29 Deep Quotes To Make You Think

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There is a fountain of wisdom to be found in inspirational quotes.

While the overwhelmed abundance of access to knowledge as a result of the internet has seemingly diluted their value, the truth is that the right quote at the right time can still change your day. In fact, sometimes it can even change your life.

Most forms of media in the digital world are designed to distract you, not to teach you anything, and they very rarely inspire you to think for more than a few seconds.

The following quotes that I will share with you, can be read, re-read, and meditated on for years, before you can fully digest what they may mean in the context of your life.

Here are 29 Deep Quotes To Make You Think

Deep quotes on Self-Knowledge to make you think

Knowing who you are, what you stand for, and how to find your place in the world, is one of the most difficult but noble paths that you can take. By reflecting on the words of great men and women, you can begin to intuit whether or not you are heading in the right direction, and have the confidence to push on when times get tough.

If you’re not comfortable enough with yourself or with your own truth when entering a relationship, then you’re not ready for that relationship.

Steve Maraboli

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Jane Austen

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.

G.I. Gurdijieff

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.

Meister Eckhart
Voltaire quote on reading and knowledge

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.


It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.

Francis Bacon

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

Lao Tzu

Deep quotes on love to make you think

Everything in our lives is about relationships. We are deeply social beings, and can only define ourselves when in relation to those around us. Love, therefore, is not just a pleasurable experience, it’s the fabric that governs our existence. Knowing what love is, and how to love, is such a primary skill that it should be taught in schools around the world.

Lao Tzu Quote on loving and being loved

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

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

Friedrich Nietzche

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss
Robert Heinlein Love and Happiness Saying

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Heinlein

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

Pablo Neruda

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

William Shakespeare

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

Elie Wiesel

Deep quotes on art to make you think

Words and facts alone can never do justice to the complex reality in which we live. We create values, not based on pure logic, but based on meaning. And it is art which aims to animate these values and express meaning in 3-dimensional form.

Three art students looking at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

Oscar Wilde

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

Albert Einstein

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

Chuck Klosterman

Deep quotes on meaning to make you think

When we tie all the above themes together; self-knowledge, love, and art, what we have is some sort of roadmap by which to live. The fuel that drives us forward in this scenario is meaning. Meaning is what keeps us going when times get tough, and is what propels us to want to be the people we may one day become.

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

Rick Riordan

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Thomas Merton

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world.

Albert Camus

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Hermann Hesse

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau
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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.