ Then you have a child, and it’s like – it’s huge! — Bryce Dallas Howard

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