164 Quotes That Make You Think

164 Quotes That Make You Think

Welcome to a carefully selected collection of 164 quotes that make you think about life, love, relationships, moralilty, death and the many other aspects of human experience. These quotes are thought-provoking, offering you a chance to reflect on different perspectives and ideas. As you go through them, you might find insights that challenge your views or words that resonate deeply with your experiences.

They’re more than just sayings; they’re pieces of wisdom that can open your mind to new ways of seeing the world and understanding your place in it. Whether you’re looking for a bit of inspiration or just something to ponder on, these quotes are here to engage your thoughts and spark your curiosity.

164 Quotes That Make You Think

  1. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha
  2. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
  3. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
  5. “In order to write about life first you must live it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  6. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  7. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
  9. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  10. “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  11. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
  12. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
  13. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein
  14. “So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa
  15. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  16. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  17. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  18. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  19. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” – Allen Saunders
  20. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  21. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
  22. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’
  23. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain
  24. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – William Shakespeare
  25. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K. Rowling
  26. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  27. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  28. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  29. “An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
  30. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
  31. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth
  32. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  33. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone
  34. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  35. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
  36. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
  37. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  38. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  39. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh
  40. “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown
  41. “I think, therefore I am.” – René Descartes
  42. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
  43. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  44. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.” – Albert Einstein
  45. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” – Plato
  46. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” – William Shakespeare
  47. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw
  48. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  49. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  50. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  51. “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius
  52. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey
  53. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
  54. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  55. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  56. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
  57. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  58. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
  59. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
  60. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  61. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  62. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  63. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  64. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
  65. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  66. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering
  67. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  68. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  69. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  70. “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
  71. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
  72. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  73. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  74. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  75. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  76. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett
  77. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
  78. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats
  79. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
  80. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
  81. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  82. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  83. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  84. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
  85. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  86. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  87. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  88. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  89. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  90. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  91. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  92. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  93. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  94. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan
  95. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
  96. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
  97. “When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou
  98. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
  99. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
  100. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
  101. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  102. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
  103. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  104. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
  105. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  106. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
  107. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  108. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
  109. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
  110. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
  111. “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
  112. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
  113. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  114. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  115. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  116. “There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus
  117. “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi
  118. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  119. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” – Lao Tzu
  120. “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” – Jane Austen
  121. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe
  122. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  123. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  124. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” – George Orwell
  125. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley
  126. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” – Sarah Louise Delany
  127. “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran
  128. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller
  129. “Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” – Charles Dickens
  130. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  131. “The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.” – Marianne Williamson
  132. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
  133. “My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” – Johnny Depp
  134. “Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.” – Gary Keller
  135. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James
  136. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein
  137. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  138. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  139. “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” – Seneca
  140. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
  141. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
  142. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
  143. “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  144. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  145. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  146. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  147. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
  148. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
  149. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan
  150. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
  151. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  152. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  153. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
  154. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
  155. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  156. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis
  157. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
  158. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  159. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  160. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  161. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  162. “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  163. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  164. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow is our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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