200+ Thoughtful Quotes: How To Get Thinking And Show You Care

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 30, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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The most beautiful quote is always the one that is truly meant.

Being thoughtful is when we are considerate towards other people's feelings. It can never hurt to keep some good short quotes handy in this regard, since you never know when your friends and family might need to hear some.

Here are some of the best motivational quotes, and some positive quotes to cheer up your near and dear ones in times of need. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and indulge yourself in these thoughtful quotes about life, short thoughtful quotes, thoughtful Thursday quotes, and more.

Additionally, if these quotes strike a chord with you, check out our thought provoking quotes and quotes about caring!

Quotes About Being Caring

A little care goes a long way. Here is a list of quotes to get started.

1. "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

2. "A smile is a light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."

- Denis Waitley.

3. "Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

- Theodore Roosevelt.

4. "Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get."

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

5. "Nothing can wear you out like caring about people."

- S.E. Hinton.

6. "Truly caring people know they have to take care of themselves first."

- Marty Rubin.

7. "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

- James Keller.

8. "Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community."    

- Anthony J. D'Angelo.

9. "Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have."

- Margaret Mead.

10. "The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else."

- Carson McCullers.

11. "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."

- George Burns.

12. "Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear."

- William Shakespeare.

13. "Never be so busy as not to think of others."

- Mother Teresa.

14. "Nurturing is not complex. It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time."

- Mary Anne Radmacher.

15. "A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."

- Denis Waitley.

16. "Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness."

- Harold Kushner.

17. "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

18. "We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."

- Seneca.

19. "When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul."

- Langston Hughes.

20. "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."

- Pablo Casals.

21. "Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge."

- Benjamin Franklin.

22. "Caring for but never trying to own may be a further way to define friendship."

- William Glasser.

23. "Share, care, hug like a bear."

- Amy Leigh Mercree.

24. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

- Leo Buscaglia.

25. "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."

- Pablo Casals.

26. "The right mixture of caring and not caring - I suppose that's what love is."

- James Hilton.

27. "Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them."

- Bob Dylan.

28. "The simple act of caring is heroic."

- Edward Albert.

29. "Caring - about people, about things, about life - is an act of maturity."

- Tracy McMillan.

30. "A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve."

- Joseph Joubert.

31. "From caring comes courage."

- Lao Tzu.

32. "You really can change the world if you care enough."

- Marian Wright Edelman.

33. "Caring can be learned by all human beings, can be worked into the design of every life, meeting an individual need as well as a pervasive need in society."

- Mary Catherine Bateson.

34. "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike."

- J. K. Rowling.

Positive Quotes

Changing our perception can often put a positive spin on the most dire of situations. This list of positive quotes will keep you motivated.

35. "“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door."

- Milton Berle.

36. "Once you choose hope, anything’s possible."

- Christopher Reeve.

37. “You always pass failure on the way to success.”

- Mickey Rooney.

38. "If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles."

- Widad Akrawi.

39. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

- Robert Collier.

40. "The first step is you have to say that you can."

- Will Smith.

41. “Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.”

- Lou Holtz.

42. "Keep looking up… That’s the secret of life."

- Charlie Brown.

43. “When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything.”

- Todd Kashdan.

44. "Positivity always wins…Always."

- Gary Vaynerchuk.

45. "In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision."

- Dalai Lama.

46. "We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish."

- Tony Robbins.

47. “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

- Nelson Mandela.

48. "The best is yet to be."

- Robert Browning.

49. “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

- Les Brown.

50. "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

- Abraham Lincoln.

51. “No one is perfect - that’s why pencils have erasers.”

- Wolfgang Riebe.

52. "Small steps motivate. Big steps overwhelm."

- Maxime Lagacé.

53. “Live life to the fullest and focus on

the positive.”

- Matt Cameron.

54. "You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."

- Stephen King.

55. “It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.”

- Ellen DeGeneres.

56. "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud."

- Maya Angelou.

57. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

- Anthony J. D’Angelo.

58. "Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."

- Robert Schuller.

59. “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

- Dr. Seuss.

60. "Positive anything is better than negative nothing."

- Elbert Hubbard.

61. “Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”

- Tim Howard.

62. "The most important thing is to look ahead. The past is your anchor."

- Maxime Lagacé.

63. “Every day may not be good... but there’s something good in every day.”

- Alice Morse Earle.

64. "A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

- Duke Ellington.

65. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

- Willie Nelson.

66. "Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things."

- Joe Paterno.

67. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

- Zig Ziglar.

68. "Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love."

- Rumi.

69. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

- Vince Lombardi.

70. "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

71. “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

- Francesca Reigler.

72. "Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won."

- Billy Bowerman.

73. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”

- Bonnie Blair.

74. "Miracles happen to those who believe in them."

- Bernhard Berenson.

Quotes About The Mind

No problem is big enough if we train our mind, and these quotes tell you just that.

75. "All problems are illusions of the mind."

- Eckhart Tolle.

76. "We say that we want peace of mind but what we really want is peace from mind."

- Naval Ravikant.

77. "The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven."

- John Milton.

78. "The greatest freedom is to be free of our own mind."

- Osho.

79. "You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil. Or, you may keep your body and die only in the mind. The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

80. "The greatest minds are humble and simple."

- Maxime Lagacé.

81. "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."

- Mahatma Gandhi.

82. "Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves."

- Buddha.

83. "Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That's why it does crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs."

- Eckhart Tolle.

84. "The mind reflects the world, and the world reflects the mind."

- James Pierce.

85. The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows."

- Stephen King.

86. "Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts."

- Byron Katie.

87. The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions: they cease to be mind."

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

88. "You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

- Marcus Aurelius.

89. "Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, Instead of lost in your mind."

- Eckhart Tolle.

90. "The empires of the future will be empires of the mind."

- Winston Churchill.

91. "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

92. "If you want power, control the narrative in other people’s head. If you seek happiness, control the narrative in your own head."

- Johnny Uzan.

93. "All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind."

- Eckhart Tolle.

94. "Few men come to realize that their entire life has been lived inside their mind."

- Kapil Gupta.

95. "The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms."

- Thich Nhat Hanh.

96. "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign"

- Albert Einstein.

97. "To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet stille."

- Jiddu Krishnamurti.

98. "None but ourselves can free our minds."

- Bob Marley.

99. "Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen."

- Bodhidharma.

100. "60% of the human body may be made of water, but over 80% of the human mind is made of stories."

- François Chollet.

101. "Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate."

- Huang Po.

102. "Is it the world that’s busy, or my mind?"

- Haemin Sunim.

103. "Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be."

- Eckhart Tolle.

104. "The end of the war with the mind is the end of war."

- Byron Katie.

105. "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."

-Siddhartha Gautama.

106. "To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders."

- Lao Tzu.

107. "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is."

- Eckhart Tolle.

108. "People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."

- Abraham Lincoln.

Loving Quotes

It is never a bad time to shower your close ones with love. Keep reading these quotes to know how.

109. “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

– Marilyn Monroe.

110. “Personally, I love a great love story.”

– Meghan Markle.

111. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

– Stephen Chbosky.

112. “I love you directly without problems or pride

I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love…”

– Pablo Neruda, '100 Love Sonnets'.

113. “The supreme happiness of life consists in the conviction that one is loved.”

– Victor Hugo.

114. “When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”

– Leo Tolstoy.

115. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”

– Sophocles.

116. “When one loves, one does not calculate.”

– Saint Thérèse.

117. “When one sees something especially wonderful, it’s always nice to have someone to share it with.”

– Mary Anne Schwalbe.

118. “But true love is a durable fire

In the mind ever burning;

Never sick, never old, never dead,

From itself never turning.”

– Sir Walter Raleigh.

119. “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”

– Pearl Bailey.

120. “About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know

With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler…”

– Peter Gizzi.

121. “Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.”

– Robert Browning.

122. “‘Love’ is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert A. Heinlein.

123. “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.”

– Will Ferrell.

124. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

– John Green.

125. “Love is a great beautifier.”

– Louisa May Alcott.

126. "“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

– Nicole Krauss.

127. “There is a strong wall about me to protect me

It is built of the words you have said to me…”

– Mary Carolyn Davies.

128. “Familiar acts are beautiful through love.”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley.

129. "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

- Oscar Wilde.

130. "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

- Mother Teresa.

131. "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you'."

- Erich Fromm.

132. "We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."

- Orson Welles.

133. "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

- Alfred Lord Tennyson.

134. "True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen."

- François de La Rochefoucauld.

135. "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

- Ferdinand Foch.

136. "Life is the flower for which love is the honey."

- Victor Hugo.

137. "Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it."

- Karl A. Menninger.

138. "Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you."

- Loretta Young.

139. "To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."

- David Viscott.

140. "A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love."

- Max Muller.

141. "Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."

- Franklin P. Jones.

142. "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."

- Peter Ustinov.

143. "True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does."

- Torquato Tasso.

Happy Quotes

If you are looking for that ray of sunshine in your life, these quotes are the next best thing.

144. “Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”

– Benjamin Franklin.

145. "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."

- George Sand.

146. “Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”

– Immanuel Kant.

147. "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."

- Jim Rohn.

148. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”

– Bertrand Russell.

149. "The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things."

- Henry Ward Beecher.

150. “As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.”

– Andrew Delbanco.

151. "The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have."

- Woody Allen.

152. “All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”

– Baruch Spinoza.

153. "The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are."

- Goldie Hawn.

154. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”

– William Saroyan.

155. "No medicine cures what happiness cannot."

- Gabriel García Márquez.

156. “People should find happiness in the little things, like family.”

– Amanda Bynes.

157. "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."

- Tom Bodett.

158. “The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

– William Morris.

159. "Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude."

- Dale Carnegie.

160. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

– Ayn Rand.

161. "The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go."

- Dodinsky.

162. “If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”

– Edith Wharton.

163. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

- Buddha.

164. “The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”

– Epictetus.

165. “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”

– Eric Hoffer.

166. “Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.”

– Divyanka Tripathi.

167. “Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”

– Don Marquis.

168. “The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.”

– Doug Larson.

169. “Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.”

– Douglas Jerrold.

170. “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

– Dale Carnegie.

171. “People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know.”

– Dany Laferrière.

172. “We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.”

– David C. Hill.

173. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

– Denis Waitley.

Supportive Quotes About Friendship

What is courage or hope without friends? These quotes will create hope rather than loneliness. We should never forget our friends and these quotes show their importance.

174. “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”

- Jim Henson.

175. "Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

- Anais Nin

176. “A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”

- Leo Buscaglia.

177. "Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them."

- Anna Taylor.

178. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

- Woodrow T. Wilson.

179. "True friends are like diamonds—bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style."

- Nicole Richie.

180. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”

- Ed Cunningham.

181. "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

- Marcel Proust.

182. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

- Donna Roberts.

183. "A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself."

- Jim Morrison.

184. “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

- Marlene Dietrich.

185.  "Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer."

- Jean de la Fontaine.

186. “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

- G. Randolf.

187. "The best time to make friends is before you need them."

- Ethel Barrymore.

188.“True friends are always together in spirit.”

- L.M. Montgomery.

189. "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

190. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

- Helen Keller.

191. "Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."

- Ed Cunningham.

192. “True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.”

- Helen Keller.

193. "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."

- Woodrow T. Wilson.

194. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

- Muhammad Ali.

195. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

- Elisabeth Foley.

196. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

- Anais Nin.

197. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

- Tennessee Williams.

198. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

- Carl W. Buechner.

199. “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

- Amy Poehler.

200. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

- Audrey Hepburn.

201. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

- Helen Keller.

202. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

- J.K. Rowling, 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for thoughtful quotes then why not take a look at [clear mind quotes], or positive energy quotes?

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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