18 Quotes that Provoke Deep Thinking

Quotes that make you stop and think are the best kind. That’s because those special sayings are doing their job and doing it well. After all, that’s why we read them – to be startled into a new awareness with a few impactful words. Moreover, quotes are a great diversion from a chaotic world and a place to escape to find solace in times of duress.

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18 Quotes that Provoke Deep Thinking

I first became aware of the fact that I love mind-bending statements when I watched Star Trek as a child. Then and now I enjoy thinking deeply about things that seem impossible. Or, even the interesting angles of behavior that intertwine between us at any given time, now or in the future.

As I grew into a young adult, I was able to spend time exploring the Smithsonian Museum and art galleries of Washington DC. Again, I spent a lot of time thinking about particular paintings or objects, exploring all the feelings and colors, while my imagination ran wild.

Below are some of my favorite quotes. If you have any favorite quote suggestions you’d like to make, please do so in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

18 Quotes to Make You Stop and Think

Rachel Carson Quote

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is — whether its victim is human or animal — we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.”

― Rachel Carson

Sara Baume Quote

“I see foxes often, but always they are crossing fallow fields in the distance. Gold flecks on faraway expanses of green. Magnetic to the meandering eye. Enigmatic, unreachable.”

― Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

Beryl Markham Quote

“It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant. It is not brutal, it is not heroic, and certainly, it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one-tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfish.”

― Beryl Markham

Farley Mowat Quote

“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of our self.”

― Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf

C. Joybell C. Quotes

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”

―C. JoyBell C.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”

―C. JoyBell C.

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

“Human beings will be happier – not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.”

―Kurt Vonnegut

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.”

―Kurt Vonnegut

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

―Kurt Vonnegut

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

―Kurt Vonnegut

Judi Culbertson Quote

“The point is, you need to distinguish between what honestly moves you and what the world is telling you should melt your heart. If something doesn’t reach you on a personal level, let it go. It’s hard enough dealing with everything that does.”

—Judi Culbertson

Cheryl Richardson Quote

“If you spend your life pleasing others, you spend your life.”

—Cheryl Richardson

Wayne Dyer Quote

“You can never feel lonely when you like the person you’re alone with.“

—Wayne Dyer

Byron Katie Quotes

“It’s not your job to like me; it’s mine.”

—Byron Katie

“When I seek your approval, I don’t approve of the me that’s seeking the approval.”

—Byron Katie

Paulo Coelho Quote

“When you say Yes to others, make sure you are not saying No to yourself.”

—Paulo Coelho

George Carlin Quote

“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”

—George Carlin

Brene Brown Quote

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

—Brene Brown

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