Deep quotes

There are ideas and images that can change our entire outlook on life, simply by teaching us how to see things in a new, brighter light and to notice details, patterns, and shades we previously ignored.

Life has many deep and complex layers, and when we pose deep questions we find surprising answers.

Check these deep quotes that will change your perspective on success, achievement, perception, or luck. From the greatest minds of the world, we have gathered deep and thought-provoking quotes to challenge your perspectives.


1. On Optimism

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. oscar wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~ Oscar Wilde

Even though we don’t always have power over our circumstances, we can teach ourselves to make the most of each moment, by being perceptive to the beauty that lays in small, but significant details.


2. On Perception

It’s not what you look at that matters it’s what you see. henry david thoreau

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

Our reality is shaped by the power of our minds, which perceive, analyze, and organize data and form images that we take as reality. Yet, no matter how powerful our minds are, reality is always too complex. That is why it is important to focus your attention on the essential.


3. On Real Happiness

As long as the ego runs your life there are two ways of being unhappy. not getting what you want. getting what you want. eckhart tolle

As long as the ego runs your life, there are two ways of being unhappy. Not getting what you want. Getting what you want. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Our ego is always restless, searching for something more, something better. However, if we embark on this endless quest, we never allow ourselves time to be happy and to enjoy life. The ego seeks pleasure and it is never satisfied with its findings. By giving up the ego we free ourselves.


4. On Age and Youth

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is young. oscar wilde

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. ~ Oscar Wilde

Time passes so quickly that we fail to notice how our years add up. The saddest part is that it is difficult to think of oneself as old. Our innermost selves have no concept of age. Feeling young is an attitude that often is not connected with real age.


5. On the Best Lessons

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success but through misadventure. amos bronson alcott

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure. ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Failure and misadventure teach us about the mistakes we made and about how to improve things. They tell us how powerful and motivated we are. They teach us to plan and act better.Moreover, they demand us to always try again until we become masters of our skills.


6. On Finding Opportunities

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. the great opportunity is where you are. john burroughs

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. ~ John Burroughs

Those who complain about a lack of opportunities deceive themselves thinking that some other places offer greater chances. The truth is opportunities abounds in every place, yet someone must notice them.


7. On Life’s Surprises

Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. thomas fuller

Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. ~ Thomas Fuller

The beautiful thing about life is that it is always richer and more refined in its complexity than we think. It can surprise us with things beyond our expectations and defy the wildest imagination.


8. On Achieving the Impossible

Start by doing what’s necessary then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. st. francis of assisi

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

When we split a difficult journey into small steps, everything becomes easier. Before being able to do the impossible we must prove our determination and skills by doing what is necessary, getting one step at the time closer to the impossible.


9. On Humor

Humor is just another defense against the universe. mel brooks

Humor is just another defense against the universe. ~ Mel Brooks

In the wonderful chaos of life, people find defenses that allow them to find an oasis of stability where happiness and meaning are possible. Humor is such a defense that keeps us safe from the oddities, absurdities, and mistakes of life.


10. On Being Grateful

What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly. thomas paine

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

We appreciate the things for which we worked hard because we understand their value after struggling so much to obtain them. In a similar vein, we take for granted things that we obtained easily, forgetting to appreciate them.


11. On Success

The man on top of the mountain did not fall there. unknown

The man on top of the mountain did not fall there. ~ Unknown

When we see others succeed we get caught up in the excitement of their success and we forget about the hard work and sacrifices that lay behind every success. In following our own path to success, we must remember that nobody reaches the top without climbing with perseverance.


12. On Inner Joy

In the depth of winter i finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. albert camus

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

Many things can happen around us that infringe upon our happiness and peace. Only the joy that comes from within can stand against all the problems and struggles that life forces us to deal it.


13. On Smart Work

If i had six hours to chop down a tree i’d spend the first four sharpening the axe. abe lincoln

If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abe Lincoln

Working smart is more important than working hard. Creativity can make every challenge easy and exciting, providing maximum results with a minimum of efforts. When we work smart, we can do incredible things and still have time for ourselves.


14. On Real Beauty

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it with us or we find it not. r.w. emerson

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it with us, or we find it not. ~ R.W. Emerson

To find beauty we must train ourselves to look around us carefully and refine our perceptions. Beauty exists everywhere, waiting to be noticed. When we cultivate an inner sense of beauty, everything appears as beautiful.


15. On Limits

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. arthur schopenhauer

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

All dreamers have been told at least once in their lives that their dreams are impossible. This happens because some people refuse to accept that their limits are not the limits of everyone. Some people do not like to impose limits on themselves, remaining always open and receptive.


16. On Trusting Your Heart

It is only with the hear that one can see rightly. what is essential is invisible to the eye. antoine de saint exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery

Our eyes allow us to see things, objects, and people, yet they do not see the connections or the relations between these. Eyes cannot see the thoughts or the feelings that shape our reality. Only the heart has its own type of knowledge because the heart has the power of intuition.


17. On Comfort vs. Risk

A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for. john shedd

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. ~ John Shedd

Seeking comfort and stability is a safe route, but it is never exciting and it never leads to great stories. The thing that gives people meaning is not comfort, but growth. Growth demands courage risk.


18. On Vulnerability

Vulnerability sounds like truth and looks like courage. brene brown

Vulnerability sounds like truth and looks like courage. ~ Brene Brown

People think they should hide their vulnerabilities, forgetting that all of us are vulnerable. Showing your vulnerability does not mean being weak. It is rather a statement of your respect for truth, your honesty, and authenticity.


19. On Paying Attention

Millions saw the apple fall but newton was the one who asked why. bernard baruch

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

Great opportunities appear around us at every moment, yet few of us are able to notice them and come up with a response. An event that might be common for some, can be a revelation for another.


20. On Joy and Suffering

Find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out the pain. joseph campbell

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~ Joseph Campbell

There is within us a great vitality that is the source of the most profound joy and happiness, independent of the outer life and its chaotic laws. This inner source of joy and love for life can protect us from pain and suffering if we learn how to rely on it.


21. On Positive Thinking

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. helen keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Helen Keller

Our thinking describes our relationship with the world. When we think positively, our attitude becomes one of overt enthusiasm and joy, and we find ourselves more sensible towards the simple and beautiful details of life.


22. On the Gifts of Life

Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything. ralph marston

Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything. ~ Ralph Marston

Life offers everything that we need to strive and be happy in the world, yet it is up to us to know how to seize every moment and make the most of everything. Life has many gifts for us, we just need to find them.


23. On Changing the World

I alone cannot change the world but i can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. mother teresa

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. ~ Mother Teresa

The desire to change something can be overwhelming because it shows us that very often our impact cannot be as impressive as we imagine. However, every act of change set in motions new forces and determines new acts of change.


24. On Following Your Passion

It’s so hard when i have to and so easy when i want to. annie gottlier

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~ Annie Gottlier

Doing things out of obligation feels like a burden. Yet, when we do things we love, we don’t even notice how time flies. This happens because  of one important ingredient which is passion. Passion gives us purpose and joy.


25. On Real Wealth

A man with one watch knows what time it is a man with two watches is never quite sure. lee segall

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

Being satisfied with what we have does not mean we lack motivation, but rather that we know how to focus our energy on things that are useful and provide real value. Having more than we need complicates things and does not gives us the chance to enjoy what we have.


26. On Truth

Believe those who are seeking the truth doubt those who find it. andré gide

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

People feel strongly about their beliefs because it helps them navigate the unpredictability of life, yet they forget that there is no universal truth. Truth is a personal journey with no clear end in sight.


27. On Luck

If a man who cannot count finds a four leaf clover is he lucky stanislaw j. lec

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~ Stanislaw J. Lec

To be lucky we must be able to recognize the moments in which we are blessed with luck. If we remain oblivious to life’s wonders, we will never sense when luck approaches us.


28. On Thinking and Acting

Think like a man of action act like a man of thought. henri louis bergson

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. ~ Henri Louis Bergson

People like to separate themselves in thinkers and doers. The most successful person, however, is someone who can combine acting with thinking in the most suitable way. Acting without thinking leads to mistake while thinking without acting leads to frustration.


29. On Obstacles

The obstacle is the path. zen proverb

The obstacle is the path. ~ Zen Proverb

Focusing too much on goals and destinations, we often forget to enjoy the ride. We should think of obstacles as something that tests our power and teaches us a lesson, to empower us for the journey. Otherwise, we see obstacles as delayers and thus forget to enjoy every second, thinking about a distant future.


30. On Inner Power

You are the sky. everything else – its just the weather. pema chödrön

You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather. ~ Pema Chödrön

Every person is at the center of their own life, acting as the main character of their own story. In this story, cast and décor can change, yet the main character always remains the same.


31. On Finding Answers

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. dr seuss

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. ~ Dr Seuss

Complex questions can often hide simple truths that are easy to unravel for a perceptive eye. We are suspicious of simple answers, always searching for something more, forgetting that simplicity is the measure of true wisdom.


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