144 Thoughtful Quotes and Sayings

If you want to provoke new thoughts and ideas in your life, here are some thoughtful quotes that will not only inspire you, but may also give you a little motivation to start your day. Copy and paste them in your social media accounts to challenge your friends and listen to what they have to say! Enjoy!

Thoughtful Quotes

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

2. 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

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

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

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

11. 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

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

13. The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to respect the woman that gave birth to his children. It is because of her that you have the greatest treasures in your life. You may have moved on, but your children have not. If you can’t be her soulmate, then at least be thoughtful. Whom your children love should always be someone that you acknowledge with kindness. Your children notice everything and will follow your example. – Shannon L. Alder

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

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

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

17. And eternity is a long time. So if you have to spend it with someone I could see wanting to spend it with someone impossible but interesting. – Meg Cabot

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

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

20. 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

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

22. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap! I promise you! It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous. – Ashton Kutcher

23. Every time you make a decision to be less than what God wants for you, you’re denying yourself some of God’s blessings. It’s up to you. You can live a life with God’s blessings, or just exist with all the consequences of choosing wrong. – Terri Blackstock

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

25. 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

26. 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

27. 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

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

29. Just remember, darling, it is pain that changes our lives. – Steve Martin

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

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

32. Time wasted is not always a waste of time. – Terri Blackstock

33. 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

34. The man was rude, crude, and inappropriate. I was taken with him the moment I walked in the door, and I knew the first moment I saw him that it was going to be raw, it was going to be ugly, and I was going to enjoy every damn minute of it. – C.M. Stunich

35. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. Architecture is the thoughtful making of space. – Louis Kahn

45. 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

46. Be kind to one another. – Jim Henson

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

48. 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

49. 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

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

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51. 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

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

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

54. 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

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

56. 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

57. 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

58. 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

59. Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you dont know how great you can be. How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. – Anne Frank

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

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

62. 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

63. 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

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

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

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

67. 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

68. A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

69. I think our family motto is to always work hard, be humble, kind, and thoughtful about others around us. – Anwar Hadid

70. This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. – Alice Waters

71. Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. – Robin S. Sharma

72. A thoughtful cup of tea brought to your bedside each morning means more to me than the huge bouquet of flowers bought once a year. – Penny Jordan

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73. It’s really important for children to have good morals and good manners, and that they’re thoughtful of other people and that they learn the consequences of their actions. – Jerry Hall

74. The essence of a thoughtful spring menu is bringing the table to life with flavorful color. – Sherry Yard

75. The benefits and consequences of globalization have a great deal to do with whether we’re intelligent and thoughtful about how we approach globalization, or whether we’re blindly accepting or blindly resistant. – Ethan Zuckerman

76. Leadership is loud. It is quiet. It is thoughtful and emotional and cerebral and nerdy and goofy and joyful and motivating. – Julie Foudy

77. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap. – Ashton Kutcher

78. Those old adages – you attract more with honey, do unto others are true. You can get attention by being acerbic or mean or making a bizarre comment. But by being nice, being empathetic, building relationships and listening, people begin to recognize that you’re thoughtful and respectful of their position. – Shelley Moore Capito

79. There are many who are not guilty of doing anything wrong but very guilty of sins of omission the things they neglect to do the good things the kind, thoughtful words, compassionate thoughts and hopeful attitudes they might have had towards their neighbor. – Mother Angelica

80. When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

81. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield

82. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

83. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. – Marcel Pagnol

84. Some men see things as they are and say why—I dream things that never were and say why not. – George Bernard Shaw

85. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Kahlil Gibran

86. Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

87. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

88. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle

89. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

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90. Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. – Will Rogers

91. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Charles Swindoll

92. When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’ – Sydney Harris

93. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

94. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. – Bruce Lee

95. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

96. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself. – Harvey Fierstein

97. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

98. There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. – Josiah Gilbert Holland

99. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

100. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

101. Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. – Ray Kroc

102. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. – Benjamin Disraeli

103. Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

104. The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer

105. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

106. Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. – John Wooden

107. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. – Meister Eckhart

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108. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer

109. Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. – Henry Ward Beecher

110. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. – Karl Barth

111. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

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

113. No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. – James Allen

114. Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

115. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop

116. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

117. Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. – Alan Cohen

118. Light breaks where no sun shines. – Dylan Thomas

119. Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks. – Marie Corelli

120. Whatever we are waiting for peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

121. God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. – Izaak Walton

122. No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. – Alfred North Whitehead

123. When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – G. K. Chesterton

124. When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. – Dalai Lama

125. Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. – Jacques Maritain

126. Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed. – Boris Pasternak

127. All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I’m doing and to be committed to whatever I’m doing and then let the results speak for themselves. Also to never take myself or people for granted and always be thankful and grateful to the people who helped me. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

128. Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. – John Milton

129. Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors? – Saint Basil

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

131. There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person. – Joyce Meyer

132. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk through my garden forever. – Alfred Tennyson

133. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

134. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. – Oscar Wilde

135. The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love. – Henry Miller

136. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey

137. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

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138. You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

139. Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. – Khalil Gibran

140. Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

141. Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. – Vincent Van Gogh

142. The art of love is largely the art of persistence. – Albert Ellis

143. If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. – Benjamin Franklin

144. When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world. – Harry Palmer

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