This collection of 30 thoughtful quotes contains thoughtful sayings and aphorisms from some of history’s greatest thinkers and authors like Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, Nelson Mandela, Henry David Thoreau and Theodore Roosevelt.

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

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

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Khalil Gibran 

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. – Chinese Proverb

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Wise man quote

The lonely become either thoughtful or empty. – Mason Cooley

No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. – Bob Moawad

Enjoy life quoteAn expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.- Nicholas Murray Butler

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most. – John Ruskin

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. – Goethe

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. – Omar Khayyam

Life is too important to take seriously. – Corky Siegel

Without order nothing can exist—without chaos nothing can evolve.- Anon

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

It’s not that life has been easy, perfect or exactly as expected. I just choose to be happy and grateful no matter how it all turns out.- Anon

Bird and clock - thoughtful quotes about lifeIf people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. – Albert Einstein

Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it. – Swedish proverb

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. – Theodore Roosevelt

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. – Mother Teresa

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela 

Being human - flaws and intentionsPeople will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank

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

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

Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all. – Meredith Grey

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