86+ Best Thoughtful Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational thoughtful quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Most Famous Thoughtful Quotes

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Dr. Seuss

Success is a journey not a destination. Ben Sweetland

At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it. Suzanne Collins

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. Abraham Lincoln

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. Elizabeth Gilbert

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou

There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty unless she is wed to something more meaningful  is always superficial. Donna Tartt

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. W. Clement Stone

He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it. Cormac McCarthy

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

Success only comes to those who dare to attempt. Mallika Tripathi

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. George Eliot

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. Estée Lauder

Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture. Maggie Stiefvater

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle

It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Frank Herbert

You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served. Nina Simone

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. Dave Barry

Love yourself first and everything else falls into place. Lucille Ball

Never underestimate the power of thought; it is the greatest path to discovery. Idowu Koyenikan

If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself. Gabrielle Union

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container. Wallace Stevens

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E. Cummings

Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Linsey Lohan. Why is that? John Green

You are your best thing. Toni Morrison

Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

By being yourself you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. Edwin Elliot

Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Caring for myself is not self indulgence, it is self preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. Audre Lorde

Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future John Steinbeck

I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life. Kerry Washington

Anyone unable to understand how useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either. Kurt Vonnegut

If we give our children sound self love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them. Bell Hooks

People shout when they don’t have the vocabulary to whisper. Maggie Stiefvater,

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. Leo Buscaglia

More than the sound of my own beating heart, I miss the sound of a ticking clock. Time passes. It must pass. Beth Revis

Be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women. Gordon B. Hinckley

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Henri J.M. Nouwen

Writing is like talking to yourself, just in a way that makes it look like you’re not crazy! Mary Kate

Be happy for this moment. This moment in your life. Omar Khayyam

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. Carlos Santana

A brain was only capable of what it could conceive, and it couldn’t conceive what it had never experienced. Graham Greene

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

I wasn’t sure what I’d done to deserve such a wonderful gift, and I wasn’t sure if it was insolent, but I thanked God for fallen angels. Jamie McGuire

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I’m possible! Audrey Hepburn

What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power. Michael Ondaatje

If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor. Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. Oscar Wilde

Only one who takes over his own life history can see in it the realization of his self. Responsibility to take over one’s own biography means to get clear about who one wants to be. Jürgen Habermas

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. Albert Schweitzer

Some people avoid thinking deeply in public, only because they are afraid of coming across as suicidal. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. J.M. Barrie

I lay in bed and thought about how easy it was to hurt a person. It didn’t have to be physical. All you had to do was take a good hard kick at something they cared about. Jack Ketchum

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill

I write, write and write but I can’t find words that define what I feel inside. Azereth Skivel

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Some people will love my books, some people will hate them, and others will regard them with odd curiosity. Who do I cherish the most of these people? All of them Because they have given me their time and time is a precious and irreplaceable thing. Ella Dominguez

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

For a minute, we’re just two people wondering why things are the way they are. Kathryn Stockett,

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them. Patrick Ness

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernández

The essential intention is the real sin. A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man. Anthony Burgess

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Even when we do not actively participate in our destiny, we are still on a chosen path. Life has a way of making decisions for us. Nina Guilbeau

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

They open up the world. Because knowledge is useless if you don’t know how to find it, if you don’t even know where to begin to look on librarians Patrick Ness

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Ghandi

Reflect your thoughts and watch others mirror them back to you. Stephen Richards

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the errors that counts. Nikki Giovanni

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most powerful thought is a prayerful thought. When I’m praying for you, I am praying for my own peace of mind. I can only have for myself what I am willing to wish for you. Marianne Williamson

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Suzy Kassem

He who spends too long regretting his ruined crop will be neglect to plant next year’s harvest. François Lelord

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

You know, when you’re right,that’s all you get to be. James Patterson

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. J.M. Barrie

The human population would probably be way less than a thousand, if ejaculation were not usually accompanied by an orgasm. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens. Mandy Hale