116 Surprisingly Deep Quotes [Full of Mind-Bending Thoughts]


Who doesn’t love those profound realizations about life that change everything? If you enjoy these moments of brilliance, this collection of deep quotes is for you. And for even more mind-blowing awesomeness, check out these thought-provoking questions.

“Maybe plants are really farming us, giving us oxygen until we eventually expire and turn into mulch which they can consume.”

Every once in a while, you stumble across profound wisdom that is so deep that it changes the way you look at the world. When you have such an epiphany, it feels as if your consciousness was raised to the next level.


Thinking about these deep quotes in the right environment can be eye-opening

Maybe you came up with it yourself or someone else spoke out in a moment of total clarity. But most of these thoughts are sadly not put to paper and quickly vanish into oblivion. To prevent this from happening, we have collected some of the deepest thoughts mankind has ever come up with.

Some of these deep quotes unleash their profound potential when you take the time to think about their actual meaning. Others are so obvious that you wonder why you’ve never thought about them before. But all of them will encourage you to think deeply about yourself and the world you live in.

116 Surprisingly Deep Quotes [Full of Mind-Bending Thoughts]

Sometimes it only takes a slight nudge to elevate your thinking to a higher level. In the following, you can find those particular deep quotes that encourage you to step back from the world as you know it so that you can perceive the bigger picture.

We have categorized the following quotes into these sections:

Enjoy reading!

Here’s our selection of the most mind-bending deep quotes


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it truly is… infinite.“
William Blake

The doors of perception quote


“Everything measurable passes, everything that can be counted has an end. Only three things are infinite: the sky in its stars, the sea in its drops of water, and the heart in its tears.“
Gustave Flaubert

Three things are infinite quote


“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.“
Carl Jung

Become enlightened quote


“Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.“

Deep quote to make you think


“We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.“
Terence McKenna

A fear of looking inward quote


“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.“
Eckhart Tolle

The past perpetuates itself quote


“When people think about traveling to the past, they worry about accidentally changing the present. But no one in the present really thinks they can radically change the future.“

Radically changing the future quote


“The nature of man is sufficiently revealed for him to know something of himself and sufficiently veiled to leave much impenetrable darkness, a darkness in which he ever gropes, forever in vain, trying to understand himself.“
Alexis de Tocqueville

The nature of man quote


“What’s the language deaf people think in?“

The language deaf people think quote


“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

What goes own underwater quote


“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.“

A fire to be kindled quote


“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.“
Mitch Albom

All endings are also beginnings quote


“Standing at the edge of the ocean was probably the closest I’d get to touching something boundless and greater than myself. For me, the ocean had a way of putting the rest of the world into context for a couple seconds.“
Shaun David Hutchinson


“He who does not fear possesses all.“
Leo Tolstoy


“Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.“
Terence McKenna

Dream the impossible quote


“An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.“
Gustave Flaubert


“Act like the skilled archers who, designing to hit the mark which yet appears too far distant, and knowing the limits to which the strength of their bow attains, take aim much higher than the mark, not to reach by their strength or arrow to so great a height, but to be able with the aid of so high an aim to hit the mark they wish to reach.“


“When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.“
Chinese Proverb

The wind of change quote


“When you reach for the stars, you are reaching for the farthest thing out there. When you reach deep into yourself, it is the same thing, but in the opposite direction. If you reach in both directions, you will have spanned the universe.“
Vera Nazarian


“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.“
Michel De Montaigne

He who fears he will suffer quote


“What if Earth is like one of those uncontacted tribes in South America? Like of the whole galaxy agreed not to contact us until we find them first.“


“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.“
Mandy Hale


“Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.“
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Only love can be divided quote


“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.“
Oscar Wilde


“It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.“
Mitch Albom


“There are entire civilizations who have not known that water has a solid form as well.“


“Quiet people have the loudest minds.“
Stephen Hawking

Quite people quote


“If elevators hadn’t been invented, all the CEOs and important people would have their offices on the first floor as a sign of status.“
Live Ferociously


“A fine is a tax for doing bad. A tax is a fine for doing good.“


“The tallest person in the world has physically experienced being the exact height of every other person in the world at some point.“


“Apparently, a lemon is not naturally occurring and is a hybrid developed by crossbreeding a bitter orange and a citron. Life never gave us lemons; we invented them all by ourselves.“


“Both concrete and glass are mostly made of sand which makes skyscrapers just really tall sandcastles.“

Profound and deep quote


“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.“
Chuck Klosterman


“Things are never as they seem. A person. A Mark. A statement. They are always deeper than we perceive.“
Kelseyleigh Reber


“Earth is like a guy who knows exactly where to stand next to a bonfire.“

Next to a bonfire quote


“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.“
Mary Shelley


“Most modern human beings know so little about everything that they could not rebuild anything if they were taken 200 years back in time.“


“Our brains contain one hundred billion nerve cells (neurons). Each neuron makes links with ten thousand other neurons to form an incredible three-dimensional grid. This grid therefore contains a thousand trillion connections – that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000 (a quadrillion). It’s hard to imagine this, so let’s visualize each connection as a disc that’s 1mm thick. Stack up the quadrillion discs on top of each other and they will reach the sun (which is ninety-three million miles from the earth) and back, three times over.“
Nessa Carey


“Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.“
André Gide

Those who are seeking the truth quote


“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.“


“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.“
Rabindranath Tagore


“We laugh at dogs getting excited when they hear a bark on TV, but if TV was a nonstop stream of unintelligible noises and then someone suddenly spoke to you in your language, you’d be pretty fucking startled too.“


“Fate is a funny character. She puts obstacles in your path to see what character ye have.“
Melissa Francis

Fate is a funny character quote


“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.“


“You have to be odd to be number one.“
Dr. Seuss


“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.“
Indian Proverb


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.“
Albert Einstein

Everybody is a genius Albert Einstein quote


“Character is tested when you are up against it.“
Dick Vermeil


“Coffee makes you hyper, but coffee shops are designed for people to chill, whereas alcohol is a depressant but bars and clubs are designed for people to be energetic.“
Ybarray Mapea


“When you’re a kid, you don’t realize you’re also watching your mom and dad grow up.“


“Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.“
David Russell

Which bridge to cross quote


“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.“
Bruce Garrabrandt


“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.“
Viktor Frankl


“If there were no suffering, man would not know his limitations, would not know himself.“
Leo Tolstoy


“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.“
Kahlil Gibran


“There are never just two choices. That is a lie to keep you from thinking too deeply.“
Rachel Hartman

Never just two choices quote


“The internet both almost killed off the postal service with email and then made it more needed than ever with online delivery.“


“Synergy is what happens when 1 + 1=10 or 100 or even 1,000! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.“
Stephen Covey


“I know this transformation is painful, but you’re not falling apart; you’re just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful.“
William C. Hannan


“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.“
Aaron Laurits


“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.“

Hope for a treasurer quote


“A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.“
Lee Segall


“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.“
Chinese proverb


“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.“
Kahlil Gibran


“When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something.“
Anita Krizzan


“Each new chapter of our lives requests an old part of us to fall and a new part of us to rise.“
Jenna Galbut


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.“
Martin Luther

Plant my apple tree quote


“Sometimes you have to shut your eyes, so you can see the real beauty.“
Kilian Jornet

Deep quotes about life


“The biggest form of peer pressure as a kid wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. It came during exams when it was completely silent and you heard everyone turn to page 2 while you were still on the first question.“


“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 that has been opened for us.“
Helen Keller


“I have only to contemplate myself; man comes from nothing, passes through time, and disappears forever in the bosom of God. He is seen but for a moment wandering on the verge of two abysses, and then is lost.“
Alexis de Tocqueville


“We must be free, but to have real freedom, you must be wild and free yourself.“
Bryant McGill


“Anybody that questions why you are shoveling six inches of snow in the *middle* of a snowstorm hasn’t shoveled twelve inches of snow at the end of a snowstorm.“


“You aren’t actually afraid of being left in your house. You are afraid that you aren’t alone.“

Afraid that you aren't alone quote


“Don’t wait for miracles, your whole life is a miracle.“
Albert Einstein


“To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others.“
Criss Jami


“As kids we were taught not to get in strangers cause. Now we literally summon strangers from the Internet and get in their cars.“


“For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.“
Kahlil Gibran


“I wonder how many people don’t get the one they want, but end up with the one they’re supposed to be with.“
Fannie Flagg


“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.“
Frank McCourt

You might be poor quote


“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.“
Friedrich Nietzsche


“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.“
Ezra Pound


“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.“
Oliver Wendell Holmes


“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.“
Thomas Paine


“Telephone did not come into existence from the persistent improvement of the postcard.“
Amit Kalantri

Short deep quotes


“All the world is, a collision of vast conflagrations, each sparked from nothing.“
Mark Lawrence

A collusion of vast conflagrations quote


“Being able to do well in high school without having to put in much effort is actually a big disadvantage later in life.“


“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.“
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


“Coincidence: just another way of explaining the unexplainable.“
Dana E. Donovan


“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.“
Walter Lippmann


“Pavlov probably thought about feeding his dogs every time someone rang a bell.“


“In her dealings with man, destiny never closed her accounts.“
Oscar Wilde


“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.“
Philip K. Dick


“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.“
Haruki Murakami

Deep meaning quotes


“I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.“
Douglas Ada

Somewhere I needed to be quote


“There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.“
Victor Hugo


“Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.“
Lama Surya Das


“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.“
Arthur Schopenhauer


“If I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.“
Albert Camus


“Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you’ll come to remember your spirit. When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated.“
Wayne W. Dyer


“I don’t believe that consciousness is generated by the brain. I believe that the brain is more of a receiver of consciousness.“
Graham Hancock


“If you build a wall to separate people, there will be those who find a way around the wall, or over it, or under it, or through it. We humans are not meant to be contained, and neither are our thoughts.“
Teresa R. Funke


“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.“
William Blake


“Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.“
Hermann Hesse


“Can a person who has been brought up in the heart of a thick dark forest, where one has to beat a path through multiple layers of trees just to take a letter to the post office, have any conception of what it’s like to spend one’s entire childhood waiting for a single tree to grow?“
Audur Ava Olafsdottir

Deep thoughts quotes


“All things, even the deepest sorrow or the most profound happiness are all temporary. Hope is fuel for the soul, without hope, forward motion ceases.“
Landon Parham


“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.“
James Allen


“It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.“
Robert Oppenheimer


“The most ordinary things in life are also the most mysterious and profound.“
Marty Rubin


“Only in the eyes of love you can find infinity.“
Sorin Cerin


“Nothing is immune to time. Not even eternity.“
Mike Carey


“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.“
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.“
C.G. Jung


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.“
T.S. Eliot


“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.“
Bernard Baruch


“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.“
Albert Einstein

When reading through this list of profound quotes, one simply cannot help but wonder at the infinite possibilities that lie ahead. You may have noticed that some of these quotes inspire you to look at life from a different perspective. Others may encourage you to leave behind all biases to welcome a new way of thinking that is more aligned with reality.

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking and deep quotes.

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