Profound Quotes

This is a list of my favorite quotes. Some are more profound than others, but each one of them has impacted me in some way. This is an ongoing collection that I add to whenever I find a quote that makes me feel. Enjoy

At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t — Andy Roddick

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. — Grace Pulpit

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. — Ingrid Bergman

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. — George Bernard Shaw

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. — Edward de Bono

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. — Jean de La Fontaine

Adults are obsolete children. — Dr. Seuss

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. — Erica Jong

Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs. — Ovid

Anything is a waste of time unless you are fucking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness. — charles Bukowski

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — Dr. Seuss

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. — André Gide

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. — Jonathan Swift / Benjamin Franklin

But fate ordains that dearest friends must part. ~ — Edward Young

Caffeine is a situational hazard — Jennifer Chiera

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. — Ambrose Redmoon

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you. — Richard Bach

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. — Allen Ginsberg

Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. — Patti Wilson

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way — Charles Bukowski

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are. — Palmer Sondreal

I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract. — Gustave Moreau

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most certain of the first time. — Josh Billings

I imagine that yes is the only living thing. — e.e. Cummings

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. — Sara Teasdale, The Philosopher

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. — Claudia Ghandi

If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. — Oscar Wilde

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. — Jim Rohn

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” — Marilyn Monroe

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. — Albert Schweitzer

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. — Robert Frost

Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves. — Friedrich Nietzsche

It is such a secret place, the land of tears. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. — e.e. cummings

It’s easier to apologize than ask for permission. — Unknown

kisses are a better fate than wisdom.— e.e. cummings

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. — Helen Keller

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. — Jawaharlal Nehru

Life is my disguise — Jennifer Chiera

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul. — Rebecca West

Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. — Robert Heinlein

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. — Benjamin Disraeli

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

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. — Kimberly Johnson

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. ~ — Robert Southey

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. — Nietzsche

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. — Michel de Montaigne

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. — Alan Keightley

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. — Carol Burnett

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell. “” — Emily Dickinson, Parting

Perfection cannot be achieved through destruction — Jennifer Chiera

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Progress is peachy. — Jennifer Chiera, originally stated on 4/07/2011 after significant weight-loss

So I began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about as numb as a slave in a totalitarian state. — Sylvia Plath

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great. — Willa cather

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful. — Edgar Allan Poe

The journey is the reward. — Chinese proverb

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. — Vincent van Gogh, love

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. — Elisabeth Foley

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders. — Foster’s Law

The past is never dead, it is not even past. — William Faulkner

The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius. — Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable. — charles bukowski

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

– Anna Quindlen

The three saddest things are the ill wanting to be well, the poor wanting to be rich, and the constant traveler saying ‘anywhere but here’. — E.E. Cummings

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. — Molière

The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again. — Korman’s Law

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. — Sonya Friedman

The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction. — Allen Ginsberg

“The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.” — Indian Proverb quotes

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page — St. Augustine

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. — Ivy Baker Priest

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. — Mark Twain

“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.” – Oprah Winfrey

To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment. — George Lansdowne

To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done — Devos

“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” -Leo Tolstoy

“Trying to forget someone you love is like trying to remember someone you never knew.” – Unknown

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. — Lao-Tze

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. — Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have. — Publilius Syrus

We die only once, and for such a long time. — Molière

We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic — Susan Jeffers

We loved with a love that was more than love. — Edgar Allan Poe

When love is not madness, it is not love. — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. — Victor Frankl

When we recognize our own Self, we also recognize that same Self in others. — Roger Walsh

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. — Sheilah Graham

“You can only lose what you cling to.” -Buddha

you have to die a few times before you can really live.— charles bukowski

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

You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. — Steven D. Woodhull