99 Interesting Quotes That Will Open Your Mind

Published May 12, 2014
Updated June 22, 2020

Discover interesting quotes from Albert Einstein, Bruce Lee, and others that will change how you see the world.

Steve Jobs Follow Your Heart Quote
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs

Bruce Lee On Conquering Limits
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus; and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. - Bruce Lee

Louis CK On Being Bored
"I'm bored" is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you've seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you're alive is amazing, so you don't get to say 'I'm bored.' - Louis CK

Interesting Quotes
How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye hard. - Winnie The Pooh

Dalai Lama Quote On Religion
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. - Dalai Lama

Oscar Wilde On Forgiving Your Enemies
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar Wilde

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On The Universe
Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Interesting Quotes Laughter
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. - Mark Twain

Muhammad Ali On Motivation
I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. - Muhammad Ali

Tyrion Lannister On Censorship
When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say. - Tyrion Lannister

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Sometime, when you least expect it, you'll realize that someone loved you. And that means that someone can love you again! And that'll make you smile. - Homer Simpson

Mark Twain On Heaven And Hell
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. - Mark Twain

Interesting Quotes By Dr. Seuss
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go. - Dr. Seuss

Interesting Quotes Tina Fey Quote On What People Laugh At
You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at. - Tina Fey

Believing In Science
The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Plant A Tree
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb

Albert Einstein On Balance
Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to maintain balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein

Make Yourself As Interesting As Possible
The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

Robert Downey Do Whatever You Want Quote
Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were going to do anyway. - Robert Downey Jr.

Judge Today By The Seeds
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Yearn For The Sea Quote
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. - Antoine de Saint

Louis CK Quotes On Growing Up
You'll be fine. You're 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don't avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You'll be okay. Even if you don't feel okay all the time. - Louis CK

Interesting Quotes People Aren't Against You
People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.

Life's Most Dangerous Risk
The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Lao Tso On Conquering
He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty. - Lao Tsu

What Ships Are Built For
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. - John A. Shedd

Interesting Quotes Noam Chomsky On Humanity
If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long. - Noam Chomsky

Interesting Quotes Life Gets Easier
When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.

Interesting Quotes Carl Sagan On Scrutiny
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. - Carl Sagan

Oscar Wilde Two Tragedies In Life
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. - Oscar Wilde

You Are Judged By Your Actions Interesting Quotes
Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.

Interesting Quotes What The World Needs
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Howard Thurman

Life Is Something You Should Love
I think most kids have a sense that it's not supposed to be this way. You're not supposed to hate Monday, or be happy when you don't have to go to school. School should be something that you love. Life should be something that you love. - Charles Eisenstein

Stephen Jay On Lost Geniuses
I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops. - Stephen Jay Gould

Interesting Quotes Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Two Philosophies
I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Interesting Quotes On Being Self-Concious
When you're 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you're 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you're 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.

Winston Churchill Quotes
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

Interesting Quotes Sculpture
In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. - Michelangelo

Interesting Quotes Einstein On Why The World Is Dangerous
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

Writing With The Word Very
So avoid using the word 'very' because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don't use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won't do in your essays.

What You Do Today Interesting Quotes
What you do today is important, because you are sacrificing a day of your life for it.

Mark Twain Quotes On Anger
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. - Mark Twain

The Nature Of Emotions
When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you've always been happy and that you'll always be happy. The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared. Something, perhaps, to remember. - Mike Dooley

Interesting Quotes Great Spirits
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

Interesting Quotes George Carlin On The American Dream
The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it. - George Carlin

Interesting Quotes Great Societies
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Interesting Quotes Gandhi On Practice
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. - Mahatma Gandhi

Tony Robbins Quote
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. - Tony Robbins

Interesting Quotes Everyone You Meet
Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

Live A Good Life
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. - Marcus Aurelius

Interesting Quotes Meditation
You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour.

The Lessons Of Tetris
If Tetris has taught me anything, it's that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear.

Interesting Quotes Mike Tyson
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. - Mike Tyson

The Things That Really Matter
You can't have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. - Marissa Mayer

Interesting Quotes Abraham Lincoln On Happiness
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

Funny Quotes
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. - Timothy Leary

Ernest Hemingway On Writing
Write drunk. Edit sober. - Ernest Hemingway

Remaining A Fool Forever
He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.

Interesting Quotes About Changing Your Perspective
When you realize that by changing your perspective, big things can be seen as little things, it becomes much harder to worry about anything.

Commitment Is An Act
Commitment is an act, not a word. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Banksy Quote
There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. - Banksy

Interesting Quote On Clear Paths
If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else's.

Hunter S. Thompson World Of Thieves
In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. - Hunter S. Thompson

Steve Jobs On Limited Time
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

Intelligence Without Ambition Dali Quote
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvadore Dali

Kanye West On Happiness
I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness. - Kanye West

Albert Einstein Quote On Relativity
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. - Albert Einstein

Pablo Picasso Interesting Quotes
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. - Pablo Picasso

Some People Never Go Crazy
Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must lead. - Charles Bukowski

The Greatest Crimes In The World
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages. - Banksy

How We See Things
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. - Anais Nin

The Modern Citizen By Noam Chomsky
All over the place, from popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. - Noam Chomsky

Hack Away At The Unessential
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. - Bruce Lee

Henry Ford On What People Want
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said "faster horses". - Henry Ford

Carl Sagan On Who We Laugh At
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan

Gandhi On Anger And Intolerance
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. - Mahatma Gandhi

F. Scott Fitzgerald On Criticizing
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Steve Jobs Quote On Moving Mountains
That's been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. - Steve Jobs

Chuck Palahniuk On Finding Joy
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it. - Chuck Palahniuk

Find What You Love
Find what you love and let it kill you. - Charles Bukowski

The Value Of A Moment
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory - Dr. Seuss

We Cannot Eat Money
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. - Native American Proverb

The Two Most Important Days Of Your Life
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. - Mark Twain

CS Lewis Everything Is Different
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different. - C.S. Lewis

Interesting Quotes Chomsky On The American Political System
In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population. - Noam Chomsky

Albert Camus On Rebellion
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus

The Best Revenge
That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life. - Chuck Palahniuk

Banksy On When You Really Die
They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. - Banksy

Combined Effort Quote
Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known. - Chuck Palahniuk

Bill Hicks On Drugs
There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in. - Bill Hicks

Interesting Quotes On Anger
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. - Buddha

Best Mind's Of My Generation
The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks. - Jeff Hammerbacher

Be What You Want
It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot

Bill Burr Quotes On Dogs
It's not until you're an adult you appreciate how awesome a dog is. Your dreams start dying, somebody cheats on you, bankers fuck up your 401k, ya know? Then you come home and that dog's looking at you and he's like, 'Dude, you're awesome!' It's like, 'No dude, YOU are fucking awesome!' - Bill Burr

Bill Nye Quote
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't. - Bill Nye

Bob Marley Finding The One's Worth Suffering For
The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. - Bob Marley

Carl Sagan On Knowledge
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

Charles Bukowski On True Friends
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence. - Charles Bukowski

Here Is To The Crazy Ones
Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Steve Jobs

Interesting Quotes

While we can't take all of our wisdom from just a few choice words, or even choice sentences, there's just something about a perfectly phrased quote that can open our minds and our hearts, causing us to think and feel things we may not have even thought possible before.

Interesting quotes like these — especially when they come from luminaries like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, or Neil DeGrasse Tyson — can actually shape how we see the world. These words can define who we are and who we will become.

Whether these quotes come from the world of science, politics, the arts, and beyond, they are the words that we live by. But, sometimes, the words we live by don't come from such lofty places at all, but instead from the world of pop culture. After all, just because the following was said by Homer Simpson doesn't make it any less poignant: "Sometime, when you least expect it, you'll realize that someone loved you. And that means that someone can love you again! And that'll make you smile."

Then there are the unquestionably brilliant thinkers that you fully expect to blow your mind, and they do. These are people like Noam Chomsky and Bill Nye, who will dazzle you even with straightforward wisdom like: "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."

And that's certainly true of the great minds of this list. So, from the bitingly insightful quotes of Mark Twain to the poignant aphorisms of Bruce Lee, enjoy a fresh outlook on life with these interesting quotes that will change how you see the world, in the gallery above.

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