100+ Best Profound Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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

Famous Profound Quotes

There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. — G. H. Hardy

Grief releases love and it also instills a profound sense of connection. — Jacqueline Novogratz

The TUC’s new slogan ‘a future that works’ sets a profound challenge. Austerity and rapid deficit reduction is failing in its own terms, but even at its best it is short-sighted, muddle-through politics with no vision of a new economic model. — Frances O’Grady

The most profound statements are often said in silence. — Lynn Johnston

That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is. — Lesley Garrett

I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. — Benjamin Banneker

Failure in Afghanistan would have profound consequences for our national security. It would undermine the NATO alliance structure that has been the bedrock of Britain’s defence for the last 60 years… I will not allow this to happen on my watch. — Bob Ainsworth

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it’s bottled. — Gene Fowler

The restaurant business had a profound effect on my future and that of my two brothers. When we were able to stand on a stool to reach the sink, we washed dishes, and later, when we could see over the counter, we waited tables and managed the cash register. — Ferid Murad

My eyebrows make a more profound impact on other people than they do on me. I just let ’em grow. — Peter Gallagher

The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness. — Vincent Nichols

I used to listen to Judy Garland all the time – I love Judy Garland and her music. But I started to realize that if you keep singing like that, singing songs of being victimized by love over and over and over again, it can’t help but have a profound effect on your life. — Diane Keaton

I came away from the forums with a profound concern about the highly addictive and destructive nature of methamphetamine. Families are torn apart, lives are destroyed and treatment is difficult to get. — Greg Walden

A major problem for Black women, and all people of color, when we are challenged to oppose anti-Semitism, is our profound scepticism that white people can actually be oppressed. — Barbara Smith

The level of communication you can achieve with an infant is really profound. — Mayim Bialik

I wanted to see if the American man in plain brown pants and a bare torso could speak profound things. — Ted Shawn

There seem to be many causes of depression. One cause is profound loss, grief. Economic hardship we know is linked to depression. We don’t have a full picture. — Irving Kirsch

We found that just by the way we stood, affected women dramatically, and if you look at our show, you’ll see that we always stood with our legs open our fists on hips and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women! — Burt Ward

It’s often the case that great artists – people like Bruce Springsteen – tend to pick up the subterranean rumblings of profound social change long before the economic statisticians notice them. Changes start long before they become statistics. — Wayne Swan

There was one titanic guiding light on the film set, and I was in the presence of a true Mahatma, in the deepest and most profound sense of the word. — Ben Kingsley

Order and disorder, form and formless must have profound psychological roots, nervous roots. — Delmore Schwartz

Americans have a profound longing for heroes – now perhaps more than ever. We need our explorers, our sports icons, our Medal of Freedom winners, our Nobel laureates. We need our Greatest Generation warriors, our ‘Sully’ Sullenbergers, our Neil Armstrongs. On some level, we still subscribe to the myth of the man in the white hat. — Hampton Sides

The government would be making decisions about what type of care is given, what procedures can be performed, and the kind of medications prescribed. It would be a very profound change from the ideal to which we aspire. — Nan Hayworth

There is no greater feeling in business than building a product which impacts people’s lives in a profound way. When we look around at the thousands of people who have attended Summit gatherings, it makes us smile to see the new friendships, business partnerships and philanthropic initiatives that each event produces. — Elliott Bisnow

I want to poke holes in the erroneous beliefs about what fame provides. It won’t raise your self-esteem, it won’t create profound connection, it’s not going to heal your childhood traumas, it’s only going to amplify them. You’re going to be subject to a lot of criticism and praise, both of which are violent in their own ways. — Alanis Morissette

I am suggesting that we recognize that in network and interface research there is something as profound (and potential wild) as Artificial Intelligence. — Vernor Vinge

There is something permanent, and something extremely profound, in owning a home. — Kenny Guinn

The most profound, tangible influence in my life has been my wife, Monique. I don’t know that I would even be alive were it not for her, and I certainly would not be the person that I am today. — Edgar Winter

It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans. — Van Wyck Brooks

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy. — Ambrose Bierce

For a whole generation after the battle of Pydna, the Roman state enjoyed a profound calm, scarcely varied by a ripple here and there on the surface. — Theodor Mommsen

I don’t need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. — Shirley MacLaine

I don’t have a copy of my books, and the degree to which I never read them is profound. I never look. — Mary Karr

I have to read something positive every single day. I have to have faith that the day is unfolding in a way that is going to be useful to somebody else… For me, living every day in gratitude has been profound for me. — Lea Thompson

When you overcome a profound loss, or there’s some catalyst in your life that shifts everything, if you’re able to take it in stride and heal, it can make for much more three-dimensional and empathetic people. — Rose McIver

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. — Robert Orben

Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation. — Edward R. Murrow

It’s not that I bounce ideas off of my children as much as it is that having children has had a profound effect on the way I see the world. They have mined my soul. They’ve made me a better person and therefore a more empathetic writer. — Julianna Baggott

Aside from what it teaches you, there is simply the indescribable degree of peace that can be achieved on a sailing vessel at sea. I guess a combination of hard work and the seemingly infinite expanse of the sea – the profound solitude – that does it for me. — Billy Campbell

I’ve spent the last 50 years or so steeping myself in the world’s religions, and I’ve done my homework. I’ve gone to each of the world’s eight great religions and sought out the most profound scholars I could find, and I’ve apprenticed myself to them and actually practiced each faith. — Huston Smith

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness. — Ivan Turgenev

As an educator myself, I understand the profound effect that good teachers and a quality education have on the lives of our young people. — Ben Bernanke

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. — Kofi Annan

To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that’s political, in its most profound way. — June Jordan

It was a very profound experience, getting in touch with that part of us, in all of us human beings, that is committed beyond yourself to the point of giving everything you have, including your life, for other people, for your fellow man. — Raul Julia

There is a profound hypocrisy – and deep historical ignorance – when Europeans complain about the problems posed by the ethnic and religious minorities in their midst, for that is exactly what European colonial rule meant for peoples around the world. — Martin Jacques

The cosmical importance of this conclusion is profound and the possibilities it opens for the future very remarkable, greater in fact than any suggested before by science in the whole history of the human race. — Francis William Aston

The only theism worthy of our respect believes in God not because of the way the world is made but in spite of that. The only theism that is no less profound than the Buddha’s atheism is that represented in the Bible by Job and Jeremiah. — Walter Kaufmann

Once a profound truth has been seen, it cannot be ‘unseen’. There’s no ‘going back’ to the person you were. Even if such a possibility did exist… why would you want to? — Dave Sim

From kings to groundlings, Shakespeare made his work profound for everybody. That is how it should be. There is no hierarchy in theatre. It makes everyone part of a collective. — Lee Hall

Growing up, my birthday was always Confederate Memorial Day. It helped to create this profound sense of awareness about the Civil War and the 100 years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement and my parents’ then-illegal and interracial marriage. — Natasha Trethewey

For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights. — B. R. Ambedkar

Obviously, there has to be a profound change in direction. Otherwise, interest on the national debt will start eating up virtually every penny that we have. — Bobby Scott

A lot of people like the idea of eternal love and eternal romance. The notion of love that is more profound and deeper because it is eternal is very powerful. — James Patterson

Easter tells us of something children can’t understand, because it addresses things they don’t yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness. — Frederica Mathewes-Green

Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love. — William Ralph Inge

I’d put it this way: Canadians want politicians to work together on their behalf. So that’s what I’m committed to doing. I think it’s been the goal of every NDP leader. Because we had a profound belief that we could do a good job on behalf of Canadians… if we were given that opportunity. — Jack Layton

Women seem not to understand, or underestimate, the profound power they have over their husbands. — Laura Schlessinger

The nature of catastrophe is, after all, reasonably unvarying in the way it ruins, destroys, wounds and devastates. But if something can be learned from the event – not least something as profound as the theory of plate tectonics – then it somehow puts the ruination into a much more positive light. — Simon Winchester

All evidence indicates that the neuron does not reset. The synapses do not reset. They are always different. They’re changing every millisecond. Your brain today is very, very different from what it was when you were 10 years old, and yet you may have profound memories from when you were 10. — Henry Markram

When it costs you the same amount of manufacturing effort to make advanced robotic parts as it does to manufacture a paperweight, that really changes things in a profound way. — Hod Lipson

In certain strains of Judaism, there’s a profound passion for the ineffable. Contemplation of God is meant to be forever elusive, because, you know, our tiny minds can’t possibly comprehend Him. If we find ourselves comprehending Him, then we can be sure we’re off track. — Ben Marcus

I started my career at General Electric in a small office under a guy named Greg Liemandt, and his direct boss was Jack Welch. I would say those two have had the most profound impact on my career. — Peter Barris

I’m not limited by my gender, and I don’t think anyone else should be either. Because I am the age I am and I sort of rode the crest of the first profound post-suffragette feminists, I wasn’t fighting to burn my bra. Those women fought that fight just seconds before I came into womanhood. — Ellen Barkin

Being Muslim has become synonymous with pointed questions, with tension and mistrust, even with conflict. It has become a global phenomenon with profound consequences for inter-communal relations, political rhetoric and policies at the local, regional, national and international level. — Tariq Ramadan

Maybe subconsciously I’ve kept activism separate from acting because it’s important to me in a more profound way. — Blythe Danner

Global climate change has a profound impact on the survival and development of mankind. It is a major challenge facing all countries. — Hu Jintao

That the primary effect of gene mutation may be as simple as the substitution of a single amino acid by another and may lead to profound secondary changes in protein structure and properties has recently been strongly indicated by the work of Ingram on hemoglobin. — Edward Lawrie Tatum

My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds like a dig. — Steve Buscemi

Matt Weiner is very perceptive; there’s something about the rhythms and the way people speak that is very authentic to the actor. But there are qualities that are dissimilar. The characters on ‘Mad Men’ are struggling with pretty profound unhappiness, but I can tell you this is a happy bunch. — Aaron Staton

I begin my reign with profound emotion at the honour of accepting the Crown, aware of the responsibility it entails and with the greatest hope for the future of Spain. — King Felipe VI

One might say that the novel is the genre that most predisposes one to a profound insight into the tremendous life around us, instead of putting forward one’s own tiny ego as the centre of the universe. — Mikhail Sholokhov

Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among species would breach customary breeding barriers and have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes has substantially disappeared as the science revealed that such exchanges occur in nature. — Paul Berg

The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is. — Ernest Hello

Good is somebody who delivered and allowed the company to overcome obstacles, without leaving a profound impact on its culture. Great is somebody who leads his company to achievements and performance and value that nobody was expecting it had. — Carlos Ghosn

Living in South Africa has had a very profound impact on my career. — Gail Kelly

The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. — Paul Valery

In the strange heat all litigation brings to bear on things, the very process of litigation fosters the most profound misunderstandings in the world. — Renata Adler

Indian classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy. Form seeks to merge with the formless, motions seek to become a part of the motionless, and the dancing individual seeks to become one with the eternal dance of the cosmos. — Nita Ambani

Although I was not aware of it at the time, the experience of growing up during the Great Depression was to have a profound impact on my intellectual and professional career. — Lawrence R. Klein

If you wish at once to do nothing and be respectable nowadays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study. — Leslie Stephen

I do believe very strongly that all of us and all of the other things in the context of our planet with Mother Nature, all of these things absolutely have a profound effect. — Kiefer Sutherland

I have many friends and family members who have served (or are currently serving) in our nation’s Armed Forces. I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. — Karl Malone

Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. — Thomas Merton

The growing professional disciplines of medical ethics and bioethics have had a profound impact on researchers, bedside doctors, associations of physicians, and government. — Sherwin B. Nuland

A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values? — William Greider

Young children seem to be learning who to share this toy with and figure out how it works, while adolescents seem to be exploring some very deep and profound questions: How should this society work? How should relationships among people work? The exploration is: Who am I, what am I doing? — Alison Gopnik

Economists agree about economics – and that’s a science – and they disagree about economic policy because that’s a value judgment… I’ve had profound disagreements on policy with the famous Milton Friedman. But, on economics, we agree. — Franco Modigliani

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. — Kevin Rudd

We sing a little song before we eat, a little blessing before we eat, and it’s really – we’re thanking the Lord and the Earth for the food that we eat, and it really brings you together in a profound kind of way. — Phil Lesh

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language. — Robert Fripp

With comedy I can search for the profound. — Dario Fo

Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise. — Katie Hafner

Suffering, it turns out, demands profound imagination. A new future has to be conjured up because the old future isn’t there anymore. — Rob Bell

Living in France while the Falklands War was going on, I felt a profound sense of shame and betrayal, just as I did by the war in Iraq. People have asked why I don’t talk about that directly in my plays. Well, politics needs to be articulated in many different ways. — Simon McBurney

I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound – indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks. — Edward Tufte

I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in. — Bill Gates

Look, I worked with American Republican presidents and Democratic presidents, all of them, and each of them has shown a deep and profound friendship to Israel, you know? I can’t remember anybody who was in that sense negative as far as Israel is concerned. — Shimon Peres

I think the years on ‘The Donna Reed Show,’ the years from 14 to 19, were so incredibly important. Donna Reed was simply an extraordinary woman, a woman of great strength, kindness, integrity and compassion. I am not trying to make her sound like a saint, but she had the most profound influence on me. I carry her with me today. — Shelley Fabares

The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant. — Friedrich Schleiermacher

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