100 Things and Quotes that make you think

Have you ever stumbled upon things that make you think or a quote that just stopped you in your tracks, making you ponder the big mysteries of life? It is a natural phenomenon to our ever-inquisitive mind. A handful of things or words, strung together in just the right way, can carry so much weight and wisdom. Sometimes, they echo feelings we’ve felt but couldn’t articulate, or they introduce ideas we’d never even considered before. Other times, it’s an object or a moment that holds a mirror up to life’s big mysteries.

It’s truly fascinating how everyday experiences or a simple line can lead us on a journey of introspection, challenging our beliefs and making us question our place in the vast universe. There’s an undeniable power in words that resonate with us or a simple observation can be immense, often acting as a gentle nudge toward self-reflection.

So, in this collection, we’ve not only gathered quotes that gave us those ‘ah-ha’ moments but also a variety of things that made us pause, reflect, and see the world in a slightly different light. Whether they comfort, challenge, or just intrigued, we hope they’ll spark some profound thoughts for you too.


Things that make you think

  • Moral Relativism: Can something be morally right in one culture and wrong in another, or are there universal moral truths?
  • Solipsism: How do we know that other minds, aside from our own, truly exist?
  • Antinatalism: Is it morally wrong to bring a person into existence without their consent?
  • Duality of Human Nature: Can good and evil coexist within one person?
  • Existential Loneliness: Can we ever truly connect with another person, or are we forever isolated within our subjective experiences?
  • Nature of Art: Why do certain arrangements of color or sound evoke deep emotional responses?
  • Multiverse Theory: If every possible universe exists, does that mean our choices don’t matter?
  • Panpsychism: Is consciousness a fundamental aspect of the universe, present even in atoms?
  • Memory’s Fluidity: If our memories are unreliable and ever-changing, how do we define our personal history?
  • Social Constructs: If concepts like gender, race, and class are socially constructed, what basis do they have in reality?
  • Philosophical Zombies: Is it possible for a being to behave indistinguishably from a conscious person but lack subjective experience?
  • Emergence: How do complex systems arise from simple interactions, like consciousness from neurons?
  • Subjectivity of Color: Do we all see and experience colors in the same way?
  • Moral Responsibility: If determinism is true and free will is an illusion, are we morally responsible for our actions?
  • Causality Paradox: If every effect has a cause, how did the very first cause come about?
  • Cultural Evolution: Do societies evolve similarly to organisms, guided by a form of natural selection?
  • Linguistic Determinism: Does the language we speak shape the way we think?
  • Eternal Recurrence: If the universe is cyclic, would you be content living your life over and over for eternity?
  • Nature’s Brutality: How do we reconcile the beauty of nature with its inherent violence and suffering?
  • Temporal Experience: Why does time seem to speed up as we age?
  • Eudaimonia: What does it mean to lead a truly fulfilling life?
  • Nihilism: If life lacks inherent meaning, does that make our pursuits futile?
  • Ethics of Cloning: If we can create a genetic duplicate of a person, would they possess the same identity and rights?
  • Tabula Rasa: Are we born as blank slates, or do we possess innate knowledge?
  • Self-Deception: How often do we deceive ourselves, and why?
  • Qualia: How can we explain subjective experiences, like “seeing red,” to someone who hasn’t experienced them?
  • Philosophy of Mathematics: Are mathematical truths invented or discovered?
  • Objective Reality: Can there ever be a “view from nowhere” that depicts the world as it truly is?
  • Anthropic Principle: Is the universe finely tuned for life, especially human life?
  • Meaning in Absurdity: Can we find purpose and meaning in a universe that appears indifferent or even hostile?
  • Evolution of Cooperation: Why would natural selection favor altruism and cooperation?
  • Perception of Beauty: Why are certain things perceived as beautiful universally across cultures?
  • Uncanny Valley: Why do almost-human robots or animations make us feel uneasy?
  • Innate Morality: Are we born with a sense of right and wrong?
  • Omnipotence Paradox: Can an all-powerful being create a rock so heavy that they can’t lift it?
  • Ship of Theseus: If you replace every part of a ship, is it still the same ship?
  • Infinity: How can we grapple with the concept of something that has no end?
  • Phenomenal Consciousness: How and why do we have unique, subjective experiences?
  • Simulation Hypothesis: How can we know if our reality isn’t a sophisticated computer simulation?
  • The Nature of Nothingness: What does it mean for something to truly not exist?
  • Mysteries of Sleep: Why do we need to sleep, and what happens when we dream?
  • Intergenerational Ethics: Do we have a moral duty to future generations, and if so, what does it entail?
  • Pareidolia: Why do humans tend to see patterns, like faces, where none exist?
  • Virtue Ethics: What does it mean to lead a virtuous life?
  • Hard Problem of Consciousness: Why and how do physical processes in the brain give rise to subjective experiences?
  • Concept of Eternity: How can something truly have no beginning or end?
  • Personal Identity: What makes you “you” throughout changes and over time?
  • Mandela Effect: How do large groups of people remember events differently than they occurred?
  • Persistence of Self: Are you the same person throughout your life, despite changing beliefs, experiences, and even cells?
  • Nature of Truth: Can there be multiple truths, or is there one absolute truth?


Quotes that make you think

  1. On Reality: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
  2. On Knowledge: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
  3. On Existence: “I think, therefore I am.” – René Descartes
  4. On Time: “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu
  5. On Choices: “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – Bertrand Russell
  6. On Consciousness: “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan Watts
  7. On Morality: “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri
  8. On Perception: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin
  9. On Life: “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward.” – Søren Kierkegaard
  10. On Death: “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius
  11. On Love: “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott
  12. On Change: “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
  13. On Mystery: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein
  14. On Self: “What we think, we become.” – Buddha
  15. On Humanity: “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  16. On Truth: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  17. On Freedom: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  18. On Experience: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” – Aldous Huxley
  19. On Solitude: “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne
  20. On Purpose: “The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten
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Old Soul

I love poetry and philosophy. My complex thought is constantly being woven and rewoven, as I encounter new experiences and learn new things. This ever-evolving network of thought not only guides my actions and perspectives but also fuels my passion for writing

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