172+ Best Thoughtful Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Thoughtful Quotes

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. – Alice Walker

Keep your face always toward the sunshine-and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

A great man is one who has not lost the child’s heart. – Mencius

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. – C. S. Lewis

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. – Amelia Barr

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. – Carl Jung

A happy soul in a happy body. – Lailah Gifty Akita

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Bertrand Russell

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao-Tzu

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Khalil Gibran

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. – Chinese Proverb

A very interesting theory makes no sense at all. – Groucho Marx

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. – Malala Yousafzai

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein

The lonely become either thoughtful or empty. – Mason Cooley

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. – Earl Nightingale

Advantages never comes free. You have to create it the way you want it! – Ashish Patel

No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. – Bob Moawad

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing. – Nicholas Murray Butler

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare. – Baruch Spinoza

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. – Thomas Jefferson

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. – Lillian Dickson

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most. – John Ruskin

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. – Goethe

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E. E. Cummings

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind… – Mahatma Gandhi

Life’s not always fair. Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. – Terri Guillemets

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson

Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end. – Benjamin Disraeli

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. – Gustave Flaubert

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space. – Louis Kahn

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

Be kind to one another. – Jim Henson

I dwell in possibility. – Emily Dickinson

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. – Mark Overby

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. – Omar Khayyam

Life is too important to take seriously. – Corky Siegel

Without order nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. – Anon

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

When love is not madness, it is not love. – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. – Nietzsche

Light tomorrow with today. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me. – Zane Grey

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle. – Plato

It’s not that life has been easy, perfect or exactly as expected. I just choose to be happy and grateful no matter how it all turns out. – Anon

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. – Albert Einstein

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. – Voltaire

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. – Eric Fromm

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. – Robert Heinlein

Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it … or because is it traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But, whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings-that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide. – Buddha

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. – Wilma Rudolph

Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it. – Swedish proverb

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. – Theodore Roosevelt

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies. – Oscar Wilde

It would be impossible to “”love”” anyone or anything one knew completely. Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object. – Paul Valery

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farraj Gray

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. – Mother Teresa

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela Despite your best efforts, not everyone wants to be helped. Make a difference where you can and be at peace with the rest. – Gary Hopkins

Do just once what others say you can’t do and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. – James R. Cookeval

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. – Robert Brault

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. – Douglas Pagels

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. – Rabindranath Tagore

No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. – Socrates

Don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Aaron Sorkin

Each day provides its own gifts. – Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault

Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don’t understand. – Robert Brault

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. – Elbert Hubbard

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all. – Meredith Grey

We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter. – Mignon McLaughlin

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

Every day, a new opportunity to decide where your next step will go is given to you. Your future will be determined by the accumulation of these daily decisions. You control your steps and therefore your destiny, so choose wisely. – Kevin Ngo

Every thoughtful and kind-hearted person must regard with interest any device or plan which promises to enable at least the more intelligent, enterprising, and determined part of those who are not capitalists to cease to labor for hire. – Leland Stanford

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. – Dave Tyson Gentry

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. – Dorothy Parker

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. – Anne Frank

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. – Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. – Anonymous

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch

Good manners are not merely snobbish ornaments, as Mrs. Lippett’s regime appeared to believe. They mean self-discipline and thought for others, and my children have got to learn them. – Jean Webster

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar

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

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

I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of the Imagination. – John Keats

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. – Lewis Carroll

I have a life without you. You’re not my entire world. You’re just the part I loved the most… – S.C Stephens

I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – William Butler Yeats

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. – Henry David Thoreau

I think we all do have a guardian angel. I believe they work through us all the time, when we are thoughtful and good and kind to each other. – Roma Downey

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I’m very thoughtful, and when I make a decision I usually stick to it. – Casey Stoner

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it… – Mary Engelbreit

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes

It has been my experience that rewarding and heart-breaking often go hand in hand. – Holly Sloan

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable. – Charles Darwin

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 Herberteval

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it. – Vince Lombardi

It’s important to be thoughtful and mindful about the things you say to other people. – Evan Spiegel

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

Learn to recognize the false dawn from the true; distinguish the color of the wine from the color of the cup. Then it may be that patience and time may produce, out of the spectrum-viewing sight, true vision, and you will behold colors other than these mortal hues, you will see pearls instead of stones. Pearls, did I say? Nay more, you will become a sea, you will become a sun traveling the sky. – Jalal Al-Din Rumi

Life is going to beat you up, it wouldn’t be fair if you didn’t throw some punches back at it. – Bradley Bowman

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

Living well is the best revenge. – George Herbert

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed. – Walter Lippman

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another’s. – Desiderius Erasmus

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

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. – Randy Pausch

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent… – Rosa Parks

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble. – Carl Jung

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Now and then, it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillame Apollinaire

One wondering thought pollutes the day. – Mary Shelley

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

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens

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

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

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

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. – Jerry Seinfeldeval

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. – Charles Reade

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes. – Mary Martin

Storms don’t come to teach us painful lessons, rather they were meant to wash us clean. – Shannon L. Alder

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. – Henri Frederic Amiel

The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it… – Ernest Hemingway

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money… – Thomas Jefferson

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. – Carl Jung

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. – John Ruskin

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Baba Ramdas

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. – Dalai Lama

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Khalil Gibran

The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. – Charles Schwab

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. – Aristotle

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

There is never a right time. Except the time we make right. – Richmond Akhigbe

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. – John Holmes

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

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

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to. – Kahlil Gibran

We all know so much, and yet at the same time we don’t know anything. – Grace Fiorre

We are always the same age inside. – Gertrude Stein

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson

When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them. – Karen E. Quinones Miller

Whenever you’re going through a tough time, generally, you become more compassionate, you become softer, you become more thoughtful, kinder. These are all spiritual qualities that will help you to align yourself with God and God consciousness rather than with a split fear-based consciousness. – Wayne Dyer

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

Writing makes it easier to cope with life. – Mary Sage Nguyen

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

You can’t understand where someone’s going unless you understand where they’ve been. – Jerry B. Jenkins

You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb. – Andrew Carnegie

You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on. – Heraclitus

You get to a point where you have to start planning, when you cross that line where you have enough value to get someone’s movie made if you attach yourself to it, you have to be very thoughtful and have to plan. – Chris Pratt

Your breath upon the wind shall surely lodge within some breast. Ask not whose breast it is. See only that the breath itself be pure. – Mikhail Naimy

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