Overthinking Quotes

Are you prone to overthinking? Getting caught up in a web of thoughts can be our greatest downfall, but it is only natural. Sometimes overthinking can be unhealthy and can lead to obsessive thoughts which make us feel anxious and guilty. The overthinking quotes below have been sourced by the Meaningful Paths team to show you that you aren’t alone in your overthinking, and to inspire you to break the cycle of thinking too much.

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Overthinking quotes

“The person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, and so he loses touch with reality.”

Alan Watts

“Let us not be so busy rushing to get somewhere else that we fail to stop and appreciate all the miracles.”

Vernon Sankey

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

Eckhart Tolle

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

John Dryden

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”

Tuli Kupferberg

We can get lost in our thoughts at times and this causes a fog which prevents us from thinking clearly. This could be about finances, relationships, work and more. It is important not to make irrational decisions and to create a space for calm and reflection. Putting these words of wisdom into practice is also of paramount importance. We can have an epiphany and change in thought which is always the starting point for change. Next must come our change in actions. The appraisal of events and our given situation and then action taken from such an appraisal will determine our happiness and well-being.

Be sure to revisit our page on overthinking quotes anytime you need to find a place of calm. We also recommend that you write some of these quotes down in a journal. Please enjoy further thoughts and quotes about overthinking below.

Now we will learn from inspiring women and quotations from women of significance.

Overthinking quotes by inspiring women

“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”


“Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, so that we can give from our surplus, our abundance. When we nurture others from a place of fullness, we feel renewed instead of taken advantage of.”

Jennifer Louden

“Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.” 

Tara Brach

“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”

Mary Oliver

“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.”

Alice Meynell

Quotes by ancient philosophers

We will now learn quotes from philosophical men from history notably Stoic quotes about overthinking and wisdom from Stoicism.

“Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Think of yourself as dead. you have lived your life. Now take what is left and live it properly.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

Marcus Aurelius

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.”

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius thoughts can help us to think of the bigger picture of life. We all have one identical currency and that is time. We often fear things about the future that will never happen, and we often ruminate over things from the past that we grow into a monster which never was. Marcus Aurelius thoughts can help to prevent us worrying about the past and to help us to start living in the moment. Now we will learn more from Seneca and their overthinking quotes. Meaningful Paths anxiety worksheets can accompany your learnings from the thoughts and perceptions on this page.

“It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it.”


“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”


“He who indulges himself on empty fears earns himself real fears.”


“It is better to conquer our grief than to deceive it.”


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