100+ Best Serious Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational serious quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Serious Quotes

Being incarcerated is truly very serious, and it has changed my life to such an extent that breaking the cycle has become my sole focus. Jail is definitely not cool. Education is. — Ja Rule

I took ‘Grease’ to play my trump card, my voice, and get attention that would lead to auditions for serious work like ‘Angels in America.’ But I backed myself into a corner with ‘Grease,’ and it took me 17 years to get out. — Billy Porter

I’ve only had one serious boyfriend, but we dated for three years. — Miranda Cosgrove

I remember my first actor that I really, really fell in love with was Tom Hanks. I suppose when I was growing up and getting more serious about acting, at that point, he was the biggest actor in the world. — Iain De Caestecker

I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions… the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast. — Colin Firth

No cowboy songs, no hoedowns. It’s a more serious piece. Yet every bar of ‘Appalachian Spring’ is clear, clean, tonal, intelligible – great music that anyone can grasp at first hearing. — Terry Teachout

When you have a diagnosis of cancer, or any serious illness, your choices are basically to be passive and kind of accept whatever is offered you, or to be active and to learn about your disease, and understand your options, and be an active partner with your doctor. That’s the course I took with all three of my cancers. — Hamilton Jordan

People that go through serious illness – you can either go one way or the other. You can either become despondent about it all. Or it kind of rejuvenates you, makes you focus on what’s important. — Jack Layton

Politics is much too serious to be taken too seriously; equally, there are many aspects of it so laughable as to be lamentable. — Charles Kennedy

The secular elites are so terrified of telling the truth about radical Islam. When you talk about the radical Islamists, we have got to get straight and get serious and talk about it in the right way. — Newt Gingrich

Obesity puts our children at risk of developing serious diseases – such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. It keeps our children from performing their best at school. — Kirsten Gillibrand

We have serious challenges regarding climate change, unsustainable use of natural resources, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, forests and farmland. Not to mention the huge inequality still prevailing in several parts of the planet. — Guilherme Leal

I think I’m actually built for fatherhood. I love to have a good time and play, but at the same time I’ve got a really serious side to me, and I think that’s the balance you have to have. Get on your kids’ level, but at any point in time, let them know who the parent is. — Nick Cannon

I’m a Gemini and I have a lot of different moods. Sometimes I’m very serious and introspective and pensive, but other times I’m completely goofy and girlie. So, I like my songs to cover all my moods. — Jewel

Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic. — Derek Walcott

I do a lot of serious stuff, but I’m not a very serious guy. — Bruce Greenwood

Illegal killings of elephants are being linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militia groups. Many consumers in Asia do not realize that by buying ivory, they are playing a role in the illegal wildlife trade and its serious consequences. — Li Bingbing

What helps with aging is serious cognition – thinking and understanding. You have to truly grasp that everybody ages. Everybody dies. There is no turning back the clock. So the question in life becomes: What are you going to do while you’re here? — Goldie Hawn

Corn ethanol can help in the short term, but it has serious limitations, and none of this is going to work if we don’t dramatically improve the efficiency of our cars and trucks. — David Friedman

So many people think they need to have serious equipment. In the magazines and the media, they see all this stylish stuff, especially on TV, and they think, That’s what I need to make it work. You don’t. I’m attempting a little bit of liberation here. — Sally Schneider

Most social acts have to be understood in their setting and lose meaning if isolated… No error in thinking about social facts is more serious than the failure to see their place and function. — Solomon Asch

Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality. — Helen Clark

The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February. — Joseph Wood Krutch

I’m good at keeping secrets, but if it’s not something super serious I usually tell people not to tell me because I’ll tell someone else. — Steven Yeun

When it comes to exercise, I don’t like anything that’s too serious. — Lindsay Ellingson

It’s funny, a lot of people think I take myself seriously because I come off so serious sometimes. But it’s not that I take myself seriously, I take what I do seriously. — Laurence Fishburne

Art is too serious to be taken seriously. — Ad Reinhardt

Well, I think that abstinence has its place as part of a comprehensive health and sex education curriculum. It would be wrong to exclude abstinence from a health curriculum, because there are some potentially very serious ramifications for early sexual activity. — Kerry Healey

I think it is not necessary at this time to put forth a grand vision such as an East Asian Community. What we must do before that is create scenarios for Japan’s response in case of a serious territorial incident. — Yoshihiko Noda

Historically, filmmakers always fall in love with every frame, but now that even neophytes are given final cut, this love affair carries with it serious economic implications. — Peter Bart

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way. — June Jordan

Life is funny and it is interesting how we make it as serious as possible. — Elisha Cuthbert

I published, privately, a collection of my serious poetry I had written over the years. I only published 50 copies, which I gave to friends, in a special deluxe edition. It was ridiculously expensive but I’m glad that I did it. — Tom Glazer

I have about 40 cars, of which 25 to 30 are what you might call serious. — Nick Mason

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. — Thorstein Veblen

Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man’s idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought. — Charles Spurgeon

I’ve played such serious characters that no one sees me the way I actually am, which is completely cheesy and goofy, so it would be fun to do a romantic comedy and just have a good laugh. — Laura Vandervoort

I have seen that our best presidents were the do-nothing presidents: Millard Fillmore, Warren G. Harding. When you have a president who does things, we are all in serious trouble. If he does anything at all, if he gets up at night to go the bathroom, somehow, mystically, trouble will ensue. — Utah Phillips

There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them! — Richard P. Feynman

I’ve just had an operation, but nothing too serious. — Syd Barrett

I’ve chosen to get the word out to women, especially young women, that tobacco is not glamorous – it’s addictive and smoking takes a serious toll on your health. — Mena Suvari

A constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue. — Phillip E. Johnson

Somehow I seem to have been gently bypassed as a serious actor. — Jon Pertwee

I have never been in a serious relationship and never had a break-up, so I can’t tug on my heartstrings that way. But whenever I experience a strong emotion in life, I definitely have to throw myself into my songwriting. It is very therapeutic. — Ella Henderson

My style is an extension of acting and an outcome of some serious lessons I picked up learning when I did theatre in my early days. — Kapil Sharma

Medicines are unusual commodities. Important drugs can save the lives and protect the health of millions. Their consumption can bring huge benefits, by helping patients to avoid infection and preventing serious damage to the economies of families, nations and even humanity at large. — Thomas Pogge

I watched some serious ’80s television. ‘Alice,’ ‘Good Times,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Family Ties,’ ‘Cheers’… every night it was eat dinner, watch ‘Cheers.’ I was actually on ‘Jeopardy’ with Rebecca Lobo and Dot Richardson, and we were laughing because I was just nailing every random ’80s trivia question – sitcom, theme music, movie, you name it. — Summer Sanders

Satire is fascinating stuff. It’s deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it’s the only thing that makes any sense. — Ben Nicholson

Shouldn’t a great museum foster serious seeing before all else? — Mark Stevens

What I intended to accomplish was to rouse the student body, not by means of an organization, but solely by my simple words; to urge them, not to violence, but to moral insight into the existing serious deficiencies of our political system. — Kurt Huber

It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. — Robert M. Hutchins

Fortunately for serious minds, a bias recognized is a bias sterilized. — Benjamin Haydon

I’m not sure many writers are trying to reconcile all the things that are separated in our culture – body and mind, urban and pastoral, lyricism and hardboiled, men and women, joy and grief. I tried to do quite a lot, but I wanted to create a serious work of literature. — Nicola Griffith

My work is a game, a very serious game. — M. C. Escher

If you see a biker chick hanging out with a group of bikers and associated with them, stay away. You’ll know right away if a biker chick is free; if she’s with someone, she’s right by his side. Getting with somebody’s old lady is a big no-no. That’s more serious than anything in that world. — Theo Rossi

Journalism is straying into entertainment. The lines between serious news segments, news entertainment, and news comedy are blurring. — Drew Curtis

Surely, serious problems can’t be solved just by talking about them. — Nigel Short

Since Socrates and Plato first speculated on the nature of the human mind, serious thinkers through the ages – from Aristotle to Descartes, from Aeschylus to Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman – have thought it wise to understand oneself and one’s behavior. — Eric Kandel

After graduation, I wanted to work for ‘Sassy’, which I loved, but it had folded. So I wound up at ‘Seventeen’ for three years on staff and two as a contributor, and I wrote these great stories that nobody ever believes ‘Seventeen’ does. Serious stories for teens about social justice issues – gun control, migrant farm workers. — Gayle Forman

Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious. — Will Rogers

Sometimes you want something really serious that makes you feel emotional and makes you think, and sometimes you do just want a pop song. What I love about Taylor Swift is that she offers both. — Tavi Gevinson

There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them. — Niels Bohr

I can be quite serious sometimes so laughing is key. — Emily VanCamp

Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that. — Dizzy Gillespie

In the ’70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography. — Martin Parr

People say funny things all the time during really serious moments in life. — Mark Ruffalo

It has made me realise how many doors open for you when you’re up for an Oscar. It seems once you are nominated, it validates you as a serious director, and you become someone that people want to work with. — Daniel Barber

Anybody who has ever been in business, anybody who has ever paid bills, anybody who has ever lived in a serious adult life knows that indebtedness is a killer. — Frank Lautenberg

Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth. — Mark Doren

It was only after university that I said to myself that I had to take the risk and have a serious go at acting. It’s such a bizarre profession, because you have to be totally tough to deal with all those times when you’re being turned down, and then really soft in order to access your character’s emotions. — Felicity Jones

Iran poses the most serious long-term threat to regional stability. — Ehud Barak

I have not had any serious non-academic job. — Amartya Sen

My dad had a stroke. It’s one of those life-changing events. It was right around the time I was turning 40. We were doing ‘L.A. Law,’ and I got this call that my dad was in Rome and had had a stroke. I want to stress that it wasn’t a huge stroke, but it was enough to provide a serious wake-up call. — Corbin Bernsen

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware. — Alan Kay

Maxwell is serious, dedicated, awkward, forgetful, pompous to a certain degree, sentimental. — Don Adams

Perhaps we should worry less about judging people for being Mormon or Baptist or Muslim or gay or straight or black or white or Latino or by their religious or political brands and worry more about electing thoughtful, serious and ethical politicians on both sides of the political isle who are willing to work together for progress. — Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

I have made many serious statements – I just can’t remember any of them. I guess they mustn’t have been very important. — Oliver Reed

A State in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny. It is this factor which makes neo-colonialism such a serious threat to world peace. — Kwame Nkrumah

In fourth grade, I learned that reading was serious business, not just a pleasant way to pass the time, and that like medicine or engineering, it had a definite, valuable purpose: to foster ‘comprehension.’ — Walter Kirn

‘Everwood’ I think provides a unique feeling, an emotional experience. And other shows on TV don’t have the acting talent to do that. Each one of our actors can do a serious scene and a humorous scene, and can do it all within the same sequence. They can go from a heartbreaking moment to a humorous moment. — Greg Berlanti

I’m not a big theory person. So when I get asked questions that demand serious statements, I just make it up. — Albert Oehlen

That’s one of the ironies of our time: Right when we’re on the edge of serious improvements in health care, we’re also cooking the planet. — Kim Stanley Robinson

If everything gets too serious for me on the album, I get kinda bored. I’ve got to have some kind of jovial things in there. — Earl King

But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation. — Samuel P. Huntington

There is a healthy fraternal rivalry, but nothing serious and we both have been looking for a project to do together. I guess he may direct me in a project some day. — Mackenzie Astin

One time when somebody showed up in a wedding dress, but I never knew if it was a joke, or she was serious. She asked me to marry her. She was serious. It was pretty funny. — Bryan White

But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality. — Roger Penrose

Party and ideology routinely trump institutional interests and responsibilities. Regular order – the set of rules, norms and traditions designed to ensure a fair and transparent process – was the first casualty. The results: No serious deliberation. No meaningful oversight of the executive. A culture of corruption. — Thomas E. Mann

I’m a businesswoman who’s serious about her money. I want an empire — Toni Braxton

I did a lot of serious plays, and I did the Oxford Review as well, which is supposed to be funny, but I’m not sure how funny we were when we did it. Then, when I finished my course, it was only then that I decided to go to drama school and try and do acting because I was enjoying it so much and so on. — Katherine Parkinson

Starting in ’98 when I was researching ‘Traffic,’ I got to meet really serious people in Washington, which for a screenwriter was kind of a great gift. And I really valued these guys; I stayed in touch with them, and I find their point-of-view quite interesting. — Stephen Gaghan

I have been a sports fan my whole life. To be able to talk about sports in an intelligent, journalistic fashion and to do things of a serious nature is a dream job. — Bryant Gumbel

I realize that homosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is – but then, of course, heterosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is, too. And being a man is a serious problem and being a woman is, too. Lots of things are problems. — Edward Gorey

I have a stationary bike that I do twice a week, but I’m not really serious about it. I just do it until I get tired. And then I have a step thing that I really hate. It’s hard on your knees. I have a treadmill that keeps getting stuck. It’s nice to have equipment around, though, because you can sit on it anytime. — Liz Torres

Some people hate lime-green; red has all this emotional baggage. Blue seems to be overall one of the more positive colors, and a little more serious than yellow. — David Carson

Knee replacement is serious stuff. And it actually could have made me worse — Lee Majors

I don’t really find things funny unless they’re deeply tragic at the same time. I think if you’re funny just for the sake of being funny, it’s just frivolous nonsense. To me, all the best comic plays have been written about really serious and rather bleak things. — Lee Hall

The Lone Ranger is going to be one of those iconic characters that never rides off into the sunset. We need heroes like him – an underdog who fights the good fight, doesn’t kill, and has some serious mojo when the chips are down. — Mel Odom

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language, its flaws and limitations become serious. — Bjarne Stroustrup

Gun owners and non-gun owners alike agree on expanding background checks, making gun trafficking a serious crime with stiff penalties, making it illegal for all stalkers and all domestic abusers to buy guns, and expanding mental health resources so the mentally ill find it easier to receive treatment than to buy firearms. — Gabrielle Giffords

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